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Elena Jaffe Tastensen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Saratoga Springs, NY

4.6   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1999
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Elena

Learn Elena’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    custody, support, property division

  2. Criminal defense
    felonies, misdemeanors, traffic, appeals

  3. Mediation
    family law mediation

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Law Office of Elena Jaffe Tastensen, PLLC
376 Broadway Ste 16
Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866-3176

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4.6 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Posted by A.L. | August 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I hired Elena as my legal counsel for my separation and divorce. She was extremely professional, helpful and responsive. She gave me a great sense of relief by preparing me for the process and guiding me through it, step by step. Her office and staff were efficient and organized and made a difficult life decision much easier for me. I would highly recommend Elena if you need an attorney for both marital and family law issues. Her expertise and commitment to her clients make her an outstanding attorney.
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Posted by Mel B | June 12, 2018
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Excellent Attorney!
Elena was my divorce attorney, and I will turn to her again, without hesitation! She is very professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. She addressed all my concerns with a positive outcome, as well as laid to rest any fears or anxiety regarding custody issues. She was very direct and honest with me, incredibly supportive, and always took the time to address my concerns. She exceeded my expectations, and I am thankful to have had her on my side. Throughout the entire divorce process she knew exactly what to expect, what to do, and was successful in guiding me through the difficult journey with a positive outcome.
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Posted by Sylvia Taub | November 16, 2017
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Amazing Lawyer very Helpful
Elena was my divorce lawyer. She helped me with custody of my kids when no other lawyer could help me. Not only was I able to keep sole custody of my kids but I now am getting child support which I couldn’t get with other legal help. Highly recommend her.
Posted by LarryLee | February 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
More Than just Divorce!
She had 7 misdemeanor charges reduced to a single violation, and had a restraining order lifted, before I even had a chance to shake her hand! She handled my criminal charges expeditiously, hyper-professionally, and thoroughly. In court, she was confident and reassuring. Her presence reduced sheer terror to mild anxiety. I cannot believe how fortunate I was to connect with Elena! Do yourself a favor -- don't hesitate for a single second. Pick up the phone and call her, NOW.
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Posted by Lisa | April 1, 2015
Divorce Action
I was very impressed with Elena's knowledge and professionalism. Elena encouraged mediation in order to forgo the costly expense of litigation and was invaluable in helping me set forth a divorce agreement that both parties could live with. She was available to me with quick responses to my questions and was skilled at expediting the whole process. I would HIGHLY recommend Elena. I would also like to comment that her assistant Racheal is an asset to her practice.
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Posted by J.P. | January 10, 2014
Divorce Assistance
Ms. Tastensen has been very helpful in settling my recent divorce. She always made herself available to answer my questions regardless of how silly they were at times. She kept focused on the task of resolving all issues as quickly and efficiently as possible. When her name has come up in Networking circles and all responses have been she is very good at what she does. I highly recommend her to anyone that wants to work with an attorney that is professional and knowledgeable and will get the job done.
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Posted by J. | January 9, 2014
Outstanding Divorce Attorney/Domestic Violence/Child Custody
I worked with Elena for over a year on multiple cases involving my divorce and child custody matters. She was efficient, knowledgable, and comprehensive at all times. She successfully guided me through situations that seemed impossible at the time. Over the past few years, I have continued to seek guidance and advice from Elena, always feeling very satisfied. She is professional at all times. Even today, I still maintain contact with Elena and have referred her to many friends for various reasons (divorce, domestic violence, child custody, speeding tickets, private investigation). I have not found an attorney since leaving the state of NY that compares to Elena!
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Posted by S. | January 8, 2014
Divorce assistance
I have highly recommended Ms. Tastensen already to several friends and acquaintances. I found her to be a very knowledgeable, kind and considerate woman. She was extremely generous with her time, immediate in her correspondence and understanding in my emotional turmoil. She was patient and worked according to my requests. She was able to refer me to support persons of the highest caliber and with whom I continue to be in contact with. I would not hesitate to contact her concerning any future needs or advise. I remain extremely thankful that I chose her to represent me.
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Posted by ~E | January 8, 2014
Excellent Divorce/Separation Attorney
Ms. Tastensen has been tremendously helpful in her expeditious and professional way of handling my legal seperation. Our initial meeting was very informative and the end results after filing the separation agreement with the court exceeded my expectations. In addition to being very professional, she's extremely knowledgeable and caring about her clients' needs. I will continue to use Ms. Tastensen's services to proceed with my divorce action. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking an excellent Divorce/Separation attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2013
Terrible and expensive
Terrible lawyer. Spent $10,000 for email communications and 1 court room appointment. Fired her after 1 year of terrible service. Will never recommend this lawyer!!!
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Elena Jaffe Tastensen, PLLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Intervenor Attorney
  • New York State Consumer Protection Board
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney New York County
  • 1998 - 2002


  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • 1998
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • BA
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ferguson v Weaver
  • Family Court reversed


  • New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Association of Professional Family Mediators
  • Founding Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • NYS Office of Court Administration, Women in the Courts Committee
  • Vice Chair
  • 2008 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Committee on Lawyer Referral Service member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Saratoga County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2003 - Present
  • Adirondack Women's Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2003 - Present
  • Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Council on Divorce Mediation annual conference
  • Child support
  • 2016
  • Family Law Training for Collaborative Practitioners
  • Family Law Training
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Elena
Family Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend this attorney to anyone who is interested in working with a collaborative attorney toward a civil, thoughtful divorce. Elena is considerate and will offer suggestions and guide her clients through the divorce process and child custody issues with integrity, compassion and fairness. Her results allow parties to amicably separate their lives, while being considerate of the children and the other spouse. This sets parties up for navigating the years after the divorce in a way that is respectful, fair and helps any children adjust to the change. Highly recommend her skills for anyone pursuing divorce."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable family law attorney, dedicated to client success."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
". Elena is extremely knowledgeable, has superior trial experience and is a tireless advocate for her clients. Elena is kind and well-respected in the legal community. I endorse Attorney Elena Jaffe Tastensen."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.I have worked with Elena Jaffe Tastensen on several different matrimonial actions. Elena is a tenacious advocate for her clients. Elena is an experienced matrimonial attorney that knows the law and is able to secure optimal results for her clients. Elena’s clients reap the benefits of her trial experience and knowledge of the law. Elena is an ethical and responsible attorney and always has her client’s best interest in mind. I highly recommend Elena without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Elena for quite some time and routinely refer her matters for handling. She's excellent in criminal defense and matrimonial matters."
Divorce and separation
Estate planning

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Saratoga Springs Divorce and separation Lawyer Elena Jaffe Tastensen
Elena Jaffe Tastensen
Divorce and separation Attorney
Saratoga Springs, NY
Licensed for 25 years