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Steven A. Paquette

Divorce and separation Attorney at Syracuse, NY

4.6   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1980
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Steven

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    75%
    Extensive experience handling sophisticated and more routine matters in this area, including challenging business valuation, maintenance and custody issues. Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board Member of CNY Collaborative Professionals. Practice both traditional and collaborative law/

    44 years, 800 cases

  2. Family
    25%

    44 years, 500 cases

Location

Bousquet Holstein Attorneys, PLLC
110 West Fayette Street
One Lincoln Center, Suite 1000
Syracuse, NY, 13202

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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
No games! Facts Only! Compassionate family lawyer!
Steve worked diligently on my behalf through the divorce proceedings from start to finish. Our family was plagued with some very sensitive and difficult to delineate matters. We wanted to maintain as much confidentiality and dignity as we could, for us and our children. My opinion is, that in a divorce the only benchmark for win or loss is that both the adults and the children from both parties are able to live with the results and move forward with their “new” life and not feel victimized by the process. Steve more than exceeded that benchmark. He fought to get me what was fair and necessary to protect my future, and stuck to the most important issues. Sticking to the facts and the law kept a personal matter from being “so personal”.
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Posted by Richard | December 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Mr. Paquette handled a very sensitive divorce matter for my son. I was present at some of the discussions and litigation and found him to be concise, informative, and very direct with the opposing attorney. The matter was resolved fairly and to everyone's satisfaction.
Posted by Matt | August 31, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Steve is Excellent
Steve handled my Collaborative separation. He has integrity and made a very difficult situation manageable for all parties involved. Steve is extremely easy to talk to and has a wealth of experience. I highly recommend Steve. You won't be disappointed.
Posted by Tim | August 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Got the best result in frustrating divorce
I retained Steve after a bad experience with another attorney. Several things impressed me about the way Steve handled me and my case. First, he patiently listened, even to some of my anger and frustration with my ex-wife and the way I had been treated. I had a lot of questions about the process, about child support, custody, etc. He helped me to understand the New York laws and what I could reasonably expect to accomplish. I had an emotional reaction to a lot of these, but he was able to have me understand what was possible and what wasn’t. I think most importantly, he always took my calls when he was in or got right back to me if he wasn’t. The process is frustrating and his communicating was really good. I always felt that he kept the process moving. In one case, my step-father, who attended the meetings with me, got so angry with my ex-wife that he wanted to fight it out in court. Although I’m sure Steve would have earned more fees had we done so, he patiently calmed my step-father down by explaining what was likely to happen and that it really wasn’t worth it. Looking back I think I got the best result I could have gotten.
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Posted by Kelly | May 27, 2016
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Completely Satisfied
Every step of the Steve or his team has been there for me. Answered every question whether via email, phone or in person. He's extremely prompt in responses and very accessible. I am very happy at how quickly my divorce process started and is concluding.
Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and thorough legal representation
Steven was my legal representative for a divorce negotiation and settlement. We used Collaborative law which instilled in both sides a sense of fairness and understanding. Steven epitomized the collaborative process by exhibiting compassion toward all parties yet firmly stood up for my rights.
Posted by Marian | October 17, 2014
Settlement/Divorce
Counsel that is both fair and wise is hard to find. Steven Paquette is both. On top of that, he is mindful to keep situations in check -- helping to mediate emotional situations. Steve's legal capabilities extend into many areas and were appreciated throughout the process of my case.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce/Settlement
I hired Mr. Paquette based on our initial interview where he said he was aggressive and experienced in negotiating a settlement. During the 4 months he was my lawyer he did not have any worthwhile suggestions as to how to get the best deal for me. He gave into virtually everything my ex-wife's lawyer wanted. It was almost as if he felt he had to please her. I ended up being the main negotiator in my case. Mr. Paquette did almost nothing in the actual negotiating sessions. I ended up with the worst deal possible and am now stuck with it for the next 8 years! To top it all off he had no problem charging me the maximum $ for his time!
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Response from Steven Paquette May 27, 2016
Unfortunately in the challenging environment that the stress of divorce creates, sometimes people's beliefs about what is "right and fair" cannot be realized. The Law, and the Courts, have a belief system about children being properly supported for example, that no amount of contrary argument will change. I am disappointed whenever a client feels they did not get the outcome they hoped for, but it is never for a lack of effort or desire. After 35 years in this profession I bring a lot of knowledge about expected outcomes to the table. I will always tell clients the truth, even if it is not what they would prefer to hear. And I will always listen to a client's concern about anything to do with my work, or the divorcing process. I also sign a retainer agreement with each client that clearly spells out the costs and fee structure for my services in advance. This individual could not be satisfied by his first lawyer, or by me. I deeply regret that
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • State University of New York - Onondaga
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Bousquet Holstein Attorneys
  • 2001 - Present
  • Associate Counsel to Speaker
  • New York State Assembly
  • 1996 - 2001
  • Partner
  • Sardino & Paquette
  • 1986 - 2001
  • NYS Tax Attorney
  • State Of New York, Dep't Taxation & Finance
  • 1985 - 1991
  • Partner
  • Meggesto Paquette & Badera
  • 1980 - 1986
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Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Syracuse University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Associations

  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2012 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Central New York Collaborative Law Professionals
  • President Board of Directors
  • 2015 - 2017
  • CNY Chapter JDRF
  • Pres Board of Directors
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV RATING PRE-EMINENT HIGHLY ETHICAL
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Elected President
  • CNY Collaborative practice
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Certified Fellow
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Publications

  • CNY Business Journal
  • Divorce and Business Assets: What you need to know
  • 2017
  • cny divorce lawyer.com
  • Review of custody in NY
  • 2015
  • cny divorcelawyer.com
  • Business considerations in divorce
  • 2015
  • cnydivorcelawyer.com
  • Review of Maintenance in NY
  • 2014
  • Bousquet Holstein
  • Matrimonial and Family Law Reference Guide
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • An Introduction to the Practice of Collaborative Law
  • Collaborative Law
  • 2012
  • Matrimonial Update and Best Practices
  • Divorce Law Update and Best Practices
  • 2011
  • Madison County/Onondaga County Bar Associations
  • Recent Developments in Matrimonial and Family Law
  • 2011
  • Syracuse Chamber of Commerce
  • Avoiding Sales Tax Penalties, Late Payment Fees, and Criminal Prosecution
  • 2010
  • Matrimonial Update
  • Divorce Law A-Z
  • 2010
  • Election Law- Playing to Win
  • Election Law
  • 2010
  • NY Election Law Primer
  • Representing a Political Candidate and Winning
  • 2008
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Syracuse Divorce and separation Lawyer Steven A. Paquette
Steven A. Paquette
Divorce and separation Attorney
Syracuse, NY
Licensed for 43 years