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Elaina Marie Monte

Divorce and separation Attorney at Cheektowaga, NY

4.3   39 reviews
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  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Elaina

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I believe that being an attorney is more than just advising clients on the law and appearing in Court. As a Matrimonial and Family Law attorney, I believe in establishing a close rapport with my clients, knowing their genuine needs and concerns, and counseling them in times when they are most vulnerable. I want my clients to know that I truly care about the outcome of their case, and doing my best to obtain results that are in their best interests and that of their children. 

 

I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, where the majority of my family continues to reside. My parents are hard-working people who took on many jobs throughout my childhood to send my sister and I to private schools and give us many advantages that we wouldn't otherwise have if it weren't for their hard work and dedication. I am the first person in my family to attend and complete college.

 

My parents, as middle-class folks, always stressed the importance of treating people as I would want to be treated, regardless of gender, religion, race, age, disability, social status, sexual orientation, and the like. All of my grandparents immigrated to the United States from Sicily and Poland, respectively, and worked hard to establish a life in the US. I was raised with patriotism and respect for our servicemembers, and currently have family in active deployment. 

 

The importance of education was always a focus in my home, but my parents also encouraged our involvement in sports and extracurriculars. I have played competitive sports my whole life, particularly basketball and softball. My father played AAA baseball and my my younger sister obtained her advanced degree in neuroscience by attending college on a basketball scholarship.

 

I have always enjoyed reading and writing poetry, and I was first published in a national magazine at age five. I am highly supportive of the United States Military and actively participate in projects to benefit War Veterans. I consistently donate to organizations that support world literacy, veterans, and animal shelters. 

 

I worked full-time as a Project Coordinator for The Home Depot for ten years while I attended undergrad and law school. I have worked with architects, contractors, and homeowners on any project you can think of, but particularly entire kitchen/bath ronnovation, flooring installation, plumbing, and electrical projects. I love physical labor and I like to get dirty. It's therapeutic. 

 

My upbringing and experience has taught me the importance of hard work, healthy competition, but also working as a team. Equally important, I have also learned the importance of family, friendship, and respect. I pride myself in my work as an attorney, and take care to provide each client with quality representation. Many clients have stated their appreciation that I am "real". where I give straightforward, understandable advice. Being an attorney is one of the MANY things that define me, as result of hard work and persistence. It's my goal to continue that hard work and persistence throughout my career. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2016,2014
Client's Choice
2021 2016 2014

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Elaina M. Monte, Attorney at Law

Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  39 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jessica | October 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Elaina is a fighter, just like me
Elaina has represented me in my divorce proceedings and is still currently. Multiple times, she’s offered key advice and made concessions that make sense to try and come to agreement with my ex-spouse. She’s had timely and relevant discussion with me regarding finances and concessions I’m willing to make. She’s also made recommendations that, while tough to swallow, have been important and helpful to moving my case along. Her solid relationship with the AFC and the law clerk have helped tremendously on my case.
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Posted by Julie | March 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Elaina is a lawyer who cares
I hired Elaina when I was going through a custody battle and of all the things I could say about her, the one I'll focus on is that in a time when everything felt so uncertain, she really listened. She really cared. I didn't feel like a client, I felt like I had someone on my side who was truly invested in the outcome of my situation. I can't express clearly enough the value of that and I truly believe that's a rare quality in a person in this field. I never for a moment felt like she was counting minutes for billing, which is something I often hear of other's experiences in situations where you have to retain legal counsel. If you want someone who will fight for you like you've known each other for years, this is your lawyer.
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Posted by Connie | March 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
I could not have hired anyone with more expertise and compassion during my divorce. I'm so thankful that she took my case while I was having a complete melt down. I would highly recommend Elaina Monte to represent them while making this life major changing decision in their life.
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The BEST
Elaina is the best attorney ever! She is dedicated to her work and takes care of each client with passion, expertise and quickly. I highly recommend her!
Posted by Chris | March 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the best for family law.
I could not have asked for better representation during my divorce proceedings. Elaina's professionalism, experience and understanding of the process was clear. It was very reassuring that I had the right lawyer on my side. I cannot recommend her highly enough for the work she did for me.
Posted by Keisha | March 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb
Ms. Monte handled my divorce efficiently and compassionately. She handled everything well and during a pandemic.
Posted by Kevin | March 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 out of 5 stars
Elaina Monte is the best attorney that I have ever had, and is an even better human being. Always honest. No sugar coating here. Upfront, attentive, and extremely helpful on so many levels. I would recommend her services to anyone who is looking for a top echelon lawyer.
Posted by Jennifer C | March 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE BEST OUT THERE!!!!
Ms. Monte is AMAZING and I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! I went through two lawyers, spending thousands in my child custody battle for those lawyers to do nothing until I was introduced to her. She told me how it was, it terms any "normal" person going through a traumatic experience would understand. Straight forward and fought for me like no lawyer ever has before. She is intelligent and knows how to word all those tricky court room things that I was no good at!!! She always made me feel comfortable, which at the time was something hard to feel. If I had to do it all over again I would choose Ms. Monte from the start!!!!
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Posted by Jenna Floyd | March 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Elaina
I hate the fact that we had to hire an attorney- child custody/child support has been the most stressful thing as a parent. The only positive thing about court is having someone as strong willed, caring and ad dedicated as Elaina. She sees everything for what it's worth, gives you advice even if it's not always what you want to hear but is always looking out for her clients. She's set up weekend calls/meetings precovid because it worked best for our schedule. She goes above and beyond for her clients and I truly don't think we would have gotten the custody agreement we have now with any other lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond worth it
Elaina Monte is one of the few attorneys I have ever dealt with who is approachable, honest, and not money hungry. I cannot imagine the toll it takes to be a business owner in a pandemic, juggling hundreds of clients during the most emotionally draining period of their lives, while maintaining any degree of normalcy. Elaina helped me in ways that I cannot begin to describe. She stood up for me at a time that I was struggling to find my own voice. She didn’t back down when I would have crumbled. Sure, unforeseen circumstances and negative reactions from the opposing side created hurdles and dragged things out. But throughout that process, Elaina gave me her honest (not profit-driven) opinion, and even went as far as just being emotionally supportive and encouraging outside of the case too. I would recommend her to anyone who is feeling swallowed by the fear and anxiety that a divorce can throw at you. She will treat you like a person, not a transaction.
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Posted by Julia | March 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer Buffalo has!
Elaina has helped me through everything when it came to my case. She was the rock I needed to help me. Amy and Elaina are a power house team when ever I had a silly question or a nervous break down they were there 100% for me and my kids. I don’t know where I would be without them. I appreciate them so much!
Posted by Mary | March 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don’t hire anyone else
Elaina is very hardworking, conscientious and exceedingly meets the needs of her clients. She provided me with the best legal advice for my specific situation. She also will be honest and tell you whether it’s a situation worth fighting for , basically she’s not going to bleed you dry like other lawyers. I have recommended her services to many of my friends. I can’t imagine utilizing anyone else !
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Posted by Babs | March 4, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Dedicated to clients
Your initial consultation is free. Ms. Monte is very thorough and professional. I felt very comfortable speaking with her.
Posted by J.D. | May 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
WHY HAVE YOU NOT HIRED HER YET?! STOP WAITING YOU'RE ONLY HURTING YOURSELF AND YOUR KIDS WAITING TO DO SO!!!
WHY HAVE YOU NOT HIRED HER YET?! STOP WAITING YOU'RE ONLY HURTING YOURSELF AND YOUR KIDS WAITING TO DO SO!!! The best damn move I did was to hire her. She has been invested deeply into my case for a VERY looooong time. Over 5 years work if not longer. She is RUTHLESS in the court room and speaks frankly with you. She is always easy to get a hold of to talk to and responds quickly with easy guidance. She literally knows almost everyone in the courts whether it is the judge you're in front of or the lawyers you are against in the court room and works closely with the kids attorneys which is a HUGE help to your case. If you're a dude.. nothing looks better than having a female attorney like her fighting for you. Sorry but it's true. She fights tirelessly and non stop for you and for what is right. I swear this woman doesn't friggin sleep. Many times I have emailed her about something late at night that had happened with my kids that I found out from my ex with the kids and she is right there responding back to me at late hours in the night and early mornings making the issues known to the others that are involved in your case. Like I was honestly shocked and wasn't expecting it when I sent her something after midnight regarding my kids with what was going on and she responded right away and dealt with it by the morning to have it addressed! THAT IS DEDICATION TO YOUR CLIENTS! Never have I ever had an attorney like her and because of her help I have been able to keep calm knowing she is on top of everything. So for real.. if you are in search for a bad aśśed attorney to have your back.. stop searching here and hire her! She won't steer you wrong.. she knows exactly what she is doing and won't let you down. IF YOU WANT A FAIR CHANCE TO DEFEND YOUR CASE YOU NEED TO HIRE HER! STOP WASTING YOUR TIME AND MONEY ON CRAPPY ATTORNEYS OUT TO TAKE YOUR MONEY AND NOT DO CRAP FOR YOU!! The legal system is jacked but she is the ONLY one that can get you through it to help you! SHE DOESN'T LOSE!
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Posted by Laura | April 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Understanding and Compassionate
Going through a divorce was one of the hardest experiences of my life. I have young children and domestic violence was an issue. Elaina was kind, available, and always willing to listen. I felt cared for, and understood. I highly recommend Elaina for Divorce and Family Issues.
Posted by michael | March 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer and down to earth
I have dealt with multiple attorneys for my custody and support battles and Elaine has by far been the best. Very knowledgeable, thorough, and a pleasure to talk to. Shes always got back to me in a timely manner and kept me updated. I highly recommend her if you are gonna start a custodial or matrimonial court battle
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Can't find a better "pitbull" for an attorney, especially in litigations than her!
She is what ALL attorneys SHOULD be like! Hands down, arguably the best litigator for your rights in the court room with regard to family law and fairness. She speaks from the heart, is extremely passionate, resonates with her clients, and is the best person you can have on your side to argue for your rights. I switched to her after having a prior counselor start my case of which he was not properly advocating for me at all. She came in, once hired, did damage control from my prior attorney, and fought relentlessly for my equal rights as a Dad to be involved in my kids lives. She is true to what is in the best interest for you as the client with regard to your kids as well as handling your divorce. I cannot say enough positive regarding her as not only an attorney but even as a person. She easily relates with you and does NOT stop. Speaking plainly, if you DON'T have her on your side already, YOU NEED TO HAVE HER! You will NOT be let down! She always has your back!
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Posted by Marisa | December 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Here's the lawyer you're looking for.
Elaina was recommended to me from a friend. She was a perfect fit. Family Court was something I had never experienced before, and she made it bearable. She is smart, witty and a genius in the court room. She is always well prepared and easy to communicate with. I would definitely recommend her to anyone is need of an attorney.
Posted by Nicole | December 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best family court attorney
I was referred to Elaina by a family member and I knew the second I met her she was perfect for the job. She has worked tirelessly to help me navigate through the family court and always is tgere anytime I have a question or concern. Her knowledge and compassion throughout the whole process made this all much more bearable. I have and will continue to refer anyone who needs the BEST family court attorney to Elaina.
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Posted by Linday | December 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Want results... Elaina was where my search ended
I met with Elaina after having a previous custody order for 3 years .... My previous attorney failed to inform me of my legal limits. Elaina is compassionate, knowledgeable and has the attitude every great attorney needs. I finally feel confident that myself and my child's needs are in the best hands .
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Dennis C. Gaughan Attorneys
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Dennis C. Gaughan Attorneys
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legal Assistance Center of Kent County, Michigan
  • 2007 - 2009

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Canisius College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wool v. Wool
  • After trial, successfully obtained order terminating Husband's support obligation to Wife. Wife also ordered to return monies withdrawn from Husband's bank account, and repay back maintenance paid throughout proceedings.
  • Smith v. Smith
  • Successfully modified petition wherein Client no longer required supervision during access with child. Ordered that Client have alternating weekends, additional time each week, split holidays, vacation time in summer, and time with child on his birthday.
  • McMahon v. McMahon
  • Obtained sole custody of adolescent sons for Mother; also established Order of Child Support and retroactive basic support and add-on child support for uninsured medical expenses, childcare, and education expenses.

Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Matrimonial Attorneys - Erie County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Young Lawyer's Committee - Erie County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Service
  • Kaleida Health
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Service
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Service
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2008
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Publications

  • The Griffin
  • Child Custody in New York State
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Tonawanda City Senior Living Center
  • Social Security and Healthcare Proxy
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse Elaina
Child custody Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Elaina is a fantastic attorney, I recommend her highly."
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Elaina is a passionate advocate who genuinely wants to help her clients. She is very knowledgeable and I recommend her to any clients looking for a talented attorney in the area of family law."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Knowledgeable and proficient in this field."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elaina is a highly qualified family court lawyer. She goes above and beyond for her clients. She has a practical understanding of the law and the people who work in the field. Most importantly, she cares about her clients. Without hesitation, I frequently refer family law cases to Elaina. I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Cheektowaga Divorce and separation Lawyer Elaina Marie Monte
Elaina Marie Monte
Divorce and separation Attorney
Cheektowaga, NY
Licensed for 13 years
Free Consultation