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Gabriella MacDonald

Divorce and separation Attorney at Rochester, NY

5.0   28 reviews
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2016
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Gabriella MacDonald, Esq. was born and raised in Monroe County. She is a graduate of the New York State University at Buffalo Law School, while she was there she recieved awards for a Public Service Honor, and the CALI award, which recognizes her outstanding achievements in trial advocacy.  While attending law school, Ms. MacDonald spent time as a teaching assistant, she was a member of the UB Law School Mock Trial Team, and she was an active member of the Erie County Woman’s Bar Association. During her spare time she volunteers coaching high school mock trial students, in 2017 her team won first place. Ms. MacDonald’s practical experience includes internships with the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the Children’s Legal Center, the Boston Public School District’s Office of Legal Counsel, the Erie County Family Court Help Desk and the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.  Ms. MacDonald took her first case to trial on the first day she was admitted to practice law, and she won. She worked for the Militellow Law firm after being admitted to the bar until the Fall of 2018, after which she branched out and started her own practice. Her outstanding trial advocacy skills and practical approach to handling cases make her a valued member of her community.

Location

Gabriella MacDonald
2480 Browncroft Boulevard
Rochester, NY, 14625

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Posted by Steven | December 15, 2020
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Legendary Class Lawyer
Gabriella stayed in constant contact with me during my divorce and represented me professionally and in a timely manner. She updated anytime there was a change with any of my documents and when a step was started and completed. I would recommend her for your legal needs. Her professionalism and communication is top class. If I could describe her in one word I would choose Legendary.
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Posted by Katie | September 20, 2021
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Simply The Best
Gabriella is the Best, I hired her for a complicated child support case, she was honest, and upfront with me from the very beginning! She knows what she is doing, she was always quick to respond to me if I reached out on phone or via email, she was very patient with me with all my questions always reassuring all would be ok when I would get worked up or nervous. Best choice I ever made was to Hire her! And we WON!!!!!!! She is worth EVERY PENNY you will NOT be disappointed! ;-0)
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Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2023
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Divorced in 2 hours!
Gabriella was so amazing! From the initial consultation she was friendly, understanding and honest. She explained the process, addressed the what-ifs and discussed options. Her fee was reasonable and fair. She worked around my schedule and was always available for communication. I'm still in shock that after she submitted all the documents to the court, the judge signed off within 2 hours. Incredible. I'm so happy and grateful to Gabriella for all her hard work and dedication to getting my divorce finalized in record time. Thank you!!!
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Posted by Ashley | March 22, 2021
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Great with Teenagers
I worked with Gabriella when I was in high school and my parents were going through a nasty custody battle. She managed to make the situation much easier on me and my family.
Posted by Zach | March 7, 2021
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Immensely helpful; makes a difficult task feel easy.
Professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely fast and efficient. I'm completely satisfied.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2021
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Great service in a hard situation!
Working with Gabriella MacDonald was the best decision I made when my divorce paperwork seemed to have been stalled. That is when I call Gabriella this was Dec 18, 2020 I was able to get an appointment with her on Dec 21, 2020. In the meeting she was very clear on what she need to receive too get the paperwork filed correctly. I got the needed paperwork from the county clerk’s office and sent the documents to Gabriella.. The most important document was the settlement documents that I had signed on October 1st. I had copies of all the form that Gabriella needed so I sent them to her by email on the 22nd of Dec. On 01/05/2021 Gabriella filed the amended paperwork with the county clerk; the judge signed the divorce papers on the 01/08/2021 just 3 days after the paperwork had been filed with the county Clerk to say Gabriella is a miracle worker is the understatement of the year! The experience was all very professional, after the first phone call I was completely at ease and know she would take care of everything. If I have any other legal needs Gabriella MacDonald will be my only call.
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Posted by Sarah | July 27, 2020
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Look no further. She is who you want in your corner.
Gabriella was fantastic. Walked me through the whole separation process and my divorce. She was recommended to me by my sister. Was direct and personable all at the same time. She was a huge help. Very communicative. Responded back quickly whenever I had questions no matter how big or silly they were. Definitely fights for you. Made the whole process as quick and efficient as possible. From start to finish I never once questioned my decision to hire her on the spot directly after my initial consult. Thank you so much for all that you did for me. Will definitely use her in the future if needed.
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2020
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Made the process very easy
I hired Gabriella to handle my divorce and she did an excellent professional job. She made everything extremely easy on my end. I would highly recommend her services!
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2020
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Above and beyond with compassion and professionalism
She was a very understanding and compassionate person. She tried to bring the court case to an end as soon as possible due to my child involved. The other lawyer had other plans. In the end she calmed my fears each step of the way and won the case. Thank you so much!!!
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2020
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Amazing divorce attorney
Mrs MacDonald explained efficiency and steps towards a timely manner of urgency Nd she delivered as she said she would do. I felt comfortable and secure with her promise she was aggressive with her approach. I would recommend this attorney Nd utilize her services if needed in the future thank you
Posted by Anne Marie | January 9, 2020
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She was great!
From the first consultation meeting, I knew she was the right lawyer for me.
Posted by Zak | November 22, 2019
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Office manager
Gabriella helped me with multiple traffic violations. I wouldn't trust anyone else as even with my driving history she was able to work out a deal with various DAs. I was impressed by her professionalism and even though I currently live out of state she was still able to help me and make sure I was able yo get the best deal possible. Thank again Gabriella as you have saved me from quite a bit of fines.
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Posted by Shawn | September 25, 2019
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Truly great
I went to Gabriella for help with my custody case and couldn't be happier. She's extremely thorough with her work and truly cares about her clients. She was always on time and readily available anytime I had any questions, and she did an amazing job of keeping me from getting to nervous or stressed throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Ryan | August 29, 2019
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Super Hero Level Attorney
Miss MacDonald is the most astute, thorough, and patient attorney you could ever imagine. I am eternally grateful for the skill and enthusiasm she demonstrated while representing my family and I. If you need a Super Hero level attorney, then you need to contact her. She WILL come save you, and will NOT even break a sweat doing so. She is amazing.
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Posted by Daniel | August 26, 2019
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Pleasure to work with.
Gabriella helped me relax through a very trying situation. She was forthright and realistic about all possible outcomes and I walked away with more than I had hoped for. I hope to work with her again, if needed.
Posted by Dan | February 27, 2019
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Separation turned to divorce
I went to Gabriella to file a separation from my unfaithful wife to protect myself and my daughter from what was going on (both physically and financially). After a few months; it was apparent I needed to move forward with a divorce. Gabriella assisted me through the entire process. There was a substantial fabricated backlash and Gabriella escorted me through that as well. About a year later, I am now on the other side of this; happy and safe along with the ability to protect my daughter to the best of my ability. The next 17 years until my daughter turns 21 won't be easy, but I at know that I can trust in Gabriella to be there if I am in need.
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Posted by Samantha | December 1, 2018
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AMAZING
Gabriella is an amazing lawyer. She helped me with my speeding ticket and I can not thank her enough. She is professional, dedicated and is very knowledgeable. I would recommend her to anyone. No matter what, Gabriella has your back.
Posted by Katie | October 26, 2018
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AMAZING
Hiring Attorney Gabriella MacDonald was one of the BEST decisions I have ever made! She came highly recommended from a co-worker (who also happens to be in law) and she was exactly what I needed. From the beginning, attorney MacDonald listened to me and explained that I was not wrong, and that the petitioner was reaching and throwing everything possible at the wall to see what would stick! Gabriella offered guidance and support when I needed it most in a topic foreign to me. From the very first consultation to our court date, and to the explanation and distribution of the new signed order, Gabriella walked me through each step, told me what was the norm in regards to my case, and listened when I explained my fears. I retained attorney Gabriella MacDonald immediately after our consultation and will continue to have her assist me in all future instances as they arise. It has been wonderful knowing I have someone backing me and speaking on my behalf, saying the things that I'm unable to. My situation is ongoing for now... with hopes of an end in sight (God willing), but as the need arises in the future, I will NOT hesitate to contact her and retain attorney MacDonald again. Her patience and guidance regarding my endless questions, concerns and fears was unwavering. She will fight for what's right, and she is assertive with making sure things are MADE RIGHT! Thank you, attorney Gabriella MacDonald, for making this entire process just a little bit easier.
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Posted by Mariah | October 26, 2018
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Informative and knowledgeable!
Gabriella is such a pleasure to work with! She was so informative and knowledgeable with the whole process I was going through! She communicated with me so well every step of the way! I highly recommend Gaberielle if you need any legal advise!
Posted by E | October 26, 2018
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Custody and Child Support
Gabriella was an awesome attorney, the "Father" of my daughter had not paid child support since birth, she is seven years old. I had made multiple attempts to collect child support from him and each time failed. Gabriella made multiple court appearances and had our case moved in front of a Family court judge, she had a warrant issued for his arrest and they finally found him and made him start paying. She also helped me gain sole custody of my daughter. I would HIGHLY recommend her!
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Sole Proprietor
  • MacDonald Law Firm
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Militello Law Firm
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Intern
  • Family Court Help Desk
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Kadish and Fiordaliso Attorneys at Law
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Intern
  • Children's Legal Center
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Internship
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Intern
  • Boston Public Schools
  • 2013 - 2013
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Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • St. John Fisher College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. DM
  • DWAI (Non-criminal Offense)
  • People v. JC
  • DWAI (Non-criminal Offense)
  • People v RM
  • Client was able to keep his drivers license
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Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Seneca Waterways Mock Trial
  • Director
  • 2015 - Present
  • New York Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2019
  • CALI award
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • 2014
  • Public Service Honor
  • New England School of Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gabriella is passionate and meticulous about her work. She cares about her clients, is attentive to their needs, and strives to achieve the best possible result in every case. I would not hesitate to recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I witness Gabriella's zealous advocacy for every client she represents in the court room quite frequently. Her knowledge and commitment to her clients is exceptional. I endorse her without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. MacDonald is a highly skilled and professional attorney. She is also well-respected in the local legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Gabriella as opposing counsel and found her to be extremely professional, conscientious, and courteous. As an attorney, it is critical that you advocate for your client's best interests, while navigating them through a complex system while balancing all of that with the need to keep things as simple as possible and keep the client's costs as low as possible. Gabriella has a rare mix of all of these skills and is exactly the type of attorney this profession needs."
Family Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gabriella is a true professional and exceptional advocate for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Ms. MacDonald is extremely professional and hard working. She is very knowledgeable and is a strong advocate for her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gabriella is a hardworking, determined and talented attorney. Anyone would be fortunate to have her in your corner representing them. She is a good listener and excellent advocate."
Family Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I am incredibly fortunate to work with Gabriella. She is a skilled courtroom litigator who has already proven her ability to achieve excellent results at hearings and trial."
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Rochester Divorce and separation Lawyer Gabriella MacDonald
Gabriella MacDonald
Divorce and separation Attorney
Rochester, NY
Licensed for 8 years