Reviews for Sari M. Friedman
Sari and Andrea were more than just attorneys to me. My wife blindsided me when she filed for divorce. I was a faithful husband and gave her a fantastic lifestyle but when there was a chance that we would have to temporarily downsize, she filed for divorce saying: "If you would have cheated we could have worked it out". There is no divorce in my family although her family is like a revolving door with divorce being more the norm. I was an emotional wreck just thinking of the devastating effects that divorce could have on our wonderful, innocent children. I did not want my children to grow up without their father. Thanks to Sari and Andrea for helping me both emotionally and legally. They not only guided me to reaching a financial settlement of divorce but also made sure that my children will always have me in their lives. If you are in the unfortunate position of needing a divorce lawyer then chose Friedman and Friedman.
Completely disregarding the joint custody agreement we had reached in another state, my ex alienated me from my daughter claiming she feared for our daughter's physical and mental well-being while in my home. She filed for full custody in NYS, using my family's mental health history against me. Faced with false accusations and three appearances in family court, I was relegated to 2 days (12 hours) of parenting time with my daughter each week, which by court order were to be held only in a public place. Additionally, I was involved in two investigations by Child Protective Services — both of which were ultimately dismissed as "unfounded." Through it all, Sari Friedman was quick to answer my questions and concerns all hours of the day and night. In my weakest moments, Sari never played upon my emotions but instead helped to settle them with her professional, no-nonsense, even-keeled demeanor—just as she did my case. Today, I enjoy unrestricted weekday and weekend overnights with my 3-year-old daughter. I feel we now have a plan in place that ensures fairness and reasonability. My future life with my daughter is finally looking bright thanks to the efforts of Sari Friedman.
My divorce was very emotional for me. Not only did Sari and Andrea provide me with expert legal advice, but they showed great compassion for my situation.
They became my confidants during the most challenging time in my life. I recommend Sari and Andrea to anyone who is looking for positive direction during their divorce process.
Although I am still in a state of shock, I feel I have to thank you once again. When I came to your office my spirit, my will and my heart where totally broken. You changed all of that. For that, I thank you.
My nightmare began almost a decade ago when my now ex-wife took my little toddler from the babysitter and disappeared. My ex was a highly educated woman who was a master at "gaming" the system. At one point my ex had even fled the country with my child. I interviewed many attorneys and tried a few. But none had the mindset of pursuing my rights as a father. Their goal was simply to mitigate the inevitable damage that a father/man can incur in the court system. As a result I had no contact with my child for over eight years.
You fought like a true warrior for my rights! Now I have my freedom, sole legal and physical custody of my child and my life has never been so good. As a renewed family we are going to have some ups and downs to negotiate and most likely some growing pains. But as long as we're together I know we'll be alright.
I would and will highly recommend you and your firm to every man I come into contact with that is facing what often turns out to be one of life's most traumatic experiences. I would further caution any man facing this type of life altering event – given the serious nature of the outcome, this is not the time to be penny wise and pound foolish!
Once again I would like to thank you most of all. But I would also like to thank your thoughtful, caring and courteous staff for helping to give me my life back.
Sari Friedman and her dedicated legal staff helped me to survive the difficult and sometimes contentious divorce process. Sari assured me from the very beginning that I would be fine and that she would see to it. And, she did. Sari and her "team" fought hard for my legal rights. Sari was always accessible whenever the need arose. I was treated with respect and compassion. It was a privilege to be represented by such a prestigious and dedicated law firm. Today, I am extremely happy and looking forward to a bright future. I will be forever grateful to Sari and all who work with her. I highly recommend this exceptional law firm.
The very first time I stepped into Sari's office I was in total despair. My case was one of high net worth, I was the non-monied spouse and my ex had me over the barrel. Sari's first statement to me was "I can help you." From that point forward she spent the next 4 1/2 years taking on each and every battle, prevailing every time, until she ultimately won the war. She is a tenacious litigator with incredible knowledge of the law. She negotiated an incredible settlement for me, but most importantly, she stuck with me through the entire process, when the lighthearted would have bailed out.
Before Sari's firm represented me in a vicious divorce action my prior attorney was selling me short and I felt that I was constantly fighting an uphill battle. Sari and her team leveled the playing field for me in there no-nonsense approach. Andrea Friedman was assigned my case and has represented me with a steadfastness and compassion second to none. If it was not for Sari and Andrea I really do not know where I would have ended up.
Sari from the very beginning you gave me hope and showed me what a real attorney can do for me. You will be the only divorce attorney that I would recommend without hesitation, and I do whenever I can.
I want to thank you all for making my divorce a pretty painless event. A special Thank You to Andrea. I may forget where I parked my car but I will never forget how great of a job you all did. Thank You.
I am a mature adult who for the past 10 years have been trying to get a fair divorce. When I started this process in 2003, I was not well advised, I didn't think that the court system was just.
In 2009, I started the process again and decided then that no matter what, I will go through with it. I was referred then referred to an attorney; I was not satisfied. I was again referred to another one, I felt he was not handing my case fairly. I then decided that I was not going to accept any more referrals and find my attorney myself!
I went to family court, and as luck would have it, I was allowed to go sit in the court room as often as I wanted. I went daily for three days and collected many business cards. I was a bit disappointed because I knew exactly what i was looking for. On the third day, I again sat in the court room, looking at a business card trying to decide if i was going to contact that specific attorney. All of a sudden, I heard heels clapping, and a cart rolling, two females, with a lot of attitude! I looked up and saw their facial expressions and understood them to mean "I am not going to take any nonsense today." Attitude galore! They are respectively: Princess Attitude (Andrea) and Queen Attitude (Sari). Of course, I took their business card.
I went again the next day to see them on trial. That same afternoon, I made an appointment to visit Sari Friedman's office. This was the first time I felt someone was fighting for me and I was going to win this battle. I did! For all the concern, care, and of course attitude, thank you ladies.
To Whom It May Concern
I am a 53 year old man who has just finalized a three year divorce initiated by my wife. One of the best decisions I made at the start of my divorce was to hire Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law to represent me.
I am a registered nurse at a prestigious N.Y. hospital, and I am used to doing my homework. I interviewed over 20 attorneys in the Nassau/Suffolk area before choosing Ms. Friedman's firm, and I can say beyond all doubt that I am happy I did my homework and thrilled with my choice.
Throughout my extremely complicated case, the attorney's and staff who were involved with me from Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law were excessively dedicated, extremely competent, and readily available to me. From their exceptional support staff to Sari Friedman herself, I was met with an "At Your Service" attitude from genuine people who readily responded to my concerns, were exceptionally well versed in the legal matters at hand, and NEVER failed to go the extra mile for me.
Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law's ability to continuously seek resolution in an exceptionally hostile environment, while protecting my interests astounded me. As time wore on, their dedication to my case and my interests only intensified, culminating in what I could only describe as a spectacular display of professionalism during trial and final negotiation. I can honestly say I have been able to walk away from this life altering event as whole as could possibly be imagined.
As anyone who has been through this process or works in the legal field could tell you, there are no "winners" in a divorce. So much is dependent on factors well beyond the control of both you and your attorney. I will tell you that during the course of the three years I worked with Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law, everyone I met within the system who asked me about my representation spoke exceptionally high of Sari, her firm, and their representation abilities. I now see why.
I believe Sari Friedman, Andrea Friedman, and their support staff Cynthia and Emily to not only be exceptional professionals, but exceptional human beings as well. I would highly recommend the services of Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law to anyone needing divorce representation without hesitation or reservation.
Dear Sari Friedman,
I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for all your help over the last 2 years. I am happy and grateful. I still remember the day I walked into your ofﬁce, emotional and totally unaware of the divorce process. Today I am in a better state of mind and quite educated. You"ve been a great counsel, providing good legal advice, being pragmatic, sensitive, and assertive.
Everything I could ask for. I have to thank you for the "Pendente Lite arrangement". I now have a great parenting time. I"m grateful that even though Daniel does not go with me anymore, I have a great relationship with Michael. You have a great team and it"s been fun working with Andrea all this time.
I must mention that Andrea was very helpful and provided great advice, and dealing with my emotions especially all the drama with the Kids. Thanks again Andrea for putting together the Parenting Stipulation and the numerous motions we made. I have to also mention Allyson who did a great job of wrapping everything up with the settlement docs, even rushing in the rain on Monday to Jerome"s ofﬁce.
Then there is Cynthia and Emily who were always there to help me whenever I needed them. Cynthia has always been nice but I"ve never had the courage to ring that bell, I don"t know why. Overall, it was a great experience. You and your staff were very helpful, honest and kind. I wish you all the best in the future. Thanks again for everything.
Dear Sari, Andrea & entire Sari Law Crew,
I write to you today a very happy man! Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation of what you and your firm has done for my family and I. Winning sole custody was more than just a victory for me, it was a victory for my 19 month old son, Joey Jr.
When I walked though your doors some sixteen months ago, I did not know what to expect. The "no-nonsense", "cut to the chase", and stern approach caught me off guard, and almost scared me away! I did not understand at first why you cannot get emotionally attached to your cases or clients. As they say, there are always 3 sides to every story, so to speak. You did your job of bringing the truth out at trial, and showing the NY State Supreme Court that the best interests of my son, were to be raised by me, his single father. I am now glad that you were all business when it came to my case.
I want to thank you Sari for fighting so hard at trial. You are a pit bull, but more importantly, you know how to cross examine. You told me not to wait for it, but you did bring forth that "Code Red" moment, and I thank you!
Andrea, thank you for your attention to detail. Thank you for your day to day dealings with my family and I, and our 1 million questions, thoughts and concerns. Thank you for painting the picture for Sari to display on my trial dates.
And to you Cynthia and the rest of the crew, thank you for your support and patience with me over the past sixteen months. For taking my calls, giving great advice, letting my son Joey run around the office when I had no one to watch him and had to bring him with me, and promptly sending my bills/invoices on an extremely regular basis.
One thing I have learned, if you believe in what you are fighting for, get in the trenches and help fight. Apparently it is not impossible for a single father to attain sole custody of his infant, if it is in the best interests of the child.
I am sure we will work together for many years to come, considering my circumstances. And one day when Joey is old enough, I am certain of one thing... He will walk through those same doors that I did, some sixteen months ago, to thank you all personally himself.
With much love, appreciation, joy and gratitude,