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  • I recommend her to ALL my friends
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    “Great Lawyer. Compassionate. Deanna took me on as her client and treated me with such compassion. I recommend her to ALL my friends. And she WON!”

    Michelle

  • Proactive in providing the right solution
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    “Excellent lawyer, very supportive. Deana provided legal assistance during my divorce proceedings. She was not only very knowledgeable about her field of practice but also very supportive throughout the process, on an emotional and psychological level. She was very proactive in providing the right solution for me and avoiding further litigation. She was always responsive in my phone calls, even after normal business hours. She has an insight with people and fully understands your needs. She has excellent advocacy skills and I would highly recommend her for her work ethic, emotional support, and effectiveness at Court proceedings.”

    Alexia

  • With Mrs. Balahtsis you are in capable hands and you never feel alone.
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    “Thank you for the professional services with my divorce. Attorney Deana Balahtsis is an excellent and professional lawyer. After a thorough research and speaking with other attorneys, I have chosen Mrs. Balahtis based on reviews from other clients and the reviews are absolutely correct. She is very knowledgeable and understanding of client needs. She has helped me with my divorce and I would definitely recommend her to other clients. With Mrs. Balahtsis you are in capable hands and you never feel alone.”

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  • She made mincemeat of the opposing side during the actual trial
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    “A Divorce Lawyer with Force! Deana is a lawyers lawyer! She handled the trial of my miserable, two year divorce, taking over from another attorney. What a breath of fresh air she brought me. Knowledgeable, persuasive she made mince meat of the opposing side during the actual trial. As the trial date drew ever closer, she had no problem in spending Saturdays and Sundays locked up in prep meetings with me in her office. In the end she brought the trial to an end within two days. The other side finally gave up! Thank you Deana, if only I had met you in the beginning before I spent a fortune of dollars and my soul on another attorney that never had my interests in mind.”

    Alex

  • Hiring Ms. Balahstsis to represent me in a complex case was hands down the best decision I could have made.
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    “Incredible! Hiring Ms. Balahstsis to represent me in a complex case was hands down the best decision I could have made. Throughout my trial she was knowledgeable, hard working and persistent. Ms. Balahstsis was mindful of my dollars and always put the interest of my child first. Ms. Balahstsis came highly recommended by one of the top firms in the city that I could not afford to hire and I was grateful she took on my case. She is excellent at what she does.”

    Sarah

  • #1 Professional Custody and Divorce Lawyer
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    “#1 Professional Custody and Divorce Lawyer. Professional, polite and punctual. Deana was referred to me by my business lawyer and I am grateful for this introduction. We sadly fought a very difficult custody battle and divorce. I realized that if a lawyer gets you what you want this is not what makes them a great lawyer. Their guidance and knowledge of the law become the tools that they must know how to deal with thru this system. Deana not only guided me through this but suggested many options of how to approach everything we needed to deal with. I highly recommend Deana as a divorce attorney and especially for her to be on your team when it comes to your children.”

    Sofia Feldman

  • Compassionate, informative, knowledgeable and above all else, available at all times
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    “Excellent lawyer! From the first meeting with Deana, I was completely comfortable with her ability to handle my case. She was compassionate, informative, knowledgeable and above all else, available at all times via email and phone when the need arose. I have since referred Deana and her firm to other potential clients. Deana made a difficult decision a lot easier to navigate with her knowledge of the Law.”

    John

  • She is trustworthy and very thorough in her work.
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    “Gets the job done. Deana is very knowledgeable in many areas of law. She is trustworthy and very thorough in her work. She helped my family through very tough times. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a family attorney.”

    Patti

  • She will be your calm in the midst of your storm!
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    “The calm in my storm. Finding yourself in the position to need the services of a family attorney is never a pleasurable experience. This experience can quickly turn catastrophic if you make the unfortunate decision of choosing the wrong attorney. With 100% confidence, I can say that selecting Deana as your attorney will be the best decision you ever make...she will be your calm in the midst of your storm! Her knowledge of family law is second to none, and her application of this knowledge to your case is unparalleled. Every time I was threatened to be swept away by my anxiety and emotions, she kept me sane and grounded. She was attentive to my concerns and empathetic towards my fears. Deana approached my case as the team and included me in the process. She gave me as many (or as few) details as I wanted. Her collaborative approach resulted in my firm belief that she was not just fighting for "my" family and children...she had a vested interest in my case, as my family had become her family. If you want an attorney with the perfect balance of knowledge, tenacity, attentiveness, and empathy, Deana is the attorney for you!! Thank-you, Deana...my entire family thanks you!!!”

    Nicole

  • Always responsive, supportive, and caring
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    “A really true review. Cannot say enough. I am so very happy with Deana. Always responsive….. supportive…. caring. Feel like I got really practical information about the realities of the situation and ended up with an agreement that I could live with and was so grateful to have. Thanks Deana!”

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  • Deana will fight her heart out for you and you will feel you have the best attorney in the room on your side.
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    “She made all the difference! Deana was the first attorney I hired. She helped me get full custody of my daughter. I moved so I had to switch attorneys---which I did several times. No one matched her responsiveness, her strength in the court room, and her clarity about what was right. Because of her, my daughter is in the best possible situation. In some ways, Deana saved us both. Deana will fight her heart out for you and you will feel you have the best attorney in the room on your side.”

    Elana

  • Deana is a champ in the courtroom!
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    “The best! You can't go wrong with Deana. Super knowledgeable, professional, responsive and compassionate to your needs. Once I met her, it was like a weight was lifted from me. She eased all of my concerns with my custody battle and gave me hope again. Deana is a champ in the courtroom! She will most definitely get the job done. I recommend her highly to anyone who needs a great family attorney. Thank you Deana!”

    Chris

  • She is a shark in the courtroom and fights hard for her clients.
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    “Amazing. Deana is a complete professional and throughout the entire process made sure my son and I were ok. She is a shark in the courtroom and fights hard for her clients. She goes above and beyond and takes the time to make sure you are prepared and able to handle the situation fully. In addition, a few years after my case was completed we lost our home to Hurricane Sandy. Deana immediately reached out to check in with my son and me to see what we needed and how she could help us. At that time we hadn't been her client for a few years. Obviously, this shows how much she cares about her clients and how she is always willing to help. I highly recommend Deana and if I ever find myself in a situation where I need help again there is no doubt in my mind that Deana would be my first and last call!”

    Maura

  • She has helped my family during a very difficult time.
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    “Awesome attorney. Deana is a very experienced attorney. She has helped my family during a very difficult time. Her knowledge and compassion have made our legal experience bearable in our time of need. We've used her multiple times including the purchase of our first home. She also took care of my parents' will and they too were very happy with her services. We highly recommend Deana for your legal needs.”

    Claudia

  • Quite possibly saved my kids lives
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    “Quite possibly saved my kids lives. I, unfortunately, was involved in a complex, multi-state, time sensitive, case involving two children which required emergency custody and jurisdiction, etc. It was a nightmare and seemed dauntingly hopeless. I was referred to Deana by another attorney and I cannot be more satisfied. She is incredibly knowledgeable and effective. In fact, and I know this may not have been appropriate but I'm a layperson so I get a pass, I ran into our presiding judge a few month after our case ended at a restaurant. I thanked him for his ruling and updated him on the success of the children. He remembered the case and complimented Deana - said she was a wonderful attorney and litigator. Fast forward years later, a friend of mine was in a similar complex custody situation so I referred Deana. Same awesome results. She is truly a gifted attorney and her drive for justice is unstoppable.”

    Joe

  • Practical and on point
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    “Mrs. Balahtsis responded fast to my emergency case. She is practical and on point. I felt supported all the way through my case. I would suggest her without second thought.”

    S.M.

  • Let's just say you need to hire her before the opposing party does.
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    “Breathe a sigh of relief having her in your corner. Not knowing how to navigate through and custody or divorce can be an emotional nightmare. I was lucky enough to meet with Deana and that she wanted to take on the challenge of my multi-state case. She took the case and along the way guided me through this journey that we never think would ever be our own. She is your voice, when you didn't know you had one. She is prepared for every twist and turn. your case might take. She always had a plan b, but never needed to put it in play. Deana fights for what is right, for justice within the confines of the law. She is relentless I her persuit and successful in finding her clients a victory. Let's just say you need to hire her before the opposing party does. I can't thank her enough- I was in the best hands”

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  • Has a level of clarity, fair judgment and human compassion that is a rarity.
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    “Honest, Strategic, Direct and Compassionate. An advocate for children. Ms. Balahtsis has represented me in a high conflict divorce and custody battle. Ms. Balahtsis is focused and understands the subtleties of every discourse. One of Ms. Balahtsis' greatest talents is her ability to see the truth where the system and her adversaries try to convincingly distort it. Ms. Balahtsis validates all information and is a great listener. Ms. Balahtsis is a tremendous advocate for children and their welfare and looks for their best interests. Ms. Balahtsis fully understands the scope of being a parent and how every minute away from one's children can be heartwrenching. Ms. Balahtsis knows the law and presents in a no-nonsense manner all the while maintaining a level of integrity that is refreshing. Ms. Balahtsis has a level of clarity, fair judgment and human compassion that is a rarity. She has come shoulder to shoulder with me during this most difficult journey and has made our adversaries meet us on a higher and more fairground all the while. I highly recommend Ms. Balahtsis.”

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  • Deana has saved my daughter's life
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    “Deana has saved my daughter's life in an ongoing custody battle regarding child abuse. When I always thought there was no hope left, Deana always managed to find different strategies to fight the system. She is very honest and makes you very comfortable confiding in her. She is very tough and will put up a good fight in the courtroom. I highly recommend her services.”

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  • Deana set the wheels of justice in motion for us.
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    “Renewed Outlook... You want her on your side! Our experience with attorneys and the court system has been nothing short of disappointing. 2 years ago we experienced the courts bias against fathers. From the judge, law guardian and therapists. We hired an attorney who was more concerned with my credit card number, and it's expiration date, rather than issues concerning my 13 year old daughter. She took a back seat and allowed things to unfold in the hearings. These hearings unfortunately, are exclusive to the attorneys, judge and law guardian (Supreme Court). We never had the opportunity to see our atttorney in action, as the matter never went to trial. Fast forward to now and my daughter once again wants out of her mother's house with the same complaints and then some. Skepticism immediately set in, but we do whatever it takes for our kids, right? Deana came highly recommended and from the get go we informed her of our lack of trust in attorneys and the system, but we needed to get custody. She set up a meeting on a weekend, because time was of the essence. She reassured us that she will work tirelessly to gain the upper hand. Still didn't buy into it, until I witnessed her work for myself. She took the case to Family Court, and I stood right next to her and listened to her speak on my behalf. The passion, decisiveness, and her matter of fact way of speaking was impressive. Every thought and detail we spoke about before standing in front of the judge was expressed. With our new attorney, new judge, new law guardian it was a totally different world. It felt like the system was working the way it's supposed to. My daughter was able to freely express herself without fear or retribution. Deana set the wheels of justice in motion for us. She is the catalyst that has allowed my daughter to be in a place where she can be a normal teenager. My wife and I thank her for her dedication, and admire her passion as our attorney.”

    Jason & Kim

  • She is not just fighting for the win but truly for what's best for my son.
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    “I TRUST DEANA! She's a one of a kind and the best at what she does! It was about 12 years ago that I had met Deana in the family court building in Queens, NY. I was a young mother, full time student, and working as a bar tender to earn a living to support myself and my son. I had been given a court appointed attorney who seemed so disinterested in the well being of my son. Our prep time for court was all of five minutes and her agenda seemed to be to wrap my case up as quickly as possible. As I sat in despair on a bench in the court house this woman came and sat next to me for a break and something inside had urged me to ask her if she was an attorney. Just as I began to lose hope Deana assured me that she could help me and she did just that. Well needless to say I have recently found myself in another custody battle. Deana and her associate Merilda have provided me with comfort and knowledge of what's going on every step of the way. I came back to seek her out as my attorney because I know that she is a force to be reckoned with. She is knowledgeable beyond anything that I have witnessed and handles everything professionally as it's thrown at her. With God and Deana on my side I am confident that this will become another well deserved victory. What makes it even sweeter is that she is not just fighting for the win but truly for what's best for my son. With Deana by my side I can walk into the court room with confidence instead of fear. I highly recommend her to anyone who is seeking a fighter, an honest representative, a strategist and a wealth of knowledge. Deana is amazing! She's worth every dollar spent.”

    Michelle

  • Deana will use every dollar honestly to fight for you and your child
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    “Always in your corner! My Aunt and I found Deana through reviews online after being extremely dissatisfied with the attorney we had hired to represent me in my case for child support and primary custody. Our first meeting with her really opened our eyes, and knowing my child's future was on the line, we put our deposit down that day. Deana set realistic expectations for how long the matter would take, which was disappointing, but accurate. The difference between Deana and the "other guy" in court is that she's more experienced, more aggressive and smarter. Outside of court she's a loving mother just like me and called me the first weekend my daughter was away to see how I was doing. If you have already been to family court, you know how the most minor, ridiculous, things can throw your case back for months. There has been more than one instance in which Deana has refused to charge me for her time. Deana will use every dollar honestly to fight for you and your child.”

    Andrea

  • Worked tirelessly and passionately to have this process happen as quickly and least painful as possible.
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    “Divorce is a horrible process and if it's the only option you have left finding the right law firm and Lawyer is essential to help you through, especially when children are involved. Deana Balahtsis walked me through every step holding my hand and guiding me with the most important decisions , impacting me and my children. Her quick to act , incredible turn around , powerful might made for a fast moving process. What was most impressive during My experience with Deana, she made it evident that my beautiful children were in the front of her mind with every decision, every moment working on my case. Deana Balahtsis and her Law associate , Merilda worked tirelessly and passionately to have this process happen as quickly and least painful as possible. They have my trust and my greatest appreciation for handling my case with care and competence. You would be incredibly fortunate to have them represent you and guide you through one of the hardest moments of your life. Finding people you can trust is a rarity and Dena Balahtsis and Merlida have my complete trust and gratitude. If you have to get it done go to Deana Balahtsis !”

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  • The most talented, gifted, and effective divorce and family attorney you will ever meet!
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    “The most talented, gifted, and effective divorce and family attorney you will ever meet! I found Deana through a trusted lifelong friend. Having never thought I would ever go through a divorce and family court and faced with the sudden need to hire an attorney to represent me and my child's best interests, I feel very fortunate to have made the right decision to hire Deana. Deana exceeded all my expectations. Living in New York I am aware of how challenging it can be to identify effective, experienced, knowledgeable, and competent professionals. Deana and Merilda both have my greatest appreciation and trust. Both are very caring, effective and efficient attorneys. I would recommend Deana and her firm exclusively to anybody going through a divorce with or without children. It's worth every penny of Deana's advice and experience to have an effective outcome.”

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  • You handled everything with professionalism, dignity and compassion, just what people need in stressful situations.
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    “BEST DIVORCE LAWYER IN TOWN! VERY PROFESSIONAL AND SUPPORTIVE! I just would like to take a moment to thank God for allowing me to meet such an extraordinary Lawyer who had me ( and my daughter’s interest at heart) during our most challenging time of divorce. After meeting with Deanna, I was initially convinced and moved my case from a previous lawyer who did not build that confidence in me. I can honestly say the change was a rewarding one. Deanna is an experienced lawyer at heart. She made sure I was making the right move and decision every step of the way and she and her team were always reliable in responding to my concerns and gave timely updates on the case. Many people who have been through divorce understand how traumatic it can become, especially when things can turn out in any directions. Deanna assured and proven to me that I was in good hands and her care was demonstrated the entire time of the divorce proceedings. The stressful time I was going through was made so much easier with all of you guiding me through the process, and I would definitely recommend your firm to anyone anywhere; actually I recently did just that with a friend who had divorce concerns. Upon settlement of my case, I felt that it was a fair settlement and that Deanna did everything in her power to ensure her process had truly been as smooth and comfortable as possible. Thank you so much for your help with our situation, you handled everything with professionalism, dignity and compassion, just what people need in stressful situations. Thank you again, for your time and your staff's time in resolving the case so quickly and in a professional manner. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.”

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  • Deana has worked tirelessly for my family.
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    “Exceotional Lawyer! About 4 years ago I found myself in a situation where I needed legal counsel regarding a custody matter. A friend of mine who is an attorney recommended Deana Bahlatsis. I cannot tell you how grateful I am. Deana has worked tirelessly for my family. She has given us the best legal advice, always being honest, supportive and to the point. I always know where I stand legally. The outcome of my custody situation could not have gone any better and as time has gone by in matters of family I always turn to her. With Deana I never have to worry. She is always prepared which gives me peace on mind. I highly recommend Deana Bahlatsis for any issues involving family law. She is professional, personable, efficient, and tireless in achieving the best possible legal outcome.”

    Alexis

  • Incredibly Helpful
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    “She was incredibly helpful with my divorce and handled it with such ease.”

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