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At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, we pride ourselves on a collaborative workplace because we find it produces the most effective legal representation for our clients. Regardless of which one of our attorneys primarily handles your file, behind the scenes you will benefit from the knowledge, experience, and insight of our entire team, working together to devise and implement the best strategy for your case.

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Our Attorneys

PRM has five attorneys on staff, with nearly 60 years of combined experience in divorce law and family law. Our lawyers appear before the judges and magistrates of the Suffolk County Supreme and Family Courts nearly every day, and have cultivated productive working relationships with our colleagues on the bench and bar.

Clifford Petroske, esq. divorce lawyer Long Island


Founding Partner, 1992

“Mr. Petroske is well known to this Court as a capable matrimonial attorney.  He represented the plaintiff with skill and professionalism.”

-Hon. William J. Kent, III
Justice of the Supreme Court (ret.)


  • Juris Doctor, 1989, Hofstra University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1986, SUNY Stony Brook


  • 1990, New York
  • 1991, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • 2016, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations​

  • Suffolk County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Committee)
  • New York State Bar Association (Member, Family Law Committee)
  • Suffolk County Matrimonial Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • 2016-2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers list
  • Peer Rated Distinguished for High Professional Achievement and High Ethical Standing, Martindale-Hubbell lawyers.com
  • Top Contributor, Avvo.com


  • “Rights of Gay and Lesbian Couples to Custody and Visitation.” The Suffolk Lawyer Jan. 2016
Ryan Riezenman, esq. divorce attorney Long Island


Partner | Joined Firm 2009

“Ryan is nothing short of amazing at what he does! I was completely scared of this whole process. Ryan immediately put my mind at ease. He is warm, compassionate, knowledgeable, and always promptly answered any of my questions or concerns.”

-Melissa, a former client


  • Juris Doctor, 2005, New York Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts, 2002, SUNY Albany


  • 2006, New York
  • 2006, New Jersey (inactive)

Professional Associations​

  • Suffolk County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Committee)
  • Suffolk County Matrimonial Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Top 40 Lawyer Under 40, American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Peer Reviewed, Martindale-Hubbell lawyers.com
  • Matrimonial Special Section Editor, The Suffolk Lawyer, Jan. 2016

Previous Experience

  • Law Offices of Sari M. Friedman, 2009
  • Gabor & Marotta, 2005-2009
Michael Meyers, esq. Long Island divorce attorney


Partner | Joined Firm 2011

“Mr. Meyers is an extremely brilliant attorney who knows the law better than other attorneys practicing twice as long as he has. . . He has guided me through me some incredibly difficult times during my divorce and custody case, and treated me with patience, kindness, and understanding every step of the way.”

– Rebecca, a former client


  • Juris Doctor, 2011, Touro College – Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • Bachelor of Arts, 2008, St. Joseph’s College


  • 2012, New York
  • 2011, New Jersey (inactive)
  • 2016, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations​

  • Suffolk County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Committee)
  • Suffolk County Matrimonial Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • St. Joseph’s College Alumni Association

Professional Recognition

  • 2015-2018 New York Metro Rising Stars list

Previous Experience

  • Francesco P. Tini & Associates, P.C., 2011


  • “Jurisdiction and Custody Orders.” The Suffolk Lawyer Jan. 2016




J.D., 2017, Hofstra University School of Law

B.A., 2013, SUNY Albany


2018, New York

Professional Associations​

Suffolk County Bar Association

NYS Bar Association

Previous Experience

Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, 2015 (Legal Intern) and 2017 (Law Assistant)

NYPD, 2016 (Legal Intern)

Law Offices of CJP 2013-2016

Debra Welsh, esq. Long Island divorce lawyer


Senior Associate

“Ms. Welsh was great about explaining all the details in a way I can understand them. . . She showed compassion, empathy and managed to “cool” me down. . .This process is long and at times excruciating….and Ms Welsh was my calm in my “personal” storm.”

– Joanna, a former client


  • Juris Doctor, 1994, Hofstra University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1991, St. John’s University


  • 1995, New York

Professional Associations​

  • Nassau County Bar Association (Member, Matrimonial Committee)

Professional Recognition

  • Peer Rated Preeminent for Highest Level of Professional Excellence and High Ethical Standing, Martindale-Hubbell lawyers.com

Previous Experience

  • Bondi Iovino & Fusco, 1996-2016
Katelyn Fitzmorris, esq. long island divorce attorney



“I can’t thank Katelyn enough for working with me during my divorce. She was professional and very understanding through the whole process. . . I will always be grateful to Katelyn for her hard work and dedication.”

– Ileana, a former client


  • Juris Doctor, 2015, Hofstra University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, 2011, SUNY Binghamton


  • 2016, New York

Professional Associations​

  • Suffolk County Bar Association

Previous Experience

  • Hofstra Law School Youth Advocacy Clinic (Legal Intern), 2015
  • Law Offices of Elan Wurtzel, P.C. (Legal Intern), 2014-2015
  • Law Offices Of Clifford J. Petroske, PC (Legal Assistant), 2012-2013


We have five full-time paralegals and legal assistants, most of whom have been with us for many years.  They have established routines to ensure your case proceeds smoothly every step of the way — starting with your initial call to our office— and they are equipped to answer many of your questions about the various forms, documents, and procedures you will encounter in a divorce, child support, or child custody case.


Colleen Durfee

Joined the Firm in 2000

Colleen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, magna cum laude, from SUNY Stony Brook. Under attorney supervision, her responsibilities include preparation of Qualified Domestic Relations Order, adoption documents, pleadings, orders, and stipulations.


Stacey Bernhardt

Joined the Firm in 2000

Stacey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from SUNY Stony Brook and a Paralegal Certification with honors from Hofstra University.  Under attorney supervision, her responsibilities include the coordination of financial disclosure and preparation of subpoenas, and drafting of pleadings, stipulations, divorce submission documents and Family Court petitions.


Megan Addotta

Joined the Firm in 2011

Megan holds a Legal Executive Assistant Certificate with honors from the Katharine Gibbs School.  Her responsibilities include drafting correspondence and pleadings, daily communication with opposing counsel and the courts, coordination of service of process, and attorney-client liaison.  Prior to joining the firm, Megan was Legal Executive Assistant to Bridget Tartaglia, Esq.

Emily Lagonigro

Emily Lagonigro

Joined the Firm May 2016

Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Long Island University.  Her responsibilities include client intake, and the typing and assembly of net worth statements, motions and petitions for filing with the court clerk.  Prior to joining the firm, Emily was a legal intern at the Suffolk County District Court in Central Islip.

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When facing a divorce, child custody, or child support case, you deserve a lawyer who will listen to your concerns and take the time to explain your options, and who has the knowledge and experience to give you the best advice.

The best way to identify whether a Long Island divorce lawyer is right for you is to meet with the lawyer for an initial consultation. At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, we are proud to offer potential clients a free, confidential consultation where they can learn more about our experience and discuss their legal dispute. We can also offer our preliminary assessment about how the dispute will likely turn out as well as what evidence you will need for a favorable outcome.

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Why Choose Petroske Riezenman & Meyers

There are countless Long Island attorneys who will promise to aggressively represent your interests in a divorce or family law dispute. But only one firm has the right mix of attributes to provide cutting-edge legal representation along with compassionate support in this stressful time.

At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, our success is built on three pillars:


Matrimonial and family law changes often. New developments come out of Albany every year, and the courts implement the law in sometimes surprising ways. To effectively protect your interests, you need a lawyer who understands the latest developments in the law, however minor. We stay informed of upcoming amendments and trends in the law. We know the latest court decisions coming from remote counties that might impact how a judge decides a case here in Long Island. If there is a prior case out of the Family Courts that helps you, we will find it and bring it to the attention of the judge.

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Family law disputes are not like other lawsuits. These disputes are governed by different laws and different judges. Although you can ask a criminal defense lawyer or an immigration attorney to handle your matrimonial or family law dispute, you should not be surprised if they are soon in over their heads and unable to provide effective representation. At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, our attorneys and support staff have dedicated their careers to excellence and professionalism in the practice of matrimonial and family law.

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We are proud to be highly recommended by the many satisfied clients we have represented over the years in divorce and Family Court cases. No attorney can promise a result, and we do not claim to. But experience counts. We have over 60 years of combined experience, which allows us to perform a complete review of your case and discover facts that work to your advantage. We understand the unique challenges that family law disputes create, such as the risk of domestic violence, impediments to negotiated resolution, or the possibility of harassing or vexatious litigation. To see the positive results we have achieved for others, check out our Client Reviews.

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