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I write this review as I reflect, while preparing for my daughters 11th birthday. I forever will feel the need to praise Cliff Petroske for all he had done for me as my attorney. I met Cliff during a time that I’ll always remember to be the worst and most desperate time of my life. Like many clients, I had been going through a divorce and custody battle that had been going on for a year and a half. I had been represented during that time by another attorney whom I was informed a month before my custody trial was about to begin, that he was dismissed from practicing law in New York State. My life was crumbling before me emotionally and financially when it was strongly suggested by another attorney familiar with my case that I contact this office. Little did I know it would be the best worse news that I ever could have received. Cliff is a compassionate, ethical, hard working, fair and honest man who is serious about his work as a vocation and representing his clients with the highest level of excellence and integrity. He confidently took my case assuring me he would be prepared and would proudly represent me as I am a responsible and devoted father to my daughter. I was never more nervous in my life than the first day I walked into court and stood before Judge Bivona as I was sworn in to testify my case. I left with a much more comfortable feeling as I realized, during cross examination from my spouse’s attorney, that I was in good hands, better hands. Professional and knowledgeable at all times, Cliff strategically, fearlessly and boldly represented me. Fully prepared for rebuttal and curve balls he consistently was able to support my testimony and quite often out smart the opposing colleague, who is well known and held in very high regard in the Suffolk County Court and Family Law professionals. I knew from that day forward that everything was going to be ok. What the opposition saw as an opportunity to capitalize on my misfortune, they soon realized was going to be a much more daunting task. With such little time to prepare, Cliff clearly surprised everyone in the court room including the Judge and my daughter’s law guardian with his thoroughness, hard nose approach and relentless persistence for an outcome that was best for my daughter to come to fruition and for me to comfortably move on. After five days of trial, my spouse was advised by her attorney and my daughter’s law guardian that she settles with me for the case did not shine bright in her favor. Even then, Cliff wasn’t done as he sat with me at the table and negotiated for me a very fair and satisfying agreement that I’m proud resulted in most everything I had been hoping for. At all times I found the entire staff of the firm, specifically Ryan Riezenman and Stacey Bernhardt, to be courteous, knowledgeable, efficient and dedicated professionals. They were familiar with my case, though Cliff represented me, prompt in returning phone calls, and I always got off the phone with reassurance that the job was getting done, which was a pleasant experience as I had not had that with my previous firm. I always felt I was advised properly by Cliff and the team and more importantly knew everyone was listening and understanding me. Cliff and the staff were extremely transparent with expectations and caring about how the situation was affecting me. It was truly an experience you don’t find anywhere else. I will forever be grateful and feel blessed that I met Cliff Petroske and think often about all the people that make that firm so special and their part in the life my daughter and I have today. With pride,