Wendy Hamberger, Esq
Wendy decided to pursue a career in law to help people. After receiving her BA in Economics and Political Science, she worked as a legislative aid for Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn oversee community outreach in the legislator’s district.
In 1994, she chose to attend CUNY law school because of the school’s dedication to “Law in the Service of Human Needs’ ‘ and simultaneously pursued a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She was admitted to practice to the New York Bar in 1999 and hired as an Associate a Levitan and Pardes, PC. working under retired Nassau Supreme Court Justice Sondra Pardes.
She has long served as pro bono counsel to the Nassau Suffolk Law Services Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP). Since joining the VLP in 2004, Wendy has zealously dedicated herself to representing many clients in matrimonial and guardianship matters. Her professional and caring approach has helped these clients through tremendous adversity toward a new beginning in their lives.
She helped establish the VLP’s Uncontested Matrimonial Law Initiative to assist clients who for years have been seeking a divorce but cannot afford to hire an attorney. Inspired by the New York State Access to Justice Program, Wendy originally hoped to provide legal advice to low income clients in uncontested matrimonial cases in Nassau County. At the VLP, she is generously provides direct full representation of her clients. These individuals had been unable to navigate the complicated process of an uncontested divorce pro se.
Wendy also trains a team of newer attorneys, guiding and mentoring their representation of the matrimonial clients who are grateful to be moving on with their lives. Her hard work and determination helping low-income Long Island residents has earned her the honor of being named “Pro Bono Attorney of the Month” for January of 2015 by Nassau Suffolk Law Services and Nassau County Bar Association ProBono Attorney of the Year for 2019.
In January 2020, Wendy completed and received a certificate in Mediation from CMS in Jamaica, New York.
MEDIATOR: Michelle Alexander, LCSW-R
Michelle Alexander is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Long Island, NY. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hofstra University and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after receiving her Master of Social Work from Adelphi University.
Beginning in 1996, Michelle worked in hospital based Social Work at Holliswood Hospital where she worked with patients and their families. After practicing at the hospital, she worked at The Renfrew Center of Long Island, an outpatient center for women’s mental health.
She also has experience running a private practice. In this setting, she worked with many clients to help build confidence, to help develop interpersonal skills, and to help resolve conflicts. Additionally, she has a vast knowledge of the needs of the special learner and special needs community. She herself has raised a child with special needs.
She has extensive training through the SWEET Institute (Supporting Wellbeing through Empowerment, Education and Training). In working with the SWEET Institute, she has continued to expand her knowledge base to effectively help her clients.
Michelle is a mother of two, a wife, a lover of a good book, and a lifelong learner.
The US Constitution guarantees the right to counsel in criminal cases but not in civil matters. Fortunately, there are legal aid organizations throughout our country that provide free legal services to the poorest of our citizens. However, working people who earn too much to qualify for free services and not enough to afford traditional legal services often find themselves facing civil legal matters without the assistance of a lawyer.
Primarily serving Long Island, NY and surrounding areas, established to address unmet need for civil legal services and offers affordable legal services without sacrificing quality.
Our fees are determined on a case by case basis and are based on a variety of factors including the nature and complexity of your case and your income, assets and expenses. We offer free consultations via phone or in person to assist us in determining an affordable fee.