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“I can’t thank you enough for everything that you have done for me throughout the course of this case. From our initial consultation … you have shown me the utmost respect. You were compassionate and you were honest. I can say now that I did not appreciate your honesty in the initial meeting until months later. Although I listened and took it all in, I did not want to hear all of what you told me, even though I had suspected [it for] months. You were always straightforward and polite which allowed me to process everything without going over the edge. The value that you brought to my case goes way beyond the final agreement. You enabled me to deal with an extremely difficult situation without distress. I was able to move forward calmly (minus a few instances which you, unfortunately, were on the receiving end) and carry on with my life and daily routine with a good attitude. You knew exactly how to manage me, my situation and expectations.

It seemed like an eternity but I understand now that it was a blip on the radar screen compared to the rest of my life. To the next phase whatever it may be, will be on my terms; with the kids and myself in the center… . Thank you again for everything on behalf of myself and the children. We are all stronger thanks to you.

As I have told a few people, I truly hope that I don’t know anyone that has to go through what I did, but in the event that I do, I have a top notch referral.”

-Name Withheld, 2012

“I knew from day one that I was in good hands with you and Erica.  Your guidance, expertise and kindness helped me navigate a difficult process with confidence and faith.”

CC, December 2021

“Our home is peaceful and without stress.  It is such a gift!  And you made that gift happen and made way for a new better life for both of us.

Thank you for opening my eyes, holding my hand, offering me patience, non-judgment, genuine kindness and concern.  As tough as it was to go through, because of you, I can honestly say that the divorce process was one of the most positive and empowering experiences in my life.  I will always remember you and be grateful for you.  Beyond words.”

MS, December 2021

“I am so grateful you have been there to guide me through this whole process.  I appreciate you both more than words can say.”

HF, July 2020

“I know I was a bit of a ‘rough case’ much of the time during my divorce, but I want you to know how much I appreciate how patient and ‘longsuffering’ both of you were with me.  You maintained your professionalism and calm while I was losing mine, and you kept us on track.  I’ve been through a number of rough patches in my life, but nothing has equaled the divorce, and I hope I never go through anything like it again.  I’m not sure how or why you ever decided to go into ‘Family Law,’ but I am glad you were there when I needed you.”

GP, November 2018

“Andrew, I really could not have coped through this very hard divorce without your patience. The dictionary says: calm, endurance of hardship, provocation, pain, delay etc. I reacted to all of that! You kept me focused, calmed me down, but most of all “LISTENED” for as long as it took! What a pain I was!! It still hurts but it is getting easier. Good luck in your future with your family and work. You deserve the best life has to offer.”

-DM, September 2004

“Thank you so much for all you have done for me. You were so patient and understanding throughout this unpleasant divorce of mine. I don’t know what I would have done without your support, advice, knowledge and level-headedness.  You are truly a ‘Super Lawyer’ and I am so glad that you took my case. …

I wish you and the rest of the ‘Dream Team’ the best and I thank every one of you for all you have done to help me through this very difficult time and the peace of mind I have now that it is over. I will be eternally grateful”

-RK, August 2014

“Hi Andy: Just wanted to thank you again for all your hard work! Without your experience, expertise and guidance I wouldn’t have been able to handle [my husband]. He really made everything so difficult. … I am so grateful. God bless”

-PM, May 2014

“I can’t begin to tell you how much your advice meant to me! I couldn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel that I’ve been stuck in for nearly six months. You helped to change that for me!… May God bless you for your generosity and kindness to me!”

-JK, January 2002

“When the heart grieves over what it has but, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.” [Sufi Epigram].

Thank you for helping me to keep focused on what is left, and not on what I have lost. These past 18 months have been the most painful months I have ever endured. I have tried my best to live them with grace and forgiveness. Your guidance has helped me do both. I will be forever grateful to you for your strength when I was so weak. Your parents raised a kind and honorable son. I know you are doing the same.”

-DW, March 2007

“I just can’t even express to you how grateful I am to you for everything you did, for your compassion, and just everything. The process would have been much worse if it hadn’t been for you, and I’m just really grateful and I really feel I got the best I could have got and it’s all because of you. So, I just want to thank you, thank you so much.”

“Andy you’re a lifesaver! Thank you so, SO much for clearing up this mess! I can’t even begin to imagine where I’d be if it weren’t for you and Sara. You are both on my list of things to be thankful for this Thursday.”

“Mr. Rifkin really is an outstanding lawyer to have fighting for you. When Mr. Rifkin fought my case, two things stood out to me – 1) His outstanding professionalism 2) His stellar communication skills. Right after the first meeting with him, I knew my case was in good hands. He navigated me through a tough case really well and he was always there explaining every step of the way. I do not understand court proceedings remotely and he made it so clear by explaining every step of the way. He is highly ethical, a real professional and he took care of my case really well and I came out with a really good settlement! I would highly recommend Mr. Rifkin. Simply the best!”

-TS, May 2014

“Thank you for the time you devoted to [my daughter] and me yesterday. We appreciate your insight and guidance. Your demeanor and sensitivity to [my daughter] were particularly valued.  Given the difficult circumstances, she felt very comfortable talking with you.

Having knowledge regarding one’s profession is important. Possessing the interpersonal attributes to apply that knowledge in the appropriate manner is a very different, yet critical, skill.  You have obviously mastered all the tools of your profession and this father very much appreciates what you did for our family.”

-JM, November 2002

“I truly appreciate everything you have done thus far on the case and how you have managed me and my feelings. You have a made a very overwhelming, unbearable situation a lot easier to handle. Thank you.”

“Many thanks for your outstanding service and support to our family. It was a victory, and I shall never forget you. Good luck to you always. God Bless.”

-LL, January 2000

“Hi Andy, I just wanted to say thank you again for all of your expertise and support. I am very glad I chose you to represent me and have no question that you have always acted in my best interest, and taken the time to help me understand what that is when needed. Today was an emotional experience, but I feel enormous relief that it’s behind me now. Thanks again, and I hope you have a great weekend!”

-SE, April 2013

“Not sure if any of your clients have ever told you this, but beyond a great Lawyer you are, you’re a great person and I really appreciate you calling me last night.”

-JR, February 2010

“Andy I think very highly of you and the work that you do and what you put up with on a regular basis! … I want you to know that I am thankful for all that you do and did for me and the kids, you were a pleasure to work with!”

-LK, May 2010

“You guys are rock stars!!!!! I am thrilled. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!!”

-JB, April 2014

“I am so pleased that we settled today! [T]hank you so very much for your patience and diligence. [T]hanks for the excellent counsel and for being such kind people through the whole thing. [H]aving you representing me made a tremendous difference in my confidence and comfort level. [Y]ou are wonderful to work with. [T]hank you so much!”

-MO, May 2010

“I would also like to thank you … for all your help through this crazy time in my life. It was not easy but knowing I had you looking out for me helped me get through it. So thank you [both] and have a great holiday season with your families.”

“I just want to thank you for the work you did with us [with my former employer]. … [T]he way you handled the situation has caused [my former employer] and me to part on as friendly terms as possible, and that’s important in the business community. … So you were a great friend at a time of great stress. Thanks very much for your support.”

-BB, June 2002

“Again, your attention to detail and your friendship the other day will never ever be forgotten…. I have so much admiration and respect for your brain in the court room and outside. Thank you. You are a true class act.”

“A sincere “thank you” to you … for ALL of your help this past year. I am very grateful for your expertise and responsiveness to navigate through all of the difficulties we encountered.”

“You and your team did a great job!”

“I sincerely thank you for all of the time and effort you put into [my matter]. … I felt comfortable speaking with you and that I could trust you to represent my best interest in a very non-threatening manner for all concerned. When I [met with another lawyer to whom I had been referred], it was like a chop shop once you got beyond the front desk. I went from the Bentley to the Indy 500 car (after the race).”

-MW March 2006

“Just a note to express my sincerest gratitude for all of your expertise in the handling of my divorce case. Your professionalism and timely attention in all matters is greatly appreciated. I am thankful for all of your guidance in such an emotionally difficult time. You all were such a pleasure to work with. I really cannot thank you enough.”

-CB, November 2012

“Mark and Andy:  Thought you should celebrate how utterly brilliant you were this week! Thank you!”

-AS, April 2013

“Hi Andy: First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Wow, you did an amazing job. I hope you are as proud of yourself as I am. Thank you so much for your dedication, hard work, and commitment. I truly appreciate everything.”

-DT, September 2004

“How do I ever thank you? You are my “knight in shining armor”-minus the horse.”

-PR, 2003

“I truly appreciate everything you have done thus far on the case and how you have managed me and my feelings. You have a made a very overwhelming, unbearable situation a lot easier to handle. Thank you.”

-Name Withheld, May 2012

“Many thanks for the outstanding job you … did in my negotiations with [my former employer]. …[I]t is a tribute to your style and professionalism that it never reached the level of a legal battle. I look forward to working with you in the future. Best of health and happiness to you and your family.”

-JD, February 2002

“Andy, you have my utmost gratitude. Your friendship, support, and professional expertise are unmatched. You are truly a “Good Egg.””

-HH, December 2009

“A heartfelt thank you for all of your advice, support, and special care.”

-KM, May 2002

“I want you to know how happy I have been with your law firm. You, first and foremost, [and Sara] have been lifesavers for me during this difficult divorce and you will never know how much I appreciate it. Thank you for everything you have done for me.”

-RK, July 2014

“I want to thank you so much for trying to guide [my daughter] through this difficult time. … I hope your door will always be open for consultation.”

-DH, September 2007

“I will be eternally grateful to you both and your hard work …. I promise you both to never look back in the rearview mirror … only forward with all good things to come. … Thank you for your continued hard work. I can not imagine having gone through this without you both at my side. I am so grateful.”

-JB, April 2014

“Where do I start? When I came to meet with you I thought I was going to lose custody of my boys. With your help and belief in me, we have weathered much. You never once waivered your faith in what I was telling you and for that I am most grateful. I’m sure there were 90% of the petty issues you’d have wished to not address, but you did to protect me. Always my sounding board, always on my side and whenever I’d talk to you and had some ugly occurrence, you’d calm me down and help me to see the important issues versus the trivial ones.

[My son] hopes to be a lawyer one day. My hope for him is that he shows the knowledge and compassion toward his clients that you have shown me. I am most grateful Andrew, for the past two and a half years and am grateful to have you not only as my lawyer in the future but also my friend!”

-JM, 2005

“There is a quality about you that resonated instantly with me. Thank you for your patience when I was struggling emotionally and needed to vent. May your caring manner enrich your life both personally and professionally.”

-IB, January 2009

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We would welcome the opportunity to help you, whether it is connecting you with the right people, helping you to make the right decision, or guiding you through the divorce process the right way.  We take the time to carefully understand your unique circumstances and develop a long-term plan, seeking the most constructive, private solutions to your most important issues.