Since starting her practice in 1995, she is committed to providing her clients with legal representation that focuses on the client’s needs and provides them with a cost effective result. Her goal is to provide high quality, personalized service, while operating in an efficient and economical way that benefits her clients. Achieving her client’s goals is her ultimate concern.
When possible, she encourages her clients to cooperate with their spouse in protecting the children from any fallout and focus on “Cooperative Parenting.” As a wife and mother herself, Pat understands how important stability and parental involvement are to raising successful and healthy children.
She is intimately involved in all aspects of the cases she handles, from the initial meeting with the client to the final settlement. She takes the time to understand each individual client’s goals and priorities so that she can leverage the law to obtain every available advantage for her clients. Pat is passionate about ensuring that her clients are educated about all available options, not just the most popular methods or alternatives.
Pat maintains a highly successful private legal practice on Long lsland, New York focusing her energy and professional expertise on the issues of matrimonial law, domestic violence, child custody, sexual abuse and all phases of family court matters.
A vocal advocate for her clients who are involved in the difficult process of divorce, Pat is a champion for her clients’ rights, including custody, child support and maintenance. Pat helps women to define their most important priorities and provides them with the ammunition to fight for them during the difficult divorce process. She works with her clients to ensure that they can function and thrive independently, support and maintain their lifestyle and their children and protect their dignity, integrity and well-being. Pat has a deep commitment to the cause of women’s rights and enjoys the hands-on experience of working with battered and abused women.
ln 1997, Ms. Sokolich was invited to edit the definitive Domestic Violence Survival Guide (Looseleaf Law Publications, lnc.), working with author Cliff Mariani, retired New York City Police officer and member of the NYS Coalition against Domestic Violence, The Domestic Violence Survival Guide is a no-nonsense reference for women involved in abusive situations, offering tactics, strategies, and guidelines for recognizing, preventing, terminating and surviving domestic abuse. According to Pat, “Domestic violence is a universal problem that cuts across every class and race in our society, and it’s time that counselors, volunteers, human resource professionals, the legal system and victims themselves uncover and fight back against the shocking details of family violence.”
Pat has dedicated herself personally and professionally to imparting lifesaving information to victims of family abuse, and to advocating on behalf of those victims who cannot do so for themselves, She is a charter member of Community Legal Research Network (CLRN) which was founded by the City University Law School at Queens College to help new attorneys begin their solo practices and give them needed support so that they may offer services to all members of their community. Pat has also taught various CLE courses at CLRN involving substantive areas of Matrimonial and Family Law.
Patricia A. Sokolich received her Juris Doctor degree from CUNY Law School in 1993 and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and Courts of the State of New York. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association; Nassau County Bar Association and City Bar Association. She is a member of the Inns of Court and has been appointed to the Nassau County Panel of Attorney for the Child for the past twenty years.
- City University of New York Law School, Juris Doctor
- C.W. Post, Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science
- College of Mt. St. Vincent, BA in English and Fine Arts
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- New York State Bar Association
- New York County Bar Association
- Nassau County Bar Association
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America
- Queens County Women’s Bar Association
- Nassau County Women’s Bar Association
- American Inns of Court – Barrister
- Nassau County Catholic Lawyers
- New York State Courts
- Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York
- Supreme Court of the United States
HONORS & AWARDS
- New York Women’s Agenda Galaxy Award for Future Women of Achievement — 1996
- New York Country Bar Association — 1997
- New York State Association of Trial Lawyers