David J. Spellman, Esq.

If you want the situation resolved quickly, peaceably, and inexpensively call me so I explain how mediation works...

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Firm Overview

I maintain a solo practice that is private and focused entirely on your needs.
Main Office

Main Office
6 Automation Lane
Suite 118
Albany  NY  12205

Phone
  • 518-362-6549
Fax
  • 518-512-4161

Fees

Hourly Rates

$150 per hour

Divorce
Mediation instead of Litigation is a much more pleasant and cost effective approach. I provide a gentle and supportive space for you to resolve things quickly and inexpensively.
If you go to an attorney that specializes only in divorce litigation you risk perpetuating the conflict and wasting precious resources.

Besides draining emotional and financial reserves, parental fighting models unhealthy ways of dealing with differences. This dynamic robs children of a chance to learn healthy ways of handing disagreements and sets them up to become either too aggressive or too avoidant later in life. It may predispose them to behavior problems, cynicism, and low self-esteem.

Separation or divorce can be peacefully negotiated without conflict or court. If you feel you need to break from your spouse, I can help you to negotiate custody and financial arrangements in a way that preserves the children's wellbeing and sense of security.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

When people get married they generally hope it will be forever. Many times it is not.

Because of my Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and my work with troubled youth, I came to realize how hurtful a litigated and contentious divorce can be to children, whatever their ages. When people feel hurt by their spouse they often want to fight back. Court litigation seemingly presents a way to get even with your spouse. It is tempting to seek revenge; but often everyone loses.

Recognizing the great need for a peaceful way to handle this most painful process, I decided to combine my legal background with my mental health training in order to help people mediate their divorce instead of litigating it.

If your spouse hurts you, it is normal to want to fight back. Court litigation seemingly presents a way to get even. As tempting as it is to seek revenge, often in the end you both end up losing.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

After graduating from The Cornell Law School in 1980 I worked as an attorney for several large NYC law firms.

But when I served as the General Counsel and then CEO of a 171-bed residential facility for troubled youth, I realized the need for, and thus obtained, a Masters in Mental Health Counseling.

Later I served as General Counsel of the state labor relations board in Indiana and was certified as a Mediator (Civil and Family) in Indiana. My settlement rate as a Mediator there was quite high at 93%.

I am also received training and certification from the Focusing Institute in NY. During this training I learned how to effectively listen to hurting people while demonstrating empathy in a very focused and affirming way.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

As often as possible.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Informed clients are a pleasure for me to work with because they "get" the concept of collaboration and mediation. They see it as a win-win situation.

David J. Spellman, Esq.

I received my BS from Cornell University in 1977 and graduated from The Cornell Law School in 1980 (JD magna cum laude, Order of the Coif).

After working as an attorney for several large NYC law firms, I served as the General Counsel and then CEO of a 171-bed residential facility for troubled youth. I obtained a Masters in Mental Health Counseling during those years. I also had specialized training in Elder and Estate Planning issues with an LLM in taxation from the University of Miami School of Law.

I am admitted to practice law in the states of New York, Florida, and Indiana. I served as General Counsel of the state labor relations board in Indiana and was certified as a Mediator (Civil and Family) in Indiana. My settlement rate as a mediator was quite high at 93%.

I also received training and certification from The Focusing Institute in NY.
License
  • Bar Number: 1706290
    New York , 1981
Education
  • The Cornell Law School
    JD , 1980
    Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif

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