Robert H. Montefusco has been practicing law since 1998 and concentrates in the areas of matrimonial law and family law. He is a very experienced and determined trial attorney, having conducted hundreds of trials and/or hearings.
Mr. Montefusco graduated cum laude from Touro Law School. He was a recipient of the American Excellence Award for Family Law and Evidence, a member of the Dean's List and an editor of Touro Law Review. He is a former prosecutor for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, where he gained invaluable experience in the courtroom not otherwise available to private practitioners.
On a daily basis, he was responsible for handling all levels of crimes, including serious felonies, from arraignment to trial and sentencing. He learned effective and persuasive litigation skills from conducting numerous trials over the course of his career in the District Attorney’s Office.
On a personal note, Mr. Montefusco was involved in a very acrimonious divorce and, rather than focusing on the hardship and emotional pain of his contested divorce action which resulted in a trial, he believes that this experience was an opportunity for him to learn how to be a more compassionate and effective attorney. He intimately understands what it takes to be successful in divorce litigation, and can sympathize with what you may be experiencing.
Outside the courtroom, Mr. Montefusco augments his education by routinely attending Continuing Legal Education seminars on the latest updates and trends in the law. He is an active participant in the Suffolk County matrimonial bar mentoring program, providing legal advice to less experienced attorneys.
He has been a guest lecturer at Touro Law Center relating to issues of criminal procedure and practice and has been featured in Touro Law Center’s recruiting literature. He has also appeared on News12 and has been quoted in various newspapers.
Mr. Montefusco is admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Meaghan E. Howard is an associate attorney at the Law Office of Robert H. Montefusco, P.C. Ms. Howard grew up and continues to reside on the North Fork of Long Island. Prior to becoming an attorney, she spent six years as the primary legal assistant to a partner at a busy matrimonial and family law firm on the East End of Long Island.
Ms. Howard pursued her undergraduate studies degree at SUNY Stony Brook in American History. She graduated cum laude and was a member of the Dean’s List, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Additionally, Ms. Howard received the Undergraduate Excellence & Achievement Award from the chair of the History Department upon her graduation.
In the year following her graduation from SUNY Stony Brook, Ms. Howard went to work full time to immerse herself in the field of matrimonial and family law. Thereafter, Ms. Howard went on to attend law school at Touro Law Center, where she received her Juris Doctor in 2013.
During her time at Touro, Ms. Howard had the distinct honor of serving on the Touro Law Review as the articles editor, in which she worked with and oversaw the publications of professional authors, legal scholars, judges, and practicing attorneys. Additionally, Ms. Howard is the published author of two Touro Law Review articles, “Modern Reformation: An Overview of New York’s Domestic Relations Overhaul” and “People v. Kent: Controversial Court of Appeals Decision Causes Loophole in Child Pornography Laws.”
Additionally, Ms. Howard took part in the Family Law Clinic at Touro — a student-based clinic that took on cases from indigent clients who required legal representation in the Suffolk County Family Court.
Ms. Howard also spent a summer clerking for the Honorable James Hudson, in the County Court of Suffolk County, where she researched and drafted legal memoranda to assist the judge in rendering decisions on very serious felonies and other criminal acts. The following summer, Ms. Howard interned in the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
Ms. Howard was the recipient of the CALI Award for Excellent Achievement in the study of Legal Process II, where she won Best Oral Advocate for the oral argument of her appellate brief. Ms. Howard also received the CALI Award for Excellent Achievement for her participation in the Child Welfare Seminar. Additionally, Ms. Howard received two awards stemming from her performance on the Touro Law Review — the Member of Distinction Award and the Editor of Distinction Award. Finally, upon graduation, Ms. Howard was awarded the Improvement to Quality of Student Life Award by the Touro Law Center faculty.
At all times during her tenure in law school, Ms. Howard continued to develop her practical skill set and worked on a per diem basis conducting research and drafting legal motions and other memoranda for matrimonial and family law firms in Suffolk County.
Ms. Howard has been admitted to practice in the State of New York since 2014 and continues to advocate predominantly in the areas of family and matrimonial law, where she has assisted on numerous trials, as well as conducted hearings of her own in both the Family Court and Suffolk County Supreme Court. Ms. Howard is an active member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and Suffolk County Matrimonial Bar Association. In addition to her work as a practicing attorney, Ms. Howard has successfully served as the campaign manager for a sitting Suffolk County Family Court judge and a sitting town councilman.
The Law Office of Robert H. Montefusco offers a free initial consultation to discuss your legal concerns with no obligation. To schedule an appointment, call our Suffolk County-based law office today at 631.630.6515 or fill out the form.
One Suffolk Square, Suite 530
1601 Veterans Highway
Islandia, New York 11749