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We Take The Time To Listen

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Sharon M. Faulkner

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Practice Areas

  • Divorce
  • Adoption
  • Alimony & Spousal Support
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Family
  • Collaborative Law


"Divorce is emotionally and financially draining, providing personalized attention goes a long way to making it easier for my clients."

Raised in Dutchess County, Sharon Faulkner returned to New York in 2001 after practicing law in Hawaii for nine years. Ms. Faulkner's background includes family law, estate planning, consumer rights, and all facets of poverty law; she now concentrates her focus on Matrimonial and Family Law.

Ms. Faulkner has been appointed as Attorney for the Child to represent the interest of minor children involved in custody and visitation disputes by Dutchess County Supreme Court and Family Court Justices. She was the recipient of the Dutchess County Family Court's "Law Guardian of the Year" award in 2008.  


  • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 05/1992
  • Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
    • B.A. - 05/1989
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Philosophy


  • Recipient, Dutchess County Bar Association "Law Guardian of the Year" Award for 2008
  • BV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Bar Admission

  • Hawaii, 1992
  • District of Columbia, 2001
  • New York, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2002

Professional Associations

  • Member, Hawaii State Bar Association, 1992
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association, 2001 to Present
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, 2002 to Present
  • Member, Dutchess County Bar Association, Vice President 2013-2014; Secretary 2012-2013; Assistant Treasurer 2011-2012, 2002 to Present
  • Member, Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, 2002 to Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1992 to Present
  • Member, Rotary Club of Maui, Maui, Hawaii, 1994 to 2000
  • Rotary Club of Maui, Maui, Hawaii, Community Service Director, 1996 to 1997
  • Rotary Club of Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie, New York, Member, 2004 to 2005
  • Member, Maui County Bar Association, 1992 to 2001
  • Member, Maui County Estate Planning Council, President 1995-1996
  • Member, Dutchess County Family Court Advisory Board, 2007
  • Dutchess County Bar Association Grievance Committee, Member, Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, Present
  • Member, Committee on Character and Fitness for the Ninth Judicial District, Present

Current Employment Position

  • Member

Past Positions

  • Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Kauai County Branch Lihue, Hawaii, Managing Attorney, 2000 to 2001
  • Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Database Manager, 2000 to 2001
  • Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Maui County Branch Wailuku, Hawaii, Managing Attorney, 1997 to 2001
  • Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Maui Branch Wailuku, Hawaii, Staff Attorney, 1996 to 1997
  • The Law Office of Judith L. Neustadter Wailuku, Hawaii, Of Counsel, 1994 to 1996
  • Hawaii Lawyer's Care/AmeriCorps National Service Maui, Hawaii, Attorney, 1994 to 1995
  • Foley Maehara Judge Nip & Chang, nka Brooks Tom & Miller Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, Associate, 1992 to 1993
  • Ostertag O'Leary & Barrett, Associate, 2001 to 2008


  • Member, Vassar Brothers Hospital Foundation Board, 2017, Present