CHERYL SOVERN IS THE OWNER OF SOVERN LAW, PLLC.
She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School. Her areas of practice include employment law, small business organization and representation and family / matrimonial law. She also represents clients on appellate matters in the Third Department.
Ms. Sovern represents her clients in employment discrimination matters. She has represented plaintiff-employees against municipalities pertaining to Civil Service status. Ms. Sovern's employment law experience includes EEOC and New York State Division of Human Rights' investigations where Ms. Sovern has represented both employers and employees. Ms. Sovern also extends her experience to litigation in the federal courts where matters of federal law are at issue.
In representing businesses, Ms. Sovern works with small businesses in order to provide them with "in house counsel" experience typically afforded to larger businesses. She works with her small business clients to provide them with legal representation that is affordable and flexible to the needs of the business.
Ms. Sovern has assisted her clients in forming the corporate entity, purchasing/selling a business and even closing down their business following a sale. She has applied for and obtained liquor licenses as well as tax exempt status for businesses she represents.
Ms. Sovern's team-like approach allows her clients to be part of the process which provides them with more than just legal representation, but also provides them with some control over their situation.
In representing family and matrimonial clients, Ms. Sovern takes a pragmatic approach to the issues and works on determining what her clients' goals are and then implementing a strategy that assists the client long-term. The process includes keeping the client fully and timely informed and educating the client on the issues at hand.
Ms. Sovern practices primarily in Saratoga and Schenectady Supreme and Family Courts, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, but has also represented clients in Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Warren and Washington County Supreme and Family courts.
Volunteerism is an important part of Ms. Sovern's life. As such, Ms. Sovern provides pro bono legal assistance through Legal Aid, the Adirondack Women's Bar Association DV Clinic and also participates in the family court appeals program in the Third Department.
Ms. Sovern resides in Saratoga County with her husband and touts her greatest accomplishments to include her part in raising their two children, Amanda and Andrew. Ms. Sovern also enjoys hiking, camping and training with her two German Shepherds, Oshie and Mischa.
Professional Experience, Community Experience and Volunteerism:
Adirondack Women’s Bar Association — Current Member; State Delegate (2017), Past President (2011-12), Secretary (2013-15)
NYS Bar Association Committee Member - Animals and the Law; Cannabis Law
NYS Bar Section Member - Labor & Employment Law; Trial Lawyers; Family Law
Domestic Violence Survivors Legal Clinic (AWBA) — Volunteer
Gateway House — Corporate counsel
2016 Panel Participant — "Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation: Perspectives from Employers’ and Employees’ Attorney”