Penelope ("Penni") Blizzard-McGrath founded the firm upon her admission to the New York State bar. Ms. Blizzard-McGrath's devotion to family law started back in 1994, when she was hired as a paralegal by a prominent matrimonial attorney after completing her Associates Degree in legal studies.
Penni obtained her Bachelor's Degree, magna cum laude, from Dowling College in 1996, and continued on with her career as a matrimonial paralegal. During her career as a paralegal, she quickly became well-known in the Long Island area as an industry best and was often sought by Family Law practitioners for consultation on various divorce issues, law firm management and Family Law software programs. As a paralegal, Ms. Blizzard-McGrath handled every aspect of divorce cases from the commencement of an action, preparing applications for pendente lite relief, financial statements for high net worth clients, trial preparation, assisting at trial, through the final Judgment of Divorce. When her son finished kindergarten, she began law school while working full-time at one of the highest volume matrimonial firms on Long Island.
During law school, Penni focused primarily on Family Law coursework and graduated with honors. She founded the Family Law Society to share her expertise with law students and to give them a glimpse into this difficult yet rewarding area of law. She was awarded two graduation awards and was also recognized for her superior understanding of Family Law during law school.
Ms. Blizzard-McGrath is currently a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Suffolk County Bar Association where she participates on a Modest Means panel, representing low income clients. To extend her committment to family law, Penni particpates in many continuing legal education courses, far surpassing New York's requirements for attorneys.
Ms. Blizzard-McGrath is also an adjunct at a local college where she teaches both Family Law and Legal Research & Writing to paralegal students.
Being in the legal field for over 16 years enables Penni to fully understand each component of a case as an attorney. Whether being compassionate and patient during an emotionally difficult time in a client's life, investigating factual inconsistencies, gathering various intricate financial information, or providing gentle guidance to a client facing life altering decisions regarding children, Ms. Blizzard-McGrath promises to give her professional best to each client she represents.