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John E Clancy

Family Attorney at Whippany, NJ

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.


I am a partner at the firm and a NJ Supreme Court Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney.

I provide legal representation for all family law issues, which can be resolved through negotiation, mediation or trial.  My approach is personalized to my client, each of whom has a different need depending on the issues, the spouse/other litigant and the opposing lawyer.



Pre-Nuptial Agreements


Domestic Violence/Restraining Orders

Dissolution of Civil Unions/Domestic Partnerships

Post-Divorce ("Post-Judgment") Modifications of Custody, Parenting Time and Alimony/Child Support


Custody, Parenting Time & Child Support in "Non-Dissolution" matters (unmarried couples with child(ren))

Grandparent Visitation

Same Sex Marriage (pre-nuptial agreements and other related issues)



Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, L.L.C.
100 South Jefferson Road
Suite 200
Whippany, NJ, 07981
Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, LLC
21 Main Street, Suite 207
Hackensack, NJ, 07601
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smooth divorce in spite of COVID and other hurdles.
Starting with an amicable divorce helps, but having hired John E. Clancy, Esq. of the law firm of Townsend, Tomaio and Newmark (TTNLAW) was the best thing to deal with the numerous unforeseen difficulties such as COVID, and the sale of a home in Florida, and assets, and taxes, and…at every turn when yet another unexpected problem arose, John and the team at TTNLAW always took my calls or immediately responded with a return phone call or text message or email, even on weekends! John and the team at TTNLAW kept a bright light on for me navigating through a tough time. I was made to feel I always had a professional working to take care of my needs and that it was equally important to them. I got to them via a referral and I would gladly refer them to anyone who may need legal assistance.
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Posted by Adam | February 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very highly recommend!!!!
John was wonderful to work with. He was so easy to reach, and would send me whatever came across his desk the second he got it. Divorce is such a stressful process, but John was always very calming. Through Mr. Clancy’s advice and guidance, my ex wife and I were about to get through our divorce process pretty quickly and smoothly. I would highly recommend John if you need representation you can rely on and years of knowledge and experience.
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Posted by Mark | August 31, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Honest Dependable Attorney
John was well prepared for all meetings. He is very knowledgeable and offered excellent suggestions. Hourly rates are reasonable given his experience and quality. I would definitely recommend.
Posted by Jim | July 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney!
John represented me in my recent divorce case and he did an exceptional job. Along with being an excellent negotiator, John is both ethical and confident. Most importantly, I felt he was always straightforward with me. Facing the unknowns and uncertainties associated with divorce, I found his candor helped make a very stressful time more manageable. I value his counsel and would not hesitate to recommend him to others seeking or facing divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Expertise, professionalism and immediate responsiveness
John Clancy and his team have been phenomenal from day 1. I’m in the midst of a divorce (with possible international custody implications), he’s been nothing less than a professional, is always extremely responsive and has helped to ground me during this life changing event. While the proceedings are not complete, he has established enough ground work that I am confidant things will be resolved in a timely manner. I strongly recommend John. He knows the law, but more importantly, he knows how to negotiate with compassion and firm boundaries. Thank you.
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Posted by John | July 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Dear John, Clancey, I want to thank you for your excellent representation of me on my divorce. I want you to know that I could not be more satisfied with the outcome. I appreciate your candor, advice, wisdom, knowledge, patience and most of all your professionalism regarding my case. I really feel you always had my best interests first and you worked so hard in settling my case. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated. John my case was not easy but you and your hard work had a favorable outcome on my behalf. I want you to know that you are such a valuable attorney especially to your law firm. I will recommend you to anyone in need of an attorney and again thank you so much. Best Regards, John
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Change of circumstances for alimony reduction
Having not been happy with my mediation / divorce representation, I consulted with 4 lawyers about my impending retirement and alimony cessation. I selected John and am delighted with that decision. In our first consultation, I outlined the outcomes I needed to afford my retirement. The results speak for themselves - within 4 months and without the need to go to court, John was able to achieve those outcomes. In developing a path forward, I found John to be honest, pragmatic and realistic. He was open to my suggestions. During negotiations, he was always quick to address any concerns I had with requests being made by my ex-wife. At no time did John try to prolong the negotiation process in order to increase his billable hours. If you are looking for a great lawyer, I can't recommend John highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary Attorney
For anyone who TRULY has been steamrolled by previous litigation and is collateral of former shoddy legal representation, PLEASE READ: i was involved in a highly contentious interstate custody battle with my ex who was a NJ resident. Despite our child never residing in NJ, my ex had lied to the courts claiming I essentially kidnapped our child, resulting in the unwarranted removal of our child from my home 9 hours away, to NJ. After much research which included Nj case laws (as I am unfamiliar with NJ family law) and online reviews, Mr. Clancy and his firm consistently possessed, from what I found, high success rates in both the litigation and appeals processes. I made an appointment and drove to their firm to meet with Mr. Clancy who, despite my being intimidated by the size of the firm, made me feel completely at ease. He gave me no false hope like most attorneys with whom I consulted, rather, he thoroughly reviewed the case as it stood during our consultation and gave me various options from which to choose (along with his opinions of each). While most attorneys gave vague options on approaches to this case, the depth of detail he gave during our consultation not only made me feel my decision was informed, but his unarguable expertise and open communication style immediately provided me with the invaluable peace of mind I needed. His retainer was shockingly affordable, so it was a no-brainer to go forward with his representation. Mr. Clancy immediately took the reigns of my case that, due to previous mediocre counsel, was wayward and off-course. Not one stone was left unturned; his tenacity and zealous advocacy stopped the malicious litigation on behalf of my ex right in their tracks. I attribute completely this almost immediate change solely to Mr. Clancy's unyielding commitment to my case because not only did he ALWAYS return emails and phone calls within the day, but they were never rushed. He and his assistants emailed me every filing, letter, etc., immediately upon their receipt or sending, (which were many, and always of impeccable quality, since we had to play catchup). I still cannot fathom how Mr. Clancy's large firm with a correspondingly large volume of clients, never lost its personal touch, always making me feel as though I was their only case. On our first court appearance, the opposition tried demanding a ridiculously self-serving agreement that was logistically impossible. They attempted to play games and bully me into submission, but Mr. Clancy wasn't having any of it and shut them down immediately. Considering the case involved domestic violence by my ex, it was wonderful to not finally have someone stand up for my child and I, as I was previously unable to do so. Also worth noting, the court never sent out notices that our hearing was delayed five hours, and later adjourned for a later date. Mr. Clancy, by his own volition, refused to charge me as he rightfully could his hourly rate for the delay. What attorney does that? Needless to say, by the second time we arrived for the hearing, everything was rightfully dismissed by my ex and his attorney because they did not want to proceed with a hearing knowing Mr. Clancy was about to bury their case in front of the judge. My child is now back home and our case is being properly litigated in my child's true home state. My case was truly one for the record books - Mr. Clancy had to not onlyaddress complicated interstate jurisdiction issues, but a constellation of confabulated egregious allegations. He was able to resolve the case in just under a month, including the adjournment. There is absolutely NOTHING negative I could say about my experience. I only wish he could practice in our state because he exemplifies the pinnacle of legal advocacy: rooted in ethics, reinforced by unsurpassed knowledge and resources that, with great facility, resulted in obtaining the desired case resolution.
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Posted by Jacquie | April 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My previous attorney mismanaged my case for 3 years, while driving up legal fees to astronomical levels. Once I made the switch to John, he worked tirelessly to help negotiate a fair settlement in 6 months time. John is the best!
Posted by Dan | November 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation During Difficult Divorce
John was an excellent advocate for me and my children. The divorce was not mutual and there were a lot of hurt feelings on my ex-spouse's end, but John effectively guided me through the process and negotiated a fair and equitable settlement without the need for a trial.
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2015
Excellent Service!
It was my first time consulting with a matrimonial law lawyer and my experience with Mr. Clancy from my first visit was one of confidence. He answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns clearly and concisely. He also brought to my attention, from his expertise, pertinent details about my case which I otherwise would not be aware of. Mr. Clancy was able to do a totally expeditious and thorough job for me. I would most definitely consult with him again!
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2014
John is of Tremendous Character
John and his team handled my divorce, including a very difficult custody dispute. John is extremely honest, trustworthy and responsive. John is of tremendous character, he stands for what is Fair and Just. He often worked around my busy schedule, including the weekends, if needed. Throughout the proceedings, John took the time to walk me through, step-by-step, our legal strategy and our game plan. John has a “tell it like it is” personality and can deliver a sincere and direct message—which in many cases is needed. John can be aggressive in dealing with the adversary, BUT only when required and needed. John was a true team player and I was lucky to have him on my team. I was pleased with the ultimate resolution and am truly grateful for John’s service. I will be using John and his team in future legal matters related to my case.
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Posted by Renata | January 16, 2014
Former Client- homemaker
John Clancy is an outstanding, fair, compassionate, and ethical, which is rare for most divorce attorneys to have all these qualities . I highly recommend John Clancy . Your money is well spent and produced outstanding results for client. Many Blessings to John Clancy!
Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2013
Review of John E Clancy
John handled my very difficult divorce. He was professional, caring and knew when to be tough. I appreciate all his efforts and success. No matter how hard things were he did make them easier.
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2013
A Truly Professional Attorney
Mr. Clancy did a wonderful job for me while I went through my divorce. He was responsive and professional. He was well respected by other attorneys, which gave me a comfort level. You won't be disappointed of you hire him.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, L.L.C
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Daggett, Kraemer, Eliades, Kovach & Ursin
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. James L. Pfeiffer & Amy O'Connor
  • Superior Court of New Jersey, Warren County, Family Division
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Intern
  • Hon. Mary Eva Colalillo, J.S.C. (Civil Division)
  • 2005 - 2005
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  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Camden
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Rutgers University
  • BA, Cum Laude
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jordana Elrom v. Elad Elrom
  • Partial Remand as to Child-Care & Extra-Curricular Expenses
  • Major v. Maguire N/K/A Di Liberto
  • Trial Court Denial Reversed and Remanded
  • Jihad Slim v. Lina Slim
  • Reduction of Alimony Upheld
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  • Jersey Battered Women's Service
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Barry I. Croland Family Law Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2007 - Present
  • Townhome Board of Directors
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Approved Mediator (Family Law) R. 1:40-12
  • New Jersey
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Marshall Brennan Fellow
  • Rutgers Law School
  • 2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Rutgers University
  • 2003
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • *No aspect of this advertisement approved by Supreme Court of NJ. For selection criteria, please visit
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Intersection of Real Estate and Family Law
  • Family Law
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (17)
Endorse John
Family Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. John is effective and intelligent - a worthy adversary and a good person all at the same time."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know John to be a very knowledgeable and extremely competent family law practitioner. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had two matters with John over the last few years and find him to have a great understanding of the law and more importantly, the ability to apply it in a practical and reasonable manner."
Family Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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