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James J. Sexton

Divorce and separation Attorney at New City, NY

4.7   59 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 22 years
    New Jersey - NJ 22 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

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A HARD WORKING DIVORCE LAWYER DEFENDING WHAT YOU VALUE MOST - IN NEGOTIATIONS AND IN THE COURTROOM.
 
Since the day he was "sworn in" as an attorney in Brooklyn, New York in 2001, James J. Sexton’s skills as a trial lawyer and courtroom advocate have rapidly thrust him into the forefront of the New York State family landscape. Described by some as a "compassionate and dedicated advocate" and others as a "courtroom gunslinger" or "the sociopath you want on your side," Sexton has captured the attention of the New York legal community and the results he obtains for his clients, in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, speak for themselves.

Sexton has intentionally focused his practice on divorce and family law since his graduation Fordham Law School. In addition to his Juris Doctorate (Law Degree) he has a Master of Arts degree from New York University where he focused his graduate studies on persuasive speech and propaganda. After nearly two decades of refining his skills as a trial lawyer in the Courtrooms of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Rockland, Westchester and Orange Counties, Sexton's legal skills and confidence in the courtroom earned him his place in the top 1% of family law attorneys practicing in New York. In 2018, upon the release of his first book, Sexton added #1 bestselling author, television personality and sought-after podcast guest/public speaker to his resume: his penchant for verbal gymnastics and no-holds-barred approach to argument thrusting him into the national spotlight.

Known for his intensity, focus and discipline, Sexton wakes up at 4:00am every day (including weekends) to meditate, drink pu-ehr tea, work out and immediately begin executing his next "moves" in the never ending chess match of family law. An admitted "computer geek" since the 1980's Sexton keeps his practice on the cutting edge of technology at all times: using the latest cross platform applications to facilitate his "lightning fast" response time without sacrificing his OCD enforced attention to detail.

Sexton serves a diverse but select roster of clients that includes everything from "Fortune 500" CEO's, world renowned surgeons, entertainment personalities and high end financial professionals to law enforcement, teachers and stay-at-home moms. Relentless in and out of the courtroom, Sexton ensures that each and every case he agrees to take on is given the personalized attention it deserves.

A longtime advocate for marriage equality and LGBTQ+ individuals and families, Sexton has served for nearly twenty years as a Consulting Attorney for Lambda Legal and a popular speaker at the annual "Lavender Law" Conference (the largest national symposium for LGBT legal issues).

Sexton resides in Manhattan (Chelsea) where, in his very limited free time, he enjoys reading,  yoga, tactical firearms and training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a active member of the Marcelo Garcia Academy (NYC).

Mr. Sexton meets with clients and potential new client consultations by appointment only.

 

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Client's Choice 2017,2016,2013,2012,2010
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Law Offices Of James J. Sexton, PC
Law Offices Of James J. Sexton, PC
475 Park Ave South
21st Floor
New York, NY, 10016
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  59 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent guidance
Divorce, even under amicable -ish terms is painful. Fluctuating emotions and unsolicited advice from family and friends can make even the most rational and clear headed think they are losing their mind. Jim was a no nonsense voice of reason during my divorce process. He acted as a consultant on a regular basis throughout my mediation proceedings. In retrospect, the only reason mediation worked was because of Jim's continued presence. Jim fielded phone calls and emails. His advice and recommended direction were always spot on. You often hear about divorce lawyers 'going for the jugular'. In my case Jim knew how important it was for me to keep the peace while still getting what was fair and equitable after a long marriage. When I was uncomfortable and out of my realm of knowledge Jim made sure to use his extensive expertise and strongly push for terms on my behalf. Consistently assisting me in making difficult decisions and prioritizing both my and my children's needs both presently and in the future. The light at the end of the proverbial tunnel is glorious and I'm so thankful that Jim was able to help me get there . Have a chat with him and you'll feel like you're in the best of hands.
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Posted by Statia | July 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The attorney you want in your corner
I hired Mr. Sexton while going through a rather unpleasant custody dispute with my ex husband. It was a stressful and scary time for me, but I found solace in Jim. He was able to not only bring my situation to a satisfactory resolution, but he was able to calm my fears and keep me sane along the way. Jim is warm and reassuring, he is quick to respond to calls and emails, never leaving me to wonder about my case, and above all else he is incredibly knowledgeable and amazing at what he does. Jim Sexton is exactly who you want in your corner and I can’t thank him enough.
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Posted by Christine | June 23, 2022
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The man you want on your side
When I arrived at Jim’s office for my divorce consultation I remember feeling a wave of uncertainty that I could even start this divorce process. After meeting with JimI I had the confidence to move forward and get my divorce started. He put my mind at ease that I would have a lawyer on my side that knew how to handle my situation no matter which direction it went. I felt there was no need to wait any longer. I had waited long enough! That feeling of uncertainty was finally fading. I knew Jim had other clients with more intense situations than mine demanding his attention. He always returned my calls and responded to my emails in record speed (usually at 5 am) Im thankful Jim made a stressful, uncomfortable time easier with his knowledge and expertise. I needed a professional I could trust, guiding me on the path of taking the first steps in claiming my life back. I found that when hiring Jim and his firm.
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2022
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John K
James lived up to his stellar reputation. Divorce lawyers get a bad rep but I felt very supported. He drafted an excellent pre-nuptial agreement that left all parties concerned feeling protected and supported. I'm happy to add my voice to all the other enthusiastic reviews!
Posted by Paul | October 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended - Knowledgeable, Experienced & Competent
I give the highest praise possible to James Sexton. He is a fantastic lawyer dedicated to his clients and his craft. James consistently went above and beyond. He is straight forward, reassuring and treats every situation with a calm focused demeanor. He can be warm and reassuring but, if or when he needs to be, can be defend you like a prize fighting pit bull. He knows the business like the back of his hand and handles each situation with precision strategy and skill. He pulled me through the hardest thing I had ever experienced. James' attention to detail, positive attitude and availability contributed the happier life I am living now.
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Posted by Crystal | February 11, 2019
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More than money could buy
I must say, the quantity of attorney's in my area is plentiful but the quality of them are scares. I was in an unbearable battle of a relocation case for over a year. Most know, that a relocation case has a beacon of hope and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed nigh on impossible. However, Jim and his team did just that.... He accomplished the impossible. He is honest, trustworthy, intelligent, great personality, and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth he will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. He has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his client. He worked with me financially, and made me feel I was the only client he had. He would respond to text/emails within minutes to an hour, never seemed bothered and always willing to listen to what I had to say. Words could not describe how grateful I am to Jim. I may not have been the "most profitable client" due to my financial situation but I will confidently say this.... I am your "most grateful client."
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Posted by Emma | September 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable, responsive, professional and kind!
Jim Sexton was referred to me by another attorney, outside the County, who has worked with him a great many years and she HIGHLY recommends him. She was spot on with everything she shared with me about Mr. Sexton's experience with high conflict, complicated divorce actions. He has a very strong financial background and thinks fast on his feet. My first impression of him was extremely positive, He is an outstanding communicator. He responded to my initial outreach to him within minutes of me reaching out to him. His communications were thoughtful and chock full of excellent advice. It was immediately clear that he is an absolute professional that cares about his clients and is very committed to and passionate about his work. I highly recommend Jim Sexton.
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Posted by Andrew | July 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The Divorce Trial Lawyer You Want On Your Side!
I hired James and his firm for my contentious divorce and custody matter. As an executive I've dealt with my share of lawyers and was no stranger to the problems with trusting sensitive matters to someone billing you by the hour. With a relatively high net worth and diverse asset profile I knew I had to be careful in selecting my lawyer as many would "see me coming" and "cash in" on the challenges I was facing. I'm so thankful I found Jim - who always seemed to put my interests first and not the billable hour. His office is high tech and makes a point of using technology to provide fast responses and access to your attorney when you need it. Weekends. Nights. Jim was always a phone call away and made me feel protected 24/7. When it was time for trial (my ex and her attorney wouldn't agree to any reasonable settlement) Jim was incredible in the Courtroom and had a presence and knowledge of procedure and evidence that could only be described as masterful. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking smart, ethical and talented counsel for a divorce or custody matter. He's the guy you want on your side. My case is over now (we settled very favorably for me after 3 days of trial - shortly after Jim cross examined my now ex-wife and made her fold on the stand) but I know I've made a friend and trusted advisor for life. Thanks Jim!
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Posted by Jessica | July 28, 2017
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Wise like the Buddha, Swift like the Warrior.
When I retained Jim to facilitate my (rather hostile) divorce and custody case, I was immediately impressed with the calm knowledge of a veteran attorney. Jim's ability to offer sound, candid and unbiased coaching through the stormy divorce process was the singular reason I could be a newly single mother, newly employed after five years out of the workforce, newly responsible for paying all my bills, and able to maintain my sanity. I have often referred to him as a hero with no cape. I have never had to wait more than a half day for a response, he is hyper-efficient in communicating with opposing counsel, he has the answer faster than you can think the questions. He has insight beyond what you pay for in attorney fees. He is polished, bringing with him confidence and calm that is contagious. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He is the Prada suit of matrimonial law.
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Posted by Tom | July 27, 2017
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Not Divorce, but No Problem
My girlfriend's divorce was not final yet and unfortunately New York has an archaic presumption of legitimacy that meant as a new father they told me at the hospital I could not be listed on my son's birth certificate. I was devastated. I contacted James the next day. Not only did he calm my fears, he even made me laugh during the initial consultation. The family court process was onerous and confusing. James and one of his associates helped us navigate through it relatively painlessly. There are only a handful of times in my life I can remember being as happy as when the judge declared I was the father and provided us with a court order to that fact. Both James and his associate were great through the whole process, very reassuring, and always there with almost immediate responses whenever I emailed with questions no matter when I contacted them. Hopefully I never ever need a family law attorney again, but if I do James is my guy.
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Posted by Lola | July 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
James Sexton is as kind as he is fierce.
James did a fantastic job calming my fears about what the future held. He was compassionate and understanding explaining and re-ezplaining the process. He is as much a champion as he is an excellent lawyer and some how he finds a way to make you laugh through tears at the absurdity of it all. He is the lawyer the rest are hesitant to sit across from. If you want a lawyer that works tirelessly and strikes fear he's your man.
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Posted by Tom | July 23, 2017
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A Lawyer You Can Trust
James Sexton helped me navigate a rough custody case and high net worth financial distribution. He's amazing in a courtroom and a seasoned negotiator. I was very happy with the outcome and thankful I chose his firm. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Diane | May 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A lawyer that will not let you down
I hired James Sexton when I was going through a nasty divorce. He was my only hope during this dark time. He was always there to reassure me when things got tough. He fought every challenge that was thrown his way and won. In court and out. He delivered on his promises. His staff is amazingly nice and and helpful.
Posted by Kelly | March 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further
Mr. Sexton is excellent at what he does. He is warm, compassionate, and most importantly knows and understands people. He knows when to interject during mediation and when to allow you to negotiate on your own. He is empahetic- he knows and appreciates how trying and difficult this processing is and can be. And he always acknowledged both sides of our point of view and made recommendations on each of our account. Without Mr. Sexton, we would without a doubt be in a nasty court battle. Look no further.
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Posted by Traci Cecelia Palmieri | March 17, 2017
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Consultation and Hired
I had a consult with James Sexton on February 13th and felt he understood my needs as a client. He is very knowledgeable. I hired his firm on March 7th and am working with them on my existing case. I feel their knowledge of the law and experience with many marital and family law cases will best serve me at this time. I feel that i have hired a team to help make sure me and my children are properly represented.
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Posted by AMB | April 21, 2016
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Outstanding Lawyer--Look No Further
When I had to file for my divorce I didn't know where to start. Finding a reliable, honest and dedicated attorney is not an easy task. The process itself can be as tiresome, complicated and confusing. James Sexton put my mind at ease by clearly explaining my options and providing sound legal advice on how to proceed—always mindful of the children involved. I felt from the very first meeting with him that he wanted to protect me as his client and defend my rights. He took the time to listen to all my concerns and provided honest, straightforward answers. He explained to me the things that could go wrong and the things that could go right. James did everything in his power to complete my case with the sole purpose of saving me as much money as possible and making sure I would be happy with the outcome.
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Posted by Merle | April 21, 2016
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Patience and understanding
Jim helped me back in is early days as new attorney. He was thorough and took his time explaining things to me. I could not have survived my divorce without him. He has continued to help me over the years and I recommend him to everyone I know who could benefit from his expertise. I am currently working with Jim and he still makes time to explain everything thoroughly even when I am certain he has more pressing things he is working on. He is professional at all times, yet brings a sense of "normalcy" to your situation. You are not alone when working with Jim. He takes his job seriously and includes you in all decision making. Without hesitation I give Jim a rating of Excellent!
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Posted by Rokhl | April 21, 2016
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The man you want on your side
James Sexton is a mensch in the street and a pitbull in the court. My family would not have survived without his thorough, tenacious professionalism.
Posted by Joe | April 20, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A true professional
James provided a courteous and professional consultation. He was helpful and thorough, as well as extraordinarily personable. I would recommend him to family and friends.
Posted by Sarah McNitt | April 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The attorney you need on your side
James Sexton was my divorce attorney in 2008, he was professional and fair and encouraged dignified and courteous exchanges with the opposite party. He was ready to battle if it was warranted but never pushed to make things more egregious. I referred James Sexton many time since and my friends thank me for the referral. Nothing but stellar service!!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Law Offices of James J. Sexton, PC
  • 2001 - Present

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • New York University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • M.K. v. A.K.
  • Record setting counsel fee award.
  • S.C. v. H.B.
  • Motion for additional disclosure granted.
  • Belle v. DeMilia
  • Petitioner/Mother Entitled to Reimbursement

Associations

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Rockland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Law Guardian Panel
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • New York Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 10 New Jersey Matrimonial and Divorce Lawyer under 45
  • Ten Leaders
  • 2009
  • "Forty Under Forty"
  • Rockland Business Association
  • 2003
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Publications

  • ETC: The Journal of General Semantics
  • Metaphor and Mortality : The Semantics of Death and Dying
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Rockland County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • You Be The Judge : Domestic Violence in Family Court
  • 2016
  • Rockland Community College (RCC)
  • Public Speaking
  • 2007
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Issues & Ethics
  • 2006
  • St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC)
  • Constitutional Issues in Family Law
  • 2005
  • New York University
  • Various Undergraduate Courses
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (43)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services. Also, brilliant on Steve Harvey Show, both stellar beings."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptional attorney, dedicated to client success. Highly recommended."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim Sexton is one of the most aggressive, well prepared, zealous advocates that I have encountered in the Courtroom. As a fellow attorney, I can also say that Jim will always demonstrate the highest level of ethics and decorum even while fighting tooth and nail to advance his client’s goal. For these reasons, I endorse him without reservation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim since he was an associate at one of the major firms in Rockland. He is one of the most able and competent lawyers I know. He is very well versed in the areas of law which make up his practice, is very professional and always has his client's interests as his major priority."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim is an extraordinary attorney, who possesses a keen ability to achieve the best interests of his clients. He is very dedicated to his craft and is well respected in the legal community, including the presiding judges. He also happens to be a very nice guy, which is such a valuable trait in the courtroom!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sexton and I have worked on a number of legal matters together and I have always found him to be well prepared, articulate and a vociferous advocate on behalf of his clients. Similarly his working knowledge and understanding of the law makes it simple to achieve mutually successful case settlements as much of the gamesmanship that typically takes place between attorneys is generally avoided. I therefore would not hesitate to endorse Mr. Sexton and his firm."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a strong, aggressive and zealous advocate for his clients. He is well versed on the law and an experienced litigator who is also a persuasive negotiator when need be."
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a highly regarded, well respected and dynamic attorney. His advocacy skills are second to none. A fine lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to endorse Jim Sexton. I have known Jim for many years and know him to be a truly professional, zealous advocate for his clients. Jim is a both seasoned litigator and skilled negotiator, with great attention to detail and the ability to help his clients navigate the emotional turmoil that so often attends divorce cases."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to work with James Sexton in the courtroom as adversary counsel in a difficult trial. Jim was an excellent, ethical attorney. He knows his stuff and knows his way around the courtroom and he knows how to fight for his client. If I needed a tough, caring, and skilled lawyer, Jim would be right at the top of my list."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jmaes was opposing counsel in a high net worth, hotly contested, emotionally charged case in which I represented the othet party.. This matter never wound have been resolved as amicably and expeditiously as it had if not for his expert guidance. Thank you, James"
Family Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sexton has always treated the clients I have recommended to him competently, fairly, and honestly."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim Sexton is a zealous advocate for each and every one of his clients. He handles himself in an extremely professional manner and is an excellent attorney both in and out of Court. Most importantly, he enjoys the practice of Law and it shows in everything he does."
Education Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have dealt with Jim on both personal and professional concerns and have found him to be attentive, courteous and professional. I have also found him to be highly regarded by his colleagues and I would recommend him without hesitation or reservation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jimmy Sexton has and is handling several matrimonial matters referred by my law firm. He is a formitable litigator possessing both trial and expert negotiation skills. Jim is recognized by his peers as one of the preeminent family law practitioners in the Hudson Valley. Clients referred to him have expressed their gratitude. Through hard work, preparation and with the ability and experience to try a matter to conclusion, Jim achieves his objectives and the respect of the bench and bar alike. Those in time of distress can look to his guidance and counsel to navigate the difficult waters of divorce and separation."
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