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John Smargiassi

Litigation Attorney at Woodmere, NY

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 29 years
    New Jersey - NJ 29 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1995
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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About John

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I am a litigator specializing in the breakup of individual or business relationships. My depth of experience enables me to provide highly skilled and individualized representation to each of my firm’s valued clients. I have conducted many trials and hearings over the years, and I zealously pursue my client's rights and interests in each and every case I take. 

Education: New York University, Stern School of Business, 1991, B.S.; Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, 1994, J.D. cum laude.

Bar Admissions: New York, New Jersey, U.S. District Court Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

Professional Associations: New York State Bar Association.

Areas of Practice: Family Law, Litigation, Corporate, Intellectual Property.


Joseph & Smargiassi, LLC
1024 Broadway
Woodmere, NY, 11598

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Posted by Jennifer | March 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust This Attorney
My previous divorce lawyer wasted two years putting me through hell, leaving me in a quagmire with no end in sight. I sought new counsel to try and salvage what I could. I consulted several other firms, but thankfully chose John. He went to work on my mess with strategic agility, outmaneuvering the opposing counsel at every turn. John was diligent, communicative, whip-smart and tenacious, and made sure I understood what was happening and why. With John on my side, I was able to sleep at night. Within a few months, John had achieved a settlement which I was thrilled with. Had I gone with him from the beginning, it would have saved time, money, and all that unnecessary turmoil. My advice: trust this attorney.
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Posted by Nelson | May 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I worked with John on a divorce matter and was very pleased with his knowledge of the law and how meticulously he prepared our legal documents. I would highly recommend his legal services and those of his firm.
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A Truly Outstanding Divorce Lawyer
John has become almost part of my family. I learned to respect John, admire him and trust him. When people fight together they learn a great deal about one another, and we were engaged in battle. I learned that John is sharp, insightful, thoughtful, knowledgeable, caring, truly professional, a straight shooter yet an ace manipulator -- in a good way. John was able to balance my needs and comfort level with what he thought was in my best interest although those two characteristics were not always aligned. I found John to be the lawyer that actually is fundamentally different, better, than others.
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Posted by Bruce | August 24, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Knowledgeable Lawyer
John, is an excellent lawyer who knows the law inside and out. He is one of my go to attorneys when I have a question on any procedural matter.
Posted by John | November 6, 2013
Perfectly happy
Mr Smargiassi (of Joseph and Smargiassi) handled my divorce. I was always very happy with the way the firm behaved and I continue to respect both John and Mario for their hard work. I usually become suspicious when references are over-glowing but in this case they are deserved. As a professional, working in investment banking, I am used to dealing with Talented people and am not easily impressed but both John and his partner Mario impressed me. They were recommended to me personally and I have had no regrets with my choice of representation. Frankly I would have been happy to have included my name or email for a recommendation but the site prohibits it. However I am sure that if you ask the firm if this review is genuine they will recognize the, shall we say, British, writing style, and confirm that it is very likely a client of theirs that wrote it. I am not a mule, an employee of the company or a friend with an axe to grind. I really did go through a nightmare of a divorce and I was grateful for the work of the firm in a very hard time in my life. JN
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Posted by Frank | November 6, 2013
Incredibly knowledble attorney, brilliant work, personable
Many divorce attorneys are fireworks, Mr. Smargiassi is calm, focused, and knowledgeable. Mr. Smargiassi (with his partner Mr. Joseph) took over my divorce case, which was stalled and I was unaware of the consequences my prior attorney had left me. Mr. Smargiassi has a geek streak in him: very technical on law and procedure. However, it's that geek streak that I learned to count upon: it's the really smart arguments that get heard by the judges. Mr. Smargiassi helped write a successful appeal in my case ... not too many divorce attorneys with those kind of chops. Lastly, on a personal level: he understands parenting and people: he's a great coach on finessing many aspects of co-parenting that help your children, and help you. Absolutely, I would seriously listen to any advice he gave on any aspect of divorce and family.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Joseph & Smargiassi, LLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Mario A. Joseph
  • 2000 - 2003


  • Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • New York University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Krause-Edelman v. Edelman, 138 A.D.3d. 641 (1st Dep't 2016).
  • Unanimously affirmed by Appellate Division.
  • Kroll v. Fruchter, 69 A.D.3d 904 (2d. Dep’t 2010).
  • Unanimously affirmed by Appellate Division.
  • Matter of MHS Venture Mgt. Corp. v Utilisave, LLC
  • Appeal Granted
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  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2002 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 New York's Leading Lawyers
  • Leaders in the Law
  • 2017
  • 2016 Top Rated Lawyers New York
  • Legal Leaders
  • 2016
  • 10 Best 2015 New York City
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Legal Leaders
  • ALM
  • 2013
  • Top Rated Lawyers
  • ALM
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Litigation Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John's breadth of procedural knowledge is unparalleled. His background in business and economics is extremely valuable both in business litigation and in divorce litigation for high net worth clients. His experience in appellate practice is evident in his detailed presentation of the law during oral argument in court and with opposing counsel in settling cases. Above all, he listens to the client with compassion, sharing his knowledge and guiding the client toward a favorable outcome."
Family Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a fellow attorney who knows John Smargiassi well. John is an excellent attorney practicing Family and Business Law. I have personally observed him dealing with his clients and can confirm that he does an excellent job. Highly recommended for all Family Law and Business Law issues."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse John Smargiassi as a lawyer who takes his responsibilities to his clients most seriously. I cannot think of an attorney who works harder for his clients than John. Whether it's a matrimonial case or a business related litigation, John is always on top of the facts and law involved in his case."
Business Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is extremely efficient and insightful. I would welcome him onto my team anytime."
Family Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Friend
"While John skillfully works a client's case, he maintains the ability to be extremely sensitive to a client's needs and feelings. I highly recommend him."
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Woodmere Litigation Lawyer John Smargiassi
John Smargiassi
Litigation Attorney
Woodmere, NY
Licensed for 29 years