We Will Guide You Through the Divorce Process
Two years into his career as a journalist, John E. Finnerty found himself facing an important life decision. “I was offered a job at the New York Post,” he recalls. “But suddenly, it occurred to me that I didn’t want to sit back and just report the news: I wanted to be at the forefront, making policy, and helping decisions come out the right way, instead of just watching them come out.”
Finnerty knew that law could provide him with this opportunity. After graduating from Rutgers Law School in 1972, he clerked for a NJ Supreme Court Justice and made another decision: to concentrate in family and matrimonial law. “I was assigned cases dealing with the initial constitutional challenges to, and interpretation of, the then-recently passed NJ statute on equitable distribution,” he recalls. “I was attracted to matrimonial law because it involved the representation of individual human beings during an emotional time in their lives. In addition, I felt that the field would provide me with an opportunity to help create and shape principles regarding the equitable distribution statutes.”
Helping You Make Informed and Rational Decisions During Your Divorce
Since 1973, this NJ attorney continues to offer the clients his unique historical perspective on the development of matrimonial law in New Jersey. Together with fellow principals, Marilyn J. Canda, Paul J. Concannon and the firm’s two other experienced attorneys, Finnerty tries to help his clients make informed and rational decisions that are not fuelled by passion, rage, emotion, or anger. “We are psychologically sophisticated and compassionate, but we mince no words. We tell our clients what we think in view of the facts they present, the law, and our sense of what the provable truth may be. After helping clients define their objectives, we chart a course with them, and are tireless, but sensible, advocates on their behalf.
A highly respected Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney since 1998, Finnerty has tried and litigated many precedent-setting NJ cases, including Lepis v. Lepis and Nehra v. Uhlar. In 1998 he was awarded the Saul Tischler award by the New Jersey State Bar Association, which recognized a lifetime of contributions to the advancement of family law in NJ. He also served as Chairman of the NJSBA Family Law Section for the 1993-94 term. He has been a member of the NJ Supreme Court Family Part Practice Committee for eleven, two-year terms and was Chair of that Committee’s Subcommittee on Custody and Parenting from 2002 through 2008.
Finnerty has been peer-review designated as an AV Preeminent Attorney for 30 years by Martindale Hubbell. He has been selected by his peers each year since 2005 for inclusion in Woodward White’s list of “Best Lawyers in America”. for Family Law During that same time, Finnerty has also been consistently included in the “New Jersey Super Lawyers”. list for Family Law by Thomson Reuters and New Jersey Monthly. In addition, since 2012, his partner Marilyn J. Canda has either been designated on the “Rising Stars” or “Super Lawyers” lists for Family Law by Thompson Reuters and New Jersey Monthly. No aspect of the above information has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, but the methodology used in connection with the accolades referenced is available for inspection from the indicated websites of each organization.
Compassionate Divorce Lawyers with Experience and Knowledge
If you are looking for experience, knowledge, and caring representation from attorneys at the forefront of their profession, look no further than the law firm of Finnerty, Canda & Concannon, P.C.
Here are biographical sketches of the partners, associates and key support staff:
John Finnerty has written the following articles:
- “I’m thinking of filing for divorce. Do you have any initial advice?”
- “My ex has married a wealthy man, can I stop making child support payments?”
- “What are some of the pitfalls to avoid in my divorce proceedings?”
- “Is going to court the only way to get your fair share?”