John E. Finnerty is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney and has been helping clients navigate the divorce process for over 40 years.  He was recently recognized by his peers in the Best Lawyers in America as the 2017 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Hackensack.  In 2013 he also received the distinction of being recognized by his peers as Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Newark.  He has served as past Chairman of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and was awarded The Saul Tischler Award for a lifetime of contributions to the development of Family Law in the state of New Jersey.

He and the lawyers at Finnerty, Canda & Concannon, P.C. help their clients make informed and rational decisions that are not premised upon anger or moral indignation.  Having served as a Clerk to the New Jersey Supreme Court and written the bench memos for the Court prior to their decision of the groundbreaking cases of Painter v. Painter and Rothman v. Rothman, Mr. Finnerty has a unique historical perspective on the development of modern matrimonial law in New Jersey.  He was there at its inception and has litigated to conclusion many precedent setting cases in the areas of alimony, security for alimony, child custody, relocation, and discovery.  He also has written extensively about valuation issues and equitable distribution of complex assets and has negotiated or tried all divorce related issues at one time or another in his career.  He is also a Court approved mediator for Family Law pursuant to R. 1:40-12.

The lawyers at Finnerty, Canda & Concannon, P.C. are psychologically sophisticated and compassionate.  They are devoted to their clients and guide them through the divorce process, be it in the Courts or through alternative dispute resolution protocols, such as mediation or arbitration.

The matrimonial divorce process sometimes seems Kafkaesque, as Mr. Finnerty describes in his blog, “Considering Divorce – What Awaits?”, but Mr. Finnerty and the other lawyers that he has mentored support their clients through the dispute resolution forum chosen to process their cases.  They communicate effectively and tell their clients what they think in view of the law and their professional sense of what the provable truth may be based upon the facts that have been revealed.  They help their clients define appropriate objectives and then chart a practical course to attempt to accomplish those objectives.  They are tireless, but sensible advocates on their clients’ behalf.