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John A. Pappalardo






John A. Pappalardo is a Partner in the law firm of Farber, Pappalardo & Carbonari, an AV rated firm with offices in White Plains, New York and Roseland, New Jersey. The firm is involved  in  matrimonial  and  commercial  litigation,  arbitration and  mediation.  The White Plains office consists of three (3) partners, six (6) associates, one (1) of counsel attorney, law clerks, paralegals and an administrative staff. John has been an active matrimonial practitioner,   Arbitrator   and   Mediator   for   34   years.   He   supervises   a   12-member matrimonial department. 

John’s  matrimonial  practice  handles  moderate  to  very  complex  litigation  involving matrimonial and family law cases. He also has a private matrimonial mediation practice, is certified in matrimonial collaborative law, sits as a matrimonial arbitrator, and is New York State Certified as an attorney representing children. He has served as Guardian Ad Litem in matrimonial proceedings and is admitted to the State and Federal Bar in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. He is a member of the Bar for the United States Supreme Court and the International Association of Matrimonial Lawyers.

John  is  a  Fellow  of  the  American  Academy  of  Matrimonial  Lawyers  and  has  been recognized as a top attorney in the area of matrimonial law by both Super Lawyers and the  American  Institute  of  Family  Law  Attorneys.  He  is  a  member  of  the  American  Bar Association,  New  York  State  Bar  Association,  Westchester  Bar Association  and  their Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolutions subsections. He is a referral attorney for the State Department for Missing and Exploited Children, representing parents who have had their children abducted. John is currently a Board Director of the Westchester County Bar Association and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Westchester County Bar Family Law Section.

John is heavily involved in arbitration and mediation, and is on the AAA, CPR, FINRA, Second Department Special Masters, Arbitration Ireland Association, and Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, and NYC ADR neutral panels. He has taught Arbitration and Mediation programs for the AAA and has spoken in the field of Domestic Relations law on behalf of the Westchester County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and National Business Institute. John has served as an arbitrator and mediator in over 1500 domestic and international matters  involving  construction,  franchise,  commercial,  industrial  projects,  real  estate valuation,  insurance,  legal  services,  matrimonial,  homeowner  and  contractor  disputes and   civil   claims   handling   issues   between   contractors,   subcontractors,   suppliers, homeowners,  architects,  municipalities,  attorneys  and  clients,  and  mid  to  large  sized businesses. He has been involved in commercial and construction law matters involving both public and private projects ranging in value from $50,000 to $10 million.

As an arbitrator, he has served in over 800 domestic and international matters, including an  LPGA  certified  golf club  and  general  contractor;and  architect  and  developer; multi-million dollar New York City excavation and water drainage projects; car wash installation projects;  contractor  and  homeowner  disputes  and  moderate  to  significant  matters between   contractors   and   subcontractors,   suppliers,   homeowners,   architects,   and businesses. He has sat as a sole and panel arbitrator on significant international matters involving publicly funded construction projects and franchise agreements.

As a mediator, he has served in over 750 matters involving construction, commercial, real estate valuation, insurance, tax, matrimonial, and civil claims in multi-party disputes. He has sat as a sole mediator on significant international matters involving publicly funded construction  projects,  franchise  disputes,  and  the  construction  of  private  projects  with parties from different countries.John  has  a  civil  litigation  practice,  which  includes  the  representation  of  clients  against contractors and contractors against clients in litigation. Additionally, he has represented clients  against  home  inspectors  and  against  major  corporations  in  various  products liability   cases.   He   has   represented   a   significant   number   of   homeowners   and homebuilders  in  litigation  associated  with  the  construction  of  new  homes  and  the renovations and expansion of existing homes.

John teaches Lawyering as an Adjunct Professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, and Arbitration and Mediation as a visiting Professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.  He also currently serves his community as a Part-Time Municipal Judge. 

John  is  a  former  member  of  the  Westchester  County  Bar  Association’s  Executive Committee of the Family Law Section and the Berkeley College Paralegal advisory board.  He is also a former visiting professor at Pace University Law School, and a former adjunct high school instructor teaching Trial Preparation.

John graduated from Ithaca College in 1983 with a B.A. degree and received his J.D. in 1986 from The New England Law School.


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Areas Of Practice

  • Matrimonial Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Family Court
  • Commercial Law
  • Construction Law
  • International Law
  • Arbitration and Mediation Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • New York State Certified in Marital Collaboration
  • New York State Certified Attorney for Children

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1986
  • New York, 1987
  • New Jersey, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Published Works

  • "Revisiting ADR in Domestic Relations Law", Westchester Bar Journal, July, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association, Domestic Relations Subsection
  • Westchester County Bar Association, Domestic Relations Subsection
  • Westchester County Civil Arbitration Panel
  • United States Bankruptcy Court Mediation Panel
  • Academy of Family Mediators
  • American Arbitration Association
  • New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
  • American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Subsection
  • New York State Law Guardian Panel
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Referral Attorney
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Paralegal Advisory Committee at Berkeley College