John F. Almanzar
For as long as I can remember, I had always been told I had the voice of reason. Whether it was counseling family or friends, those closest to me regularly sought my advice. As a result, I grew more motivated to provide the best advice and reach the best solution to their issues. As a result, my passion for family law started well before attending law school.
I expanded upon my experience while a student at Fordham University School of Law, by competing for the Trial Advocacy team, training as a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution team and coaching an Alternative Dispute Resolution competition team. These skills ultimately prepared me to represent my first client as a member of the Fordham Family Law Clinic. Here, I advocated for a special needs student to be moved from a failing New York public school, to a prominent New York private school.
After graduating, I worked in a general practicing firm and was second seat on a major criminal case involving a Bronx homicide. However, more rewarding than being on a major homicide case, was being able to write my first motion for a mother seeking immediate relief in the form of child support and maintenance. The motion reminded me of why I went to law school and my desire to provide aid to families while helping them resolve their issues and simultaneously representing their unique family needs. It was then that I confirmed my commitment to dedicate my practice exclusively on family matters.
- Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York J.D.
- Drew University, Madison, New Jersey B.A.
- New York State Bar
- Pending New Jersey Bar
- New York State Bar Association
- New York Women’s Bar Association
- National Hispanic Bar Association
- Dominican Bar Association
- Mediation Intensive Training – Center for Understanding in Conflict, 2019