200 East Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601

Passion For Resolution And A Team Approach

John A. Pappalardo is a Partner in the law firm of Farber, Pappalardo & Carbonari. He has been an active matrimonial practitioner for 31 years handling moderate to very complex litigation involving matrimonial and family law cases. He oversees a very experienced matrimonial department. 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. 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 on the Executive Committee of the Westchester County Bar Family Law Section and is a Board Director of the Westchester County Bar Association. John is a member of the American Arbitration Association and has taught Arbitration and Mediation programs for the AAA. He 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. He is a former member of the Berkeley College Paralegal advisory board; a former visiting professor at Pace University Law School and an existing visiting professor teaching Arbitration and Mediation at Hofstra Law School. He is a former adjunct high school instructor teaching Trial Preparation. John is a 1983 graduate of Ithaca College with a BA degree and a 1986 JD graduate from The New England Law School. 

John has served as an arbitrator and mediator in over 500 domestic and international matters involving construction, franchise, commercial, industrial projects, real estate valuation, insurance, legal services, 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. He 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. As an arbitrator he has served in over 300 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 200 matters involving construction, commercial, real estate valuation, insurance, tax, 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.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Divorce
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Post-divorce issues
  • Marital property rights
  • Equitable distribution
  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Domestic violence

Call Farber, Pappalardo & Carbonari today at 914-761-9400 to arrange your initial consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney John A. Pappalardo


  • 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


  • The New England Law School, JD
  • Ithaca College  BA

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

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

Classes and Seminars Taught:

  • Arbitration and Mediation, Pace University Law School, 2013-2016
  • Tax Consequences of Divorce, Divorce Law Guide from A to Z, 2015
  • Matrimonial Actions, Practical Skills- Basic Matrimonial Practice, 2013
  • Child Custody and Visitation Rights, Family Law from A to Z, 2011
  • Arbitration and Mediation, Hofstra Law School, 2016
  • The Value of Venue: A Comparison of Domestic Relations Law in NY, NJ and CT, 2017
    • Sponsor Name: WCBA Family Law Section

Honors and Awards:

  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best - Client Satisfaction, 2015-2017
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel: Nation's Top One Percent, 2017
  • SuperLawyers: Selected in 2016 and 2017
  • U.S. News & World Report: Best Law Firms in New York First Tier Rankings, 2014-2016
  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley National Pro Bono Award, 2017

Published Works:

  • Revisiting Arbitration Within Domestic Relations
  • Revisiting ADR in Domestic Relations Law
  • The Unanswered Questions Lingering Among Family Lawyers Two Years Following the Supreme Court’s Ruling That Same Sex Couples May Not Be Deprived the Right to Marry; by John A. Pappalardo, Esq., with Emily Rawdon
  • Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection
  • New York State’s Refusal to Promote Visitation Between Foster Care Children and Their Extended Family

Certified Legal Specialties:

  • Arbitration and Mediation, New York State
  • Attorney for Children, New York State
  • Marital Collaboration, New York State

Representative Cases:

  • Matter of Afton C. (James C.), 17 N.Y. 3d 1 (N.Y. 2011), New York Court of Appeals
  • S.L. v J.R., 27 N.Y.3d 558 (N.Y. 2016), New York Court of Appeals

Office Locations


White Plains Office
200 East Post Road 
White Plains, New York 10601 

Roseland Office
145 Eagle Rock Avenue 
Roseland, New Jersey 07068 


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