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John J. Grimes

westchester county lawyer john grimes John J. Grimes is a 1973 graduate of Harvard Law School. He embarked on a legal career after an abbreviated career as a detective and Sergeant in the New York City Police Department. Prior to concentrating on matrimonial matters, Johns legal experience involved litigating complex commercial cases and defending white collar criminal prosecutions involving securities law violations. He has extensive trial and appellate experience.

Johns matrimonial practice involves negotiating and drafting both prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, resolving or litigating custody and child support disputes; divorce mediation; high conflict, high net worth divorce litigation; collaborative divorce; post divorce litigation; and appellate practice. While he always seeks, initially, to resolve his clients matrimonial disputes in an amicable manner through negotiation, the collaborative process or mediation, he will not hesitate to litigate the matter if necessary. John has extensive training in divorce mediation and collaborative divorce.

Born in New York City, John has resided in Westchester County with his family since 1986. He served on the Board of Education for the Bryam Hills School District in Armonk, New York for nine years.

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Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1974
  • New York, 1974

Education

  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1973
    • J.D.
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York, 1969
    • M.P.A.
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York, 1967
    • B.S., Math, Physics, Criminal Justice

Representative Cases

  • Witter v. Daire, 81 A.D. 3d 719, 917 N.Y.S. 2d 870 (2011)

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Lecturer at Continuing Legal Education seminar on Family Court Practice, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Family Law Section
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • Committee on Family Law
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Executive Committee - Family Law Section
  • Westchester County Bar Association, 1978 - 1986
    • Executive Committee - Family Law Section
  • National Bar Association
    • Family Law Section

Pro Bono Activities

  • Matrimonial Matters, Westchester County

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Omega Psi Phi
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