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John E. Clancy Esq.Bergen County NJ Family Lawyer


New Jersey Divorce and Family Law Attorney


Hackensack, New Jersey
Morristown, New Jersey
866-959-9455 (Toll Free)

Mr. Clancy has been a member of the firm since its inception, and has been a partner since 2012.  He focuses exclusively on matrimonial and family law matters, and is a NJ Supreme Court Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney. He is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. From 2013 through 2018, Mr. Clancy received the honor of being included in the Super Lawyers Rising Stars* list published by Thomson Reuters, relative to being a divorce attorney.

Mr. Clancy also is an approved family law economic mediator pursuant to R. 1:40-12.  Mr. Clancy handles all family law, divorce and related matters.  Mr. Clancy also has extensive experience in issues surrounding grandparent visitation, high net worth divorces, and same sex marriage. Mr. Clancy volunteers and sits on the Morris County Early Settlement Panel and Blue Ribbon Panel for pending divorce cases in the Superior Court.

Mr. Clancy also has extensive experience appealing family matters, which has resulted in several successful unpublished cases and two published cases known as Elrom v. Elrom 439 N.J. Super. 424, 434 (App. Div. 2015), and Major v. Maguire, 218 N.J. 530 (2015) (Landmark NJ Supreme Court Grandparent Visitation Case).

Mr. Clancy also handled the published matter of B.G. v. L.H., 450 N.J. Super. 438 (Ch. Div. 2017), which involved complex custody jurisdiction issues.

Mr. Clancy is a resident of Morris County and is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of his Homeowner’s Association.

Super Lawyers Nominated to SuperLawyers® List 2013 to 2018
Our attorneys have received the honor of being included in the Super Lawyers and/or Super Lawyers Rising Stars list(s) published by Thomson Reuters, relative to being divorce attorneys. The dates of their inclusion are noted above. The qualifications or requirements for being included on said list can be viewed here.

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In The News

John E. Clancy and fellow partner Laurie Newmark  featured in an interview by News 12 regarding a recent child support lawsuit filed against The State:

Areas of Practice

  • Matrimonial
  • Custody
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2007
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2007


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law – Camden, Camden, New Jersey
    • J.D. – 2006
    • Honors: Marshall-Brennan Fellow
    • Honors: Herman J. Finn Legal Ethics Award
  • Rutgers University – Camden Honors College, Camden, New Jersey
    • B.A. cum laude – 2003
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: Departmental Honors, Both Majors
    • Major: Political Science & Philosophy
    • Minor: Economics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section/Young Lawyers Division, Member, 2007 – Present
  • Morris County Bar Association, Member, 2008 – Present
  • Barry Croland Family Law American Inns of Court , Member, 2008 – Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Daggett, Kraemer, Eliades, Kovach & Ursin, Associate Attorney, 2007 – 2008
  • Hon. James L. Pfeiffer & Amy O’Connor, Warren County, Superior Court of NJ, Family Division, Judicial Law Clerk, 2006 – 2007
  • Supreme Court of NJ, Office of Attorney Ethics, Intern, 2005
  • Hon. Mary Eva Colalillo, Camden County Superior Court New Jersey, Civil Division, Judicial Intern, 2004

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, Legal Services of Northwest Jersey, 2007 – Present
  • Volunteer Attorney, Jersey Battered Women’s Service, 2008 – Present

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