Attorneys and Staff
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Legal Assistant Emerita
Robert N. Nelson
Robert N. Nelson (1946 - 2011) was the firm's founding
attorney. Since he established the Law Offices of Robert N. Nelson over 30
years ago, the courts have recognized and specifically cited his skill,
professionalism, and knowledge of the law. He was frequently consulted by
other attorneys concerning matrimonial matters and received the highest
Legal Ability rating and General Recommendations rating in the Martindale
Hubbell Law Directory.
Mr. Nelson was an accomplished divorce mediator, having
presided over hundreds of mediated settlements. With Mr. Nelson's
assistance, more than ninety percent of his clients have been able to resolve
their disputes through negotiated settlements rather than contested trials.
Mr. Nelson also was a skilled trial lawyer and successfully litigated
hundreds of matrimonial matters in the Supreme Court and Family Court of
the State of New York, and argued matrimonial appeals before the New York
State Appellate Courts.
Prior to opening his own office, Mr. Nelson tried cases as an
attorney for the United States Department of Labor, Office of the
Solicitor, and served as an Associate Editor of the St. John's Law
Review, for which he authored several articles.
Mr. Nelson was admitted to the State
Bar of New York and the United States District Court for the Southern and
Eastern Districts of New York, and was a member of the Matrimonial and
Family Court Law & Procedure Committees of the Nassau County Bar Association.
Published decisions include Liles v. Liles, 56 A.D.3d 531, 869 N.Y.S.2d 97
(2d Dep't 2008); Anderson v. Anderson, 50 AD3d
610, 853 N.Y.S.2d 921 (2d Dep't 2008); Anderson v. Anderson, 50 AD3d
610, 855 N.Y.S.2d 194 (2d Dep't 2008); Friedman v. Rome, 2008 N.Y. Slip Op. 2841 (2d
Dep't 2008); Friedman
v. Rome, 46 A.D.3d 682, 847 N.Y.S.2d 616 (2d Dep't 2007); Abraham v. Abraham, 45 A.D.3d 611, 844 N.Y.S.2d 889
(2d Dep't 2007); Taubin v. Taubin, 112 A.D.2d 1085, 492 N.Y.S.2d 1022 (2d
Dep't 1985); Jackson v. Jackson, 138 A.D.2d 455, 526 N.Y.S.2d 21 (2d
Dep't 1988); Laufe v. Laufe, N.Y. L.J., July 26, 2004, at 20 (Nassau
County Sup. Ct. 2004); Larson v. Larson, N.Y. L.J., Feb. 5, 2001
(Nassau County Sup. Ct. Jan. 23, 2001).
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Kimberly I. Nelson
Kimberly I. Nelson graduated from Swarthmore College in 1998
and St. John's University School of Law cum laude in 2002, where she
received the CALI Award for Excellence in Family Law. During law school,
Ms. Nelson served as the Notes & Comments Editor of the NYLitigator, a journal published by the
Commercial and Federal Litigation section of the New York State Bar
Association, and as Director of Publications of the Criminal Trial
Institute, for which she co-authored "Freeing the Wrongfully
Convicted: Lessons from England and the Process in New York," NYSBA
Criminal Justice Journal (Winter 2002).
Before joining the Law Offices of Robert N. Nelson, Ms. Nelson
prosecuted antitrust class actions as an associate of the law firm Labaton Sucharow & Rudoff LLP in New York City. At Labaton
Sucharow, she represented consumers and
businesses injured by anticompetitive practices and abuses of market power.
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
appointed Ms. Nelson to serve as co-lead counsel for the putative
nationwide class in In
re Sears, Roebuck & Co. Tools Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation,
MDL No. 1703 (N.D. Ill.).
Ms. Nelson currently represents men and women in matrimonial
proceedings including divorce and custody actions, and in negotiated
matrimonial settlements. She also assists clients in negotiating prenuptial
agreements and in the resolution of other family law matters. The results
of her most recent appellate work can be read in the decision Bader v.
Hazzis, 77 A.D.3d 742, 909 N.Y.S.2d
121 (2d Dep't 2010).
As is the case with the other attorneys in the firm, Ms.
Nelson is available to separating and divorcing couples who wish to avoid
the cost and anxiety of contested divorce litigation by serving as a
mediator or collaborative attorney.
Ms. Nelson is admitted to practice in the state and federal
courts of New York and New Jersey. She is a member of the New York City and New York State Bar Associations, the
Matrimonial Law and Family Court Law & Procedure Committees of the Nassau County Bar Association, a trained collaborative attorney and former member of the New York Association of
Collaborative Professionals, and the International Academy of
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James M. Gallagher
James M. Gallagher is Of Counsel to The Nelson Law Office P.C.
Now in his 31st year of practice, Mr. Gallagher was admitted to the New
York State Bar in 1981, and studied law at Oxford University in England and
the Florida State University College of Law (J.D. 1980). Having earned his
undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of New York at
Albany (B.S. cum laude, 1977), Mr. Gallagher focused on tax-related
legal matters early in his career as an attorney in the tax department at Price
Waterhouse. He also has experience with other New York City law firms in
the areas of directors' and officers' liability insurance coverage,
securities class actions, bankruptcy, and litigation matters.
As an of-counsel attorney to The
Nelson Law Office P.C. and its predecessor for the past 25 years, Mr.
Gallagher has represented clients in matrimonial litigation before the
Supreme and Family Courts in the State of New York. His exacting approach
has also assisted clients in estate and probate litigation, as well as in
personal injury matters.
Mr. Gallagher additionally maintains his own general legal
practice concentrating in bankruptcy under Chapters 7, 11, and 13 of the
Bankruptcy Code; real estate; real estate tax certiorari and other tax
matters; wills, estates and probate; personal injury matters; and
litigation before the New York state and federal courts. He has spoken
before the bar association and lectured to community groups on the subjects
of reducing real property tax assessments and bankruptcy. He also has been
a guest on the radio program, "Law You Can Know."
Mr. Gallagher is admitted to the State Bar of New York, the United States
Tax Court, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern
Districts of New York. He also serves on the Nassau County Bar Association
Bankruptcy Committee, and is a member of the New York County Lawyers'
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Joseph A. Lobosco
Joseph A. Lobosco represents clients at The Nelson Law Office
P.C. in hearings, depositions, and contested litigation, as well as in
uncontested matrimonial matters.
Mr. Lobosco is a particularly adept litigator, having spent
the early part of his twenty-five year career at the Queens County District
Attorney’s Office. There, Mr. Lobosco served as a Supervisor in the Intake
Bureau, where he worked with police officers and assistant district
attorneys in dealing with the processing of new arrests. Subsequently, he
specialized as a criminal defense attorney prior to joining The Nelson Law
Office P.C. He has defended hundreds
of clients, and has tried over thirty cases in the past ten years.
Accordingly, his expertise is of particular value to clients finding
themselves embroiled in family offense and criminal-related family matters.
Mr. Lobosco graduated from St. John’s University in January of
1986 with a degree in Communication Arts and St. John’s University School
of Law in June of 1989. While in
attendance at St. John’s Law School, Mr. Lobosco served as the Academic
Vice-president of the Student Bar Association. He is admitted to practice
in New York State, the Southern and Eastern District of New York Federal
Courts, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
In addition to
representing clients in family and matrimonial matters, Mr. Lobosco
continues to handle criminal matters.
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