- Seton Hall Univ. School of Law (J.D. 1987)
- SUNY Oswego (B.A. 1978)
- New York
- U.S. District Court, SDNY
- U.S. District Court, EDNY
Richard J. Adago is a partner in the firm’s matrimonial and family law practice group, in the New York office. Richard is a seasoned litigator with over 20 years of experience representing high net worth individuals in divorce proceedings, and advising clients with respect to property distribution agreements, custody issues, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, paternity suits, and other matrimonial matters relating to real estate, tax, and trust and estate planning. Mr. Adago also represents individuals in the ever-evolving area of same-sex divorce litigation.
Richard is an assertive and compassionate advocate who fights tenaciously for his clients. He has significant experience both litigating and settling disputed cases before the New York trial and appellate courts. Although he has tried a number of complex cases, Richard also is a strong advocate of mediation and out-of-court settlements, which in many circumstances are far more cost effective and, ultimately, satisfying to his clients.
Prior to joining Hartmann Doherty, Richard was a partner in the Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group of Blank Rome, LLP, one of the largest practices of its kind in the nation, for 11 years. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney for 5 years at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he learned to try cases prosecuting felony criminal cases.
Mr. Adago serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School where he teaches a course on drafting family law agreements. Mr. Adago also has lectured in Manhattan as part of a panel entitled “If Our Marriages End,” a program on same-sex marriage presented by The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York. His pro bono efforts on behalf of a female Iraqi war veteran who lost custody of her children were part of a documentary aired at the Robin Hood Foundation’s May 2011 Annual Gala.
Mr. Adago has been recognized for his work by Super Lawyers and in New York and Avenue magazines.