Janel Alania is a Partner in HDRB&B’s Litigation Department. She focuses her practice on business litigation, representing individual and corporate clients in complex commercial matters, closely held business disputes, and business divorce. She also represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in trusts and estates litigation, including will contests and actions for breach of fiduciary duty. Janel’s clients appreciate her sophisticated and effective approach to advocacy, and her creative and compassionate approach to conflict resolution. She practices in the state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey, and in national arbitration forums.

Janel’s prior practice includes work with HDRB&B’s Matrimonial & Family Department, during which time she was trained in Collaborative Divorce. This unique approach to marriage dissolution enables divorcing spouses, working with their attorneys and neutral mental health and financial professionals, to craft individualized resolutions to their financial and custodial issues. Prior to joining HDRB&B, Janel formed and managed her own law firm, where she worked with individual and small business clients on matters related to the formation and operations of New Jersey businesses and provided litigation consulting services to other small law firms.  Janel has also completed the New York Commercial Division Mediation Training and Advanced Commercial Division Mediation Training.

Prior to embarking on her legal career, Janel worked in public relations for a variety of entities, including a publicly traded online retailer, Jewish non-profit organizations, and an international youth hostel. Janel is also a Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT 200), active school and community volunteer, and very proud parent.

Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
    • Committee on State Court Counsel, 2008 – 2010
  • New Jersey State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Selected as an “Alexander Fellow” in the Chambers of the Honorable William G. Bassler, U.S.D.J. (Ret.), in the United States District Court of New Jersey

Prior Experience

  • Member, The Alania Law Firm, LLC, Hackensack, N.J., 2016 – 2018
  • Hon. Bernard J. Fried, J.S.C. (Ret.), Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court
    • Clerk, 2007 – 2012
  • Hon. Nina Gershon, U.S.D.J., United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • Clerk, 2013 – 2015

Civic & Charitable Activities

  • Radburn School PTA, First Vice President, 2019 – Present
  • Radburn School PTA, Vice President for Cultural Enrichment, 2017-2019
  • Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, Co-Leader, Troop 96654, 2014 – Present
  • League of Women Voters of Fair Lawn, Bulletin Editor, 2017 – Present

Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 2007
    • Editor, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal
    • Teaching Assistant, Legal Writing Program
  • Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, B.A., 1996, magna cum laude
  • New York Commercial Division Mediation Training, 2007
  • Advanced Commercial Division Mediation Training, 2008

Clerkships

  • Hon. Bernard J. Fried, J.S.C. (Ret.), Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court, 2007 – 2012
  • Hon. Nina Gershon, U.S.D.J., United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2013 – 2015

Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2007
  • New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2008