Joanne Monagan Albany NY Divorce & Family Lawyer Attorney



As an attorney in private practice, I have advocated for clients and their families in Family Court, and in Supreme Court. I have experience in all aspects of litigation involving matrimonial law and family law, including equitable distribution of assets, custody, child support, spousal support, mothers’ rights, fathers’ rights, adoption, domestic violence, and all related family law issues. I have also been a Law Guardian representing children in custody, juvenile delinquency, PINS, and in child abuse and neglect circumstances. Additionally, I have recently served as staff attorney for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services reviewing applications for the appeal of indicated reports of child abuse and maltreatment.

In addition to private practice, my family law experience includes 10 years as Principal Court Attorney for a serving Family Court judge who also serves as acting justice of the Capital Region County Supreme Court. This decade of Court Attorney experience has enabled me to understand the family law legal process from the important perspectives of judges and the court system itself. I know how both sides approach a family law case, what Family Court judges are looking for, how decisions are made, and what a person from a neutral perspective such as a judge sees in a dispute that is vigorously contested.

My unique experience helps me to develop creative solutions to serve the always-unique and complex needs of my clients. I am prepared and qualified to represent you in every aspect of matrimonial law, including the most difficult problems and circumstances you are likely to face. I have resolved hundreds of complex family law cases and I am committed to assisting each of my clients to achieve the most satisfactory results for themselves and their children. I am the mother of three daughters and have specialized in divorce and family  law for more than 25 years.  I have represented clients in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Columbia counties, and in courts throughout New York state.

Please contact me at 518-427-7000, or via e-mail, to schedule a free initial consultation. Our office is conveniently located at 18 Corporate Woods Boulevard, 2nd floor, Albany, NY, 12211-2522. You may also visit me in Troy, if that is more convenient. My e-mail address is: jmonagan@obrienassociateslaw.com

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Susan McLaughlin Albany Lawyer Attorney



I have been practicing law since 2006. After nearly a decade working in a corporate and commercial capacity, I felt my career was missing a purpose. In search of work that had a deeper meaning, in 2015, I left the corporate world and opened my own practice which focused on serving the needs of individuals and families. As a solo practitioner, I provided individuals and families with advice and guidance in the areas of estate planning and divorce, while continuing to serve commercial clients in the areas of corporate formation and maintenance, contracts, and debt collection. After relocating to Halfmoon, New York, I joined a mid-sized law firm in Albany where I practiced employment law and matrimonial and family law. In 2018, I joined O’Brien & Associates Law Firm so that I could focus solely on matrimonial and family law issues such as divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, and family offense matters.

Today, I draw upon a broad range of legal experience to provide clients with high quality representation in all matters involving families and the law. Experience in the corporate world has provided me with the expertise necessary to interpret financial documents at a level necessary to provide clients from all backgrounds with competent representation in matters involving closely held businesses and other financial issues affecting our clients who may be in the midst of family crisis. Above all, I am especially dedicated to the O’Brien & Associates highest priority that is to clearly focus on protecting the interests of the children, women and men we represent.

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Kevin O'Brien Albany NY Lawyer Attorney



Mr. O’Brien has limited his practice to matrimonial matters, including all aspects of family law. His experience has encompassed litigation and meeting client needs from St. Lawrence County to Suffolk County. The Office’s client base extends to all parts of New York. His proficiency, however, extends beyond the boundaries of the courtroom. The basics matter. Client courtesy, timely returned telephone calls, and realistic case assessments and costs are fundamental to those in the midst of a family crisis. Clients should expect to hear sound legal advice based upon the specifics of their situation, not simply what they want to hear, or what their friends tell them. The resulting trust established between attorney and client forms the basis of a team approach toward reaching the client’s objectives. These may be litigated or negotiated. No matter what approach, Mr. O’Brien will aggressively pursue either to advance the client’s goal.

Mr. O’Brien received his Masters of Laws and Letters summa cum laude from Albany Law School Union University, wherein he was inducted into the Justinian Society, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Western New England School of Law. Additionally, he received his Masters of Arts, and his Bachelors of Arts cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany. This has served as an excellent basis for him to teach as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western New England School of Law.

He is of counsel to the law firm and provides consulting services.

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