Rich Adago New York Matrimonial Lawyer
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Richard  J. Adago


Matrimonial & Family Law


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Oswego, B.A.


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, SDNY
  • U.S. District Court, EDNY
Richard J. Adago
Tel: (212) 841-0541
Fax: (212) 262-5152
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Richard J. Adago is co-chair of the firm's New York Matrimonial & Family Law Practice. He is a seasoned litigator with more than 30 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. Richard 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.

Most recently before joining Phillips Nizer, Richard was a partner with the law firms of Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman & Bulbulia, LLC and Blank Rome LLP. He was also an attorney early in his career in private practice at Phillips Nizer for three years after having served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for six years.

Outside of his daily practice of law, Richard has been an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School since 2012. He was a featured lecturer in 2015 on The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York on the panel, “If Our Marriages End,” a program on same-sex marriage. In May 2011, 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 Annual Gala.

Richard was selected to serve as a Mediator on the New York County Supreme Court Roster of Matrimonial Mediators in 2020.

He has been an adjust professor at Fordham Law School for the past decade where he teaches a family law drafting/writing course. 

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP), a presentation on the dramatic increase in Gray Divorces (October 29, 2018)
  • Financially Ever After (Podcast) - "Journeying Through a Gray Divorce" (July 31, 2018)

Professional Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section)
  • City Bar of New York (Member, Family Law Section)