About Erin K. Colgan
I am Erin Colgan, the founder and managing partner of Colgan Family Law, P.C. As a seasoned divorce attorney, I help divorcing men and women to navigate the divorce process, address post-divorce concerns, and offer advice to clients as they begin their new chapters. As a former prosecutor, and certified mediator, I pride myself on helping each divorcing client to choose the type of divorce that is right for their situation, and tailor the approach, strategy, and negotiation to accommodate their needs.
I pride myself on my ability to help clients understand and anticipate the legal process they face, evaluate their options, plan for the impacts on loved ones, and protect their interests as they navigate the Staten Island divorce and child custody processes and rebuild their lives.
Throughout my legal career of nearly 20 years, I have helped hundreds of men and women navigate their divorces through litigation, advocacy, and often encourage alternative resolution, such as mediation and collaborative divorce. I am equally facile with all types of cases, from simple and amicable to highly contentious. I am also adept in handling the financial aspects of a divorce, including the appraisal of assets and businesses, distribution of pensions, or evaluation of custody agreements.
I am also known for helping my clients to formulate the strategy and course of action that best suits their needs. In fact, the firm encourages and develop out of court models, including mediation and out of court negotiations to avoid costly litigation and preserve financial assets. In cases where litigation is unavoidable, we work closely with clients and other professionals to bring swift closure to a difficult process in an informed, efficient, and focused manner.
I understand what my clients are going through. As a divorced parent of two (now young adult) children, I can closely relate to the challenges and rewards that accompany emotional separation and physical transition.
Unlike most other family law firms, Colgan Family Law, P.C. offers pension valuation services to assist divorcing parties directly and other attorneys with drafting orders to divide pension benefits following divorce.
I began my legal career at the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office, located in Staten Island, NY, where I worked as an Assistant District Attorney and prosecuted domestic violence cases. After having two children, I went into private practice as an associate at a local matrimonial law firm.
I am a member of the Richmond County Bar Association and Staten Island Women’s Bar Association and serves as the Matrimonial Committee co-chair of the Richmond County Bar Association. I am active on the 18b panel and serve as an Attorney for the Child in Richmond County. I am also active on the Collaborative Committee for Richmond County for Child Protective matters through the Office of Court Administration for the State of New York. I have lectured for Continuing Legal Education to my colleagues concerning custody and child protective issues.
I earned my B.S. in Economics and Management Science, cum laude, from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1998, and my J.D. from Rutgers-Newark in 2001. Add line here about mediation accreditation/year. I am admitted to practice in New York.
I am NYC Firefighter living on Staten Island. I have faced many adversities in my career but nothing more daunting then going thru a divorce and custody battle. Erin Colgan is a superior fierce attorney who helped me achieve all my goals beyond what i could expect. She literally saved my life. Erin has vast knowledge of the NYC Fire dept inner workings which without doubt helped my cause. I strongly recommend Erin Colgan!!!!
I highly recommend Erin. She is a great lawyer, and has years of experience.
Erin is amazing at what she does.I am so greatful for her services and guidance. I highly recommend her over all.
very helpful, informative, patient,knowledgeable, and is the best lawyer I have had so far. I would refer Ms. Colgan to anyone who is in need of assitance.
I had such a great experience with Erin ! She was kind professional n very honest ! She was not a typical lawyer that was just out for the money ! She actually cared !! I was very happy with the outcome !!!
Erin has gone above and beyond what any attorney would do for their client. I have been dealing with an extremely difficult legal situation to say the least. Erin has been with me from the very beginning even though this case seemed hopeless, she has brought me hope and has turned this case around 360 degrees for the better! She has devoted all her available time to my legal matter and has made me feel as if I were her only client! Not only has Erin been a tremendous attorney but I now, consider her to be a close friend and trusted confidant! I thank my lucky stars for people like Erin in this legal system! Keep fighting the good fight Erin!!!! TODAY WE WON THE CASE AND I AM SO ELATED THAT ERIN WAS BY MY SIDE TELLING ME TO BE QUIET WHEN I FELT LIKE SCREAMING! ERIN IS THE MOST COMPASSIONATE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY IS A VERY LOGICAL DECISION MAKER AND NEVER LETS THE EMOTIONAL SIDE GET THE BEST OF HER OR HER CLIENTS!!!!!! THANKS ERIN YOU TOUCHED MY HEART AND MADE ME BELIEVE THAT THERE IS JUSTICE OUT THERE!!! I RECOMMEND ERIN TO REPRESENT YOU ! YOU WILL BE IN GREAT HANDS !!! XO XO
Erin suggested that we use mediation, as opposed to trying to fight out my divorce in court. Like most divorces, mine was ugly and painful and there was a lot of anger. Erin was able to bring my ex and I together in a professional and empathetic meeting and sort things out as amicably as possible. She saved us so much heartache (and legal fees!) that a court battle would have brought. I highly recommend her firm.
Erin was a pleasure to work with! She listened to all my concerns and guided me in the right direction. She had my best interests in court and stood up for me, helping me to get what I was achieving for. I would definitely recommend her to a friend. When I am ready to go back to court again to further my case, I will definitely use her!