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.