Areas of Practice
Academic and Professional Credentials
B.A., Psychology, Fordham University, 1982
J.D. Touro Law Center, 1985
Admitted New York 1986
About my Practice
Patricia Ann Grant is a principal in the law firm Grant & Appelbaum, P.C. She has handled contested divorces, including many high profile and high net worth cases; uncontested divorces, separation agreements, child support and custody matters, pre- and post-nuptial agreements for over 25 years.
Recognizing the emotional turmoil that overwhelms participants in these matters, clients are treated with empathy and understanding. For that reason, and others, the firm’s philosophy is to attempt to achieve for the client the fairest and most satisfactory result at the earliest possible stage of the proceeding to minimize the stressors inherent in the process, in the most cost-effective manner.
In accordance with that principle, the firm urges clients to engage in alternate dispute resolution wherever that is feasible. Pat is also an experienced divorce mediator, and matrimonial practitioner.
In addition, she has been trained in, and is a strong believer in, the efficacy of collaborative divorce. This is a process in which the parties, although represented by their own counsel, attempt to reach a holistic solution for the family situation rather than suffering the uncertainties of litigation. The procedure involves a series of meetings including the parties and their attorneys (as well as appropriate mental health and/or financial professionals) in an attempt to identify and resolve the outstanding issues fairly and amicably. In litigation, a third party who knows neither the litigants nor their children, makes life changing decisions for them. Pat believes the parties, who know their children, are in the best position to make these decisions cooperatively. Through the collaborative process, too, the parties can make financial decisions best tailored to their needs, rather than relinquishing control to a judge who may or may not make decisions that address the wishes and needs of either party.
Pat is the immediate Past President of the New York Women’s Bar Association, and a member of its Board of Directors. She sits as an arbitrator in the Civil Court and is on the Neutral Evaluation Panel for the Supreme Court of New York County. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association. She has made presentations at the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American College of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology and the New York County Lawyers Association, and a member of the Interdisciplinary Committee. She also co-authored a chapter in a book entitled A Handbook of Divorce and Custody: Forensic, Developmental and Clinical Perspective. She is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.
N.Y.S. Bar Association, New York Women's Bar Association, New York City Bar Association
Mediation, Collaborative Law
J.D., New York State, Admitted United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York