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John J. Ciafone Esq. Attorney practices in the areas of personal injury, real estate, criminal & probate law. 718-278-3900

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EDUCATION
  • In New York 1995, in Washington D.C. 1995, in New Jersey 1994
  • J.D. with Honors, JP Munn Scholar, St. John's University School of Law 1994
  • B.A. with Honors, Chancellor's Award, New York University 1991
  • A.A. with Honors, Dean's List, New York University 1989
ELECTED
  • Community School Board 30, 1997 to 2004: served as President and Treasurer, Judicial Delegate
APPOINTMENTS
  • Appointed Foreclosure Referee by New York State Supreme Court Justices, Schmidt, and Golia
  • Appointed Guardian Ad Litem by Queens County Supreme Court Surrogate:
    Judge Nahman
  • Appointed as New York State Court System Certified Arbitrator/Mediator 
EMPLOYMENT

LAW OFFICES OF JOHN J. CIAFONE, ESQ., P.L.L.C.                           September 2000 TO Present
25-59 Steinway Street, Suite 2F, Astoria, NY 11103

  • Operates a private practice with a focus on litigation including personal injury, medical malpractice, real estate, criminal, commercial, bankruptcy, family court, matrimonial, and estate practice. Trial Attorney to the profession. 
  • Handles all kinds of Administrative Proceedings including Social Security, Workers' Compensation, and Unemployment. Tried numerous Criminal, Personal Injury, and Medical Malpractice cases.
  • Bank Attorney for Washington Mutual Bank Closings.

Kreitzer & Vogelman                                                                               June 1996 To 2000
275 Madison Avenue, Suite 900, New York, NY

  • Handled civil & criminal cases from intake to trial. Tried multiple Administrative Proceedings.
  • Managed office and was the Senior Attorney.

Florie Wertheimer, P. C.                                                                         January 1995 To May 1996
225 Broadway, Suite 1200, New York, NY

  • Handled Admiralty cases in Federal Court in both the Southern District and Eastern District of New York.

Alexander & Ashe, P.C.                                                                          July 1994 To December 1995
225 Broadway, Suite 2500, New York, NY

  • Handled insurance defense claims from intake to trial for multiple international and nationally-prominent insurance companies.

INTERVEST National Bank                                                                     January 1994 To June 1994
225 Broadway, Suite 2500, New York, NY

  • Handled insurance defense claims from intake to trial for multiple international and nationally-prominent insurance companies.

New York Supreme Court Justice Frederick Schmidt (Intern)           1992 TO 1993
Queens County Supreme Court, Jamaica, NY

New York City Council Legal Division (Intern)                                     1992 TO 1993
350 Broadway, New York, NY

  • Worked with NYC council members to create, draft, and pass citywide legislation.
  • Researched the constitutionality of proposed citywide legislation.

Governor Mario M. Cuomo (Intern)                                                       1990 TO 1991
Two World Trade Center, 57TH Floor, New York, NY

  • Helped research and create legislation for all executive branches of the State of NY.

John J. Ciafone, Esq., has been practicing law for over 22 years. He is admitted in New York, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. Ciafone is a litigator who has been recognized by the Millon Dollar Advocates Top Trial Attorneys Forum; New York Magazine and New York Law Journal's Top Trial Attorneys and received Elite Lawyers and Best Attorneys recognition awards.

Ciafone was counsel for Intervest National Bank at Rockefeller Center and was a Bank Attorney for the former Washington Mutual Bank representing the lender in closing residential loans.

Ciafone is a Certified Arbitrator and Mediator and was appointed Referee on numerous foreclosure actions by New York State Supreme Court Justices. Ciafone has been a Speaker at the New York Real Estate Expo several times including the Columbia University Exposition where he spoke about Mortgage Foreclosure issues.

Ciafone has worked on Foreclosures, Mechanics Liens, Adverse Possession, Zoning and Management issues Concerning New York Real Estate. He has worked with high profile Real Estate Broker, Swain Weiner and has completed a transaction with Philip Pilevsky of Philips International Realty, whose company was the unsuccessful bidder on the purchase of the Empire State Building. Ciafone is also a Real Estate Investor and Developer.

Ciafone currently serves as Executive Director of the Aldos Democratic Club and is the Attorney for the New York State Fraternal Order of Police Big Apple Lodge. He is a member of the East River Kiwanis and the Knights of Columbus. Ciafone is a New York State Certified Arbitrator and Mediator and has been appointed a Referee and Guardian Ad Litem for the New York State Court System.

Ciafone was elected twice to Community School Board 30 with the highest number of votes where he served as President and Treasurer of the Board. On the Board Ciafone distinguished himself as a strong advocate for child safety, increased crossing guards, security and police presence at the schools and had the best attendance record for Board members in the entire City of New York. He helped lead the fight for school uniforms and during his tenure, District 30 produced the largest number of new schools creating seats for early childhood, elementary and middle school students. Ciafone was also elected a Judicial Delegate.

Ciafone was born and raised in Astoria. He went to public. He graduated with Honors from New York University being on the Dean's List and receiving the Chancellor's Award. He then went to St. John's University School of Law where he received the Judge Mary Egan scholarship and was an Editor of the Forum.

Ciafone has had the rare fortune to serve in all three branches of government. He was an intern to former Governor Mario Cuomo; worked in the Legal Division in the New York City Council and was an intern to New York State Supreme Court Justice Frederick Schmidt.

 

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