Ira E. Garr
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Ira began his legal career as assistant counsel to the Judicial Relations Committee (the precursor of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct), investigating misconduct of Judges. Ira subsequently became employed as a law assistant to the Justices of the Appellate Division and ultimately served for two years as law secretary to the Honorable Arthur Markewich.
Ira entered private practice in 1978 initially as a commercial litigator. In 1985 Ira formed his own firm, primarily focusing on Family Law. Since that time Ira has been a frequent lecturer at the Bar Association and Continuing Legal Education programs. Ira has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s Law School teaching a course in trial advocacy.
While Ira possesses experience as both a trial and appellate lawyer, his preference is that matrimonial matters should be settled by agreement. “An agreement is limited only by the parties’ and their lawyer’s creativity. A court is bound to follow the dictates of the Domestic Relations Law and cannot possibly fashion a decision with the detail and precision that fair minded attorney’s negotiating in good faith can structure.”
Nonetheless, Ira is often engaged by other matrimonial attorneys to act as trial or appellate counsel in complicated cases.
Although Ira’s clientele are generally high worth individuals and often celebrities, one of his proudest moments as an attorney was in a pro bono capacity representing the foster parents of two young children who were born to a heroin addicted birthmother who abandoned them. The birthmother’s cousin and husband cared for the children. After years of abandonment, the biological parents contested termination of their parental rights and the New York Social Service Agency (who had custody over the children) recommended return to the natural mother. In a trial that spanned over a year, Ira successfully represented the foster parents obtaining custody for them – an unprecedented result.
University of Pennsylvania, B.A. 1971
Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1974
Co-Author “Treason, Bribery and other High Crimes and Misdemeanors—A Study of Impeachment,” 47 Temple Quarterly, Volume 3 1974
New York Bar, 1976
U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern District of New York, 1979
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
New York State Bar Association
The Association of Trial Lawyers in America
The Family Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
“ABC’s of Drafting Prenuptial and Other Matrimonial Agreements,” Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1998;
“Practical Skills-Basic Matrimonial Practice,” New York State Bar Association, 1998, 2000;
“The Expanding World of the Matrimonial Lawyer: New Cases, New Procedures and New Areas of Law – What the Matrimonial Lawyer Must Know About Orders of Protection and Criminal Law,” New York State Bar Association Seminar, 1999;
“The Constructing of a Pre-Nuptial Agreement: Making it Worth the Paper – or Tape- it’s Recorded on,” Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1999;
“A Matrimonial Law Practice Odyssey,” New Your State Bar Association, 2001;
“Matrimonial Law: A Case Law Up-date,” New York State Bar Association, 2003;
“Anatomy of Matrimonial Action,” New York Law School, 2004;
“Equitable Distribution 25 Years Later: Is It Necessarily Equal? Should It Be?,” New York City Bar Association, 2005;
Divorce In New York In The 21st Century…”Who Gets What & How Much?,” New York City Bar Association, 2007;
“What’s It Worth In Divorce? Appraisals of Assets,” New York City Bar Association, 2008;
“Recent Developments in Matrimonial Law: Tips & Techniques to Stay Ahead of the Curve,” New York City Bar Association, 2009.