About Polly N. Passonneau, P.C.
"Really smart people can explain complicated things so anyone can understand; this is one of Ms. Passonneau’s great talents."
Polly N. Passonneau has over thirty years of experience in a combination of Matrimonial or Family Law, Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense. Her referrals come from colleagues, adversaries, and clients alike: she is universally recognized as efficient and effective, even when she is on the opposite side of the case.
Ms. Passonneau has experience in all courts contained within New York City, as well as Nassau, Suffolk and Rockland counties. She has made numerous appearances in the Federal District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and has argued appeals both in the State Appellate Divisions and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Formerly a partner at Pavia & Harcourt in New York City, in 2021 Ms. Passonneau returned to her firm, initially founded in 1992. Her legal career began acting as an Assistant District Attorney, Kings County District Attorney’s Office (1984-1988) and as an Associate at both Marks, Murase & White and Moore, Berson, Eisenberg, Lifflander & Mewhinney.
Whether yours is the largest or the smallest case in the office, Ms. Passonneau will give you the attention you need.
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Juris Doctor
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, M.A. Comparative Literature
Washington University in St. Louis, A.B. cum laude
L’Université de Strasbourg, France, Diplôme 2ème
Massachusetts (1985) and New York (1986)
US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of NY (1987)
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1987)
United States Supreme Court (1999)
"Legal proceedings are inherently anxiety-ridden and stressful. [Ms. Passonneau’s] professional approach, personal counselling and comforting assurances provided the necessary ingredients for weathering the legal maelstrom ahead."
Ms. Passonneau received the AV Peer Review Rating™ from LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® in 2000 and has maintained that standard since that time. She also has received the additional rating of AV Preeminent Judicial Edition.
The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings have remained the most prestigious and widely respected lawyer rating system in the world for over a hundred years. The AV rating signifies that an attorney is deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability.
Ms. Passonneau is also listed in Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of recognition and achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Making a difference
Member, New York County Lawyers Matrimonial Committee
Member, New York State Bar Association Matrimonial Committee
Chairperson, Equal Justice Foundation (1983-1984)
I wanted a lawyer who would keep me advised in a way that I could understand what was happening in my case, and keep it under control, but still let me have the divorce my way.
Partners & resources
Crafting the right solutions means having the right network of professionals on your team.
The firm has an extensive network of connections to the other professionals which sometimes need to be engaged in matrimonial or family law matters. This includes real estate appraisers, business valuation experts, forensic accountants, occupational experts, forensic psychologists, family oriented social workers, therapists, parenting coordinators, and private investigators.