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Team Introduction

O’Cathain Law Group, located in Hackensack, New Jersey, is a law firm that stands apart in its approach to family and personal injury law. With a deep commitment to guiding clients through legal hurdles, our firm embodies a unique blend of personal attention and robust legal expertise.

At the core of our practice is the belief that the right legal team makes all the difference. Our approach is tailored to each client, ensuring they feel valued and understood. We champion the philosophy of small firm intimacy coupled with the impact of large firm results, a combination that has earned us the trust and respect of clients and peers alike.

Our team structure is a testament to our commitment to excellence. Led by partners at the height of their careers, each case benefits from their seasoned perspective and strategic insights. The wisdom of over 100 years of combined legal experience from our Of Counsel attorneys enriches our approach, ensuring every angle is considered. Supporting this expertise is a dedicated paralegal for each case, ensuring meticulous attention to detail and personalized client care.

Our reputation is built on the referrals from those who have experienced our commitment first-hand – lawyers and former clients who have witnessed the difference we make. We invite you to discover this difference for yourself as you explore our services and team.

Francesca O’Cathain, at the helm of our family law division, brings her board-certified expertise and leadership experience from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Together with Amanda M. Yu, Carlye L. Goldstein, and the distinguished Of Counsel Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich, our family law team offers unparalleled legal acumen, empathy, and resourcefulness.

In personal injury law, Domhnall O’Cathain’s board-certified trial expertise sets the tone for a department known for its tenacity and success in the courtroom. His reputation for excellence in trial advocacy extends beyond our clients, with other firms often seeking his expertise for their most challenging cases.

Based in a region we know intimately, we handle cases across northern New Jersey with a deep understanding of the local nuances that impact legal proceedings. Our clients benefit from this local insight, receiving counsel that is both strategic and grounded in community knowledge.

At O’Cathain Law Group, we’re not just about winning cases; we’re about moving lives forward. Whether navigating the sensitive waters of family law or championing the rights of personal injury victims, our goal is to guide you to a place of resolution and peace. Let us be your partner in this journey, combining legal prowess with a personal touch to chart a path forward.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our firm has two separate departments, the Family Law department, and the Personal Injury department.
The Family Law department is headed by Francesca O’Cathain, who is board certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court, and a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Francesca lectures frequently on family law and handles cases throughout New Jersey. Most of her cases involve high-income contentious divorces, divorces with special needs children, custody battles, and relocation cases. You can learn more about the Family Law department here.

Domhnall O’Cathain heads the Personal Injury department. He is certified as a civil trial lawyer, which permits him to pay referral fees in New Jersey personal injury cases. Because of his experience with jury trials, he is often retained by other lawyers to try a case that cannot be settled before trial. Most of his cases involve trucking accidents and other crashes that cause death or spinal injuries. You can learn more about the Personal Injury department here.

You are probably reading this because somebody recommended us. Most of our cases come from former clients or other lawyers. Our attorneys value the relationships we have built over the years of practicing law— our practice is built on that trust. We work hard— and fight hard— for our clients as we help them navigate the system. We take your trust in our firm incredibly seriously and are honored by it.

Please feel free to reach out to us for a consultation so that you can decide if you want to move forward with us. Together, we can help you Move Forward.

While we cannot predict the outcome of your case when we meet with you, we only agree to take a case if we believe we can help you get a fair and just outcome for your case. Clients who seek our help are often worried about finances, and part of our job is to help you get to a more stable financial situation.

Whether you’re dealing with issues of alimony and/or child support in Family Law, or lost wages and/or pain and suffering compensation in Personal Injury Law, every case is different, so the valuation of each case is different. We will work with you to guide you towards the optimal outcome, financially, physically, and emotionally.

For Family Law and Divorce clients, there is no cost to speak with a paralegal about setting up an initial consultation. Family Law and Divorce matters work on retainer payments, and your legal fees will depend upon the nature and the extent of the litigation. Additionally, you will be billed for disbursements and costs. You will be sent regular statements by our Billing Department, so you know where your retainer stands, how much you’ve invested in your case, and what’s next.

For Personal Injury clients, your legal fee will be paid at the back end from the money you get from the lawsuit. There is no payment upfront. You only pay if you win.

Every case has at least one partner and at least one paralegal assigned to it.

We think of O’Cathain Law Group as a team, and when you are the client, we are part of your team. Our attorneys and paralegals will be accessible to you to discuss your case and to guide you through the steps of your lawsuit. We are with you from the initial consultation all the way to the conclusion of your case.

We appreciate that perhaps you never thought you would take this step. Our promise to you is to work with you to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Together our team will Move Forward.

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