Joan Casilio Adams


J. Adams & Associates P.L.L.C.


Suite 260 500 Essjay Rd.
Williamsville NY, 14221
Phone: (716) 568-8200
Fax: (716) 568-8292


Practice emphasizes matrimonial and family law in all courts


  • Cattaraugus, New York
  • Chautauqua, New York
  • Erie, New York
  • Genesee, New York
  • Niagara, New York

Legal Organizations

Board Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York Chapter, Board of Managers, 2010-date; Certified Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1994 - present;Sustaining Member, New York State Bar Association Family Law Section; 8th District Representative, 1992 - 2009; Member, Executive Committee, 1992 - present; Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2005 - present; Co-Chair, Membership Committee, 2000 - 2010; Co-Chair, Special Committee on Mediation and Arbitration, 1992 - present; Member, Child Custody Committee, 1992 - 2000; Special Committee on Biotechnology and the Law, Member, 1994 - 1995; Committee on Children and the Law, 1996 - 1998; Women and the Courts Committee Member, 1990 - 2001; Chair, Ruth Schapiro Memorial Award Committee, 1995 - 2001; Civil Practice Laws and Rules Committee Member, 1989 - 1993; Young Lawyer Section, Mentor to Young Lawyers, 1995 - 2004;Member, Bar Association of Erie County, Matrimonial and Family Law Committee, Chair, 1999- 2002, Member, 1988 - present; Practice and Procedure in Family Court Committee, Member, 1991- present; Judiciary Committee, Member, 2000-2004; 2008-present; Law Office Management Committee, Chair, 1993-1995;Appellate Practice Committee, Member, 1991-1995; 2002-present; Member, Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 - present; Member, Western New York Matrimonial Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 - present; Women Lawyers of Western New York, President, 1993 - 1994; Vice-President, 1992 - 1993,Member, 1991-1995; Adjunct Professor - Family Law, Medaille College, 1995 - 1997; Founding Board Member, GOLD Group (Graduates of the Last Decade, SUNY at Buffalo Law School, 1988 - 1990.


The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, Naileh and Smith, Woodward/White, Inc., 1998 - present; Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Family Law, Buffalo New York, 2012; Who's Who in Law: Matrimonial Law, Buffalo Business First, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009; Top 50 Attorneys in the Buffalo Area, Buffalo Spree Magazine, 2007, 2008, 2009; New York Super Lawyers, Upstate Edition, New York Times Supplement, Key Professional Median Inc,, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; Top 50 Lawyers in Upstate New York, New York Super Lawyers, 2008, 2009, 2010; Top 25 Women Upstate New York Super Lawyers 2008, 2009, 2010; Volunteer Recognition Award - Divorce, Bar Association of Erie County; Volunteer Lawyer's Project Buffalo, New York, November 3, 1999; Member, Advisory Committee, Women's Health Initiative, 1994 - 2007; Girl Scouts of America, Leader, 2001 - 2006; Judge, Annual Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition, University at Buffalo Law School, 1993 and various years thereafter.

CLE Presentations

Frequent Lecturer and Author- American Academy: NYSBA; BAEC; SUNY at Buffalo Law School & Ontario Bar Association: Adjunct Professor - Medaille College; Speaker: Valuation and Distribution in Changing Times, Practicing Matrimonial and Family law in Chaotic Times, NYSBA 2010; Section Executive Committee and list Serve; Tape Recordings and Wiretapping; use of Psychological and Forensic Custody Reports, NYSBA 2008; Business and Family Entities: What the Divorce Lawyer must Know; NYSBA 2008; Handling a Matter with Child Protective Services, BAEC 2002; Compelling Evidentiary Issues: A Survey of Evidence Problems from the Family Law Disclosure Motions, A Matrimonial Practice Odyssey, NYSBA 2001; Planning a Successful Strategy, Analyzing an Equitable Distribution Action for Settlement and Trial, NYSBA 2000; Domestic Violence Litigation; The Expanding World of the Matrimonial Lawyer: New Cases, New Procedures and New Areas of the Law, NYSBA 1999; Relocation, Matrimonial Law: The Realities of Practice, AAML 1999; Preparation of a Custody of Visitation Trial, BAEC 1995.


Pensions, Retirement Payments and Trends: The Thirtieth Anniversary of the Equitable Distribution Law, NYSBA 2010; Hot Tips - Retirement & Deferred Benefits: Discovery, Agreements Proof and QDROs, NYSBA 2007; The Handling of Stock Options in Divorce, 2005; Federal and Related Pensions: Getting the Money Out, Matrimonial and Family Law 2003, NYSBA 2003; Understanding Retirement Plan complexity, Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce: BAEC 2001; The Anatomy of a QDRO: Understanding the Process, Important Terms and Provisions, BAEC, 2001; Counsel Fees, Matrimonial and Family Law 2001, NYSBA, 2001; Prenuptial Agreements, AAML 2000; Matrimonial Law: The Realities of Practice, University at Buffalo Law School jointly with AAML, 1999; Pensions and Retirement Benefits in Divorce, NYSBA, 1999; Appeals: Motions, Stays and Fees, BAEC, 1999; Fault and Maintenance Issues, 1998; Pendent Life Motions: A Practical approach, AAML, 1998; Q.D.R.O.s, Pensions, Retirement Plans and Major New York Plans, AAML, 1997; Attorney and Client : Fees, Liens, Conflicts and Withdrawals, BAEC 1996; Litigating the Enforceability of Premarital Agreements National Business Institute Inc., 1995; Preparation of a Custody or Visitation Trial, BAEC, 1995; Q.D.R.O. s : The Top Ten Issues, BAEC, 1995; Protecting the Family Farm from Either the Parents or the Children Divorcing, NYSBA 1995; Discovery in Custody and Visitation Proceedings, Law Guardian Training Seminar, appellate Division Fourth Judicial Department, 1994 and 1995.

AAML Chapter

NYS Chapter, Board of Managers 2010 - Present.