John O. Farley
(212) 540-4170

New York University School of Law, JD
University of Virginia, BA

Bar Admissions
New York

John O. Farley

A founding member of Rottenstreich Farley Bronstein, John is a trial lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in high-stakes commercial, partnership, white-collar, securities, and matrimonial matters. He now focuses his practice on matrimonial actions involving substantial marital estates with complex valuation, jurisdictional, and accounting issues.

He presently represents high net-worth clients in New York City, Silicon Valley, and Palm Beach, in complex matters with amounts in controversy exceeding $1 billion. He regularly represents hedge fund, private equity, and other financial services executives, company founders and entrepreneurs, lawyers, and other professionals—and their spouses and children—in divorce and custody actions, pre-and postnuptial agreements, and other civil disputes.

Before co-founding RFB, John was a senior member of the team that took to trial the largest contested divorce in New York City history, and the team that settled on a highly favorable basis one of, if not the, largest hedge fund cases ever to proceed to trial.

John started his career as a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. After leaving Cravath, John became an associate and eventually an equity partner at Goodwin Procter. There, his practice focused on securities and white-collar litigation, and the representation of private investment funds and their partners in commercial and partnership disputes. He also regularly represented REITs, investment banks, target companies, and acquirers in M&A litigation, spanning industries from electrical power generation to medical devices.

John received his JD from New York University School of Law and his BA in English literature and philosophy from the University of Virginia. John splits time between Brooklyn Heights and northern Westchester, where he lives with his daughter, his girlfriend, her son, and a varied assortment of dogs.