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John Gemelli
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Practice Area:  Divorce / Family Law
Firm:  John A Gemelli PC
Phone:  (718) 261-2323
Profile updated: 7/27/12    Submit profile update    Subscribe to profile updates

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Rating: 3.6 out of 5 based on 33 reviews.

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 3/4/14   5     1     3     1     1   If you want an attorney who wins his case by adjournments until the other party loses his/her patience, he is the man;If you want an attorney who does not communicate with you, he is the man; and if you want an attorney who is too busy even to know your case well enough to represent you, he is your man. His nickname among his colleagues is "The King of Adjournment". Don't waste your time and money with him. John is a very nice guy who knows a lot about things in general. But if your opponent have a tough lawyer, he is not your man. RID: 133250
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 9/24/13   5     5     5     5     5   John Gemelli is the best!! John Gemelli took on my wife's battle with her ex husband and did a remarkable job getting though the BS and uncovering the truth. He does not accept any nonsense from anyone including the judge. He fought our fight like it was his and won on every point. John court room presents was unbelievable and he is one of the smartest men I have ever met. I would recommend John to anyone who needs an attorney, he truly is the best RID: 124020
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 2/28/13   5     4     4     5     4   Well mr gemeilli was my lawyer in 2009 to 2010 we had butted heads but he saved my two kids from my ex wife an got me full custody. as far as knowledge he is one of the best ! if I had to do it again I would still ask him to be my lawyer. EVEN IF WE DO NOT SPEAK MY KIDS ARE SAFE AND ON THEIR WAY IN LIFE RID: 103888
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 2/5/13   5     5     5     5     5   When my ex-wife filed a bogus petition for an order of protection, other lawyers were happy to take a $1000 to have me agree to a order for one year with no findings. Not Attorney John Gemelli! Mr. Gemelli understood the negative repercussions and stigmas that could result from such an order in my case, and while others said that it would be foolish to fight it as such orders are given out almost de facto, Mr. Gemelli fearlessly took on the case which he handily won. He has a thorough understanding of the legal process and also of human nature. He is a fierce, intimidating, and seemingly invincible adversary -- I'd hate to face him in a courtroom. He rigorously prepares his clients to bear up under pressure, and similarly, he finds the chinks in his opponents' armor and mercilessly dismantles them. Everyone in the court respects him. Some might call him a shark, but it's only part of who he is -- he's also a caring humanist. My highest recommendation! Don't go into court without him! RID: 100009
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 10/27/12   5     5     5     5     5   Having John Gemelli as your attorney equals success in court. Period. Knowledge of the who what where when why and how, and - success in court! He represented me with a recent issue, as well as several years ago in a custody trial, and won full physical custody for me. He knows what he's doing in court, and if what happens in court is what concerns you, know this: You and your children can have no better advocate. John is well liked, and is well respected by all the persons involved in the process - judges, court staff, even opposing attorneys. I can testify from personal experience back then, as well as from the more recent experience. Bottom line - he is the definition of a great lawyer. Once you tell him the facts, he knows how to tie it all together in court, how to get your ex speaking the truth on the stand, and he will win your case. I would add that his associates are also top performers who get things done, and are a pleasure to deal with. RID: 93953
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 8/21/12   5     5     5     5     5   If your looking for a lawyer who knows the law and will fight for your rights, than John Gemelli is your guy. John is a pitbull in the courtroom, intimidating and intelligent. John was able to get me custody of my children and I got to keep my house (I am the father). John is understanding but he is NOT a therapist, if you need someone to wipe your tears and talk you through your difficult time than call a psychiatrist, if you need a lawyer than call John Gemelli you wont regret it. I met and hired several lawyers before John, they all told me I would NEVER get custody of my children and that my wife would get the house. They were WRONG! Every bodys divorce is different HE will tell you that! John is also very well respected in ALL courthouses, dont make the same mistakes I made hire him first. He will handle everything for you, and represent you in a very professional manner. I felt confident that he would ensure my childrens safety, and he did! Take my advice you wont regret it. RID: 89128
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     7/27/12   SYSTEM: location changed from Kew Gardens, NY to New York, NY 
 
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 3/19/12   3     1     1     1     1   Did not give my case the attention it required and did not return phone calls. My case was negatively affected by his lack of service and communication. RID: 66127
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 12/28/11   5     5     5     5     5   My wife and I thank each day for meeting and being represented by Mr. Gemelli. We are grandparents who have been fighting for years to keep our granddaughter safe and exercise our grandparent rights to have visitation and eventually custody. What you need to know is that Mr. Gemelli has always been there for us and responded quickly to our calls for over 12 years. He listened to us carefully, verified the facts and presented the evidence clearly. He has a vital working knowledge about prior case law to use in court. Mr. Gemelli is both tenacious and unrelenting in facing an adversary lawyer. Yet, at the same time he very successfully conveyed our own personal and emotional pleas to the judge about what was both right and in the best interests of our granddaughter. The bottom line is that in our case based on the facts and with Mr. Gemelli representing us we have always prevailed. We endorse and recommend Mr. Gemelli and his firm to anyone who is in need of an attorney in Family Court. RID: 57792
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     10/18/11   1     1     1     1     1   Mr. Gemelli actually had the courage to try to blame me for him screwing up my custody case. John Gemelli looks out for no one before himself. His advice led to the lose of my children, and the ONLY thing I did was follow his advice. When I asked around I found out he has had several former clients pursue him for damages. For no reason ever expect him to return phone calls, give your case the time it needs, or otherwise help you through a very difficult process. I would call into his office for days in a row before getting a rude call back asking me what I "want". Arogant and self centered to a fault. Actualy refered a former client to the District Attorney to press charges over an $800.00 check. You can find better, all you need do is look. RID: 53505
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Click to report rating    10/11/11   5     5     5     5     5   I am going threw a divorce after 35 yrs of marriage and was very scared..Thanks to Mr John Gemelli and Chrisitine Biancaniello, I am now able to say they only are doing the best for me and made me feel like I can get threw this they gave me a sense of smarts and self worth ..They take the time to be soft and yet strong in knowing just what to do for me..Christine is younger than my daughter and I can only say I am so proud to have her as my lawyer next to Mr Gemelli...The staff welcomes you with a smile and knows how hard a divorce can be but the warmth in the office proves you are not jst a number they care....John Gemelli can be tuff but knows just wht he is doing ..So proud to say I hired them... Christine and John will always have a special place in my heart for they have walked me threw and Help me during the time in my life where I didnt know what to do .. I am just a homemaker they both are doing the Best... Thank you Both .............. RID: 53049
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Click to report rating    9/30/11   5     4     5     5     5   Gemelli knows his abilities and is extremely versatile in arguing my case. Iam now reunited with my son based upon johns direct efforts. Gemelli staff was helpful and answers many of my procedural questions. My wife spent twice the amount in legal fees then I did with Gemelli If you are seeking an attorney with major experience and specific knowledge of the courts and it's inner workings I highly recommend Gemelli. My son and myself will be ever grateful for the results RID: 52616
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     9/15/11   5     4     5     5     5   In fact, John Gemelli is one of the bright stars among matrimonial attorneys. John proved it after I retained him in 2010 repelling my two previous attorneys, who damaged not just my pocket but the case during prior two years of their ineffective ‘defense’ against the ex-wife’s fabricated allegations and unrealistic demands. His extensive experience and effort resulted to turning the table against the plaintiff and settling the case within a year. Most importantly he is fluent in protecting your rights in all official documents, especially settlement agreement, that contains compound legal language; this is important, since eliminates any further ‘surprises’ from your ex-spouse in the future. Mr. Gemelli is well known and busy attorney, who definitely deserves good respect and recognition. Having such professional on your side is highly recommended if you want to feel secure during such difficult time of your life. RID: 51801
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Click to report rating    9/8/11   5     5     5     5     5   John Gemelli, along with his associate Christine Biancaniello, made a terrific team in my case. Divorce is a process that takes on a life of its own and their knowledge, tenacity and perserverence made this process bearable. Be open and honest with him and he will fight for you like no other. He is a true gentleman who understands both the emotional and financial ramifications of this process. Be patient, let him do his job and you will be more than satisfied with the outcome. RID: 51507
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Click to report rating    8/23/11   5     5     5     5     5   Divorce is difficult,intimidating,but with Gemelli representing me,I really felt I had a VOICE.Describing him with words like professional, insightful, courteous,practical,strategic,good negotiator is not enough as I can only speak of him in superlatives. He understood the emotional stress I was under,being extremely committed to obtain the best possible outcome for me.His style must be unique among matrimonial attns, winning his cases by being a good person,not just solid and smart.He amazed me with his greetings during my trial,making his adversary looking good while himself superb!He often took the courtroom by storm on my behalf,not worry about stepping on a few toes in the name of principle.His summation was full of quotes,metaphors,memorable phrases/stories, still delivered with power,in a persuasive manner and precise way, captivating not only the judge's attention bur his adversary's too-Just magnificent! Despite the judge decision(waiting),he is simply an outstanding lawyer. RID: 50683
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 6/24/11   1     1     1     1     1   John Gemelli represented me from 2003 -04. He had a inexperienced attorney name Alyssa Eisner represent me. I basically negotiated my whole divorce. Alyssa advised me to agree to giving my ex my taxes every other year so she can modify if i make more earnings. I will get back to this point, because it was a horrible thing to agree to, being that the law allows my ex to take me to court every 2 years anyway, but this put the onus on me!!!! Getting back to John, when i was picking up my divorce agreement at the office I had a conversation with John where I asked him if my support would change in the event that I receive social security disability. My children and ex receive an extra $1000.00 a month on top of support. John told me that my support would go down, but come see me and we will go to court. A year later I find that what he told me was not true, and my support would not change. When i called John on this, he denied ever saying what he said to me. Always record conversations! RID: 47603
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 6/15/11   3     3     3     1     1   John Gemelli is my wife's lawyer in an ongoing divorce. Recently he ran into my lawyer at court and stated with a smirk that my case is going to be his "cash cow". My wife and I do have considerable assets. If you are looking for a lawyer who puts lining his pockets above the concerns of his client, by all means go with Gemelli. I'm sure you can also find a surgeon who is willing to do unnecessary surgery as long as your insurance company is willing to pay him or her. RID: 47189
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Click to report rating    4/6/11   2     1     1     1     2   Custody was not an issue in my case. For the most part, my case was pretty straight forward, but Gemelli allowed it to drag out for what seemed forever. Had he really done what he said he would in the beginning, I would have something good to say, but no such luck. He has a "legal" but scum-bag trick of jacking up the billing by never returning calls until you've called him at least 5 times and if you think you're going to get a follow-up call telling you of the status of something, forget about it....until you've made at least 5 calls to the office. Oh, and supposedly he's always in court. During one negotiation, just like someone who wrote earlier, Gemelli just sat there mute and left me to battle against my ex's lawyer. Gemelli would make court dates, not tell me, the secretary would tell me the wrong times and places. He'd always say he did something to move the case or the other lawyer did something to slow it down and it was all a lie. Avoid this guy at all costs. RID: 43790
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Click to report rating    2/12/11   1     1     1     1     1   terrible lawyer. nothing but screw ups and garbage. not worth the money. there are MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH better lawyers out there for you. john genelli is not the one. RID: 40975
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 2/4/11   5     5     5     5     5   I just read some of these reviews of John and I just want everyone who reads this site to know that he is a great attorney. He won me custody for my children. He found hidden assets of my husband and his support staff answered many of my questions. I would highly recommend John and his office to any of my friends, relatives and associates...Infact I received Johns name from a former adversary of Johns. RID: 40616
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Click to report rating    1/26/11   2     1     2     1     1   Do not trust John Gemelli. When I followed his advice it cost me custody of my child. His excuse? "I thought it was the right thing to do". He was disconected from my case, he never returned or took my phone calls, and would often take it upon himself to guess when completing my legal papers. Take some advice from a client, look for a another attorney. RID: 40160
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Click to report rating    6/22/10   3     1     2     1     2   Mr. Gemelli, while he may be a good divorce lawyer for some, is one of the worst lawyers I have dealt with. Mr. Gemelli is one of three lawyers I have at different stages of my divorce he screwed my case up so bad I had to discharge him. At a critical return date in my case he didn't show up. He sent a lacky with little experience and I wound up doing much of my own arguing because his lacky was clueless about my case. To make matters worse, he never called, and I could not get him on the phone for three weeks!!! Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day. There are better lawyers for the money. Just look, you'll find them. RID: 31561
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Click to report rating    5/3/10   5     2     4     4     3   Mr. Gemelli is definitely knowledgeable, smart and experienced. But one should know that he talks great deal to please you but in reality things turn out very different from what he expects. He missed my court dates, and did not deliver things that were promised. Overall I would rate him 5 out 10. Very difficult to compare him to other lawyers since i did not work with anyone else. My suggestion (if you do end up hiring him) get all in writing as an initial contract and ask him for the plan of actions. Follow that carefully to make sure that he does follow up on it. Bottom line "If he really.. really wants, he can wrap up your case fast leaving the other party in a dust and you will get a lot out of the settlement. Good luck RID: 29841
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Click to report rating    12/10/09   5     4     5     5     5   Going through a divorce, it can be the toughest period in someone’s life, and the only thing that could come to my mind was “Kramer v. Kramer” movie. Terrifying!!! John Gemelli, besides being a very experienced and knowledgeable attorney he is also an efficient, sensitive, generous, companionate one. There are no better recommendations than those from your friends. As a result of combining my friend’s evaluations with my independent research, I choose Gemelli. I felt lucky to be his client, as his work didn’t feel as he wss focusing on who is winning, but on the comfort of the children acting in good-faith at all times. It is imperative that you hire the right attorney, one who is experienced and offers aggressive representation, so I strongly recommend John Gemelli as a matrimonial attorney. Heisntough because as he said to me:"I need to be tough for you because you can't be for yourself"....and he was so right... RID: 25123
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Click to report rating    12/7/09   5     5     5     5     5   John is a pro. No nonsense and smart and keeps his eye on the ball. He earned my trust and kept it through a very hard and scary time. I am very glad I picked him to represent me in my divorce. I would recommend him highly. RID: 25014
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Click to report rating    11/13/09   5     5     5     5     5   John is a great divorce lawyer! He represented me in my divorce and I would recommend him without hesitation. These other nasty reviews- maybe they were people who had to go opposite him and are angry they didn't hire him first? John knows the law, but getting divorced (at least from what I saw) is maybe 1/4 law, 3/4 "smarts" about how to manage the situation, figure out how the people involved all tick, and understand what the client wants as the outcome. I was very nervous about the whole process. John told me from the beginning that he would be my lawyer, not my therapist- I think people who complain about him being tough may not have taken this enough to heart. Your lawyer is not there to sit and cry with you. He is tough, and he is there to get a job done for his client, and he gets it done. He finds out what he needs to know from you to work the situation to your advantage- exactly what you should want in an advocate! My faith in him was not misplaced- yours wouldn't be either. RID: 24261
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Click to report rating    7/9/09   5     5     5     5     1   Gemelli was my ex husbands attorney in Westchester County when my precious daughter was only one years old. I lost custody. He did his job. His goal during the worst years of my life was about taking my baby from me no matter what it took. Gemelli's description of me was the worst that anyone can imagine, drug addict, ****, ****, adulteress, etc. I was looked at as the worst mother. Gemelli walked into the Westchester County Court house as if he owned the place, the problem was that he wasn't my attorney. He didn't care who was the right parent and how it would affect the child, he was there to do one thing and one thing only, to take my daughter away from me and hand her over to her father, complete nightmare, I was misjudged and alone, devastating. He gained custody for my ex. He's a horrible human being but he did get the job done. Even if it were through lies and deceat. I knew that if Gemelli was my attorney, my daughter would've never left my side.I'll never get over what he did RID: 19921
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Click to report rating    5/1/09   5     5     5     5     5   John is by far the best attorney I have ever dealt with. I have had many attorneys and John is the most knowledgeable and he gets things done most attorneys can not. His experience in matrimonial law is amazing. He is well liked in all the courts. Divorce does not happen over night but John does his best to get everything done asap. Gemelli also has a very great staff that works well with the clients. RID: 17928
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     4/7/09   2     1     2     2     2   Watch out, he only cares about your money, most of these types of lawyers are the same but if you look hard enough you can find a lawyer who cares about children and families and can also be competent.Gemelli is a parasite who prays on families who are suffering and will only compound the problem with lies. Not to be trusted. RID: 17159
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     7/22/08   1     1     2     1     2   Mr. Gemelli actually had the courage to try to blame me for him screwing up my custody case. When I asked around I found out he has had several former clients pursue him for damages. I am sure there is the one odd person here he has helped, there always is, but beware, following his advice to the letter can cost you your children. For no reason ever expect him to return phone calls, give your case the time it needs, or otherwise help you through a very difficult process. Arogant and self centered to a fault. Actualy refered a former client to the District Attorney to press charges over an $800.00 check. You can find better, all you need do is look. RID: 11097
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Click to report rating    4/26/08   3     2     3     3     3   Although he comes off being a nice guy, he is ruthless and self centered and really cares nothing for his client only his perception of himeself. RID: 9346
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Click to report rating    4/13/08   5     3     4     5     4   Although he was my first attorney during my inital process of divorce, I will say had I known then what I know today I would have stayed with him. He was totally knowledgeable and on point. The downsiide of my leaving him was because being new to this nightmare I found him to be harsh and crude. I was already scared of my soon to be ex and his attorney and did not want to be intimitaded by my own attorney. However, looking back I wish I would have stayed with him. The problem of not going back to him was due to the lack of professionalism I would recieve from his assistant (Debbie, Deborah whatever!) who was rude and probably did not relate my desire to retain Gemeli again. Its a shame that a secretary would be so nasty as if it was her that I was retaining. I say good luck and if your new to the system, John does come off strong but he can be good. Then again I really don't know since his secretary blocked me from knowing... RID: 9085
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Click to report rating    1/30/08   5     5     5     5     5   i retained john in 2004, for a custody case in nassau county. john was professional, and a great advocate for my son. i never felt unprotected or outmatched. within a year and a half ( 7 years of being a whipping post), we won custody of my 11 year old son. imagine.. .. a dad getting custody after 7 years of turmoil. john directed this action superbly. he is well respected in queens and nassau. to counter one of the earlier posts; at no time did i feel that john's interest was financial. john, thank you RID: 7728
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Click to report rating    1/8/08   5     5     5     5     5   I retained John Gemelli to handle my divorce and custody case, and have been very happy and satisfied with his work. First, the most important part: He won my case! I have justice now, and I have custody of my child thanks to Mr. Gemelli's skills, efforts, and talents. Not only was he amazing in the courtroom, but he also is well-liked and respected by the people you will be dealing with in court (court clerks, lawyers, judges, you name it - he knows them all, and they all have a very good relationship with him). This is respect that can only be earned. Getting a dad physical custody is not easy, even if all the facts argue for it - but it is possible to do - Mr. Gemelli did it for us, and he deserves recognition for his successes. RID: 7133
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