Mary C. Peláez, Esq. was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2005. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School with a concentration in Family and Elder Law. Ms. Peláez attended Stony Brook University and St. John’s University, where she received her B.A. in Sociology. She also holds a Certificate in International Human Rights from Tulane University. Ms. Peláez was a Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney before joining the practice in 2006 as an associate. During her time in the District Attorney’s office, Ms. Peláez worked in the Domestic Violence Unit and prosecuted misdemeanors and felonies in the Case Advisory Bureau. She gained a reputation as a tough but fair prosecutor. She became a partner in 2008.
Ms. Peláez concentrates her private practice on Family Court and matrimonial matters. She has also been recognized for her experience and competence by local Family Court judges, having been appointed to serve as a law guardian and on the assigned counsel panel. She is also experienced in handling criminal and traffic matters.
Her experience also includes the following:
- The New York State Assembly’s Minority Counsel’s Office
- The Albany County District Attorney’s Office — Narcotics Division
- The Albany County Department of Children, Youths and Families — Department of Social Services, Legal Division
- Ms. Peláez is fluent in Spanish. Born and raised in Queens, she now resides in Suffolk County with her husband and three children. Ms. Peláez’s family is originally from Colombia.