Staff Spotlight: Family Law Attorney Nick Pedersen Joins The Team
Nick Pedersen, Barrier Free Living Family Law Attorney
Having witnessed people with disabilities facing abuse in the court system throughout his career, attorney Nick Pedersen was grateful for an opportunity to support Barrier Free Living’s mission, joining the team this past spring.
What drew you to work with Barrier Free Living?
“What drew me to the work with Barrier Free Living is that it is a very well-known and well-respected organization. The organization has a great mission and message to assist those in need and I was honored to ask to be a part of it.”
What about our mission appealed to you?
“As a family law attorney, I have firsthand experience with individuals with disabilities facing abuse and bias in the court system and I want to help remedy those injustices.”
Have you worked with populations similar those we serve at Barrier Free Living?
“Yes, over the course of my career, I have worked with many victims of domestic violence and abuse in many different courts including family and supreme courts in New York City, Westchester and Long Island.
What do you perceive may be some challenges and benefits of working with Barrier Free Living?
“In life, but especially in family law, the challenges and the benefits are closely intertwined. Being in Family court is a difficult situation as it is, but can be even more difficult for people with disabilities. Although these types of cases can be more challenging, when you succeed for that person there is a greater sense of accomplishment and pride.
Are you a native New Yorker?
“Yes. I was born and raised on Long Island. ”
Any hobbies or bucket list items to share?
“I enjoy playing softball and having BBQs with friends. I am a die-hard Yankees and Giants fan and I would love to one day visit every Major League Baseball field.
Nick was born and raised on Bellmore, Long Island to Alfred and Cathy Pedersen. After high school, Nick attended SUNY Albany and Albany Law School in Albany, New York. After law school, Nick has worked for multiple law firms focusing in family law and divorce before joining Barrier Free Living as the family law attorney.