5426 West Genesee Street
Camillus, New York 13031
United States
Office Phone: 315-484-9255
Member since 2004
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Attorney, Mediator, Other

Dan Cantone is a Collaborative Practice attorney devoted to out-of-court solutions for families transitioning to living apart. Spouses who are interested in long-range problem solving in their family life, honest about the marital breakdown, open-minded to new possibilities for beneficial outcomes for each parent, and eager to arrive at sensible and constructive results, will be well served by the client-centered focus of Dan's representation. The priorities of his services are working with couples in crisis and coordinating with allied professionals genuinely committed to the ideals of Collaborative Law. Dan's patient, empathic, and cooperative approach allows clients to discover and implement their best choices for successful two-way decisions.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation, Teaching, Trainer
License(s): New York State Bar, 1982-date ~Federal District Court, Northern New York ~2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ~U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Activities

~CNY Collaborative Family Law Professionals, Inc., Past President (2009-2010) ~Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area, Inc. ~Academy of Professional Family Mediators ~NYS Council on Divorce Mediation ~New York State Bar Association ~Onondaga County Bar Association ~Catholic Lawyers Guild ~Legal Writing Institute ~Examining Counsel, Chicago and First American Title companies ~Pro bono Arbitrator, Syracuse City Court ~2005 Excellence In Teaching Award, Syracuse University ~University Academic Integrity Representative, 2006-date ~Greater Camillus Chamber of Commerce ~NYS Surrogate Decision-Making Committee ~Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors (Business Affiliate)

Undergraduate Education

Dual Bachelor of Arts (BA), cum laude, Syracuse Univ. School of Public Communications and College of Arts & Sciences, 1978 (Newspaper Journalism and Psychology)

Postgraduate Education


Professional Education

Juris Doctor (JD), Syracuse Univ. College of Law, 1981


After over two decades of litigating and settling literally hundreds of contested divorce and domestic relations cases, Dan underwent the 'paradigm shift' starting in 2004 and is now an enlightened and enthusiastic proponent of Collaborative Practice. Whether parents are at odds over child-rearing issues, marital partners disagree about asset distributions, or support of separate households is at impasse, Collaborative Law provides the backbone for comprehensive, workable, and balanced agreements. As a charter Board member and Past President of the only Syracuse-area collaborative organization and an experienced matrimonial lawyer, Dan suggests collaboration as often the best settlement structure to create life-long resolutions for divorcing and separating families. Through his commitment to Collaborative Practice as well as the use of facilitative mediation for select clients, Dan and his staff are dedicated to improving family life for the next generation. Collaboration is becoming the preferred method in most instances of domestic conflict for couples who are motivated to avoid adversarial court-imposed results, resolve their differences privately and with dignity, and maintain control over their joint determinations for the future. Dan was formerly a name partner in the recognized labor relations office of Boyle, Wittenburg & Cantone. As a popular CLE presenter, Cantone lectures regionally and nationally on family law and experiential legal education topics. Dan has also been an Adjunct Professor of undergraduate legal studies and negotiation skills at Syracuse University continuously since 1985 and teaches both introductory and upper-level paraprofessional courses; he teaches Family Law Mediation/Collaborative Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Syracuse University College of Law, and he is on the adjunct faculty in the Criminal Justice Department at SUNY Oswego. Among his civic activities are service on the Board of a not-for-profit pre-school, volunteer chair of fine arts events, and varied participation in religious and community functions through the Cathedral of the Syracuse Diocese. Dan's 42-year marriage to his high school sweetheart and their mutual commitment to sharing the joy of raising three children into adulthood and pampering seven grandchildren are his most cherished and proud accomplishments.
Training Offered

Introductory Two-Day Basic Collaborative Law Training; Ethics in Collaborative Practice

Training Conducted

In-service training for the CNY Collaborative Family Law Professionals. Frequent presenter for CLE, academic and professional business groups.

Collaborative Training Offered

Introductory Two-Day Basic Collaborative Law Training; in-service full and half-day sessions on Collaborative ethics and skills building

Collaborative Training Reference

Suzanne Brunsting, Michael Hagelberg, David Murch (Rochester, NY), Greg Monashefsky, Robert Wells, Patricia Ramsdell, Gay Custer, Mitch Jaffe (Syracuse, NY)