Interesting Attorneys – Jonathan Plaut – Chardon Law Offices

In the first of what we expect will be a long term successful series of Blog Postings of Interesting Attorneys, Legal Bistro is pleased to present Jonathan Plaut of Chardon Law Offices.  Our goal for this series is to highlight lawyers who are doing interesting things in their personal lives.

Besides being a highly skilled litigator and criminal defense attorney, Jon is also an accomplished musician.  He is the lead singer and base player in a band called The Learned Hands.  His musical influences include Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Dan Bern, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Michelle Shocked, Rush, Van Halen and AC/DC.

Jon recently played rhythm guitar at the BB King Blues Club in Manhattan backing up Carmine and Vinnie Appice (of Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck fame), and played viola for the great troubadour rocker Michelle Shocked during seven of her shows in New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maine and Massachusetts.  He has played at various rock venues throughout the Northeast.

Jon speaks and writes Japanese, and he has represented numerous Japanese citizens and businesses in a variety of matters including corporation formation, civil lawsuits, criminal defense and governmental investigations.  He served as a foreign legal associate at the firm of Anderson Mori in Tokyo, Japan where he represented numerous multinational corporations.

Jon has taught courses in criminal law and environmental law at Tufts University and Boston College.  Jonathan has also taught spoken and written Japanese at several secondary schools including Choate Rosemary Hall and the Kent School.

For additional information about Jonathan Plaut, please visit Jon’s complete Legal Bistro Profile.

Preparing a Financial Affidavit in a Divorce Proceeding


Going through a divorce can be painful in many ways.  The emotional stress alone can at times be overwhelming so why add to that stress when preparing your Financial Affidavit?

Jeff Landers has written an excellent article for Forbes Magazine entitled; The Five Key Points Divorcing Women Need to Know About Financial Affidavits

The article is a must read for anyone who is currently going through or will soon be going through the process of preparing a  Financial Affidavit.  Our advice is simply that “an ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure”.  While your attorney can assist you in many ways throughout the divorce process, organizing your financial records is one of the most important aspects of preparing your case.  The better prepared that you are in presenting your financial profile, the easier that it will be for your attorney to achieve the kind of results that you are seeking.

For further information about Jeff Landers, please go to his website at: or email Jeff at: