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Debra E Guston

About Me

A native New Jerseyian, I have spent my professional career building a general practice to meet the needs of all of New Jersey's families.  Our office is family and kid-friendly - pet-friendly as well as I bring my little dog, Duffy to work most of the week!  Our staff, all dedicated paralegals, complete a atmosphere of casual, professional assistance in a wide range of practice areas.  My law partner is my dad - Herbert M. Guston, whose 50+ years of practice experience adds to the work we do.


Practice Areas


  1. Adoption: 30%
    27 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    27 years
  3. Family: 20%
    27 years
  4. General Practice: 10%
    27 years
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Hourly ($300-350/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Pro Bono (1%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Robin A. Fleischner

    I highly endorse Deb as a leader in the field of adoption law. Her compassion, knowledge, and professionalism are outstanding, and her skill as a litigator is superb. Robin Fleischner Attorney at Law


    Robin Fleischner Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Guston & Guston, LLP

55 Harristown Road
Suite 202
Glen Rock, NJ, 074520000

55 Harristown Rd
Suite 202
Glen Rock, NJ, 07452-3303



DCActive 199105/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
E. Nathaniel Gates Award for Achievement in LGBT LawOUTLaw - Cardozo School of Law2013
Lifetime Achievement AardLGBT Section, NJ State Bar Association2013
Amicus Curiae AwardNew Jersey State Bar Association2010
Service AwardLesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater NY2006
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerGuston & Guston, L.L.P.1999 - Present
AssociateLaw Offices of Herbert M. Guston1988 - 1998
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology AttorneysFellow2011 - Present
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (New Jersey chapter)Fellow2010 - Present
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysFellow2010 - Present
New York Society of Association ExecutivesMember2005 - Present
American Society of Association ExecutivesMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Bergen County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
National Lesbian & Gay Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Lesbian & Gay Bar Association of Greater New YorkMember1985 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Copelco Capital, Inc. v. ShapiroWON
State v. KenisonNo jail time permitted, Court ruled for client defendant
Lewis v. HarrisSuccess! NJ Supreme Court orders State to provide equal rights to committed same-sex couples
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Emerson CollegeN/AMA - Masters1984
Mount Holyoke CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Tax Issues Affecting LGBT ClientsLGBT Tax Issues2012
New Jersey State Bar Association Annual ConfSurrogacy2012
Family Law InstituteTrying a Custody Case2012
Adoption Law 101Adoption Law2012
NJSBA Annual MeetingRepresenting the Transgendered Client2009
Family Law for Same Sex CouplesFamily Law - Parenting and Adoption2009
Estate Planning fot Special SituationsEstate Planning for Same Sex Couples2009
Estate Planning for Same Sex CouplesEstate Tax and Planning2008