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Joseph Harris Nivin

Joseph Harris Nivin

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About me

The Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin, P.C. is a general practice law firm, with a special focus on family law. 


For three years, I represented the New York City child welfare agency in Family Court proceedings.  While working for the agency, I appeared in Family Court virtually every day, and I litigated dozens of contested hearings.


Family court litigation is a daunting process with high stakes.  As your attorney, I will work diligently to protect your rights and those of your children.  I always try to expedite cases, but never at the expense of my clients.  I will litigate your case at every stage if necessary to defend your interests.

I graduated from Brooklyn Law School, and I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  When I attended Brooklyn Law School, I served as President of the Unemployment Action Center, where I represented individuals who were denied unemployment insurance benefits by the New York State Department of Labor.  I am admitted to practice law before the courts of New York and Connecticut, as well as before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts.   I serve on the Queens County Bar Association Juvenile Justice Committee, and I am an incoming member of the Board of Directors of the Brandeis Association of Queens County.  Furthermore, I am a member of the Assigned Counsel/Attorneys for Children Panel for the Second Judicial Department.  I regularly represent litigants in appeals from Family Court matters, and I have argued successfully before the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department.


I am available to represent people in the following types of cases:


  • Custody and Visitation

  • Orders of protection

  • Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Foster Care Review

  • Paternity and Child Support

  • Juvenile Delinquency

Whether you are a party to a case in Family Court or you are trying to decide whether to file a case, please contact my office for a consultation at a reasonable rate.


The Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin, P.C.

153-01 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 201

Jamaica, NY 11432

Tel.: (347) 642-0376

Fax: (347) 923-3359


All consultations are by appointment only.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%
    7 years, 100 cases



Hourly ($300/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Kohan

    Joe is the best of the best when it comes to complicated family law matters. I would refer him to any one of my clients.


    Michael Kohan Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Daniel S. Drucker

    Joseph is extremely knowledgeable in the specialized field of Family Law. He has helped me on a number of matters, and has proven to be a top notch attorney. I would highly recommend Joseph to any prospective clients.


    Daniel Drucker Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin, P.C.

122 E. 42nd Street
Suite 2100
New York, NY, 10168


NYCurrently registered 200803/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
2015 Rising StarSuper LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin, P.C.2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York City Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Brandeis Association of Queens CountyMember2013 - Present
Queens County Bar Association, Committee on Juvenile JusticeMember2012 - Present
Queens County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Reyes v. GillSole custody granted to father
Brudasca v. CottoneHearing granted on violation of order of protection
Matter of Kamaljit SSpecial Immigrant Juvenile Status granted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and SciencesInternational Relations and Hispanic StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Changing Juvenile Delinquency Practice: The "Close to Home" Placement InitiativeJuvenile Delinquency2014