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Posted by Susan, a Divorce client,
The day I walked into Jackie's office to seek help ending my 32 year marriage on behalf of my own happiness and serenity was nothing short of a divine connection that would send many blessings into my world then as well as now. Jackie's mixture of legal brilliance and spiritual gentleness on behalf of her clients helps the difficult journey of loss become transformed into hope. She helps her clients re-map their future with gratitude, direction and purpose to embrace sound decisions and fair negotiations which eliminate unnecessary pain and expense. The entire staff supporting her offered
a "nurturing energy" making the moments so much more comfortable as one makes their way through the emotional haze of changing the dynamics of the life they are leaving behind.
With full heart I am so very grateful for Jackie's protection and direction...."winning" for me an amazing
outcome both financially as well as personally which enabled me to see and set the critical priorities
necessary for a life joyfully lived after divorce.
Posted by a Divorce client,
The decision to retain Jacqueline Harounian Esq. from Wisselman, Harounian, & Associates,was the turning point in closing the sad and stressful chapter in my life called divorce. Two divorce actions within the same marriage, two years apart from each other, took its toll. I have no doubt that it was Jackie's constant support, and belief in me, that got me a fair and satisfied end result.
There was a hearing that involved 3 days of painful testimony regaring custody and visitation.. Jackie;s demeanor may appear reserved, and as if she is not at all aquainted with the minor details of your story. DO NOT BE FOOLED. She is very persistent and aggressive in her quiet manner, that obviously rattles opposing counsel and their client. Needless to say, the hearing outcome was to my liking, and my story came across in the courtroom accurately, garnered me sympathy from all present. ...
Everything I wanted, and felt I deserved, that we discussed in my consultation, was achieved. Throughout the case Jackie reassured me, and fought at every hearing for what I wanted as my end result. You will not find a more compassionate, kind, knowledgeable, and persistent divorce attorney on Long Island. She is truly good at what she does......
In the end Jackie negotiated a settlement before trial, for me that was more than I was hoping for in my heart. I am very pleased, and would recommend her to anyone who is at the point where they feel "all is lost and I give up"......, with regards to divorce. She will get you back on the right track, and fight for whatever it is, that is important to you. On a side note, she never tries to talk you out of what you feel in your heart is important to you. She fights for what you want, but very skillfully instills in you, what the law represents, and kindly advises you how and why, you may or may not be better off fighting some battles, and surrendering others...
Finally, Jackie's support staff in her practice, were all very kind, knowledgeable, and were always there like a family, talking you through and down the ledge at times..:). Because of the tremendous amounts of stress divorce causes, I was not always the model client...:):) Sorry everyone.:)
Jackie, thank you so much for all that you have been to me, and for the fantastic attorney and human being you are. Sometimes attorneys focus a lot more on the money owed to them, rather than negotiating a fair settlement, and reassuring their sad and distraught client. ......YOU are not one of those attorneys. In the end, you felt more like my sister, than my attorney, and my daughter and I love you for that.....
You will always be remembered and appreciated.......
"Satisfied Mom of a 3 year old, going on 30"
Posted by Philip, a Child Custody client,
I hired Jackie Harounian after reading an article she wrote for the Huffington Post dealing with father's rights. I initially called her office late on a Friday night in what I would best describe as a panic after being served with a divorce summons with a laundry list of 23 demands, including full custody of my 14-month-old daughter. I was the primary caretaker for my daughter, staying home to take care of her five days and nights a week. So the prospect of losing custody terrified me.
To my surprise, Jackie called me back personally that night and calmed me down by explaining the law and walking me through the steps I would need to take to ensure I retained joint custody of my daughter.
Throughout the entire process, there were ups and downs brought about by the changing relationship between my spouse and me. There were times when I felt sad or panicky or wavered on the direction I wanted things to go. And Jackie was great about keeping things focused on what was in the best interest of my daughter. She negotiated a very fair settlement with opposing counsel that focused on providing what was best for my child. And I guess that's what I really loved the most about Jackie. She was very honest about the law and the things that I would be entitled to but she was also very sympathetic to the child's best interests. That's something that other attorneys out there sometimes lose sight of.
If you are looking for someone to destroy your partner in your divorce, Jackie is probably not the right lawyer for you. I have no doubt that she could do that if she wanted to, but she is more about creating a fair outcome for her client and his/her kids and positioning clients to move forward with their lives after the divorce. She did that for me. Despite having oscillating feelings towards my child's mother during the process, I feel that the way my case was handled by Jackie (with particular focus on the best interest of my child and fairness for me as her client) has allowed my ex-spouse and me to be better post-divorce co-parents.
I thought Jackie's fees were more than fair and in line with the expectations I had at the start of the process. Everyone I dealt with in the firm was beyond respectful and empathetic, from the front desk to the paralegals, to Jackie herself.
If you are looking for a caring, strong attorney to help you through your divorce and to help you maintain a strong presence in your kid's life (while also creating a fair outcome for yourself) I highly recommend Jackie and her firm.
Posted by Antonio, a Divorce client,
Jackie does a fantastic job. She helped me through my divorce and made it very painless at a time like that. She is honest and caring also. Her staff is great also. I would highly recommend using her for all your needs.
Posted by Syeda Ahmed, a Child Custody client,
Seeking legal counsel from Ms. Harounian was literally a turning point in my life. Through her compassionate and specific advice, I got back almost everything that I was about to lose- my children and my self respect. Ms. Harounian is an expert in her field, who despite her demanding and hectic schedule, manages to answer emails and take calls, from humblest of clients. As people, we may fail to get justice from one another, and go to Family Court to fight endlessly in civil litigation. And in our plight to punish the people who wronged us, we eventually also punish ourselves each day by being reminded of the past and carrying it into the present. We forget what really matters as we fail to see the future that we would rather work towards creating for ourselves. Ms. Harounian's neutral and honest legal counsel made me realize that settling a miserable custody battle can be a healthier life choice in light of the whole family's benefit. We cannot undo mistakes we were partly responsible for, but with the right advice, we can prioritize what is important and focus on what we should move forward with. Ms. Harounian taught me all of this. I wish Ms. Harounian and her firm only greater prosperity and success, and I personally wish her continued love, wisdom, and progress. She is a leader I look up to with admiration. In these modern days, there is a name and classification for everything. All I can say is my family and I are grateful to this lady who showed us the way. Ms. Harounian's representation of me cannot be quantified by her retainer, she is far more superior and I would say that the peace she instilled into my life is priceless. I am confident that there are many clients who feel exactly the same way as I do, and i want to end by saying "I love you Jackie. Thank you for helping me get my kids back".
Posted by Marissa, a Divorce client,
I cannot say enough good things about my divorce lawyer, Jackie Harounian. I got everything that was important to me in my case, and I only compromised on issues after getting a full explanation from Jackie. My divorce is now over, and I survived, as did my children. My ex and I are actually on better terms. I am so glad I listened to Jackie's advice. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Posted by Cliff, a Divorce client,
While Ms. Harounian is a very pleasant person, she was not helpful to my case. She advised me to sign a terrible interim custody agreement that gave the mother 70% custody in exchange for dismissing a complaint mother made about me, stating "this can always be modified later" instead of fighting ridiculous allegations the mother had made in family court. My daughter suffered greatly during the additional time it took to get divorced thanks to her lack of vigilance.
Posted by Joseph, a Divorce client,
This is a great lawyer who is very professional. I feel like she really cares and is very different from my last lawyer. I was referred to her by my therapist.
Posted by Kathleen, a Divorce client,
I was on the verge of firing my divorce attorney when I attended a free seminar in reference to New York State divorce law and procedure conducted by Wisselman, Harounian & Associates. At the seminar, I was impressed by Jackie Harounianâ€™s presence. She was not only well versed in New York State divorce law, she was personable and showed great empathy towards her audience who were all going through this dreadful process of divorce. I made an appointment with her within the week.
After Jackie listened for half an hour about my two-year ordeal of dealing with my philandering husband, my inept divorce attorney, the New York court system and how this situation was draining me not only emotionally, but financially, Jackie gave me these enlightening words of advice, â€œDonâ€™t let this consume your life. You will get through this and live a better lifeâ€. I knew right then and there, this was the person I wanted to represent me.
Having Jackie on my side was the wisest decision I made. She not only gave me sound legal advice, she was always extremely encouraging and optimistic. At the same time, as an adept and caring attorney, Jackie gave me reality checks during the arduous process.
In my daily dealings with Jackieâ€™s support staff; legal assistants, secretaries and receptionists, they were always professional and courteous.
I would highly recommend Wisselman, Harounian & Associates especially Jackie Harounian, who did an outstanding job representing me and obtaining a good and fair settlement for my son and I. Now we can move forward with our lives on solid ground. Thank you.
Posted by a Child Custody client,
Jackie and her hard-working staff did an amazing job handling my custody case. Switching to her from my first lawyer made all the difference for me. She really took the lead and was able to calm me down during a very challenging time. Jackie really cares. She was honest with me and kept my child's best interests in mind. Even when I was ready to cave or concede points she wouldn't let me. Jackie is very personable and this along with her experience makes her very effective. I really can't thank her enough.