I graduated from St. John’s University School of Law, where I was an editor of the Law Review and the Catholic Lawyer and was named a St. Thomas Moore Scholar. Following my law school graduation, I received a Masters in Law from New York University School of Law. I began my career as a Law Assistant in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the Second Judicial Department, and then became a Law Secretary to a Supreme Court Justice in the Ninth Judicial District in Westchester County. I then entered private practice, joining the Family Law Department of an international, general practice law firm, of which I subsequently became Chair. I am admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York.
I have held leadership positions in bar associations, including Chairman of the Family Law Sections of both the New York State Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association, and Vice President of the New York State Bar Association for the Ninth Judicial District. I am also a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association.
I was named Best Lawyers’ 2011 White Plains Family Lawyer of the Year. I have been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1980, and was recently elected to the Board of Managers of its New York Chapter, on which I previously served as Vice President and Executive Committee Member. I have been listed in Best Lawyers in America, Matrimonial Law, every year since 1989 and was selected as one of the Ten Leaders in Matrimonial Law in the Ninth Judicial District for every year since this list was created. I have also been listed as one of the top 25 lawyers in Westchester County by the New York Times Super Lawyer section every year from 2007 through 2012 and have consistently received the highest peer ratings in Martindale Hubbell. I am also listed in U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers - Family Law.
I am frequently called upon by matrimonial attorneys in Westchester County, Rockland County and New York City to act as a binding arbitrator in their cases in which I have been the trier of fact and render decisions on all issues.
I have lectured innumerable times on divorce and family law to the bar and judiciary, under the auspices of bar associations, law schools, judicial training institutes, and other legal organizations.
I have been married to my law partner, Ronnie Gouz, since 1992, and we have four children and six grandchildren. I am an avid golfer and enjoy traveling.
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|NY||Due to reregister within 30 days of birthday||1967||07/10/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|25 years Best Lawyers||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Lawyer of the Year||Best Lawyers in America||2011|
|Super Lawyer Family Law||SuperLawyers||2007|
|Managing Partner||Berman Frucco Gouz Mitchel & Schub p.c. (formerly Berman Bavero Frucco & Gouz p.c.)||1996 - Present|
|Attorney||Fink, Weinberger, Fredman, Berman, Lowell & Fensterheim||1977 - 1993|
|Judges Law Secretary||Supreme Court Westchester County||1973 - 1977|
|Law Assistant||NYS App Div 2nd Dept||1967 - 1973|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New York State Bar Association||Co-chair CLE FLS||1985 - Present|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (New York chapter)||Vice President||N/A|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||N/A||N/A|
|New York Bar Foundation||N/A||N/A|
|New York State Bar Association||Vice President 9th District||2003 - 2007|
|Westchester County Bar Association||Chair Attorney Client Economic Disputes||1997 - 1999|
|Westchester County Bar Association||Chair Family Law Section||1991 - 1993|
|New York State Bar Association||Chair Family Law Section||1988 - 1990|
|Domestic Law Review FLS WCBA||Directions to the Law Revision Commission||2011|
|Westchester Bar Association||Equitable Distribution of Marital Property||2010|
|New York University School of Law||N/A||LL.M - Master of Laws||1968|
|St John's University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1967|
|New York State Bar Association||Family Law||2015|
|New York State Bar Association||Trial of a Custody Case||2014|
|New York State Bar Association||Trial Techniques||2012|
|New York State Bar Association||Bridging the Gap||2011|
|New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section||New Legislation for the Family Law Practitioner: An Analysis of New York’s New Laws on “No-Fault” Divorce, Counsel Fees, Temporary Maintenance Guidelines, Child Support Modification and Orders of Protection||2010|
|New York State Bar Association||New No Fault Law Analysis||2010|
|New York State Bar Association||New Legislation||2010|
|New York State Bar Association||Matrimonial Law in Chaotic Times||2009|
|New York State Bar Association||Matrimonial Update 2004||2004|
|Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau Academy of Law||Family Law||1998|
|New York State Bar Association||Basic Matrimonial Practice||1987|
|Divorce Law Seminar||Divorce Law||1987|
|Rockland County Bar Association||Family Law||1984|