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I have been recognized as a Super lawyer in Family Law for the past seven consecutive years, and repeatedly selected as a "Top 50 Women Lawyer" in New York by Super Lawyers.


In addition,  I am rated  "Superb" on Avvo, with a 10 out of 10 rating.


As to ethics, I have the highest rating, an "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell.


But choosing the right divorce lawyer is more than about credentials and qualifications.  You want to choose a lawyer (after interviewing at least three) that will care about your case, and give you straight advice about whether to settle out of court, or to attempt litigation.  In most cases, litigation can be avoided.


Matrimonial litigation can be an extremely complex and confusing process, at a time when your life has been turned upside down.  I see my role as being a trusted guide and counselor, to help you be prepared, protected, and ultimately to give you peace of mind. I work very closely with my clients and other professionals involved in the case. I help my clients cope with day to day challenges at a time of emotional and financial crisis. We work together to develop and prioritize goals, both long term and short term.

My clients and their family members can count on me to help them navigate the challenges during this difficult stage, and to provide them with legal representation based on personalized service, responsibility, compassion and trust.


I am an extremely experienced trial attorney, and have a track record of success in the courtroom in complex custody, relocation and asset distribution trials.  But I will pursue other strategies than litigation, including negotiated settlements and mediation.


As an initial strategy, I coach my clients to keep their emotions in check and to avoid litigation. I encourage them to seek resolution of their issues whenever possible so they can meet their goals in a cost effective and amicable manner. This is especially important when there are children involved and co-parenting is desired. If litigation is needed, it is usually a last resort, when it is determined by careful analysis that the benefits outweigh the risks and expense.

I strive to create a long term relationship with clients, to fully address their concerns about their children and financial issues, and ultimately improve their lives. Most importantly, I want my clients to move on with their lives.

My unique approach, and customized representation of each client, has met with great success, and a very high degree of client satisfaction and professional recognition in my industry.


Established in 1976, Wisselman Harounian & Associates PC is one of the largest matrimonial / family law firms on Long Island, conveniently located in Great Neck. We handle all legal matters pertaining to families including real estate, estate planning, and advising businesses. We offer a free in office consultation, affordable retainers, and convenient office hours. Our attorneys are on call 24 hours per day. We strive to give each of our clients the attention and service they deserve.




Specialties:



Child custody litigation, divorce mediation, separation and divorce agreements, divorce litigation, prenuptial agreements.




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Languages spoken: Hebrew, Farsi

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Divorce: 60%
    21 years, 500 cases
  2. Family: 40%
    21 years, 400 cases

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C.

1010 Northern Boulevard
Suite 300
Great Neck, NY, 11021-5329

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 199503/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Corporate CitizenLong Island Business News2016
10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2016
Outstanding Pro Bono Service to the CommunityNCBA & Nassau Suffolk Law Services2016
Outstanding Women in LawHofstra University School of Law2016
Top 50 Women Lawyers in New YorkSuper Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Rated Lawyer in the Practice Area of Family LawNew York Law Journal2015
Those Who Make a DifferenceHIA-LI2015
Volunteer Recognition AwardNassau County Bar Association2015
Access to Justice ChampionNassau County Bar Association2015
Access to Justice ChampionNassau County Bar Association2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top Rated Lawyer in the Practice Area of Family LawNY Law Journal and Martindale-Hubbell2014
Top 50 Women Lawyers in New York MetroSuper Lawyers2014
Woman Leader in the LawNew York Magazine2013
Top 50 WomenLong Island Business News2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Access to Justice ChampionNassau County Bar Association2013
Woman of the YearHadassah - Nassau Region - Yashar2013
Super Lawyer in Family LawLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Access to Justice ChampionNassau County Bar Association2012
Top 50 Women Lawyers in New YorkSuper Lawyers2012
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Superlawyer - Family LawLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Top 50 Best and Brightest Divorce Attorney in the NortheastAvvo Lawyer Ratings Service2010
Advocate of the YearLong Island Women's Agenda - LIWA2009
40 Business Leaders Under 40Long Island Business News2009
Women's Roll Of Honor - Town of North HempsteadTown of North Hempstead2008
Woman of ValorHadassah2008
Fortune52 AwardLong Island Press2007
Making a Difference for Women AwardSoroptomist International2007
Award of Excellence - Real property CoursesHofstra Law School1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant ProfessorHofstra Law School2009 - Present
AttorneyWisselman, Harounian & Associates PC1993 - Present
CLE InstructorLawline2011 - 2013
Special Lecturer - Professor at Hutton HouseCW Post2008 - 2009
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Nassau County Women's Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2016 - Present
Jewish Lawyers AssociationMember2015 - Present
Nassau County Bar Association, Yashar Chapter for Lawyers and JudgesPresident2014 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarAdmitted to Practice2013 - Present
LIWABoard Member At Large2009 - Present
Great Neck Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau CountyPresident2005 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Sephardic Heritage Alliance (SHAI)Board member1999 - Present
Nassau County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Committee on Women in the LawPast ChairN/A
UJA - Federation of New YorkAttorneys Council2014 - 2015
Brandeis AssociationMember2013 - 2015
Great Neck Chamber of CommerceMember2006 - 2007
LIWAMember of Legislative Affairs Committee2005 - 2009
Long Island Women's AgendaLegislative Committee2005 - 2009
Sephardic Heritage Alliance Inc. (SHAI)President1999 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bartolo adv. BartoloSuccessfully appealed counsel fee award
Robert adv. RobertSuccessfully appealed counsel fee award
Ponti adv. PontiFather awarded custody of 11 year old
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Handbook on the Divorce ProcessDivorce Reality Check (book)2016
The Huffington PostHow Mothers Lose Custody2012
The Huffington PostWho Gets The Kids?2012
The Huffington PostFathers Do Have Rights2011
NewsdayDivorce - Recession Style2009
The Glass HammerRaising the Bar - Work Life Balance2009
Queens CourierLawyer Gives Back2008
Long Island WomanWhen Love Hurts2005
Lon Island PressPrenuptial Agreements - Not Just for MillionairesN/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Columbia College (Columbia, SC)English LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Women's Empowerment SummitNegotiating Skills2013
CLE for LawyersFamily Law and Divorce2012
Legal Workshop for Mental Health ProfessionalsCustody, Visitation & Important Social Issues Affecting Children2010
Interview on CBS evening newsExpert on David Goldman Brazil custody case2009
Television Interview/ Discussion with Mel Feit, ModeratorParental Alienation2008
CW Post Symposium On Legal / Mental Health IssuesParental Alienation / Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse2008
Good Morning America - Channel 7 - WABCPrenuptial Agreements2007
Financial Issues of DivorceEquitable Distribution and Support Issues2007
Creedmore Hospital - Termination of Parental RightsAdoption and Termination of Parental Rights2007
Issues in Real Estate TransactionsReal Estate Transactions - What to Look out for2005
Grandparents Rights ConferenceGrandparent Custody2000
Conference for Legal and Mental Health ProfessionalsYearly workshop for Mental Health Professionals2000