Skip to main content

Deborah G. Fiss

Divorce and separation Attorney at Jackson Heights, NY

4.9   59 reviews

also known as Debbie Fiss


Call and speak with several attorneys to find best fit for your specific legal issue.
Can't find what you are looking for?
Avvo has 97% of all lawyers in the US.
Find the best ones near you.
Find Nearby Lawyers

About Deborah

Learn Deborah’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%

    41 years

  2. Child custody
    25%

    41 years

  3. Family
    25%
    With many people having children without being legally married, custody and child support cases are then held in the Family Court here in New York State. Ms. Fiss had served on the state panel of attorneys representing parents and children for the first 20 years of her long career so she has vast experience practicing in the Family Court.

    41 years

  4. Child support
    20%

    41 years

I have been practicing Family Law for over thirty years from the same location representing  husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and children.

 

This area of law is an emotionally charged one and I therefore work closely with social workers and parenting coordinators to assist the clients in a personal way with the intention of making the process easier and, hopefully, a growing experience.

 

An attorney practicing Family Law plays many roles as the client's legal representative - advocate, friend, coach and adviser.  I feel particularly qualified to practice Family Law as I play those roles with compassion and sincerity.

 

Please contact my office to set up a a consultation for your divorce, custody, or child support matter.

 

 

Licensed for 40 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1982
Updated 11/17/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1995. See details

Contact Deborah

Deborah G. Fiss, Esq.
37-06 82nd Street
Suite 202
Jackson Heights, NY, 11372

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  59 customer reviews
5 Star
 
98%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
2%
Posted by Nikita Brown | August 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary Lawyer
I must say I am extremely impressed by Debbie, after 8 months of waiting to get my divorce with another lawyer. I was referred to Debbie and she was able to settle my case in less than a week. She is very thoughtful and a no nonsense person. She gets straight to the point and get the job done. I will forever be greatly I found her. Thank you Debbie for giving me my life back. I appreciate you so much.
Read less
Posted by Mary | September 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Debbie Fiss is a fantastic lawyer! She was very thorough and new exactly what needed to be done in order to win my case! Her knowledge and expertise in law is outstanding! I would highly recommend Ms.Fiss to represent a client!
Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Debbie was an absolute pleasure to deal with! This was my first time dealing with a lawyer and I was wary to say the least. However, I was super impressed. Debbie was attentive, kind, very knowledgeable, and direct. Every time I called with a question she was right there to answer and explain it in laymen's terms. No round around!?! I also believe that her years of experience and knowledge in the court system helped a great deal and sped up the divorce process. Overall I'm so glad I hired her and highly recommend her.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
If you are searching for a Divorce/Custody attorney than look no more - Debbie is the one for you! First off Debbie has a great team that works with her who is both extremely professional and knowledgeable. With over 20 years of experience, Debbie knows the law and will let you know what is realistic and not. I remember going into her office in complete fear of losing custody of my child. Debbie advised me to remain confident and to trust her and even went on by ensuring me that I will get at-least joint custody and that’s exactly what I ended up receiving. Debbie is very compassionate and has a lovely and lively personality; however when it’s time for business she is intensive and will fight for her clients. During this difficult stage, most clients are an emotional wreck but Debbie knows what she is doing and will focus on what is in the best interest of the child. She is very blunt with you but it’s all in the best interest of her client and remaining focused at the task at hand. Thank you Debbie and Mario for all of your hard work! As stated before, if you’re searching for a great divorce/custody attorney – Deborah G Fiss is the attorney for you!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Impressive
Debbie is simply amazing! We consulted recently and I am without a doubt convinced she is the attorney I want by my side as things move forward. She was professional and direct while empathetic to the situation. She listened to my concerns and answered all questions more than satisfactorily. We ended the meeting with a clear direction should this case proceed. If you are looking for representation, please don’t hesitate to meet with her.
Read less
Posted by Jason | December 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Fantastic Attorney
Debbie is the best you can get. She is knowledgeable, personable and strategically oriented throughout my consultation. I consulted with other attorneys before Debbie and she was the only one who really cared on a much deeper level, and actually wanted to help you get through this painful chapter of your life. She truly listened to my complicated case and all my needs and tailored specific strategies on the case accordingly. After the initial consultation, Debbie quickly moved forward with our action plan. Everything went accordingly to what she had predicted (the filings of the papers, the serving of the documents, etc), and they were done timely, effectively and efficiently. More importantly, since she owns the service company, there is almost no worries in terms of how and if the papers can be properly served. Debbie is always responsive during the whole process, and believe me, if you are calling because you are worried about something, she has already covered it. Debbie was also absolutely fantastic in court. The stark contrast between Debbie and the opposing counsel really proves that she is the best in the business.She followed up before the court appearance, literally held your hands during the court, and her connections in Queens goes a long way as well. And on top of that, she doesn't over charge and the fees to acquire her services are more than reasonable and definitely worth every penny. Looking back, going to that consultation with Debbie was probably the best decision I have ever made. I am really glad I have her on my side. I honestly can not imagine how things would turn out without her.
Read less
Posted by Debbie | March 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No Need to Look Further
Through her compassion, knowledge and persistence Deborah Fiss saved my sanity and brought closure to the most difficult time in my life. She picked up the pieces from my first attorney's mess and got more done in 2 months than the first attorney in 18. Ms. Fiss built relationships in the Queens court system which is very important when hiring an attorney. She is an outstanding communicator whether email or phone - during nights and weekend alike. She offers "tough love" when necessary but is only steering you in the right direction, she won't tell you just what you want to hear but will be completely honest. I wish I would have hired Debbie from conception. I highly, highly recommend!
Read less
Posted by Lamar | November 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Need more attorney like Deborah
Deborah went above and beyond my expectations. Her representation for case was outstanding. Her performance was top natch and she fought for my son as well as my rights. Deborah was fair, honest and definitely get the job done. I would definitely use Deborah services again.
Posted by Eddie | October 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful, attentive, experienced, advocate and fierce negotiator Divorce lawyer
Searching for a divorce lawyer is something you don't always plan for, but goodness gracious was I happy to have found Debbie Fiss. She had all the attributes I was looking for in a divorce lawyer and then some!! Not only is Debbie very knowledgeable, experienced, fierce litigator and negotiator but she is also an amazing human being. She is a calming voice of rational thought while other lawyers are quick to exploit your emotions (And cash in $$$), Debbie is not afraid to keep you focus on whats most important. (In my case my children) I appreciate how Debbie positioned my case by paying attention to details, providing counseling and advise while not dragging out the case. Debbie genuinely cared about me and my children and helped us navigate around some very special circumstances. What was the end result of working with such a caring, attentive and lovely woman like Debbie? Well aside from the security of having someone on your side to safe guard your future and interest you also are guaranteed to make a lifelong friend. Thank you Debbie for helping us all grow!! (Yes even my ex as well!!) Best advise I can give someone that hires Debbie as their lawyer is once the relationship feels right (and it will!!) place all your trust in her because she truly knows what she is doing. P.S. I can't forget the entire office staff which were always ready to help, quickly respond to all my emails and calls!! Love you all!!
Read less
Posted by Quinne | October 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the Best!
After searching for a lawyer and reading numerous reviews, I came across Debbie’s reviews and knew right away that she was the one for me. You see, I’m the type of person that likes to deal with people who are lively and have some spunk. Going through a divorce is tough enough, having a lawyer that’s mundane makes it tougher. Debbie was everything I needed and more. On my way to meet her for our first appointment, I thought I was surely going to have an emotional break-down in front of her. But the opposite happened. She made me feel empowered, and did so every time I met her thereafter. When I was unsure about how to handle things, Debbie talked me through (without being pushy) and kept the ball rolling. Being a good lawyer is one thing, having a great personality puts her over the top. I’m happy to have met her during this difficult period in my life and while I hope to never see her again under the same circumstances, I’m happy to know that she’s just a phone call away.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
on your side
Divorce is hard so having an attorney who cares makes all the difference. From the beginning Debbie has aligned my needs and her goals, and every step of the way it has been evident. Her experience handling the courts, the opposition and even her client is why she is the best. Thank you Debbie! -jf
Posted by Stacy | July 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation !!!!
Debbie is FANTASTIC ! If you are reading this right now in search of an attorney you can stop now. She is it ! Debbie is knowledgeable and as everyone else here says no- nonsense. I couldn't have been happier with her representation. From the moment I hired her she went right to work, same day. I wish their were more honest, hardworking and most importantly trustworthy attorneys like herself. I personally hired Debbie after trusting her fantastic reviews online. I am happy to say they were all right. Good luck and to whoever reading this trying to find a starting point for a divorce proceeding, I would suggest looking no further and retaining Ms. Fiss ASAP !!!!
Read less
Posted by JV&VC | May 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply The Best
Deb Fiss showed us such kindness and respect. She made us feel as if we were the only one she was working for! Her persistence and attention was second to none. Thank You Deb for making this long awaited divorce possible!!! Don't waste your time with anyone else, Deb Fiss is the one and only. Thanks again Deb JV&VC
Posted by Jorge Marrero | March 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
During the time in which Debra G. Fiss represented me in my child custody case, her hard work and dedication was clearly evident from Day One. Because of Debra's strong work ethic and vast knowledge of custody litigation cases, she was able to provide my family and I with the ability to share our child and maintain her in the home she always knew. As a concerned father who cares immensely for his one and only child, it meant the world to me to have a lawyer represent me as Debra Fiss did. I truly cannot express the gratitude we have for Debra. She is a true professional, who is very detailed in presenting all aspects of the case while ensuring her clients are fully prepared and having the patience it takes to ensure we, as her clients, are prepared. Lastly, she has a great sense of humor!!! Thank You Debra!!!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney - You Need Her!
If there could be one person in my corner for a difficult divorce case, this lady is it! Debbie is an amazing attorney - caring, attentive, warm, and very detail-oriented. Her knowledge of the Queens court system is a huge asset, and her experience with both divorce and family law - and being an advocate for me was truly outstanding. I trust her legal advice, and will definitely rely on her judgement and expertise on other minor details re: the divorce. Her efficiency and effectiveness led to a satisfactory resolution.
Read less
Posted by Andrea | February 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended to get happily divorced
Deborah Fiss is equally invested in all aspects of her clients: what's best for the children involved, above all, as well as both financial and emotional health. She works hard for her clients because she cares about them. And as sweet and sassy as she is on a personal level, she is assertive yet respectful during negotiations and in court. An additional benefit in my case is that while my now-ex-spouse paid triple my retainer fee for what he thought to be a hotshot firm in Manhattan, Debbie proved to be in the stronger position because our divorce was filed in Queens, and she knows all the players in that courthouse. I am absolutely satisfied with her professional results and hope to maintain a personal relationship with her as well.
Read less
Posted by Carla | January 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Debbie Fiss - excellent divorce attorney
I hired Debbie Fiss as my divorce attorney in September 2016. I highly recommend debbie. You will never find better service anywhere else . She is extremely prompt in getting back to her clients . She is warm with her clients and aggressive in court , the perfect combination . Most impressive is the swiftness in which she moves . She is action oriented , which will save you money in the long run , as she keeps the process moving along. Hire her . You won't regret your decision !
Read less
Posted by david | December 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Queens Divorce Lawyer
I had started divorce discussions with a Manhattan Divorce lawyer because I thought someone good and close to work would work best for me. My Manhattan lawyer recommended I use Debbie because she knows what she's doing (he recommends her to his friends and family) and she knows all the players in the Queens system - all of them (Judges, mediators, appraisers, etc). My ex was very combative but Debbie was still able to help us unwind 18 years of marriage and custody of our two kids in under a year. I got better custody arrangement than I expected, better child support arrangement than expected and finished proceedings just under the budget I set. I would absolutely hire her again (but hope I don't have to).
Read less
Posted by Julie | December 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Deborah Fiss was my 1st attorney back in 1985. She dealt with several issues, and won it all for me. She was amazing. Now she will be dealing with a new issue for my family again. She's the best. I was so happy to meet with her again. I would absolutely recommend her. She stays on top of everything, and has always been great with my family.
Read less
Posted by Kameela | November 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
PLEASURE TO WORK WITH
Deborah is caring, passionate, dedicated, knowledgeable and excellent attorney to have represent me in my divorce case. She deeply care about the case, she cares about me as a person and how I am was handling it all. She is definitely someone you want on your side to help you through. Always keep you updated with progress of the case and the price was right.
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

We have not found any cost information for this lawyer

Contact for Details

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1995.

Suspension issued in NY, 1995
updated on 05/02/2017

Suspended means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Deborah G. Fiss, Esq.
  • 1983 - 2012

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • State University of New York, Binghamton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • Matter of Rodriguez v. Silva
  • stay denied by Appellate Division, Second Department
  • Chan v. Chan
  • upheld by the Appellate Division, Second Department
  • Melish v. Melish
  • upheld by the Appellate Division, Second Department

Associations

  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Family Law Committee
  • 1982 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE class
  • Child support enforcement
  • 2009
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Family Law
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (30)
Endorse Deborah
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Fiss and i have been adversaries on several matters. She is a knowledgeable attorney that fights hard for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Other
"Very determined and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Deborah is an experienced, highly skilled, and knowledgeable attorney. In addition, her warmth as a human being and intelligence shines through for anyone she represents."
Child custody Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Debbie is a zealous and compassionate advocate for her clients. She has the experience, knowledge, and work ethic to achieve the best result possible. Besides her exceptional legal skills, she is a genuinely good person. I wholeheartedly endorse Debbie G. Fiss."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Debbie for a number of years, and we have been opposing counsel on a number of cases. I have always found her to be an excellent attorney. Debbie is well prepared and knowledgeable. While she always tries to be pragmatic and to take a reasonable approach, she also is always willing to vigorously litigate on behalf of her clients when necessary. She is a true professional. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Deborah and I worked together on a very difficult custody matter. She was very professional and a strong advocate for her client, while maintaining a compassionate and dignified demeanor. Deb knows the law, and knows people. She combines her knowledge of the law and her understanding of human nature to not only get a good result, but to make every effort to do the "right thing" for the people in these difficult situations. Deb is not only an effective advocate who is well known to the courts in the five boroughs, but a good person. Enthusiastic, sharp, ethical and well respected by both court personnel and adversaries."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Fiss in all areas of family and custody law."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Fiss without reservation. She has a firm understanding of family law, and uses such understanding to effectively analyze complex factual situations. Superlative attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Debbie was a mentor early in my career. She is one of the most respected matrimonial and family law attorneys in Queens."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney. Deborah G. Fiss has a wealth of knowledge to go along with the ability to see where a situation is headed and develop a sound, effective strategy for her clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Deborah. I have both served as law guardian on at least one of her cases, as well as an opposing attorney on at least a couple others (that I recall). On each case, she showed not only a high degree of competence but also a high degree of professionalism. Potential clients will be well served by hiring Deborah."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If I had a divorce question in NY, I would definitely contact this attorney for advice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Fiss always seems to nail questions about messy issues of child visitation and custody by focusing on the emotional and communications issues between the disputants and how they often get in the way of resolving issues between parents that are not in the "best interests of the child". So much of family law revolves more around emotional intelligence and insights about human motivations rather than the letter of the law, which is relatively simple and straightforward. If I had a child custody or visitation issue, I'd want to have Ms. Fiss on my side and helping to get the warring parties "get to yes" in an expeditious, straight forward and cost-effective manner. Ms. Fiss is an asset to the Avvo community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Deborah G. Fiss is an excellent and dedicated attorney who cares about her clients in every aspect of their lives. She knows the law, is well-respected in the legal community and her clients are proud to have her by their side. Just read their endorsements of her! I highly recommend her for any matrimonial and family matter."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Fiss is one of the finest Divorce/Family Law attorneys in her state. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services."
View more endorsements
Employee benefits
Wills and living wills
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Contracts and agreements
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Personal injury
Divorce and separation
Jackson Heights Divorce and separation Lawyer Deborah G. Fiss
Deborah G. Fiss
Divorce and separation Attorney
Jackson Heights, NY
Licensed for 40 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1995. See details