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Joseph Harris Nivin

Family Attorney at Forest Hills, NY

2.3   3 reviews

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About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Family
    90%

    15 years, 100 cases

  2. Guardianship
    10%

    8 years, 15 cases

Joseph H. Nivin has been named a top-rated family law attorney in New York every year since 2015. The Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin, P.C. is a general practice law firm with a focus on family law. He and his team have years of experience with ACS, Family Court, and Supreme Court. Mr. Nivin represents families in court, litigation, hearings and appeals. He has argued successfully before the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department. At the Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin, you will receive expert legal advice and compassion that will reduce time, legal expenses and the emotional toll of a family law case. Mr. Nivin will work hard to protect your rights and those of your children.

  • Rising Star in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 by Super Lawyers, an award that is given only to 2.5% of attorneys annually in New York State.
  • 10 Best in Client Satisfaction in 2015 by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.
  • Top 40 Under 40 in 2016 by The National Advocates
  • Rated as “Superb” by Avvo.
  • In 2015, Mr. Nivin wrote two chapters in Onward and Upward: Guide for Getting Through New York Divorce & Family Law Issues.
  • Admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut and before the U. S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • J. D., Brooklyn Law School. President-Unemployment Action Center
  • B. A., University of Pennsylvania
  • Member Queens County Bar Assoc., serving on Juvenile Justice Committee and Family Law Committee
  • Former Member Assigned Counsel / Attorneys for Children
  • Member, Board of Directors for Brandeis Association of Queens County
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, serving on the Committee on Families and the Law

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Mr. Nivin is a family law attorney available to represent clients in Queens Family Court, Brooklyn Family Court, Manhattan Family Court, Nassau Family Court, and Westchester Family Court.  He is available to represent clients in divorces in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Nassau, and Westchester.

 

All consultations are by appointment only.

 

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Licensed for 15 years
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/17/2022
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/28/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Joseph

The Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin, P.C.
118-35 Queens Boulevard
Suite 1220
Forest Hills, NY, 11375

Reviews

2.3 / 5.0
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Posted by HR | January 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY. ETHICAL, PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE, ACCESSIBLE
FROM CONSULTATION THROUGH TO THE END OF MY CASE, MR. NIVIN PERFORMED HIS JOB IN THE MOST PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL MANNER. HE WAS ACCESSIBLE, PLEASANT TO TALK TO, AND RESPONSIVE WITHIN A VERY TIMELY FASHION, AS WAS HIS STAFF. HE IS EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE IN FAMILY LAW, AND HIS STRATEGY REFLECTS HIS INTELLIGENCE. HE DID A THOROUGH JOB PREPARING FOR OUR COURT APPEARANCE; I WAS IMPRESSED WITH HIS PERFORMANCE IN COURT, AND HE GOT OUR CASE DISMISSED QUICKLY. AFTER HAVING EXPERIENCED MORE THAN ONE FAMILY ATTORNEY, I CAN SAY THAT MR. NIVIN POSSESSES EVERYTHING YOU WOULD WANT IN AN ATTORNEY, AND AM SORRY I DIDN'T FIND HIM SOONER. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
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Posted by Jayson | June 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Waste of time and money
I wish I heard of AVVO.com prior to hiring Mr. Nivins office. At least then, I could have read the only review left by an actual client, to which she descibes the exact same unfortunate interaction I experienced with his office. 1). I never actually got a chance to speak with Mr Nivin until after he billed me for work that was never done. 2). The worst part of the experience is not that he refuses to send my file, but like the first reviewers experience, he shared sensitive information with the opposing party. He actually has no problem threatening to disclose sensitive information in carefully worded emails (which I have kept and would be happy to share with anyone). He is currently holding my entire case for randsom because I refused to pay the first invoice in which there are charges for conferences which never took place, along with a host of other outlandish charges. The sad part is he will most likely get away with it because I don't have the money to fight this kind of shakedown. Lastly, I would really pay very special attention to his video advertisement on the company website. He talks directly into the camera about experiences and services offered. Watch his body language. I'm kicking myself for not trusting my initial impression of this video and also, for not reading other reviews first. (I'm sure he will either take down the video or replace it by the time this gets published). Beware.... If he can take all of my unemployment / pandemic money without doing a fraction of the work, who knows what he will do with yours?
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Posted by Jan | June 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would not recommend hiring
Mr Nivin was my lawyer for 3 almost 4 years. I retained him for a family court matter. I had my cousin's child. When I asked Mr. Nivin to help me get temporary custody so that I could remove the baby from foster care he instead requested that the court release him to me and just transfer the supervision to ACS. I asked him why he claimed temporary custody I would have to get fingerprinted. I told him I did not mind. I just wanted the child out of the system. With the child in the system I still would need a lawyer to continue to appear for me to protect my rights having temporary custody would have cut his billing off. The ACS worker told me to file for full custody so I did the papers myself and after I did that Mr. Nivin said he could represent me in that case. He failed to prosecute it though. He made appearance after appearance billing me $500 minimum even for appearances that were just 10 or 15 minute adjournments. One summer I was billed for 6 different adjournments that took less than 15 minutes a total of $3000. After I complained he said he would lower the price and charge me by the hour for those adjournments which would have cost me $60 to $90 an appearance. However the bills he sent did not reflect this instead he continued to charge me at that high rate. Eventually after more than a year and no movement whatsoever in my custody case I removed Mr. Nivin. I retained new counsel. I told Mr Nivin some information I do not wish to say here while he represented me. Somehow the opposing counsel on the case who shared office space with Mr Nivin found out that information after I terminated Mr. Nivin. Motions were made and it cost me a fortune to defend with my new counsel. I trusted Mr. Nivin cause a friend recommended. I did a much job with a lawyer I got from bar association after him. He took over my custody case and I got full legal custody in a hearing within a month of retaining him. I should have gone to the bar sooner. I would not have accrued so manu years of attorneys fees. Some attorneys help you resolve your case quickly some drag it on to keep making money off of you. Even if that is not in your best interest.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 395-395 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin, P.C.
  • 2010 - Present

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School
  • J.D.
  • 2007
  • University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • Reyes v. Gill
  • Sole custody granted to father
  • Matter of Kamaljit S
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status granted
  • Clarke v. Wilson
  • Sole custody granted to mother
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Associations

  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member, Committee on Lawyer Assistance
  • 2013 - Present
  • Brandeis Association of Queens County
  • Member, Incoming Member of Board of Directors
  • 2013 - Present
  • Queens County Bar Association, Committee on Juvenile Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Advocates
  • 2016
  • Ten Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Rising Star, 2015 and 2016
  • Super Lawyers
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • The Changing Juvenile Delinquency Practice: The "Close to Home" Placement Initiative
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (8)
Endorse Joseph
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Nivin is a experienced, dependable and trustworthy attorney that aggressively represents his clients. I endorse this attorney without any hesitation."
Family Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Nivin is an outstanding attorney. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in family law. Mr. Nivin is a strong advocate for his clients and is a tough adversary. I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Family Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Family Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a very experienced, professional, and hard-working attorney. He possesses a top-notch knowledge of family law and is a true asset to the legal profession. I unhesitatingly recommend and endorse him."