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Carolyn Schifreen Zisser

Family Attorney at Neptune Beach, FL

3.5   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 51 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1972
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Carolyn S. Zisser – the founder and senior attorney, has been licensed since 1972, and has maintained her office in Neptune Beach, Florida (a beach community in Jacksonville, Florida) since 1975. She has over 36 years of experience exclusively in marital and family law. Ms. Zisser graduated with honors from the National Law Center, George Washington University in June 1972 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in October 1972. After three years with The Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and a general trial practice, and handling complex Federal Court cases, she opened her private practice and has focused exclusively on marital and family law ever since. Carolyn S. Zisser P.A., was the first law firm at the Beaches in Jacksonville dedicated solely to marital and family law.


Ms. Zisser has achieved the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating through Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest peer review rating awarded for ethical standards and legal ability. Fewer than five percent of all law firms qualify for this rating. She has also been selected as one of Florida’s Super Lawyers since 2007.


Highly regarded in marital and family law, Carolyn S. Zisser is a well-respected lecturer and author on family law subjects for the American Bar Association, Florida Bar, Jacksonville Bar Association and private legal seminar companies.


Professional Distinctions

“A-V,” Preeminent, Peer-Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

(Highest possible rating in both legal ability and Ethical Standards reflecting the confidential opinions of members of The Bar and Judiciary).

Member, Florida’s Super Lawyers since 2007

Master of the Family Law Inn of Court

Named in “Top Ten Divorce Lawyers,” Jacksonville Business Journal, Vol. 7, Number 3, Week of May 15-21, 1992

Leading American Attorneys

Who’s Who in American Law

Chair, Family Law Section of Jacksonville Bar Association from 1990 to 1992

American Bar Association, Family Law Section

Publications Development Board

Continuing Legal Education Committee

Co-Chair – Military Family Law Committee


Zisser Family Law
302 Third Street, Ste. 6
Neptune Beach, FL, 32266

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Posted by John | November 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Understanding
Zisser Family Law is not only professional but understanding. Carolyn was there every step of the way. I highly recommend their firm!
Response from Carolyn Zisser November 16, 2018
We appreciate the great kind words and great feedback, John! Hearing of your experience is the best thing we could hope for! Your recommendation means a lot to us. Thank you for choosing Zisser Family Law!
Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Working with the Zisser Family Law team has been nothing but excellent. They are all so knowledgeable about their industry. I strongly recommend using them!!
Response from Carolyn Zisser November 16, 2018
We appreciate you taking the time to leave us such a great review. We are so glad to hear how happy you are with the service you received. Thank you for choosing Zisser Family Law!
Posted by Mike F. | November 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If You Want The Best You Came To The Right Person
Words can't express the joy and happiness of how Ms. Zisser settled my case while dealing with an extremely difficult spouse. Ms. Zisser never lost her calmness or composure and kept everything on the issue at hand which was obtaining a good settlement for me. My settlement was not good it was OUTSTANDING! Ms. Zisser truly cared about the outcome of the case, but also about me as a person. Very detailed + Extreme Knowledgeable of Family Law = Outstanding Settlement. From previous posts I read about financial draining. My response is, you get what you pay for and buyer beware of other attorney's. Yes there were some extras, but in the end the investment paid off more than the cost. Don't be penny contentious and dollar foolish. Ms. Zisser is not alone in her success. Her staff should be recognized as well. They work tirelessly behind the scenes making everything look seamless and this just doesn't happen per chance. I can't thank Ms. Zisser and her entire team for making an extremely stressful situation less painful for me. You people are the best!
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Response from Carolyn Zisser July 25, 2017
Indeed, it was a great pleasure working with you and being able to attain the positive results that we did. I must say that you qualify as an ideal client and you did your part as well. It is an added gratification that you understand that in the end, what you ended up saving far outweighs the legal costs that were incurred. Thank you for sharing your experience!
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you
I want to express my sincere thanks to Carolyn Zisser for her expert legal advice on my divorce/custody case. Her professionalism and compassion were overshadowed only by her knowledge and skill as an attorney. When my case required me to have legal representation in another state she picked up the phone and seamlessly connected me with an equally impressive attorney on the west coast. It is a very difficult time for me and my family but Carolyn's kindness and guidance made all the difference. Thank you Carolyn!
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Response from Carolyn Zisser May 2, 2017
It was my pleasure to be of service you and to be able direct you to someone who could help you in your situation. Thank you for your kind comments.
Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2015
Posted by a Current Client
I spent many hours searching for the right lawyer. It was extremely important I have someone with my best interests at heart. A temporary hearing was held recently. Ms. Zisser was very professional and extremely well prepared. She had prepared me to feel comfortable to answer questions I would be asked. I was impressed with even the smallest detail being covered. She brought expert witnesses and copies of documents prepared to validate the facts of the case to the court. It was a successful hearing for me thanks to the thoroughness of my lawyer and her wonderful staff of professionals.
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Response from Carolyn Zisser September 21, 2016
Thank you so much for your comments. I am very gratified that your experience was a good one and I pride myself on being fully prepared so that I can provide the best representation possible to my clients.
Posted by Vince | April 21, 2015
Beyond divorce
I went to Carolyn to have a finalized divorce that I was not comfortable with modified. Not only did she help me with that issue resulting in a much more favorable outcome, she gave me some great advice. I was not in the best of places and she offered advice, simple, but has helped me then and still. It was to eliminate the word should from my vocabulary as there is nothing that can be done about the past, etc. Very refreshing to find a lawyer who does more than offer strictly legal advice.
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Response from Carolyn Zisser September 21, 2016
Vince, when people come to me, they are often confused and in pain. I am glad to help them not only with the legal issues, but truly in any way I can. I am happy that my advise has been of such benefit to you.
Posted by Gerry | July 26, 2012
Strong Recommendation for Carolyn Zisser
Carolyn Zisser was extremely knowledgeable on all the key financial issues which were of concern to me such as retirement benefits, investments, and jointly held property. She has extensive experience which benefits my case in many ways - such as being quick to secure key resources in the event further due diligence was required, to recommend wording which gave legal options in the event the parties in the divorce could not agree on the selling price for jointly owned property, etc. She is client focused, but fair and just for both parties, and works extremely quickly to bring issues to closure with the minimum effort required. She more than compensated for her fees on the basis of specific language put into the divorce decree as well as advice on handling of retirement assets throughout the process.
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Response from Carolyn Zisser September 21, 2016
Gerry, I am pleased that my years of experience were beneficial to you in your divorce, and it is why I specialize in complex cases that require me to bring all of my expertise to bear. Thank you and best of luck to you.
Posted by Mark | April 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very slow and costly
Hired for a complicated case. Not worth the cost. Spent too much time explaining the case and getting charged for it. She is probably worth hiring for simple cases that fit a certain mold, but if there is any deviation or anything that is out of the box, hire someone else. You will be bled to death just for communicating with her. I dreaded phone calls to her as I knew that each call would cost me a ton and the case did not progress. I fired her and ended up going Pro Se and was able to accomplish what she was not able to do.
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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do Your Homework
I hired Carolyn Zisser to represent me in an extremely high conflict divorce. She came highly recommended to me, but at the same time, I was warned of her fees. I decided to retain her despite the many different comments I heard about her exorbitant fees. She appeared very knowledgeable and sincere when I initially met her. After two years of taking a circuitous route and charging me close to $200,000.00, I severed my services with Mrs. Zisser. I was financially and emotionally exhausted, and no where near divorced. My advice is please listen to those who retained her. Talk to her peers. Do your homework. As one attorney stated, 'Caroly Zisser's reputation is her worst advertising.'
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Posted by Tom | July 16, 2015
Will take you for a financial ride!
Carolyn will gain your trust and confidence in her as will her office staff. However be ware! I like to compare her to the people in the movie Devils Advocate. I went to her for a uncontested divorce of which should have been a rather easy and quick resolution. This drug on for months almost to eight months until my funds had been depleted. After Zimmer had depleted almost twenty thousand dollars of mine she then oh so kindly advised me oh how I should go about getting her more money. I finally wised up and dropped her. I then went to a new divorce attorney that only cost less then five thousand dollars to fully have my divorce completed. Zisser would have you believe that it only cost me five thousand dollars to complete my divorce because she had done all of the hard work. Lol simply NOT true. Beware and do your research! I hope this helps someone that maybe considering Carolyn Zisser
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Response from Carolyn Zisser September 9, 2015
I invite you to contact me directly to discuss this further and come to some kind of mutually beneficial resolution. It doesn't appear that you have ever addressed these concerns directly with myself or any member of my firm since I cannot place you as a client of mine without further information. Nevertheless, I'm sure that we could work this out if you will contact me. My staff and I are dedicated to our clients and are continually working to enhance the qualify of our communication with our clients, and in most cases, our client are grateful and happy with the work that we do and the results obtained for them. Unfortunately, we cannot anticipate how even a seemingly simple case will unfold nor can we ensure that the results will always be exactly what the client wants. I look forward to having an opportunity to resolve this with you.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2014
Be sure to get a good attorney. Im not sure she is certified.
we were charged 80,000.00 more than we expected to pay. the other attorney just had there way with us. she kept the judge mad at her all the time. the main problem was she let the other attorney get away with hearsay and lies. we have filed a complaint against her in tallahassee. we lost every thing. after 100.000.00 we informed her that we could not get anymore money, she said that we could get the money somewhere. she put a lien on our house for 40,000.00
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Response from Carolyn Zisser June 29, 2015
Your feedback is important to me. My office has reached out to you many times to try to resolve this matter without success. After more than 40 years in a successful family law practice, it is still troublesome in instances such as this when the opposing party or family member causes an escalation of litigation resulting in greater expense for our client. Please know that I value all of my clients, and I invite you to contact me so that we can find a resolution.
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Carolyn S. Zisser, P.A
  • 1976 - Present


  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1972
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969


  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Rules Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, CLE Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • N/A
  • Jacksonville Women's Network
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Jacksonville Beaches Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Former Chair
  • 1990 - 1992
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Listed
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Listed
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Listed
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Listed
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Listed
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Top 10 Divorce Lawyer
  • Jacksonville Business Journal
  • 1992
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  • Florida Bar Journal
  • Grandparents Have Rights After All
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Military and Government Pensions, Equitable Distribution: One Year Later
  • 1990
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Opening the Electronic File Cabinet
  • N/A
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Get the Lay of the Land: Discovery Tools and Tactics: A Discovery Roadmap
  • N/A
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • A Roadmap Through the Legislative Amendments to the Parenting/Time-Sharing and the Equitable Distribution Statutes
  • N/A
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Neptune Beach Family Lawyer Carolyn Schifreen Zisser
Carolyn Schifreen Zisser
Family Attorney
Neptune Beach, FL
Licensed for 51 years