Long Island Divorce & Family Law Firm Established in 1976
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Jacqueline Harounian

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"Family law cases are high stakes, stressful and sometimes heartbreaking. When I see my clients prevail over the challenges, in part because I advocated for them and protected their rights during a difficult process, it is extremely gratifying. My goal is to get them through to the next chapter as quickly and cost effectively as possible."

Jacqueline Harounian is a Partner of the Law Firm of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. established in 1976, and a recognized leader in the field of matrimonial and family law. Her unique multidisciplinary background, including a graduate degree in Behavioral Forensic Psychology and Family Systems Therapy, enables her to adeptly handle complex divorce, custody and support matters in the Family and Supreme Courts on Long Island and New York City. Recognized as a highly experienced trial and appellate advocate, Ms. Harounian nevertheless believes that a negotiated settlement is often the best strategy, especially if there are minor children and co-parenting is desired. Her approach is straightforward, responsive, and client focused. She emphasizes respect and compassion during the divorce process, and guides her clients towards a holistic and cost effective resolution of their matter that is in their best interest.

Among her many accolades over 20+ years of practice, she was chosen to the Super Lawyers list for seven consecutive years, and also repeatedly selected to its most prestigious list – “Top 50 Women Lawyers” in New York, as the only Long Island matrimonial lawyer. She was top rated in Family Law by New York Law Journal and Avvo, and recognized as AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. In 2016, and again in 2019, she was appointed to the Board of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, and serves as the Chair of the Matrimonial Committee. Ms. Harounian was an Adjunct Instructor of Family Law at Hofstra Law School for over ten years. She lectures regularly to attorneys, mental health professionals, accountants, and women’s groups, and is a sought-after speaker for a range of topics including financial and legal empowerment, sexual harassment, parenting issues, mental health / addiction issues, mediation, religious divorce, and the Beth Din, Jewish Gett. 


  • 2019 Nominated Top 10 Attorney - AIOFLA
  • 2018 Nominated Top Female Lawyer – Client Satisfaction, AIOFLA
  • 2017 Access to Justice Champion / Pro Bono
  • 2016 Outstanding Woman in Law by Hofstra Law
  • 2016 Corporate Citizen Award, Ll Business News

Her book, Divorce Reality Check, published in 2016, is available on Amazon (print and Kindle) and other major booksellers.

  • Columbia College College
  • Hofstra School of Law Graduate School
  • SUNY Oswego; Post Baccalaureate Graduate School
  • Certified Rape Crisis Counselor
  • Certified in Behavioral Forensic Psychology
  • Certified Opioid Overdose Prevention NYSDOH
Community Involvement
  • SAFER Rape Crisis Counselor, The Safe Center
  • Nassau Women’s Bar Assn (Former Director)
  • LI Crisis Center, Counselor Ass’t, Suicide Hotline
  • Member, Brandeis Lawyers Association of Queens
  • Hofstra Law School Diversity Committee
  • Columbia College Alumni Interview Committee
  • Hope Against Domestic Violence, UJA
  • Member, Iranian American Bar Association, IABA
  • Yashar Hadassah Lawyers and Judges (Former Pres.)
  • Advisory Board, JCRC-LI
  • Board of Trustees, Temple Israel of GN
  • Vice President, Sephardic Heritage Alliance (SHAI)
  • Board of Jinspire Queens / JWRP
  • Sharsheret Peer Support Counselor
  • Staff Writer, The Great Neck Record
  • Former Chair, UJA Federation LI Attorney Council