Jacqueline Harounian

Partner

"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 Harounianis a Partner of the Law Firm of Wisselman & 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, she was appointed to the Board of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, and served as the Chair of the Matrimonial Committee. Ms. Harounian served as 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, negotiating skills, and mental health / addiction issues.

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

Jacqueline Harounian
  • Practice Areas

    • Matrimonial and Family Law
    • Mediation, Negotiated Settlements Litigation and Appeals
    • Family Conflict Counseling
    • Cyberbullying / Social Media Law
    • Special Education Law
  • Education

    • Columbia College, B.A. cum laude, English Literature
    • Hofstra School of Law J.D., with honors
    • SUNY Oswego Post Baccalaureate
    • Certificate in Behavioral Forensic Psychology
    • Certified Rape Crisis Counselor
    • Certified Opioid Overdose Prevention, NYSDOH

  • Awards & Recognitions

    • 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
    • 2016 Panel, Girls Scouts 100th Anniversary Leadership

  • Community Involvement

    • SAFER Rape Crisis Counselor, The Safe Center
    • Co-Chair Hadassah National Attorneys Council
    • 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