Jerome A. Wisselman

Managing Partner

“We respect the importance of our clients’ matters to each and every one of them, and work hard to address all their concerns so they feel comfortable with their representation, and know that we truly care about them and their results.”

Jerome A. Wisselman, Esq., founder of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates in 1976, has maintained high standards of professional integrity and achievement for over 40 years in practice of matrimonial & family law.

Recognized Family Lawyer in New York

Attorney Wisselman places emphasis on providing excellent client service and delivering smart solutions and successful results for his clients.

Recognizing the importance of having sufficient resources to handle complicated litigation matters, he built a firm which is acknowledged in the following ways:

  • Among the most prominent family law firms in the New York areaNew York Magazine
  • One of the largest matrimonial firms on Long IslandLong Island Business News

In addition, Jerry Wisselman has been selected to the list of Top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers®.

Background & Experience

Mr. Wisselman's background in accounting and tax law helps him effectively handle complex financial issues. He creates and conducts legal workshops for mental health professionals, enabling them to better assist patients going through matrimonial litigation.

Jerry was on the Board of Editors of the New York Family Law Monthly, where he was a regular contributor from 2006-2015, and is currently on the Board of Editors of the Matrimonial Strategist.

He has also lectured on and written about grandparental matters for the New York State Bar Association and has contributed to legislative efforts in this area of law.

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Jerome A. Wisselman
  • Practice Areas

    • Matrimonial and Family law (over 90%)
    • Litigation
    • Wills and Estate Planning
    • Real Estate
  • Employment

    • 1976 to Present, Managing Partner, Wisselman, Harounian & Associates
      • Partnership formed in 2006
      • Private Practice: The Law Firm of Jerome A. Wisselman, P.C. Founded in 1976
    • 1973-1976, Law Clerk to Hon. Maxine K. Duberstein and Hon. Stanley Gartenstein
    • 1972-1973, Tax Attorney for:
      • Touche Ross & Co., CPA’s
      • Morris Friedman, P.C.

  • Education

    • Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1972)
    • Queens College of the City University of New York (B.A., Accounting, 1969)
    • New York University School of Law, Attended Masters of Law Program in Taxation

  • Awards & Recognitions

    • 2019 Best Law Firms, US News & World Report on Best Lawyers
    • 2019, 2017 List of Nation’s Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
    • 2018 Best Lawyers in New York, The Wall Street Journal
    • 2017 New York’s Leading Lawyers, New York Magazine
    • New York Metro Super Lawyer, 2018-2014, 2009 (awarded to only 5% of New York attorneys)
    • Family Law “10 Best Attorney” Selection for New York, The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016-2017
    • Top 100 Family Lawyers in the State of New York, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2015-2017 (less than 1.5% of lawyers overall are selected)
    • Top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2015 (The Top 100 group received the highest point totals in the NY Metro nomination/review process. One of only three Long Island attorneys received this distinction, and the only one for matrimonial law)
    • Member, Board of Editors, New York Matrimonial Strategist, 2015-2017
    • NY Tri State: Prominent Family Law Practitioners, New York Magazine, 2015
    • Top Ten Legal Eagle, Long Island Pulse Magazine, 2015
    • Leadership in the Law Award, Long Island Business News, 2015, 2014
    • Member, Board of Editors, Law Journal Newsletters, NY Family Law Monthly, 2006-2015
    • Nominated by Long Island Press BEST OF L.I. for Best Divorce Lawyer
    • Superb” Rating on, (10 out of 10) 2012-2018
    • Vice Chair, Family Court Law & Procedure Committee, NCBA, 2012-2014
    • Client Distinction Award,, 2013
    • "Top New York Lawyers", Arrive Magazine, 2011
    • Member, Family Law Section, New York State Bar Association
    • Member Nassau, Suffolk and Queens County Bar Associations
    • Member, Great Neck Chamber of Commerce
    • Member, Gotham Long Island Legal, 2010-Present
    • Former Advisory Board Member: New York State Assembly Committee on the Aging, Brookdale Foundation and Grandparents Reaching Out
    • 10 Best
    • Avvo 10.0 Rating
    • NY Magazine Leading Lawyers
    • Rotary International
    • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
    • 2015 Legal Eagles Top Ten
    • Leadership in Law Award
    • Client Distinction Award
    • Great Neck Chamber of Commerce
    • Nassau County Bar Association
    • Suffolk County Bar Association
    • Queens County Bar Association
    • Super Lawyers - Jerome Wisselman

  • Media Appearances/Interviews

    Media Appearances/Interviews:

    • Long Island Business News, Breaking Up is Easier to Do
    • Guest speaker on numerous network and local television and radio programs, discussing issues of Family law impacting Grandparents, The Best Interests of the Child and Fathers' Rights; Interviewed by Newsday and Queens Courier on Family Law Issues
    • Designated as Family Law Expert by Newsday
    • MensNet TV, Father' Rights, three parts

  • Outside The Courtroom


    • Participated in New York State Grandparental conferences sponsored by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Governor George Pataki
    • Attended the White House Mini-Conference on the Aging at Albany Law School
    • Participated in drafting of legislation for grandparental rights


    • Attorney Communication with DSS Permissible?” Parts one and two co-authored with Lisa M. Gardner, May 2013
    • “Split & Shared Custody Arrangements”, NY Family Law Monthly, co-authored with Lloyd Rosen, Feb-March and April 2012
    • "Emancipation, Frustration of Visitation and Child Support, NY Family Law Monthly, co-authored with Randall Malone, September 2011
    • "Must I Still Pay Child Support?" NY Family Law Monthly, co-authored with R. Malone, August 2011
    • "Responding to Bullying: A Family Practitioner's Perspective", NY Family Law Monthly, co-authored with Lauren Chartan, March 2011
    • "How to Succeed in a Relocation Case", NY Family Law Monthly, co-authored with Eyal Talassazan, January 2010
    • "Post-Nuptial Agreements" NY Family Law Monthly, co-authored with Eyal Talassazan, April 2009
    • "Constructive Emancipation" NY Family Law Monthly, co-authored with Eyal Talassazan, Aug 2008
    • "Intrafamily Wiretapping in New York Custody Disputes" Part 1, Law Journal Newsletter, NY Family Law Monthly, June 2006
    • "Intrafamily Wiretapping in New York Custody Disputes" Part 2, Law Journal Newsletter, NY Family Law Monthly, June 2006
    • "Grandparent Custody: Part I: Recent Amendments Do Not Abrogate Bennett v. Jeffreys Requirements", Law Journal Newsletters NY Family Law Monthly, August, 2005
    • "Grandparent Custody: Part II: Recent Amendments Do Not Abrogate Bennett v. Jeffreys Requirements", Law Journal Newsletters NY Family Law Monthly, July, 2005
    • "The View From a New York Private Practitioner in the Trenches: Rights of Grandparents to Visitation and Custody of Their Grandchildren," NY State Bar Association Elder Law Attorney, Vol. 10, No. 3, Summer 2000


    • Developer/Leader, Legal Workshop Program for Mental Health Professionals on Matrimonial and Family Law related to patient issues (now in 15th year)
    • Sponsor of community groups on: Pre-separation and divorce, divorce over 50, same-sex couples, grandparents rights, fathers' rights, bullying prevention
    • Workshop leader at Forestdale Fatherhood Program, Forest Hills, NY, on fathers' rights and anger management
    • NYC Divorce Support Group presenter
    • Presenter to Divorce Financial Planners Association on support issues
    • Featured Speaker and Panel Member for seven Annual Town Meetings on Grandparents and Grandchildren, sponsored by Grandparents Reaching Out (GRO), SUNY Stony Brook, School of Social Welfare and the National Association of Social Workers/NYS and other patrons
    • Lecturer, "Grandparents' Rights and Best Interests of the Child" at Universities and Community Orgs
    • Former Adjunct Professor, Queensboro College, Business Law and Accounting