Joseph Mannis

Founding Partner

“In my 40 plus years of professional practice, I would say that the area of family law requires an attorney with a strong intellect, one who is a good strategist, having both a good legal and mathematical mind. To be successful requires one thinking outside of the box when arriving at solutions. This is why we may prevail on key issues that are of critical importance to our client. And of course, as attorneys, we are always looking for strategies to keep legal costs down wherever and whenever possible regardless of our client’s prominence or personal net worth.”
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Neal Raymond Hersh

Founding Partner

“We know that parental attitudes directly affect children in a divorcing family. Children going through the separation and divorce of their parents very often, if not universally, feel some shock to their equilibrium and their stability. Even children whose parents are long separated, privately long for their parents to get back together and bring things back to normal. The emotional strains of the parents are often shared overtly or covertly with the children. Obviously, the more the parents act in a calm, strong and supportive manner, the better the children will do during the divorce. We advise parents not to discuss the case with their children and not to disparage the other parent in front of the children. It is all designed to keep the children as calm, stabilized and centered as possible during this difficult time.”
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James M. Simon

Partner

“Family law is the most diverse and challenging area of the law and requires an attorney who is particularly adept at building trust, in order to successfully guide clients through contentious and often highly-charged financial and emotional issues. Equally important to a successful resolution of a case, is an extensive knowledge of the law as well as a vast and substantial business acumen. One must be a skilled negotiator to settle issues, and an effective orator in court. Ultimately, there is no substitute for hard work and preparation.”
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Adam Philip Lipsic

Partner

“Emotions are inextricably intertwined with almost everything we do. In order to be ahead of the curve and anticipate an opponent’s legal maneuvering, we are obliged to consider what they are trying to accomplish, why they want to accomplish it and how they would attempt to accomplish it. From a client perspective, managing their emotional reaction to the fact that they are getting divorced as well as the actions taken in the divorce by the opposing party/counsel is paramount. Understanding the emotional outlay comes with the territory, and it is part of our job to help the client see the big picture and not get caught up in the minutiae. Ultimately, we are entrusted with the most intimate aspects of our client’s lives, and it is our job to reach resolution as expeditiously as possible either by means of a negotiated settlement or through successful litigation in court.”
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Marc André Bertet

Attorney at Law

“I believe in smart advocacy, which means always having a strategy and overall objective in place to get clients successfully through a difficult period of transition. No two cases are alike. In developing our litigation/settlement goals, my clients are always heard, feeling empowered and zealously represented by an attorney who understands their needs.”
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Christopher G. Gordon

Attorney at Law

“What is unique about family law is that your client is almost always a very good person who is unfortunately at that moment undergoing one of the most traumatic experiences they will ever face-a significant change in their personal and family life. They are scared, sad, angry and confused. To be able to help guide them through this difficult process, and to see them come out the other side healthy, financially stable, hopeful and happy is incredibly fulfilling for an attorney.”
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Suzanne J. Goulet

Attorney at Law

“Family law is a microcosm of life itself. Divorce is the breaking apart of the family, which is the fundamental structure of our society. We, as family law lawyers, must be able to help our clients through the legal process as they restructure their finances, their living arrangements and their relationships. We must be able to analyze complex and complicated financial issues as well as guide our clients to create custody plans for their children, while understanding the emotional toll divorce extracts. Yes, this means we must be good at math and also understand psychology. We must be familiar with issues that are purely family law (such as child custody and calculating support), as well other areas of law, including tax, real estate, and occasionally criminal law. We do not have the level of expertise in all of the topics that can arise during a divorce. We often work with other professionals such as psychologists, forensic accountants and real estate appraisers to prepare our clients' cases. When there are instances of domestic violence, the issues in the divorce can become considerably more difficult to resolve. Our work may involve negotiating with opposing counsel, mediating with a retired judicial officer, litigating in the courtroom, or a combination of all of those. In the nearly 30 years that I have practiced family law, I have found that every case is unique, and the differences are often as varied as the personalities of the people involved. The divorce process is not an easy journey, but I hope that my knowledge and experience in the field has helped my clients, as they transition out of one phase of their life behind and embark on another.”
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Sarah M. Luetto

Attorney at Law

“I am drawn to the practice of family law due to the personal nature of the work, and find working side by side with my clients to resolve their dissolution and parentage issues (whether through litigation or mediation) to be highly rewarding. I strive to obtain a significant victory for my client in court. Whenever possible, I seek creative solutions to resolve cases without the inconvenience or emotional stress of litigation.”
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Theresa “Terry” Steen

Attorney at Law

“Family Law practice is a deeply personal practice. We hold in trust our knowledge of the intimacies of our clients’ personal lives and must use this knowledge, with sensitivity, but also objectivity, to help guide them as they make decisions that will have lasting impact on their futures. This is particularly the case in family law matters in which children are involved. As attorneys, we become a first line of defense in high-conflict matters, offering both a voice of reason and a source of knowledge in the many nuances of the law (family, corporate, trust and estate, contract, even criminal law at times), that may influence the outcome of a case. Ultimately, we wear many hats for our clients:, negotiator, defender, fighter, and counselor, and must always be mindful of the emotional and financial toll that these cases take on our clients.”
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Andrew Stein

Attorney at Law

“Figure out the issues and the facts early, see how your opponent measures them, and determine whether he has the ability to engage in a realistic settlement dialog. If not, work up the case and hammer along until reason sets in. If it doesn’t, litigate.”
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Sarah A. Thompson

Attorney at Law

“I entered the field of family law to help my clients through what is often the most difficult time in their lives. Indeed, our access into the inner workings of our clients' personal lives is not to be taken lightly; the discussions we have about their finances, children, relationships, employment, or abuse is often difficult. I strive to always be emphatic, never pass judgment on our clients' decisions or feelings, and provide sound and unbiased advice while simultaneously acknowledging their sadness, pain, trauma, or anger. By being a passionate and zealous advocate, working cooperatively with opposing parties, and proposing creative solutions, I hope to make a positive impact on our clients' lives and help them navigate through these tough times.”
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Christian E. Markey III

Of Counsel

“As a family law attorney, I find I wear many more hats than I did in my first two decades of practice as a business trial attorney. My goal is always to get my client’s issues resolved as efficiently as possible so they can start the next chapter of their lives. Early preparation of all of the key facts and issues is essential to achieving an efficient resolution. There is no substitute for knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing party’s case. While I’m very comfortable in court, I look for every opportunity to get my clients to mediation or other processes to save their time, money and emotional well-being.”
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