Mr. Wiener is also a trained mediator and has been selected by other matrimonial attorneys to act as the mediator and the Neutral Evaluator in numerous cases in New York County. He is also trained in collaborative law. Mr. Wiener has a broad range of experience in family law having been the attorney for hundreds of children in proceedings which span the entire range of family law. He has also successfully defended parents falsely accused of “shaken baby syndrome”.
•Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law (numerous)
•Westchester County Bar Association’s Domestic Relations and Family Law Section, presentation on “The Spectrum of Parental Alienation and Estrangement: Challenges for Mental Health Professionals, Attorneys and the Court” (May 2006)
•New York State Judicial Institute presentation on “Parental Alienation” (2007)
•New York State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education program, Matrimonial Law: New Legislation, Counsel Fees, Relocation and Ethics, (2010)
Representative Sampling of Published Articles
• The Separate Property Credit in Divorce Actions (New York Law Journal, Matrimonial Law Special Report, July 31, 2017)
• Conflict-Ridden Homes, Harm to Children, and Reform of DRL 234 (Family News & Views, a publication of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts/AFCC-New York, 2017 Volume 2, Issue 1)
• The Impact of Internet Pornography Use and Cybersexual Behavior on Child Custody and Visitation (Journal of Child Custody, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2013)
• Collecting Support from a Payor Who Has Filed Under Chapter 11 (The Matrimonial Strategist ALM Law Journal Newsletter, November 2007)
• Court-Ordered Psychotherapy In Custody Disputes: Do parties benefit when they are forced to participate? (New York Law Journal, Matrimonial Law Special Section, July 30, 2007)
• Reforming the Language Of 'Custody' Law: Let's remove that term as well as 'visitation' (New York Law Journal, Matrimonial Special Section, August 7, 2006)
• Our Dual System To Modify Child Support (New York Law Journal, Matrimonial Special Section, June 6, 2005)
• Unconscionable Separation Agreements in New York (New York State Bar Association Family Law Review, June 1999)
Peer Review Rating
AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law (2010 - 2019)
•Super Lawyers - New York Metro Edition (Family Law), (2006 - 2018)
•Selected as one of Ten Leaders in Matrimonial & Divorce Law in the New York City (Manhattan) region
News & Publications
•Super Lawyers (2018)
Seventeen Phillips Nizer attorneys were announced on September 13, 2018 as selected for inclusion on the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Attorneys represented a cross-section of several practice areas and industry teams.
•U.S. News - BestLawyers (2019)
Best Lawyers recognized Alan Behr, Helene M. Freeman, Michael W. Galligan, Donald P. Perry, Evan J. Spelfogel, Lauren J. Wachtler, Martin B. Wasser and Elliot J. Wiener.
•Speaking Engagement - Elliot Wiener, Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice, joins panelists to address the subject of Parental Alienation at the International Academy of Family Lawyers' Open Conference on International Family Law in New York City.
Conference details and to register here .
•U.S. News - BestLawyers (2018)
U.S. News-Best Lawyers announced on November 1, 2017, Phillips Nizer's recognition as one of the nation's Best Law Firms for 2018. The listing is presented in ranking tiers from 1 - 3. We ranked highly, Tier 1, nationally in Copyright Law, Trademark Law and Trusts & Estates Law. We were also ranked in the New York City Metropolitan listings.
•Super Lawyers (2017)
It was announced on September 20, 2017, that sixteen Phillips Nizer attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2017 Super Lawyers list. Alternative Dispute Resolution, Banking, Business Litigation, Entertainment, Intellectual Property, and Trusts & Estates practices were represented.
•Conflict Ridden Homes, Harm to Children, and Reform of DRL 234 (Family News & Views, a publication of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) - New York Chapter)
•The Separate Property Credit in Divorce Actions (New York Law Journal)
•U.S. News - Best Lawyers (2017)
U.S. News-Best Lawyers announced Phillips Nizer was recognized as one of the Best Law Firms in the nation for 2017 ranking highly nationally in Trusts & Estates Law. The firm was also ranked in the New York City Metropolitan area in Trusts & Estates Law, Copyright Law, Family Law, Intellectual Property Litigation and Trademark Law.
•Super Lawyers (2016)
On September 21, 2016 it was announced by Super Lawyers that twenty-three Phillips Nizer attorney were selected for inclusion on the 2016 Super Lawyers and 'Rising Stars' lists. This is the second consecutive year the firm has had twenty-three lawyers recognized.
•Court Intervention in Child Alienation Cases (New York Law Journal)
by Elliot J. Wiener and Dr. Bernice Schaul (clinical psychologist)
•U.S. News-BestLawyers (2016)
In an announcement on November 2nd by U.S. News-Best Lawyers, Phillips Nizer was recognized as one of the 2016 Best Law Firms in the nation ranking highly nationally in Trusts & Estates Law, Copyright Law and Trademark Law. The firm was also ranked in the New York City Metropolitan area in Trusts & Estates Law, Copyright Law, Family Law, Intellectual Property Litigation and Trademark Law.
•Super Lawyers (2015)
Phillips Nizer was honored to announce that twenty-three of its attorneys were recognized as 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Attorneys who were recognized represented over a dozen practice areas. The annual Super Lawyers lists are a result of confidential peer review and independent research.
• Super Lawyers (2014)
In an announcement on September 23, 2014, twenty-six Phillips Nizer attorneys were recognized on the Metro New York 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Twenty-two partners, senior counsel and counsel were selected as Super Lawyers. Four counsel and associates were selected as Rising Stars. The 2014 selections crossed all major practice groups. The annual Super Lawyers lists are a result of confidential peer review and independent research.
•Super Lawyers (2013)
Nineteen Phillips Nizer attorneys were selected by Super Lawyers and recognized in the 2013 New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition publication. As was the case in 2012, attorneys selected represented several practice areas. The Firm achieved a significant increase in the number of honorees, including one recognized as a Rising Star . Each year, attorneys are nominated across various legal practices and vetted through a process of confidential peer review. Independent research by the publisher is an important component before one can be selected as a Super Lawyer .
• U.S. News-Best Lawyers (2013)
For the second consecutive year, Phillips Nizer was honored as one of the nation's Best Law Firms . The Firm received high ranks the areas of Trusts & Estates Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law and Family Law.
•Super Lawyers (2012)
Phillips Nizer was honored with the selection of twelve of its attorneys for the 2012 New York Super Lawyers - Metro edition. The attorneys were recognized across seven practice areas - Alternative Dispute Resolution, Entertainment Law, Environmental Law, Estate Planning & Probate Law, Family Law, General Litigation, and Real Estate Law.
•U.S News-Best Lawyers (2012)
Phillips Nizer was recognized as a Tier 2 law firm in the City of New York in Family Law and Trusts & Estates Law. Law firms ranked on this list are presented in tiers and showcase firms nationwide in major legal practice areas.
• Super Lawyers (2011)
Thirteen Phillips Nizer attorneys represented across seven distinct areas were recognized as 2011 Super Lawyers . Super Lawyers, a publication of Thomson Reuters, reviews nominations of attorneys across various legal practice areas. Those ultimately selected as Super Lawyers were vetted through a process involving peer review and independent research by the publisher.
•The Chief Judge Clarifies the Role of Attorneys for Children (NYSBA Family Law Review)
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Immediate Past Co-Chair, Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law. Member, Board of Editors, The Matrimonial Strategist, ALM Law Journal Newsletter. Member: New York State Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section; Member, Executive Committee); New York County Lawyers' Association (Co-Chair, Matrimonial Section).
•American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow)
•International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Member)
•New York State Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section; Member, Executive Committee)
•New York County Lawyers' Assn. (Co-Chair, Matrimonial Law Section)
•New York College of Matrimonial Trial Attorneys (Faculty Member)
•FamilyKind Ltd. (Chair, Board of Directors)
•Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law (Immediate Past Co-Chair)
•The Matrimonial Strategist, ALM Law Journal Newsletter - Member, Board of Editors
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