Jan L. Bernstein

Chair, Matrimonial & Family Law Practice at Phillips Nizer LLP

Jan L. Bernstein

Jan L. Bernstein

Chair, Matrimonial & Family Law Practice at Phillips Nizer LLP

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Jan L. Bernstein, a Member of the Firm, serves as Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross Family Law Practice Group. She has dedicated her entire career – over three decades – to the successful representation of family law clients and the development of strong client relationships. Ms. Bernstein is renowned for finding creative solutions to complex and novel family law disputes.

Ms. Bernstein enjoys representing a wide range of clients, national and international, including high net worth individuals, business owners, entrepreneurs, athletes and performers. While known for her thorough preparation, keen negotiating ability, tenacity and unwavering dedication to her clients as individuals, she is committed to resolving her clients’ disputes as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

She has been recognized in Who’s Who in American Law, is repeatedly appointed by Judges to assist in complicated cases, and is a Member of the New Jersey Bar Association’s Family Law Section.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Bernstein was appointed to five New Jersey Supreme Court Committees. In addition, she served on the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, is past Chair of the Women’s Rights Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, was a member of the Editorial Board of the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine and was on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Lawyer newspaper. She has spoken at multiple conferences and seminars on the topics of family law and gender issues. Also, she has authored numerous articles in the New Jersey Family Lawyer, and other publications. One of her articles is cited in NJ Statutes Annotated, entitled “Moving On After Moving In: The Case for Including Unmarried Partners in New Jersey Family Law.”

Ms. Bernstein is also very involved at her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. She was an Associate Trustee of the University, appointed by the University President, to the Board of Athletic Advisors. Currently, she is a member of the Trustee Council of Penn Women. She was Captain of the Varsity tennis team in her sophomore, junior and senior years at the University of Pennsylvania. She was inducted into the University of Pennsylvania Tennis Hall of Fame in its inaugural class, and also was inducted into the Tenafly High School Athletic Hall of Fame in October of 2005, having been the leader in establishing girls athletic teams at Tenafly High School in 1973. She received the Fathers Trophy her senior year at the University of Pennsylvania for the Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete of the University.

Our Family Law attorneys serve clients throughout the State of New Jersey including the following counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren. Their areas of emphasis include litigation, mediation, arbitration, appeals, divorce, spousal and child support, custody and parenting time arrangements, relocation issues, prenuptial, marital and separation agreements, cohabitation agreements, reconciliation agreements, distribution of complex assets, domestic violence issues, and post-judgment modifications of spousal and child support, among others.

Our Family Law attorneys are available to meet with clients in Newark, Princeton, Morristown and New York.

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Prior

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP provides legal services. Its services include insurance, banking, environmental, employment, public finance and real estate law. The company's clients include individuals, public and private companies in the chemical, insurance, healthcare and technology industries. Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Morristown, NJ.

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Prior - 2019

Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. is a full-service corporate law firm with offices in New Jersey and New York. It is one of the largest law firms in the New York City metropolitan area, and was ranked #262 in the National Law Journal's 2012 list of the 350 largest law firms in the United States.

Chair, Matrimonial & Family Law Practice
2019 - Current

Phillips Nizer has been engaged in a wide-ranging domestic and international practice since 1926. Our size and the diversity of our practice enable us to be a full-service law firm in virtually all areas of law while affording clients close contact and working relationships with partners and associates. Our attorneys focus on the realities of our clients' continually evolving business needs. Whether we are working with individual clients, a small start-up company or an international corporation, we use teamwork to respond to these issues with practical, cost-effective and innovative legal solutions. We are a mid-sized law firm whose guiding principle is "Resourceful Representation." We carry on in the tradition of our founders, including Louis Nizer, by providing personalized services -- counseling and representing businesses and individual clients -- in areas such as, litigation, arbitration and mediation, corporate and commercial transactions, real estate, estate planning and administration, tax, banking and finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property (trademark, copyright and new media), licensing and franchising, and matrimonial. Given the qualities and range of services we provide, our firm has been recognized by U.S. News—Best Lawyers® as one of the “Best Law Firms” in the nation. For our 2014 selection, we received National First Tier rankings in Trusts & Estates Law and Trademark Law, and received a Second Tier National ranking in Copyright Law. We were also ranked in the Metropolitan - New York City area achieving First Tier rankings in Trusts & Estates Law and Trademark Law, a Second Tier ranking in Copyright Law and Third Tier rankings in Family Law and Intellectual Property Litigation. In 2013, Fortune magazine selected Phillips Nizer as one of the nation’s “Top Ranked Law Firms™”. We were one of 106 firms to be selected in New York State and one of 57 firms selected in New York City. Our lawyers, several of whom are multi-lingual, have strong ties to Europe, Israel and Asia. We maintain four offices -- three in New York -- in Manhattan and on Long Island in Garden City and East Hampton, and one in Hackensack, New Jersey. Phillips Nizer is a member of the International Alliance of Law Firms (IALF) legal network of almost 60 firms located in over 40 countries. With globalization comes the need to have access to legal expertise at an international level, and the Alliance offers representation in many major geographical areas of the world. Through the association with the IALF, member firms are able to remain independent and maintain a strong position in the legal marketplace. Phillips Nizer LLP is the IALF member in the New York metropolitan area.

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