Sheryl J. Seiden is the founding partner of Seiden Family Law, LLC in Cranford, New Jersey. She has been duly licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey since December 1996 and in the State of New York since June 1997. A seasoned matrimonial lawyer, Sheryl has practiced family law exclusively since January 2000.
Sheryl was installed as the Chair of the Family Law Section (FLS) of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) in May 2019. In her new role as Chair, Seiden oversees the actions of the FLS as she strives to continue the strength and growth of the Section--both through monitoring current legislative and administrative proposals, rules and statutory changes affecting the FLS, as well as seeking to improve bench/bar relations, and educating the public’s understanding of family law issues.
Prior to her Chair position, Sheryl served as an Officer of the Family Law Section (“FLEC”) of the New Jersey State Bar Association for four years. She is a past Co-Chair of the Young Lawyer Family Law Subcommittee for FLEC, and has been a member of FLEC since 2008.
She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”) – New Jersey Chapter (“AAML”), where she previously served on the Board of Managers, and on the Continuing Legal Education and Membership Committees. In November 2014, Sheryl argued for AAML as Amicus Curiaein Gnall v Gnall before the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Sheryl is recognized as “Best Lawyer in America”* since 2015, and has been selected by her peers as a Super Lawyer** for the last several years since 2015. She was previously named a “Rising Star”**.
Sheryl is a member of the District XII Ethics Committee and, she is serving a second term on the Nominating Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, which is responsible for investigating and recommending the Trustees and Officers for the NJSBA.
As chair of the FLS, Sheryl is responsible for organizing and preparing the 2020 Annual Family Law Symposium. Over the years, Sheryl has become a mainstay at the Annual Family Law Symposium. Previously, at the Annual Family Law Symposium, Sheryl moderated and spoke on “Key Provisions of the New Tax Code Every Family Lawyer Should know” in January 2019 and on Child Support, Emancipation and Special Needs Trusts in January 2018. At the 2017 Annual Family Law Symposium, Sheryl moderated a panel on alimony issues. She has also previously lectured on legislative issues affecting family law and on reexamining our relocation laws in January 2016 and January 2015, respectively. In 2013, she was selected to be a speaker at the Friday Night program for the Family Law Symposium on the topic of Case Information Statements.
In addition to the Symposium, Sheryl has lectured several times on the Relocation Laws in the State of New Jersey and on Bisbing v Bisbing, the case setting the new standard on relocation. She has experience with addressing parental alienation, she has written an article and lectured on this topic, including at a seminar for the Middlesex County Bar Association on “Parental Alienation and Relocation Issues.”
Sheryl also wrote and presented a seminar series entitled “How to Take A Case Through the Court System,” which she presented to Young Lawyers to educate them about family law practices and procedures, and which continues to be presented throughout the State of Jersey. She has lectured for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Union County Bar Association on “How to Effectively Prepare a Case Information Statement”, which is an in-depth look at preparing one of the most important documents in family law.
Sheryl frequently lectures at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention held in May every year in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In May 2019, Sheryl organized the Family Law Section’s CLE programming and moderated the panel on “When and How to Use Experts in Family Law Cases”. In 2018, Sheryl organized and moderated the Bench Bar Panel on “Maximizing Use of the Judiciary to Expedite Resolution and Adjudication of Family Law Cases.” In May 2017, she was a panelist of the Bench Bar Panel. In prior years, she spoke on the following topics: “Landmines in Negotiating and Drafting Property Settlement Agreements,” custody/parenting time issues, and on the equitable principles of Equitable Distribution.
She organized and moderated the “Hot Tips Seminar” in 2017 on Demystifying the Trial for preparing and proceeding to trial. She also was a speaker at the “Hot Tips Seminar” in November 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and will be overseeing the seminar in November 2019.
Sheryl has been asked to opine on various family law issues over the years. Most notably, Sheryl appeared on Jenny McCarthy’s radio show in March 2015 to opine on legal issues.
Additionally, Sheryl is also a member of the Union County and Essex County Bar Associations. In the past, she has volunteered for Partners for Women and Justice and lectured, extensively, for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education on family law issues. Sheryl was a participant in the ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Program in May 2008, which enhanced her litigation skills.
She is an Early Settlement Panelist for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, Union County, and has been asked to serve as a blue-ribbon panelist on several occasions by the Early Settlement Panel for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, Essex County.
Prior to forming Seiden Family Law, Sheryl was a partner at Ceconi & Cheifetz, where she practiced family law for thirteen years. She also practiced matrimonial law for several years at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, working closely with Eleanor B. Alter, Esq. and Helene Brezinsky, Esq. in complex matrimonial cases in both New York and New Jersey. She also acquired significant litigation experience at both Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker and Thacher Proffitt & Wood.
Sheryl graduated magna cum laude from New York Law School in 1996, where she served as the managing editor of the New York Law School Law Review. She received her B.A. in Justice from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1993, where she graduated cum laude.
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