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.
Sheryl Seiden is a seasoned matrimonial lawyer, having practiced family law exclusively since January 2000. Sheryl has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America” since 2015, and has been selected by her peers as a Super Lawyer (and previously, a Rising Star) for the last several years since 2015.
Sheryl was the Chair of the Family Law Section (“FLEC”) of the New Jersey State Bar Association from May 2019 to May 2020. As a former officer of FLEC, Sheryl dedicates her time to ensure that the needs and concerns of the Family Law Section are addressed. 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 has served on the Board of Managers for several years and is slated to be sworn in as the Secretary of AAML in June 2021.
In November 2014, Sheryl argued for AAML Amicus Curiae for AAML in Gnall v. Gnall before the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Sheryl has moderated and spoke on many panels for the Family Law Symposium, including topics involving Creative Support Awards, Child Support, Emancipation and Special Needs Trusts, Alimony issues, legislative issues affecting family law, and reexamining our relocation laws. She also was a speaker at the Friday Night program for the Family Law Symposium in January 2013 on the topic of Case Information Statements.
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 by one parent out of state with a child or children of the parties. Sheryl has experience with addressing parental alienation. She has written an article and lectured on this topic.
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” and the Middlesex County Bar Association on “Parental Alienation and Relocation Issues.”
Sheryl frequently lectures at the New Jersey State Bar Annual Conference. In May 2018, 2019, and 2020, she was part of the Bench Bar Panel. In years past, she spoke on the following topics: “Landmines in Negotiating and Drafting Property Settlement Agreements,” custody/parenting time issues, and why equitable distribution should be equitable and not necessarily equal.
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 every year since 2013.
In March 2015, she was asked to opine on legal issues on Jenny McCarthy’s radio show.
Sheryl is also a member of the Union County and Essex County Bar Associations. She has volunteered for Partners for Women and Justice and has lectured 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 panelists 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 a boutique firm in Summit, New Jersey, 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.