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) since 2015.
Sheryl is the Chair Elect of the Family Law Section (“FLEC”) of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is slated to be Chair of FLEC in May 2019. As an 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 – New Jersey Chapter (“AAML”), where she has served on the Board of Managers for the last three years, and currently serves on the Continuing Legal Education and membership committee. She also serves on the Professionalism and Collegiality Committee for the National Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
In November 2014, Sheryl argued for AAML Amicus Curiae in Gnall v Gnall before the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Sheryl will be moderating a panel at the Family Law Symposium in January 2018 on “Emancipation, Child Support and Special Needs Trusts.” Sheryl moderated a panel at the Family Law Symposium in January 2017 on alimony issues. She lectured at the Family Law Symposium in January 2016 on legislative issues affecting family law, and in January 2015 on the topic of 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 also co-authored 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. Her speaking engagements have included the following topics: “Landmines in Negotiating and Drafting Property Settlement Agreements,” custody/parenting time issues, and, and why equitable distribution should be equitable and not necessarily equal.
She also was a speaker at the “Hot Tips Seminar” in November 2013, 2014, and 2015, and 2016 presented a segment on Equitable Distribution at the “Hot Tips Seminar” in November 2016 and she organized and will be moderating the Hot Tips seminar in 2017 on “Dissecting the Trial- Preparing for and Proceeding to Trial”.
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 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.