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 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 was recently honored with the role of Chair of the Family Law Section (FLS) of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) in May 2019. The NJSBA’s FLS is made up of more than 1,300 attorneys. Its Executive Committee (FLEC) is not only a leading voice for family lawyers throughout New Jersey, but also organizes and leads educational programs on cutting-edge family law issues. The mission of the FLS is to serve as the statewide leader in the field of Family Law and to promote and protect the concept of “families” in all of its various forms (with special emphasis on the impact of divorce on children).
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. 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 the last three years, and on the Continuing Legal Education and Membership Committees.
Sheryl is a member of the District XII Ethics Committee and of the Nominating Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
In November 2014, Sheryl argued for AAML Amicus Curiae for AAML in Gnall v Gnall before the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Sheryl will be moderating and speaking on “Key Provisions of the New Tax Code Every Family Lawyer Should know” in January 2019. She moderated and spoke at the Family Law Symposium on Child Support, Emancipation and Special Needs Trusts in January 2018. 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 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.
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, 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 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, 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 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and will be speaking again at this seminar in November 2018 on one of the alimony factors.
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.