Debra E. Guston

Debra E. Guston

Managing Partner
Location:
Glen Rock, New Jersey
Phone:
201-447-6660
866-744-3773 (Toll Free)
Fax:
201-447-3831
Email:

Areas of Practice

  • 30% Family Law
  • 30% Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Law
  • 20% Estate Planning
  • 10% Estate Administration
  • 10% Non-Profit Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1988
  • District of Columbia, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D.
    • Law Review: Womens Annotated Legal Bibliography, Associate Editor, 1987 - 1988
  • Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
    • B.A. cum laude - 1981

Published Works

  • The Bells are Ringing: Marriage Equality Comes to New Jersey, Women Lawyers in Bergen County Newsletter, January, 2014
  • A Well Planned Family: How LGBT People Don't Have Children by Accident, with William S. Singer, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, June 2013, No. 282
  • A Foot in the Door: Do Recent Adoption Cases Pave the Way for Enforceable Post-Adoption Contact?, New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 32, Issue No. 6, April 2012
  • Chapter 14: Unmarried Cohabitants, Domestic Partners & Civil Unions, with Jennifer Millner, Esq., New Jersey Family Law Practice 5 Volume Treatise, NJICLE, 2010, 2012
  • Getting Up to Speed on Same-Sex Relationship Terminations and Dissolutions, Women Lawyers in Bergen County Newsletter, Volume 5, Summer 2010
  • The Power of Words, Diversity is Natural, http://www.diversityisnatural.com/guston/
  • Adoption: Private Adoption and the Interstate Compact on Placement of Children, NJ Esq., Vol. 1, #13, May 11, 2009
  • Ending a Civil Union or Domestic Partnership, NJ Esq, Volume 1, Issue 5, March 16, 2009
  • Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples, NJ Esq, Volume 1, Issue 4, March 9, 2009
  • LexisNexis New Jersey Court Rules Annotated (2008) (2009), authored Sections on Family Court Rules 5:9-25 [Kinship Guardianship, Adoption, Adult Adoption, Families in Crisis]
  • The State of Gay and Lesbian Adoption in New Jersey, New Jersey Lawyer, April 2006

Honors and Awards

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, LGBT Rights Section Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013
  • E. Nathaniel Gates Award, Cardozo School of Law, Achievement in LGBT Law, 2013
  • Bergen County Bar Association Diversity in the Profession Award, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Fellow, 2011
  • American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, Fellow, 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Herbert M. Guston, Esq., Associate, 1988 - 1999

Ancillary Businesses

  • Total Management Solutions, Inc., Non-profit and Association Management