Patricia Ann Fersch

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in New York, NY

Fersch LLC
 | 11 Broadway, Suite 550
New York, NY 10004
Phone: 212-422-2660
Fax: 212-422-2666
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1994
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Patricia Ann Fersch is the founding partner of Fersch LLC in New York, New York. A top-rated, award-winning attorney with more than 25 years of legal experience, Ms. Fersch focuses her practice solely on family and matrimonial law. She has assisted thousands of clients throughout the greater New York City metro and surrounding areas who are going through a divorce or have some other serious domestic relations issue they need to address.

    Over the course of her career, Ms. Fersch has gained notable experience handling high-conflict divorce and child custody matters. She also has extensive experience handling international divorces as well as complicated divorce proceedings for clients with considerable assets. No matter the situation her clients are facing, Ms. Fersch delivers exceptional counsel and dedicated support throughout all legal proceedings in an effort to help her clients resolve their conflicts and reach agreements in the most efficient and cost-effective manners possible.

    Recognized for her exemplary professionalism and outstanding legal abilities and client service, Ms. Fersch has earned numerous accolades from her peers, including the New York Law School Public Interest Coalition Award in 2002 and the FamilyKind Service Award in 2019. She has also received consistent recognition as a top family law attorney in her region each year since 2013, and she has earned excellent client ratings on AVVO as well as from other client-review sources.

    A 1988 graduate of New York University, Ms. Fersch obtained her Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1992. Along with practicing before all New York state courts, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

    Widely regarded as a leader in her field, Ms. Fersch once served as the chairwoman for the New York County Lawyers Association's Women’s Rights Committee. She has also served as a panelist at the Brooklyn Law School Symposium on Domestic Violence, where she received publication in the Brooklyn Law School’s Journal of Law and Policy. Additionally, she has served as member of the New York Law School Fellowship Screening Committee, and she accepted an appointment to serve on the New York State Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts.

    Along with maintaining a successful legal practice, Ms. Fersch routinely volunteers her time and legal services to organizations across her community. She helped establish the Women’s Bar Association Matrimonial Pro Bono Project in New York and Kings counties, and she still serves as the project's chairwoman. She also received the Hanna S. Cohn Pro Bono Award from the Women's Bar Association in 2015.

    Furthermore, Ms. Fersch has served on the New York County Supreme Matrimonial Advisory Committee and remains a member of the Matrimonial Mediation Pilot subcommittee. She has also participated in the Matrimonial Law Summit at Hofstra University, and she has served as representative for the Women's Bar Association Civil Court Judicial Screening Panel.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law


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    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020

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    About Patricia Fersch

    Admitted: 1994, New York

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    • Awarded the 2010 Partner in Justice Award
    • I was honored in March 1995 for outstanding pro bono representation, Honoree, The Legal Aid Society, 1995
    • FamilyKind Service Award, 2019
    • New York Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2019
    • Public Interest Coalition Award, New York Law School, 2002
    • Award given by not for profit legal services firm for attorneys having given their time and talent to help MFY Legal Services expand access to justice for New Yorkers who cannot afford attorneys. 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, Pro Bono Partner in Justice Award, MFY Legal Services, 2006
    • Honoree, New York Law School annual Spotlight on Woman Luncheon, 2002

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Law Guardian Training Course Family Court of the State of New York, 1991

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
    •  New York Women’s Bar Association representative on the 2016 Civil Court Judicial Screening Panel
    • Member, Sub-committee, Matrimonial Mediation Pilot program in New York County
    • New York County Supreme Matrimonial Advisory Committee since 2018
    • New York County Woman's Bar Association Matrimonial Committee
    • State of New York, 1994
    • New York County Lawyer's Association 2000-2001: Chairperson of the Women's Rights Committee, 2000-2001, 2000
    • Southern and Eastern District of United States Federal Court, 1994
    • New York State Bar Association
    • Southern District of United States Federal Court, 1994

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Outstanding pro bono representation, 1995 
    • Volunteered at The Legal Aid Society
    • Board of Directors of FamilyKind
    • Co-founder and current co-chair of the NYWBA Matrimonial Pro Bono Project provides judges with an option to refer indigent litigants in contested matrimonial cases that are before the court to the Project Manager for assigned counsel. I was the co-founder of this project and have been the co-chair of the project since 2011 when it was relaunched. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2011
    • Board of Directors of Community Word
    • Attorney Volunteer, NYWBA Matrimonial Pro Bono Project 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Conference on Domestic Violence, Fordham University, Panelist, 2007
    • Brooklyn Law School Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. xl. 2003, Panelist, Brooklyn Law School Symposium on Domestic Violence, 2002
    •, Commentary, Wall Street Journal, 2012
    • I was a guest lecturer of the Honorable Laura Drager, sitting matrimonial Justice of the NY Supreme Court, NY County, and the Honorable Judith J. Gische, Justice of the Appellate Division First Department and former Justice of the Supreme Court and matrimonial part Judge, at the class they together teach at New York Law School entitled "Anatomy of a New York Divorce". I lectured about client interviews and retainers., Lecturer, New York Law School - Anatomy of a New York Divorce Class, 2011
    • I was the guest lecturer for Professor Carlin Meyer's Family Law class. I lectured on the issues of the then new spousal support laws including calculation of temporary support awards., Lecturer, New York Law School - Family Law Class, 2012


    • In the Matter of Mendez v. Hance, 1 A.D.3d 265 (App Div 1st Dept. 2003), 2003
    • Weissman v. Weissman, 300 A.D.2d 261 (App Div 1st Dept. 2002), 2002
    • In the Matter of Lisa W. v. Seine W., 2005 NY Slip Op 51782U (Kings Cty. Fam. Ct., Olshansky, J. 2005), 2005
    • Alix A. v. Erika H., 45 A.D.3d 394 (App Div 1st Dept. 2007), 2007
    • In the Matter of Gordon v. Greene, 7 A.D.3d 528 (App Div 2nd Dept. 2004), 2004
    • In the Matter of Williamson v. Williamson, 255 A.D.2d 447 (App Div 2nd Dept. 1998), 1998
    • In re Penny B. v. Gary S., 61 A.D.3d 589 (App Div 1st Dept. 2009), 2009
    • Matter of Frankel v. Tregnaghi, 30 A.D.3d 183 (App Div 1st Dept. 2006), 2006
    • In the Matter of Brackman v. Debrest, 276 A.D.2d 483 (App Div 2nd Dept. 2000), 2000
    • In the Matter of Smith v. Smith et al., 668 N.Y.S.2d 336 (Kings Cty. Fam. Ct., Segal, J.F.C., 1998), 1998

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • New York Law School Fellowship Screening Committee 2002-2004, 2002
    • Selected to be a committee member of the New York Supreme Court Matrimonial Case Management Advisory Committee chaired by Jusice Heitler of the New York County Supreme Court, 2012, 2013, 2012
    • New York Law School Employee Advisory Group, 2007
    • Speaker, "Making it in the Big Apple", New York University, 2005
    • Externship Director, New York Law School/New York County Supreme Court: Uncontested Divorce clinic. Supervised students assisting pro se litigants with uncontested divorces in New York County Supreme Court, 2007
    • Legal Advisor, ABC TV, "General Hospital", 2005

    Educational Background:

    • New York University, B.A., 1988
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    11 Broadway
    Suite 550
    New York, NY 10004

    Phone: 212-422-2660

    Fax: 212-422-2666

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