Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP: Schenectady, Albany, Saratoga Region, and the entire Capital District

Exceptional legal representation can mean the difference between a favorable and unfavorable case outcome. Hiring an experienced, knowledgeable attorney to provide counsel, not only increases your chances of winning your case, but also helps to make the legal experience smoother and more tolerable for your family.

Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP, has earned a successful reputation in Upstate New York based not only on the accolades described below, but also on the intangible qualities such as trustworthiness, compassion, and dependability that clients can expect. Please read more about our lawyers, and contact GTD Law to schedule an appointment at our Glenville office, serving Saratoga, Schenectady, the Capital District, and nearby areas.

Lawrence M. Gordon, Esq.
Eric A. Tepper, Esq.
Eleanor M. DeCoursey, Esq.
Jennifer Powers Rutkey, Esq.
Jenifer M. Wharton, Esq.
Nicole M. Helmer, Esq.
Elise C. Powers, Esq.


Lawrence M. Gordon, Esq.

lgordon@gtdlaw.com

lawrenceGordon.jpg Lawrence M. Gordon is a partner in our family law, custody, matrimonial, and divorce law firm and was born in Albany, New York. Mr. Gordon graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. degree in 1963, and from Syracuse University Law School with a LL.B. degree in 1966 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1968. A leading family law, custody, and divorce attorney in the Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga region and Upstate New York, he is admitted to the New York State Bar and to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. He has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers for 2010 and 2011, as published by Hudson Valley Magazine. Mr. Gordon is a member of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section, and a member of the Schenectady County Bar Association where he was formerly co-chair of the Matrimonial Committee and currently serves on the grievance committee. Mr. Gordon served on the Board of Directors for the Schenectady Jewish Community Center where he previously held the offices of assistant treasurer, treasurer, and vice-president. Mr. Gordon was a member of the panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association, and has lectured on matrimonial and family law for various community and professional organizations throughout the region.

Contact Mr. Gordon or another of our family law, divorce, matrimonial, and custody attorneys in the Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga region for a confidential consultation. We are happy to help. Please fill out the form on the right side of this page to contact our lawyers.

Eric A. Tepper, Esq.

etepper@gtdlaw.com

ericTepper.jpg Eric A. Tepper is a partner in our family law, child custody, matrimonial, and divorce law firm, and was born in Schenectady, New York. Mr. Tepper graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in 1979, and from George Washington University Law School with a Juris Doctor degree, with honors, in 1982. He has been selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America" for the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 2013 and 2014 editions.   Best Lawyers named Mr. Tepper the 2013 Family Law--Lawyer of the Year for the Albany Area.  Mr. Tepper has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. New York Super Lawyers also previously selected him as one of the top 25 lawyers from all categories and one of the top rated matrimonial lawyers in the Hudson Valley region, as published by Hudson Valley Magazine.  In 2011, Mr. Tepper was listed as one of the top ten divorce lawyers in New York State by AVVO, as published in Arrive Magazine.  Of the top ten divorce lawyers in New York State, he was the only one selected from north of Westchester County.  A leading divorce, family law, and matrimonial lawyer in the Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga region and Upstate New York, Mr. Tepper is admitted to the New York and Massachusetts Bars, and to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York and the District of Massachusetts. In 1999, Mr. Tepper was appointed by New York’s Chief Administrative Judge to serve on the Statewide Committee on Matrimonial Practice and he served on the Statewide Committee from 1999 through 2009.  In 2009, Mr. Tepper was appointed by New York’s Chief Administrative Judge to the Unified Court System Matrimonial Practice Advisory Committee and served on that committee until April 2014 . He was one of two representatives to the Committee on Matrimonial Practice from the Third Department and one of two representatives from the Third Department to the Statewide Matrimonial Practice Advisory Committee.

Mr. Tepper serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section.  In 2012, he was elected financial officer of the Family Law Section, and is one of four officers of the nearly 3,000 member Family Law Section.  He also is co-chair of the Family Law Section's Committee on Substantive Law Relating to the Family. He previously served on the Family Law Section's ethics hotline. In 2004, Mr. Tepper was appointed to the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the New York State Bar Association and served on that committee until 2010. Mr. Tepper is a member of the Saratoga County Bar Association  and Schenectady County Bar Association. He chairs the Schenectady County Bar Association's Matrimonial and Family Law Committee.

Mr. Tepper has lectured extensively, and written course material on family law, divorce, and matrimonial issues for judicial education and New York State Bar Association continuing legal education programs for many years throughout the Albany, Schenectady and Saratoga regions, and throughout  New York State. Mr. Tepper has lectured on matrimonial law to Supreme Court and Family Court judges on numerous occasions at Judicial Education Seminars ("judge school"). Mr. Tepper has also lectured on matrimonial and family law to court attorneys for the New York State Unified Court System.  In 2010, Mr. Tepper lectured to the Association of the Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York on recently enacted matrimonial and family law legislation. In 2010, Mr. Tepper lectured on newly enacted divorce and family law legislation at a legislative continuing legal education program for the New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, and staff counsel. Mr. Tepper has also lectured on matrimonial law to the Appellate Division, Third Department.  Mr. Tepper has also lectured on matrimonial, divorce, custody, and family law for the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, Business Law Institute, Capital District Women’s Bar Association, Schenectady County Legal Professionals, Schenectady County Bar Association and for other community organizations.

Mr. Tepper previously served on the Board of Directors of the Schenectady Jewish Community Center and the Center for Community Justice. He previously was on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Parent and Child Society for nine years. Mr. Tepper served on the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts ("AFCC") until 2014 and was a founding member of the AFCC New York Chapter.  In 2012, he joined the Board of Directors of The Giving Circle, Inc., a not-for-profit organization based in Saratoga Springs which performs charitable work in Saratoga Springs, surrounding communities and in Africa.  In 2003, Mr. Tepper was appointed to the Editorial Board for the Lexis/Nexis publication on New York Matrimonial Actions, and continues to serve on the editorial board.

Contact Mr. Tepper or another of our family law, divorce, matrimonial and custody attorneys at GTD Law. We serve the Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Capital District region from our Glenville office.

Eleanor M. DeCoursey, Esq.

edecoursey@gtdlaw.com

eleanorDecoursey.jpg Eleanor M. DeCoursey is a partner in our family law, custody, matrimonial, and divorce law firm and was born in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. DeCoursey graduated from Marist College with a B.A. degree in 1980, and from New York Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1984. A leading family law, custody, and divorce attorney in the Albany, Schenectady and Saratoga region, and Upstate New York, Ms. DeCoursey has been admitted to the New York Bar since 1984. In 1999, Ms. DeCoursey was appointed to the Character and Fitness Admissions Committee for the Fourth Judicial District and served on that committee until April 2014. In 2004, she was appointed to the New York State Unified Court System Family Violence Task Force where she continues to serve. Also in 2004, Ms. DeCoursey was appointed by New York’s Chief Justice to the Statewide Matrimonial Commission and served on the Matrimonial Commission from 2004 until 2006.

Ms. DeCoursey is a member of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section where she co chairs the Committee on Substantive Law and the Family and previously served on the Executive Committee as a Fourth Judicial District delegate and as co-chair of its Legislative Committee. Ms. DeCoursey previously served on the Schenectady County Bar Association Board of Directors where she held the offices of President and Vice President and also served as delegate to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates. She is a member of the Capital District Women's Bar Association and previously served on the Board of Directors of The Legal Project.  Ms. DeCoursey is the 2008 recipient of the Legal Project’s Stanley A. Rosen award given for litigation on behalf of victims of domestic violence. In 2009, Ms. DeCoursey received an award from the Schenectady County Bar Association and from the Schenectady County Judiciary in recognition of her pro bono services. Ms. DeCoursey served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York for many years until 2013. Ms. DeCoursey was selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers as one of the top rated matrimonial attorneys in the Hudson Valley in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, as published by Hudson Valley Magazine.  She has been selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America" for the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions.

Contact Ms. DeCoursey or another of our family law, divorce, matrimonial and custody attorneys at GTD Law. We serve the Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Capital District region from our Glenville office.

Jennifer Powers Rutkey, Esq.

jrutkey@gtdlaw.com

jenniferRutkey.jpg Jennifer Powers Rutkey is a partner in our family law, custody, matrimonial, and divorce law firm and was born in Schenectady, New York. Ms. Rutkey graduated from Union College in 1992 with a B.S. degree, with honors, and from Albany Law School in 1995 with a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude. As one of our valued attorneys, Ms. Rutkey is admitted to the New York Bar and is a member of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section and Schenectady County Bar Association. Ms. Rutkey served on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section as the district delegate from the Fourth Judicial District from 2009 through 2014. She serves on the Schenectady County Bar Association’s Matrimonial Committee. In 2002, she was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Schenectady County Bar Association. Ms. Rutkey has lectured on divorce, custody, and family law for numerous continuing legal education programs sponsored by the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section, throughout the Capital District and New York State. Ms. Rutkey has also lectured to Supreme Court and Family Court confidential court attorneys at a training program sponsored by the New York State Office of Court Administration. She has also lectured at a continuing legal education program for the Fourth Judicial District Federated Bar Association. She has also lectured to the Schenectady County Legal Professionals and to the Schenectady County Bar Association. In addition to handling divorce, family law, custody, support matters, trials and appeals, Ms. Rutkey also represents both biological and adoptive parents in New York adoptions, interstate adoptions and international adoptions.

Contact Ms. Rutkey or another of our family law, divorce, and custody attorneys in the Albany, Schenectady and Saratoga region for a confidential consultation.

Jenifer M. Wharton, Esq.

jwharton@gtdlaw.com

jeniferWharton.jpg Jenifer M. Wharton is a partner in our family law, custody, matrimonial and divorce law firm and was born in Schenectady, New York. Ms. Wharton graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. degree in 1991 and from Albany Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1994. Ms. Wharton is admitted to the New York Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Ms. Wharton is a member of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section. She served as Vice-President of the Schenectady County Bar Association from 2011 until 2013.  In May 2013, she was elected President of the  Schenectady County Bar Association, and currently serves as President.  Ms. Wharton has lectured on matrimonial, family and divorce law for continuing legal education programs sponsored by the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section and also the Schenectady County Bar Association. She has been an attorney advisor for the Schenectady County Bar Association mock trial program, has been a judge for the Albany Law School family law moot court competition and taught trial techniques for mock trial participants. Ms. Wharton previously served on the Board of Directors of Family and Child Services of Schenectady, Inc.  Since 2013, Ms. Wharton has served on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Sociey of Northeastern New York.  Ms. Wharton is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She is also a member of the Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District. In addition to handling all divorce, matrimonial and family law cases, and in addition to trial work, Ms. Wharton is also trained in handling Collaborative Divorce cases.

Contact Ms. Wharton or another of our family law, divorce, and custody attorneys in the Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga region for a confidential consultation.

Nicole M. Helmer, Esq.

nhelmer@gtdlaw.com

nicoleHelmer.jpg Nicole M. Helmer is an associate in our family law, custody, and divorce law firm and was born in Massena, New York. Ms. Helmer graduated from Le Moyne College with a B.S. degree in 2000, and from Albany Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 2003 with a concentration in family and elder law. A trusted family law, custody, and divorce associate, Ms. Helmer is admitted to the New York State Bar. Ms. Helmer serves on the Young Leadership Council for the American Cancer Society's Hope Club, formerly known as Gilda's Club. Ms. Helmer is a past member of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce Women's Business Council, where she served as co-chair of the "Women of Excellence" Committee from 2006 through 2008 and as co-chair of the Women’s Business Council’s membership committee from 2008 to 2009. Ms. Helmer is a graduate of the Leadership Tech Valley Class of 2008, which is a joint initiative between the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the steering committee for the Leadership Tech Valley Program since 2008. She is the recipient of The Legal Project’s 2010 Brigid Nolan Memorial Award for pro bono service to victims of Domestic Violence. Ms. Helmer was appointed to the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section in 2014 and serves as the district delegate from the Fourth Judicial District.  Ms. Helmer is also a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section and Schenectady County Bar Association, where she serves on the Matrimonial Committee and Young Lawyers Committee. Ms. Helmer is also a member of the Capital District Women's Bar Association, where she serves on the Board of Directors and is co-chair of the Caregiver's Committee.

Contact Ms. Helmer or another attorney at Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP, serving the Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga region, for a confidential consultation.

Elise C. Powers, Esq.

epowers@gtdlaw.com

pic4.JPG Elise C. Powers is an associate in our family law, custody, matrimonial, and divorce law firm. Born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania and raised in Cape May County, New Jersey, Ms. Powers graduated from Temple University with a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in 2007 and served as a member of the Temple University Pre-Law Society.  She received her Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School in 2011, cum laude.  While receiving her legal education, Ms. Powers served as Senior Editor with the Albany Law Review and has been published in the Law Review's Symposium Issue.  Ms. Powers has also participated in the Legal Project's Pro Se Divorce Clinic, and has served on the Executive Board of the Albany Law School Student Bar Association.  Upon graduation, Ms. Powers was elected as a member of the Justinian Society, awarded for excellence in legal scholarship.  Ms. Powers is admitted to the New York State Bar, New Jersey Bar, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. In 2014, she was appointed to the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section. She is also a member of the Schenectady County Bar Association and the Capital District Women's Bar Association. 

Contact Ms. Powers or another attorney at Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP, serving the Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga region, for a confidential consultation.

 

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