ELEANOR M. DECOURSEY, ESQ.
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. 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, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 as published by Hudson Valley Magazine. She has been selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America" for the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions. Best Lawyers named Ms. DeCoursey the 2015 Family Law--Lawyer of the Year for the Albany Area.
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 by the presiding justice of the Appellate Division Third Dept. 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 when the Matrimonial Commission Report was issued.
Ms. DeCoursey is a member of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section where she has served various leadership positions including co-chair the Committee on Substantive Law and the Family and a member of 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 Chair of the Matrimonial Committee. She also served as delegate to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates. Ms. DeCoursey served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Project and is a past recipient of the Legal Project's Stanley A. Rosen award given for litigation on behalf of victims of domestic violence. Ms. DeCoursey has received awards from the Schenectady County Bar Association and from the Schenectady County Judiciary in recognition of her pro bono services. In 2018, Ms. DeCoursey was the recipient of the "Excellence In Pro Bono Service Award" from the Legal Project. She is a member of the Capital District Women's Bar Association. Ms. DeCoursey served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York for many years and continues to support its work through the Private Attorney Referral program.
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.