Compassionate Representation in Family Law For All of Upstate New York
Family Lawyers With Your Best Interests at Heart Welcome to Our Office Serving Greater Schenectady, NY
Founded in 1997, Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP is a law firm that puts clients first.
With a strong team of experienced and dedicated lawyers, we can provide the proven legal advocacy you need.
Our attorneys offer legal services in all areas of family and matrimonial law. We understand that issues like divorce, custody agreements, child support, and domestic violence can be incredibly difficult without the help of a lawyer. Instead of going it alone, turn to our family law specialists for representation that can help you secure the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones. Clients from Schenectady, Albany, and all of Upstate New York rely on us to ensure their rights and interests are protected in matters of family law.
Our Pledge to Clients
Family law matters are personal and sensitive. Our lawyers hold themselves to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism while representing clients. Our attorneys will always approach your case with the respect and confidentiality that you and your family deserve.
How to Find Our Law Office In Glenville, NY, Just Outside Schenectady
Our law firm's office in Glenville, NY, helps clients in Schenectady, Albany, the greater Saratoga region, and the entire Capital District. Our attorneys are prepared to help clients throughout Upstate New York with their family law cases.
Work With an Award-Winning Law Firm
The attorneys at Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP have been recognized for their family law representation on many occasions. Members of our legal team have been selected as "New York Super Lawyers" and named among "The Best Lawyers in America," as determined by their peers in the legal field.
Our family law attorneys have also earned the AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale–Hubbell®, which only about 10% of all lawyers achieve. In addition, our family law practice was chosen as one of "The Best Law Firms in America," as published by U.S. News.
Meet the Attorneys Of Our Schenectady-Area Law Firm
Lawrence M. Gordon, Esq.
Attorney Lawrence M. Gordon is an Albany native who obtained his Juris Doctor from Syracuse Law School. As a family law attorney, Mr. Gordon has been selected as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" for three consecutive years. He has earned admission to the New York State Bar and to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.
Mr. Gordon is a member of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section and the Schenectady County Bar Association. He has lectured on family and matrimonial law throughout the region.
Eric A. Tepper, Esq.
Attorney Eric A. Tepper is a Schenectady native who obtained his Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School. He has been selected as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" every year since 2005, earning special honors as the 2023 Family Law Lawyer of the Year for the Albany Area.
As a recognized family law attorney, Mr. Tepper has held many professional memberships and lectured on many aspects of divorce, custody, family, and matrimonial law for many organizations, including the Business Law Institute and the New York State Senate.
Jennifer Powers Rutkey, Esq.
Attorney Jennifer Powers Rutkey is a Schenectady native who obtained her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Albany Law School. Earning much recognition throughout her legal career, she was selected as the Schenectady County Bar Association's "Young Lawyer of the Year" in 2002 and one of "The Best Lawyers in America" as recently as 2022.
In addition to divorce, custody, and child support, Ms. Rutkey has extensive experience representing biological and adoptive parents in adoption cases.
Nicole Helmer Simon, Esq.
Attorney Nicole Helmer Simon received her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School, where she concentrated in elder and family law. Ms. Simon was awarded The Legal Project's 2010 Brigid Nolan Memorial Award for pro bono service to victims of domestic violence and was appointed to the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section in 2014.
She is active in many legal organizations, including the Capital District Women's Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Law, Youth and Citizenship.
Elise C. Powers, Esq.
Attorney Elise C. Powers received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Albany Law School, where she served as Senior Editor of the Albany Law Review. Upon graduation, she was selected for membership in the Justinian Society for excellence in legal scholarship. In 2020, Ms. Powers was honored as the Schenectady Bar Association's "Young Lawyer of the Year."
She is affiliated with a number of legal organizations and has lectured for the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section.
Elliot J. Vanier, Esq.
Attorney Eliott J. Vanier obtained his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University School of Law, where he concentrated on family law and litigation and was an active member of the Family Law Society. He began practice in Malone, NY, before joining Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP in 2022.
Mr. Vanier possesses extensive knowledge of family law and a genuine passion for the well-being of our clients. We're thrilled to have him as a member of our team.
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At Gordon, Tepper & DeCoursey, LLP, our clients are our priority. We provide sound, empathetic representation to families throughout the Capital District, and we can help you secure a favorable outcome in matters of divorce, custody, spousal support, and many other areas of family law.
Work with a team known for their focus on respect, confidentiality, and the best interests of their clients. Request a consultation by contacting us online or calling:
"We feel safe, protected, and fought for." High Praise for Our Family Law Attorneys
"We are working them on an adoption case and we have been met with love, grace patience etc. The process has been smooth sailing fast and efficient. We feel like old friends really. It's extremely processional but also casual where it needs to be. We feel safe protected and fought for." Tanya Lewis
Our Featured Practice Areas
Our attorneys understand that the end of a marriage can be a tremendously difficult time. The laws surrounding divorce can be complex, especially in New York State, so it's in your best interest to protect yourself by retaining an experienced divorce attorney. We'll take every factor of your case into account, such as child custody, alimony, or property litigation, to build a sound legal strategy that leads to a fair outcome for all parties involved.
If you're a parent considering divorce or separation from your partner, you want to ensure that your child's well-being and future are protected. Our child custody attorneys can help. We'll consider your family's unique situation and help you establish a custody plan that determines important factors like where your child will reside, a visitation schedule, and the financial support provided to help them thrive. Even if your child custody case doesn't go to trial, you can strongly benefit from legal representation.
Child support is a sensitive issue that can make the separation process even more stressful for parents. Our child support lawyers are here to relieve some of your burden during this trying time so you can focus on what's most important to you—your children. We can help you file a petition, represent you in negotiation, and ensure that the court's ruling is followed so that your child is properly supported for years to come. We can also help if your arrangement is subject to modification, or is being violated.
To adopt a child is a great act of love and a momentous occasion for so many families. Unfortunately, adoption law can be difficult to navigate, but you don't have to go through the process by yourself. Our attorneys are highly experienced in adoption cases. They can help you establish your parental rights and understand the specifics of the type of adoption you are pursuing. Our law firm handles agency adoption, independent or private adoption, relative adoption, and international adoption cases.
A prenuptial agreement can be invaluable for protecting your rights and assets in the event that you and your spouse should divorce, but properly drafting one can be difficult without the assistance of a family law attorney. Our lawyers have many years of experience helping couples determine their individual premarital assets and debts, and how they will be managed if legal separation does occur. We also handle postnuptial agreements, which allow you to safeguard your assets in the same way after you have married.
A Complete List of Our Practice Areas
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Child Protective Proceedings
- Child Support
- Collaborative Divorce
- Domestic Violence, Including Orders of Protection
- Equitable Distribution of Property
- Matrimonial and Family Law Appeals
- Pension and Retirement Asset Distribution
- Postnuptial Agreements
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Real Estate Closings and Transactions
- Spousal Support and Maintenance
- Traffic Tickets
Our Family Law Attorneys Are Here for You See What Other Clients Have to Say
Let me start by saying this. I would not be where I am today if it was not for this firm. Over a year and a half of fighting a custody and support matter, Ellie was always in perfect communication and was always on point. She kept me on track, made me step back and think things through, and explained things in a way for me to understand completely. She always looked out for the best interest in myself and my family. I do not regret a single thing that has happened in this case because of her. Again, I could not be happier or more thankful! Thank you so much for everything!View on Google
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