Lissett serves as the chair of the firm’s Elder Law & Special Needs and Family & Divorce Law practice groups, with a focus on guardianships, Medicaid, divorce, and prenuptial/marital agreements.
Prior to entering private practice, Lissett served for nearly a decade as a senior court attorney for a New York State Supreme Court judge, first in a matrimonial part, and thereafter in an Article 81 guardianship part. In that capacity, she was involved in hundreds of matrimonial and guardianship matters, developing unparalleled insight and breadth of knowledge in these highly specialized areas of the law.
In private practice, Lissett continues to focus on guardianship-related matters and litigation, including representing petitioners filing Article 81 guardianship proceedings, and assisting clients with Medicaid and Medicaid planning. Lissett is certified under Part 36 of the Rules of the Chief Judge to serve as court evaluator, counsel to guardian, guardian ad litem, and counsel to an Alleged Incapacitated Person. She also serves as a trustee of several special needs trusts.
Lissett also assists clients with developing and implementing proper estate and special needs planning, helping clients with wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills, guardianship designations and all manners of trusts.
Having had an inside view of hundreds of highly contested divorce cases in court, Lissett is committed to helping her family and matrimonial law clients fairly resolve their differences in the first instance without having to go to court. Lissett’s matrimonial and family law practice focuses on advising and assisting individuals negotiating marital agreements, including pre-nuptial, post-nuptial, separation and divorce settlement agreements. For those cases where court is unavoidable, Lissett brings her unique perspective and experience as a former court attorney in a matrimonial part. Whether in or out of court, Lissett is a fierce advocate for the rights of her family and matrimonial law clients.
Lissett lectures widely on matrimonial, elder law and special needs issues for bar associations, Continuing Legal Education providers and the community at large. She also serves in leadership positions in various bar associations. For example, Lissett has lectured on guardianships for the New York Women’s Bar Association, where she serves on the Board and as co-chair of the Elder Law & Disabilities Committee; the New York State Bar Association; and the New York City Bar Association, where she also chairs a Lawyers’ Networking Group.
2005, New York;
2014, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts
Selected as a New York Metro Area Super Lawyer: Elder Law, 2019-2020
New York Women’s Bar Association, elected to serve on Board of Directors, 2019
Published Note in Fordham Law Review: Access to Affordable HIV/AIDS Drugs: The Human Rights Obligations of Multinational Pharmaceutical Corporations
Fordham School of Law, awarded Murray Magna Cum Laude Public Service Award, 2003
Inducted into Fordham Law Chapter of the Order of Coif Honor Society, 2003
Summer Associate, White & Case LLP, 2002
Fordham School of Law, Dean’s List, 2001-2003
Fordham Law Review, Symposium Editor, 2001-2002
Fulbright Scholarship, 1999-2000 (Mozambique)
New York State Bar Association, Member, Matrimonial and Elder Law & Special Needs sections
New York Women’s Bar Association, nominated as Officer of Board of Directors
New York Women’s Bar Association, co-Chair of Elder Law & Disabilities Committee
New York Women’s Bar Association, Member, Judiciary and Matrimonial Committees New York Women’s Bar Association, Chapter Delegate to Fundraising Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
New York City Bar Association, Member, Legal Problems of the Aging Committee and Guardianship Initiative subcommittee
New York City Bar Association, Member, Small Law Firms Committee
New York City Bar Association, Chair, Lawyers Networking Group
New York State Bar Association, Elder Law & Special Needs Section