Lissett serves as the chair of the firm’s Elder Law and Family Law & Divorce practice groups, with a particular emphasis on guardianship, Medicaid, divorce, and prenuptial/marital agreements.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Ferreira 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 currently serves as a trustee of several special needs trusts. Lissett also assists clients with developing and implementing proper estate planning, helping clients with wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills and guardianship designations.
Having had an inside view of hundreds of highly contested divorce cases in court, Lissett is committed to helping her family law clients fairly resolve their differences in the first instance without having to go to court. Lissett’s matrimonial practice focuses on assisting individuals negotiating, or advising them on, 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 at various conferences, CLEs and community events. Lissett has lectured on guardianships for various bar associations, and regularly presents at community workshops on estate, special needs and Medicaid planning. Most recently, she assisted in organizing and sponsoring various CLEs as co-Chair of the NYWBA’s Elder Law & Disabilities Committee and as former program Co-Chair of the CLE Planning sub-committee of the NYCBA’s Legal Problems of the Aging Committee.
2005, New York;
2014, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts
Fulbright Scholarship, 1999-2000 (Mozambique)
Dean’s List, Fordham School of Law, 2001-2003
Symposium Editor, Fordham Law Review, 2001-2002
Summer Associate, White & Case LLP, 2002
Fordham School of Law Murray Magna Cum Laude Public Service Award, 2003
Inducted into Fordham Law Chapter of the Order of Coif Honor Society, 2003
New York Women’s Bar Association: Nominated to Board of Directors, Co-Chair of Elder Law & Disabilities Committee, Member of Judiciary Committee
New York City Bar Association: Member of the Legal Problems of the Aging Committee and its Guardianship Initiative subcommittee, Chair of Lawyers Networking Group
New York State Bar Association, Elder Law & Special Needs Section