Elliot H. Gourvitz, Esq., Of Counsel

E-mail: ehg@gourvitz.com

Elliot H. Gourvitz Elliot H. Gourvitz is an attorney who has practiced matrimonial and family law for 50 years and has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a specialist in family law (1991-2008).   He has successfully argued many State and Federal Appellate cases and is the author of Domestic Torts in New Jersey, Domestic Violence Source Book, and numerous articles.  He is a Lecturer and speaker on family law and has been quoted as an authority in many articles.  Mr. Gourvitz also serves as an expert witness in international child abduction, the Hague Convention, and other cases throughout the Country.

Elliot Gourvitz is an attorney known for his aggressive representation of his clients in high profile cases involving substantial assets.  He has championed victims of domestic abuse and the recovery of abducted children that he has litigated to the far points of the world.

Elliot H. Gourvitz has represented high profile clients in difficult situations including: Jimmy Dean the singer and sausage king, the Van Amstels of the Netherlands, Medicis of Italy, Arturo Gatti’s, the welterweight champion’s widow in Canada and the U.S., one of the “Housewives of New Jersey” in custody litigation, Fortune 500 executives, and many more.

He was one of the first innovators of the concept of divorce mediation, despite resistance of other lawyers and the New Jersey Bar Association. He believed that mediation was a positive way to reach a settlement especially in custody, and that mediation should be incorporated in traditional practice. In 1989 he was one of the only attorney’s who did divorce mediation but also fostering mediation in a private practice and courts.

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In 1999 New Jersey Supreme Court began experimenting with mandatory mediation in divorce, and now more than 19 years later it is compulsory in the state of New Jersey.

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His charitable works began early with him being Chairman of the Teen United Jewish Appeal of Essex County.  He was named man of the year of the United Cerebral Palsey Foundation and served on and was President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation for 10 years whose goal is to elevate the burden of divorce and help victims of domestic violence and abuse.


He has served on various New Jersey Supreme Court Committees, New Jersey Bar Association committees, and was head of the Union County Early Settlement Panel for over 20 years.

He was the Chairman of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a delegate to the National Chapter.  He was one of the founding members of the American College of Diplomats which limits its members to 100 throughout the world.

He has lectured at various colleges in the nation including William & Mary College in Virginia and Seton Hall University.

He has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, Geraldo Rivera, Gordon Ethan, Dr. Laura, UCN8 of the Comcast Network, Telemundo and various other news programs which sought his expert advice and input on such matters as domestic violence, wire tapping, the abduction of children, and  international family law.

He has testified for other attorneys as an expert witness on prenuptial agreements, the Hague Convention, and Abduction of Children in many states including Arizona and Florida.

He has been in the forefront of instituting domestic torts in New Jersey and has written the only guide on this topic  in the State.   Elliot H. Gourvitz, along with his son, Ari Gourvitz, Esq. and his daughter-in-law, Melissa Gourvitz, Esq. wrote the seminal book, Domestic Violence Source Book, and have recently updated it.


Rutgers the State University (B.A. 1966; J.D. 1969)
Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society

Court Admissions:

States of New Jersey and New York
United States District Court, District of New Jersey; Southern District of  New York; Eastern District of Wisconsin; District of Vermont
United States Tax Court; Court of Claims; Court of International Trade;
Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals of the United States
United States Court of Appeals of District of Columbia; Second , Third, Fourth, Seventh,  Ninth, Tenth and Federal Circuits;
United States Supreme Court;
Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1981; re-certified 1989 and 1996
Certified Matrimonial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey (1991-2008)

Bar Associations:

Member, Supreme Court of New Jersey Family Practice Division Committee, 1992-96
Former Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (1981-2008); recertified 1991, 1995, and 2000; President of New Jersey Chapter 1992-94; National Delegate 1994-2000.; President of New Jersey Chapter 1992-94; National Delegate 1994-2000
Certified Matrimonial Arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Certified Matrimonial Mediator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Former Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (1989-2009)
Former Diplomate, American College of Family Trial Lawyers (1991-2008)
Chair New Jersey State Bar Association Certified Trial Attorneys Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association 1999-2001
Chairman, Union County Matrimonial Early Settlement panel, 1986-2002
Panelist in Early Settlement Program of Essex, Middlesex and Union Counties, 1982-2002
Member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, 1986-2004
New York State, Federal and American Bar Associations (Member, Mediation and Arbitration Committee)
New Jersey Trial Lawyers’ Association
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member of the Board of Governors)



“Very Fortunate”

Dear Elliot and Ari,

Thank you for forwarding this article and photo regarding the [Client’s] case from Norway. We want to thank you for all of the time and effort you spent on this case and for the advocacy that you provided to the [Client].

Mr. [Client] was very fortunate to have you as his counsel, and we are fortunate that you choose to participate in the Hague Convention Attorney Network!

Sincerely, Legal Assistance Program – Coordinator U.S. Department of State | Bureau of Consular Affairs | U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

Simply The Best

In one of the most stressful times in a person’s life it is imperative that you have attorneys that you can trust and always work for your best interest and that is Elliot and Ari Gourvitz. They made sure I knew every aspect of what to expect and how to navigate a very complicated process. It has been over 10 years since my divorce and I can still pick up the phone and speak to Ari and know that I will receive the same forthright advice that I became accustomed to during the actual proceedings. If you have to go through the process go through it with Gourvitz & Gourvitz.


Formidable professional!

Elliot Gourvitz is a formidable professional! During one of the toughest times in my life he and his staff made me feel protected and secure despite the mire of divorce. I recommend him and his staff should you find yourself in need of representation.


Handle delicate situations with professionalism and compassion

Dear Elliot,

Over the past twenty five years I have had the need of your services in dealing with my divorce. You have made a HORRIBLE situation livable. Your total professional approach to this client’s problem and concern has afforded me peace of mind. I say thank you for attorneys like you, who handle delicate situations with professionalism and compassion.

God bless you!


Great representation!!!

Ari and Elliot did a fabulous job for me. Not only did I have great representation, I gained an extension of a family.


Highly professional

Over the last few years, on three different occasions, I have used the services of the attorneys at Gourvitz & Gourvitz. In each instance, I have found them to be highly professional, well versed in the law and very expedient in bringing a satisfactory resolution to my cases. I will not hesitate to recommend Gourvitz & Gourvitz to any one in need of competent legal services.


They stood by my side

The firm of Gourvitz & Gourvitz is the legal industries platinum standard. When I was going through my divorce, Ari Gourvitz and Elliot Gourvitz ensured I was represented at the highest level possible. Moreover, they stood by my side in every facet both legally and emotionally. I strongly suggest if you are looking for the finest representation possible; you start and end your search with Gourvitz & Gourvitz.


You will not be disappointed

They’ll go balls to the wall for their clients!! You will not be in better hands. You will not find sharper minds. You will not experience lack of caring. You will not be disappointed.


Extremely happy

I am extremely happy with my experience with this firm. The staff always kept me informed and had my son’s best interest in mind and I am beyond pleased with the outcome of my case, they truly do “think outside the box” and I am comforted to know I have them in my corner.


Thank you Elliot, Ari and Kelly

I have worked with Gourvitz and Gourvitz for 14 years, and during that time, I have felt that their expertise, and management of my case has been exemplary. They care for me and my case in a way I feel that a father, brother or sister would take care of their own. Thank you Elliot, Ari and Kelly.


Effective advocate

Few lawyers that I have encountered in the last 45 years are as effective an advocate as Elliot.

John Trombadore, Esq

Premier matrimonial lawyers

Elliot has been one of the premier matrimonial lawyers and can settle or try your case whichever needed.

Cary Cheifetz, Esq


“Glad the kids in NJ have you in their corner!”

J.M., Safety Consultant and Child Safety Advocate

Fabulous firm

Fabulous firm that treats you like family.

Chris P.

A rarity among lawyers

I first met Elliot Gourvitz in 1979 when I asked him to handle my divorce. When we finally got to Court, I was amazed at his grasp of the case and his powers of persuasion over the judge. We subsequently won the case which was appealed, remanded, and appealed again – – all of which we won. Since that time, I have used his skills in various other matters of mine, and we have become close friends.

He is a rarity among lawyers. He cares for his clients and puts them first in all matters.

Henry Finelli

Great Attorney!

As a father trying to gain shared parental custody you automatically feel like the cards are stacked up against you. Ari and the staff at Gourvitz & Gourvitz made me feel like I had a chance. I didn’t want to be a weekend dad. Ari listened to my case and fought for my rights against false claims and misrepresentations.

I thank Ari for a great job as I was granted temporary residential custody of my son after a 3 year long hard fought battle.


An extremely professional team

I have used the Gourvitz team for the Chancery Court for my personal divorce and I have used them in Superior Court for business related litigation. Both times they aggressively represented my interests and I was happy with their representation of my goals.


No Nonsense Attorney

I highly recommend this law firm. They are on the ball. Mr. Gourvitz’s actions proved that he just won’t take “NO” for an answer. This firm acted swiftly to every detail, every motion, involving on my case. Mr Gourvitz knows how to get to the nitty-gritty without all the nonsense. In the end, I got a positive settlement on a case that no other attorney wanted to touch.


Great work

I hired Ari on two separate occasions – the first for my divorce and the second for a child removal action several years later. Ari is terrific at returning phone calls and answering questions, but for me, his most important strengths are his tenacity and aggressiveness. I was highly pleased with his work.


I finally got the right law!

Ari took over after I finally got totally fed up with my original lawyer and got things back on track and and then things were resolved within six months. Wish I had heard of him a year earlier.


Freedom!!! And happy ever after…

I am very grateful to Mr Gourvitz for giving me back my Freedom. The day at our first meeting Mr Gourvitz advised me of possible outcome of my minor child relocation case. Mr Gourvitz also explained to my ex husband this possible result but my stubborn ex decided to fight me on every aspect of our disagreement. So we ended up in court and trial and the process has taken 15 months. After those month though the outcome was exactly as Mr Gourvitz advised on the 1st day we met which demonstrates Mr Gourvitz knowledge and ability to evaluate the trial decisions. He was honest and tried to help me settle the matter out of court but again my ex did not want to hear anything. So after couple of days of remarkable performance Mr Gourvitz set me free from my ex control and I was allowed to relocate to Russia with my 2 year old daughter! How brilliant is that! I paid dear for my freedom but this was the best investment I made in my life! And I thank Mr Gourvitz for holding my hand and walking along with me through the entire time of this painful and disturbing divorce time.


Finding a Good Lawyer

After burning through 5 lawyers in two countries and three states I finally found Ari and Elliot Gourvitz. Guys, if you think you’re going to get divorced and that’s the end of it, think again. Ari and Elliot have stuck by me through thick and thin for over 15 years. I can’t imagine working with anyone else. I give both of them my heartiest recommendation.

Andrew D.

Very caring and accessible

Ari was very understanding, caring and accessible in times of need and consulting of my divorce. I am very pleased with the work he was able to do for me.


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