Jan L. Bernstein

Jan L. Bernstein


Jan L. Bernstein, a Member of the Firm, serves as Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross Family Law Practice Group.  She has dedicated her entire career – over three decades – to the successful representation of family law clients and the development of strong client relationships.  Ms. Bernstein is renowned for finding creative solutions to complex and novel family law disputes.

Ms. Bernstein enjoys representing a wide range of clients, national and international, including high net worth individuals, business owners, entrepreneurs, athletes and performers.  While known for her thorough preparation, keen negotiating ability, tenacity and unwavering dedication to her clients as individuals, she is committed to resolving her clients’ disputes as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

She has been recognized in Who’s Who in American Law, is repeatedly appointed by Judges to assist in complicated cases, and is a Member of the New Jersey Bar Association’s Family Law Section. 

Over the course of her career, Ms. Bernstein was appointed to five New Jersey Supreme Court Committees.  In addition, she served on the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, is past Chair of the Women’s Rights Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, was a member of the Editorial Board of the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine and was on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Lawyer newspaper.  She has spoken at multiple conferences and seminars on the topics of family law and gender issues.  Also, she has authored numerous articles in the New Jersey Family Lawyer, and other publications.  One of her articles is cited in NJ Statutes Annotated, entitled “Moving On After Moving In: The Case for Including Unmarried Partners in New Jersey Family Law.” 

Ms. Bernstein is also very involved at her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. She was an Associate Trustee of the University, appointed by the University President, to the Board of Athletic Advisors.  Currently, she is a member of the Trustee Council of Penn Women.  She was Captain of the Varsity tennis team in her sophomore, junior and senior years at the University of Pennsylvania.  She was inducted into the University of Pennsylvania Tennis Hall of Fame in its inaugural class, and also was inducted into the Tenafly High School Athletic Hall of Fame in October of 2005, having been the leader in establishing girls athletic teams at Tenafly High School in 1973.  She received the Fathers Trophy her senior year at the University of Pennsylvania for the Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete of the University. 

Our Family Law attorneys serve clients throughout the State of New Jersey including the following counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.  Their areas of emphasis include litigation, mediation, arbitration, appeals, divorce, spousal and child support, custody and parenting time arrangements, relocation issues, prenuptial, marital and separation agreements, cohabitation agreements, reconciliation agreements, distribution of complex assets, domestic violence issues, and post-judgment modifications of spousal and child support, among others.

Our Family Law attorneys are available to meet with clients in Newark, Princeton, Morristown and New York.

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Rankings & Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America®* 2007-2020, Family Law Arbitration

New Jersey Super Lawyers®* 2006-2007, Family Law

The National Registry of Who’s Who® - Life Member (pub. 2000 Ed.)

Strathmore’s Who’s Who®* - Life Member (pub. 2000-2001 Ed.)

Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law® - Life Member (pub. 2000 Ed.)

 * See Award Methodology


Professional Affiliations
Former Member, New Jersey Supreme Court, Judicial Performance Committee
Former Member, New Jersey Supreme Court, Family Practice Committee
—     Former Chair, Gender Issues Subcommittee 
Former Member, New Jersey Supreme Court, Women in the Courts Committee
Former Member, New Jersey Supreme Court, Economic Consequences of Dissolution Committee
Former Member, New Jersey Supreme Court District X Fee Arbitration Committee
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
—     Member, Family Law Section
—     Former Member, Judicial and Prosecutorial Committee
—     Past Chair, Women’s Rights Section
Member, Morris County Bar Association
—     Member, Family Law Committee
Former Editorial Board Member, New Jersey Lawyer magazine
Former Member, Board of Directors, New Jersey Lawyer newspaper

Community Affiliations
University of Pennsylvania
—     Member, Trustee Council of Penn Women 
—     Former Member, Board of Athletic Advisors (appointed by the University President)
Former  Board Member, Katie at the Bat (a Philadelphia-based organization dedicated to empowering inner-city children to achieve their full potential through participation in athletics)