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Debra E. Guston

Partner

Deb believes that every client deserves careful review of their matter, detailed communication of the law affecting the matter and a creative and sensitive approach to try to resolve all matters. Whether Deb is representing clients, teaching law students in her role as Visiting Lecturer at Rutgers School of Law or lecturing to her peers on topics of adoption, assisted reproduction or LGBT issues, Deb’s passion for her practice and her clients always takes center stage.

Deb has been recognized by the New Jersey State Bar Association for her legislative work on behalf of the Bar, most notably lobbying for the passage of New Jersey’s Gestational Carrier Act. She has also received the Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education for her years of volunteer service educating her peers. Among other recognitions Deb has received are the E. Nathaniel Gates Award from the Cardozo School of Law, recognizing her work in LGBT Family Law and the Diversity in the Profession Award from the Bergen County Bar Association. Deb has been recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyer (2012-2018); as a Top 50 Woman Lawyer in NJ (2017-2018) and by (201) Bergen Magazine as a Best Bergen Lawyer (2018).

Deb has served the legal community as a member of the NJ State Bar’s Family Law Section’s Family Law Executive Committee since 2007 and has served as its Adoption and Reproductive Rights Sub-Committee Chair. She is a Past Chair of the NJ State Bar’s LGBT Rights Section and a current Trustee. Deb is a Past President of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, the leading international, credentialed organization of family formation attorneys.

A community activist as well, Deb is the President of the Board of Trustees of ACLU-NJ (2015-2018) and the current Chair of the Bergen County LGBTQ Advisory Committee, having been appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Deb resides in Teaneck with her spouse, Pat and adopted dog, Pie.

Education

  • B.A. Mount Holyoke College, cum laude
  • M.A. Emerson College
  • J.D. Cardozo School of Law

Courts Admitted

State Counts:

  • New Jersey, District of Columbia

Federal Courts:

  • United District Court for District of New Jersey
  • 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • Passaic County Bar Association
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers in Bergen County
  • Academy of Adoption & Assisted
  • Reproduction Attorneys
  • LGBT Family Law Institute
  • National Family Law Advisory Council of NCLR