Harold A. Mayerson
Matrimonial & Family Law
educationB.A. | Hunter College of the City University of New York (1962) LL.B | Brooklyn Law School (1967)
Harold A. Mayerson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and The IAML and has been listed in the Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers and Ten Leaders publications in recognition of his work in the Matrimonial Bar.
Harold brings to the practice of matrimonial law a long history of public service and a deep sense that the work he does is principally to help his clients get through one of the most difficult and complicated periods of their lives. He understands and accepts the responsibility that serving clients’ needs requires that he bring to the table an understanding not only of divorce law but an enormous reservoir of knowledge in the fields of psychology, economics, divorce, and custody disputes. He understands that divorce and custody disputes too often bring out the worst in very good people.
Harold is a lifetime resident of New York City and attended Rabbi Joseph High School, Erasmus Hall High School, Hunter College and Brooklyn Law School.
Harold’s public service includes two years in the United States Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic where he learned Spanish and worked with small farmers setting up cooperatives. He remains fluent in Spanish and actively studies French at the Alliance Francaise. While at Brooklyn Law School, Harold founded a chapter of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Counsel (LSCRR) and served as National Treasurer of that organization and as a civil liberties intern with Martin Berger, Esq. in New York City.
Harold worked for two years as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York presenting child abuse cases in the Family Court of the State of New York. He also served as a legislative assistant to Congressman Badillo in Washington, D.C. and in the South Bronx and subsequently worked as staff attorney for the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx and Manhattan for more than five years and while there, tried many jury trials.
Harold has held numerous leadership positions with Bar Associations and committees involved in matrimonial and family law. He served as President of the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guide for two years, and serves as co-chair of the Custody Committee of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar, also serving on its Executive Committee for over twenty years. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys for over fifteen years and has served as a vice president of the organization’s New York State chapter and presently serves on that chapter’s Board of Governors.
He has served three terms on the Matrimonial Committee of the City Bar, plus one term as its chair. While in that position, he moved aggressively to present to the New York State Legislature the need for no-fault divorce legislation, an effort which has been successful. He has also served on the executive committee of the New York County Lawyers Association.
Harold was one of the founders of the New York City P.E.A.C.E., a program to educate parents going through divorce as to the effects of divorce on children, and has frequently lectured to parents on the importance of resolving custody disputes. He has served for over twenty years as a member of The Interdisciplinary Committee and Mental Health and Family Law and has served two terms as co-chair of that committee and presently serves on its executive committee. The Forum’s members are comprised of judges, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and lawyers who regularly meet and discuss issues relating to families and the effects on them while going through a divorce. He is Vice Chair of the AAML Impact of Special Needs Committee.
Harold frequently lectures on divorce and custody law and lives in SoHo with his wife, Rebecca, who is a Library-Media Specialist at P.S. 16 in Corona, Queens. For relaxation, they travel every year to the northwest coast of Oregon to contemplate the Pacific Ocean and eat oysters, and to France where they split their time between Paris and the many rural areas of that country where they hike and explore the foods and culture of France. Additionally, they spend time in their home in Bridgewater, Connecticut where they grow garlic which is sold locally, under the name “Bridgewater Garlic”, proceeds from its sales are contributed to the local land trust. Harold is a member of the Bridgewater (Conn.) Democratic Town Committee and is a Justice of the Peace in the Town of Bridgewater. Harold is fluent in Spanish and has a good command of French. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.