Gregory J. Getz

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greg-getzWith over twenty years experience in New York family law, appellate law and litigation, Gregory Getz is a prominent attorney who has been recognized nationally by his peers for preeminence in legal ability and professional ethics. An accomplished appellate attorney and draftsman, Getz is accustomed to complex cases, lengthy trials and appeals and high stakes representation, having served as Law Clerk with the New York Court of Appeals, as an associate with a large Wall Street law firm, and as chairman and panelist for FINRA arbitrations. He thrives on helping clients exceed their expectations in complex family law cases that challenge him to develop complex strategies, sustain an intense involvement with the case and, ultimately, succeed in achieving the best possible outcomes for clients.

Throughout his life, Getz has consistently demonstrated his passion for challenge, drive for achievement, and expertise in developing and implementing complex strategies for outstanding results. He is an accomplished long distance runner, who has participated in ten New York City marathons and has finished within the top 250 entrants, as well as an expert downhill skier and avid outdoorsman, who has pursued big game hunting and fishing experiences throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

He graduated cum laude from Hamilton College with a major in government and concentration in writing and speech, and he then attended Albany Law School of Union University. There he published several articles for, and served as managing editor of, the Albany Law Review while graduating seventh in a class of approximately 200. He also served as Law Clerk to Sol Wachtler, Associate Judge of New York Court of Appeals, assisting in case analysis and preparation of opinions and thereby developing expertise in all facets of appellate law, procedure, and practice in New York.

In the 1980s , Getz became an associate attorney at a large, established Wall Street law firm, where he was involved in high stakes representation, including lengthy trials and appeals concerning a myriad of Fortune 500 clients. Having joined a mid size firm in the late 1980s, he met partner Jerome Leitner, with whom he often collaborated in preparing cases, since their skill sets and areas of expertise complemented each other so well. In the early 1990s, Getz and Leitner decided they could better serve clients by forming their own smaller full service litigation firm specializing in complex matrimonial and family law cases.

Formed in 1992, Leitner & Getz LLP leverages the legal expertise and complementary trial and appellate skills of two of New York’s preeminent attorneys. Together with his partner, Jerry Leitner, Getz handles challenging cases involving divorce, child custody, pre- and postmarital agreements, and large estates and trusts. By understanding the particular nuances of each individual case, leveraging his expertise as a legal strategist, and utilizing his powerful experience and knowledge as an appellate attorney, Getz sees even the most challenging cases through to successful conclusion.

Areas of Practice

  • Matrimonial and Family Law
  • Business Law
  • Complex litigation

Education

  • Hamilton College, A.B. in Government, cum laude
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., cum laude
Admitted to Practice

  • New York, 1981
  • District of Columbia, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
Honors and Awards

Fraternities

  • Delta Upsilon
Professional Associations and Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Board of Arbitrators, FINRA Dispute Resolution
Publications/Presentations/Seminars

  • “The Supervisory Status of Private University Faculty Members Under the NLRA: NLRB v. Yeshiva University,” 43 Albany Law Review 162, 1978.
  • “Physicians’ Cause of Action Against Attorneys for Institution of Unjustified Medical Malpractice Actions: The Aftermath of Drago v. Buonagurio,” 44 Albany Law Review 188, 1979.
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