Recognized nationally for preeminence in legal ability and professional ethics, Jerome Leitner is an expert in New York family law and litigation. His expertise in complex matrimonial and litigation cases, coupled with his determination to see each case through to a successful conclusion, has been winning praise from satisfied clients for over twenty-five years. From international cases involving multi-million dollar estates to complex child support cases, Leitner brings his special blend of legal acumen and New York determination to bear in order to win even the toughest cases for his clients.
Hard work, determination, and achievement have always been driving forces in Leitner’s life. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he is a first generation American who worked his way through college and law school as a waiter in a resort hotel in the Catskill Mountains during the summer and in local restaurants during the rest of the year. He is an avid athlete, who played basketball in high school, competed in tennis throughout his life, and has recently taken up boxing.
After graduating from Brooklyn Law School, Leitner began his career as an attorney in a storefront law office in Bedford Stuyvesant. There, he and his then partner, a former classmate at Brooklyn Law School, grew their law practice by accepting all kinds of cases. Achieving success in general practice, he opened an office in Manhattan shortly thereafter and began working diligently to build a practice focused primarily on matrimonial and family law.
Leitner later joined a mid-size New York partnership, where he continued honing his skills as a litigator and his expertise in divorce and custody cases. Often, he worked closely with Gregory Getz, another partner in the firm with expertise as an appellate lawyer and brief writer. Leitner and Getz found that their skill sets and areas of expertise complemented each other to benefit clients; and after several years of productive collaboration, they decided to start their own full service, boutique litigation firm specializing in 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, Greg Getz, Leitner handles complex matrimonial cases and fights to win. By taking each case personally, strategizing plans that lead to the best outcome for clients, and following even the most difficult cases through to successful conclusions, Leitner has consistently won cases involving complicated child custody and support issues, complex premarital and postmarital agreements, and large estates and trusts.
- Matrimonial and Family Law
- Business Litigation
- Civil Litigation
- Long Island University, B.A. in History
- Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Brooklyn Bar Association
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- New York, 1966
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1982
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1982
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1990
Honors and Awards