Joseph H. Nivin, Esq. Family Law Attorney

Fourth year top rated family law attorney in New York, Joseph H. Nivin, P.C. is a general practice law firm with a focus on family law. Attorney Joseph H. Nivin, Esq. and his team have years of experience with the New York City Child Welfare Agency, Family Court, and Supreme Court. Mr. Nivin represents families in court, litigation, hearings and appeals. He has argued successfully before the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department.

At the Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin, you will receive expert legal advice and compassion that will reduce time, legal expenses and the emotional toll of a family law case. Mr. Nivin will work hard to protect your rights and those of your children.


Mr. Nivin has been repeatedly recognized as a respected attorney in his field.  He has been named a Rising Star in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Super Lawyers, an award that is given only to 2.5% of attorneys annually in New York State.  Mr. Nivin was also named one of the 10 Best in Client Satisfaction in 2015 by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.  He was named Top 40 Under 40 in 2016 by The National Advocates and is also rated as “Superb” by Avvo. In 2015, Mr. Nivin wrote two chapters in Onward and Upward: Guide for Getting Through New York Divorce & Family Law Issues.


  • Admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut and before the U. S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of NY
  • J. D., Brooklyn Law School. President-Unemployment Action Center
  • B. A., University of Pennsylvania
  • Member Queens County Bar Assoc., Serving on Juvenile Justice Committee
  • Member Assigned Counsel / Attorneys for Children
  • Incoming Member Board of Directors for Brandeis Association of Queens County
  • Member New York City Bar Association

Mr. Nivin is a family law attorney available to represent clients in Queens Family Court, Brooklyn Family Court, Manhattan Family Court, Nassau Family Court, and Westchester Family Court.  He is available to represent clients in divorces in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Nassau, and Westchester.

Joseph H. Nivin, Esq. Family Law Attorney

Joseph H. Nivin, Esq.

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Cheddi B. Jagan II, Esq., of Counsel

Mr. Cheddi Jagan is admitted to practice law before the courts of the state of New York since April 2015. He is the eldest grandchild of the former presidents of Guyana, Cheddi and Janet Jagan. Mr. Jagan focuses on the areas of family law, immigration law, real estate law and estate planning. He moved to Guyana in 2010 where he worked at the Office of the President within the Governance Unit as a Legal Consultant until 2013. Mr. Jagan has also served as a Business and Compliance Analyst for Axiom Global Inc., and with the Enterprise Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Operations and Financial Intelligence Unit at American Express in New York.

  • Attended Brooklyn College (CUNY) in Brooklyn, New York, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy of Law.
  • Attended Florida International University College of Law in Miami, Florida, earning his Juris Doctor degree.
  • Graduated in the Top 10 of his class and earned several Dean’s List awards.
  • Studied international and comparative law through Georgia State University College of Law in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the summer of 2009 and through Washburn University School of Law in Barbados in the summer of 2010.
Cheddi B. Jaggen II

Cheddi B. Jagan II

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