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Garden City, New York

Elaine Jackson Stack  recently retired as a justice of the New York State Supreme Court, having spent eight years serving in a matrimonial part of the Supreme Court.  The experience of handling hundreds of cases involving custody, parental access, equitable distribution and support provides a unique background for the Divorce Mediation practice in which she is currently involved.

Judge Stack is uniquely qualified to mediate divorce disputes.   As a trial judge she has heard testimony from multiple experts in the fields of forensic accounting, psychological evaluations of parents and children, labor and employment, all of which she utilizes in helping parties come to equitable agreements.  Helping the parties to look to the future in molding a joint fair agreement is key to the success of the mediation process. Judge Stack’s experience in four years in the Family Court of Nassau County,  handling custody and parental access cases, Guardianship matters and family offense cases is also an important component of her background.

Judge Stack has also successfully argued criminal civil and family law cases at every level of the New York State court system and in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  Before ascending the bench Judge Stack was an assistant district attorney in Nassau County serving as Deputy Chief of the Rackets Bureau and in other trial bureaus.  A graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, she has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at both her alma mater and at Hofstra University School of Law, and is a frequent panelist in programs at the Nassau County Bar Association’s Academy of Law.  Judge Stack was recently appointed as a special referee in grievance matters for the 10th judicial district and as an independent hearing officer for the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

Judge Stack heads the firm’s Family and Divorce Mediation group.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2012

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Matrimonial Mediation & Arbitration
  • 20% Appeals, Criminal and Civil

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1980
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1984


  • St. John's University School of Law, Jamaica, New York
    • J.D. - 1979
  • CW Post College, LIU, Greenvale, New York
    • B.A. - 1971
    • Major: English

Representative Cases

  • People v O'Rama, 78 NY2d 270, Court of Appeals, 1991
  • People v DeGeorge, 73NY2d 614, Court of Appeals, 1989
  • Matter of Jordan v Maria R., 60 A.D.3d 831(leave to appeal denied) and 13 N.Y. 3d 710, 2nd Dept./Court of Appeals, 2009


  • Adjunct Professor, St. John's Law School, 2004-2007
  • Adjunct Professor, Hofstra Law School , 2004-2007
  • Director, Masters in Family Law Program, Hofstra Law School, 2007-2007

Honors and Awards

  • Nassau Cty. Bar Assn's Annual Moot Court renamed Honorable Elaine Jackson Stack Moot Court Competition
  • Criminal Courts Bar Association's Norman C. Lent Award
  • WE CARE's Gassman Award
  • The Jewish Lawyers' Association's Neil T. Shayne Award
  • Court Officers Benevolent Association's Woman of the Year Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Nassau County Bar Association, Elected Director
  • NYS Bar Association
  • Nassau Academy of Law, Dean
  • Criminal Courts Bar Association, Director
  • New York State Womens Bar Association
  • Yashar
  • Jewish Lawyers Association, Director
  • WE CARE Fund, Chair

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of Court Administration, Justice, New York State Supreme Court, 2000-2008
  • Office of Court Administration, Judge, Nassau County District Court, 1996-1999
  • Nassau Cty. Bar Assn; Assigned Counsel Defender Plan, Administrator, 1991-1996
  • Nassau County District Attorney's Office, Deputy Chief, Rackets Bureau, 1979-1986

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