Debra E. Guston is Of Counsel to Argentino Family Law & Child Advocacy, LLC and a Partner in the law firm of Guston & Guston, L.L.P.
Deb graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, holds a M.A. from Emerson College and received her J.D. from Cardozo School of Law in 1988. In her nearly 30 years of practice, Deb has represented a broad spectrum of clients in family matters; adoptions; surrogacy/assisted reproduction matters; estate planning, litigation and administration; non-profit formation and management and other practice areas designed to meet the needs of the LGBTQ and general communities.
Deb is the President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys as well as the President of the Board of Trustees of ACLU-NJ. She is a past Chair and current Trustee of the LGBT Rights Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a member of the NJSBA’s Family Law Section Executive Committee. Deb is a member of the Executive Committee of the LGBT Family Law Institute, a joint project of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the National LGBT Bar Association that brings together attorneys experienced in LGBT family law and related fields. She is also a member of the NCLR’s National Family Law Advisory Committee and has been appointed by Bergen County New Jersey Freeholders as a member of the County’s first LGBTQ Advisory Committee and is currently serving as the Committee’s first Chairperson.
Deb has been selected as a NJ Super Lawyer for 2012-2017, and has be honored by various organizations for contribution to the legal community including by the NJSBA LGBT Rights Section with receipt of their Lifetime Achievement Award, by NJICLE with receipt of their Distinguished Service Award for decades of educating her peers, by NJBSA for her work on legislative issues, and by her alma mater, Cardozo School of Law, with its LGBT organization’s E. Nathaniel Gates Award for achievement and contribution to the LGBT legal community. She has also been voted as one of the top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey for 2016-2017.
Deb is a visiting Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law and has a passion for the Mets, the theatre, all things Xena. She lives in Bergen County with her partner, Pat and their dog, Pie, who keeps her on her toes. Deb’s four-decade commitment to pro bono work and advancement of Family Formation and LGBTQ issues is prominent in her legal practice and speaks volumes as to who she is as a person and a practitioner.