At the age of 15, Harry Issler became a Ford Foundation Scholar at the University of Wisconsin, which he entered without being required to complete the last two years of high school. Graduating at the age of 19, Mr. Issler began his legal studies at Cornell Law School from which he earned his Juris Doctor degree at the age of 22, becoming Cornell Law’s youngest graduate ever.
During his career, he has served as a charter member of Trial Lawyers Care, providing pro-bono legal services for 9/11 victims and their families, as a book reviewer for the New York Law Journal, and as president of the 42nd Infantry ‘Rainbow’ Division Association.
He has been one of the few attorneys listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law for more than 30 years.
While his original training was as a litigator at the esteemed firm of Fuchsberg and Fuchsberg, he subsequently formed his own firm, with several partners, and continued specializing in the trial of difficult and complex matters.
Over the years, Mr. Issler’s primary focus became the representation of parties engaged in marital disputes involving divorces, custody proceedings, support disputes and equitable distribution. He has been lead counsel in several of the most frequently cited cases in the field of matrimonial law.
He is admitted to practice in all New York State courts, as well as in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Customs Court, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Issler has tried cases in New York City and all adjacent counties as well as in upstate New York, in New Jersey, Florida and California.
By carefully selecting his cases and matters, Mr. Issler is able to provide personal attention to his clients and their needs. Many of his clients have been represented by him over the course of decades and while devoting himself to the needs of individuals and families, his roster of corporate clients have included Atlantic Bank of New York, Promenade Magazines, Universal Financial Solutions and the 47th Street Business Improvement District.
His office is staffed with experienced and well-trained associates, paralegals and support personnel. He has been consulted on numerous matters by other attorneys and firms, and is noted for his valuable contributions to those cases in which he has assisted.
Mr. Issler served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, and then in the New York Army National Guard. In this latter role, he ultimately rose to the rank of Brigadier General and served for 30 years as, among other duties, a Staff Judge Advocate, the New York State Judge Advocate and as a military judge.
Pro Bono Work
During his distinguished career, Mr. Issler has been one of the few attorneys selected and designated as a Civil Trial Specialist by the prestigious National Board of Trial Advocacy, and has served, pro bono, as a member of the Supreme Court, New York County, Medical Malpractice Panel, 1978-1988, as a Master Arbitrator, Civil Court, New York County, 1977-1985, and as a Certified Neutral Evaluator, in Matrimonial Actions, First Judicial Department, 1997-2000. He has also served as the Senior Trial Judge in the 2010 Moot Court Mock Trial contest conducted at Yale University.