Macht, Brenizer & Gingold, P.C.

Firm Overview

My firm focuses on the entire practice in the area of issues having to do with matrimonial and family law.

My firm traces it's beginnings to Milton Macht, Esq., a founding partner who started practicing law 75 years ago, and who became the Dean of Matrimonial Attorneys in upstate New York. Eventually, he formed the beginning of our present firm under the name of Macht, Amdursky & Brenzier in 1978. In 1985 it changed to Macht, Brenizer & Gingold, P.C.Mr. Macht slowly retired in the mid-1990s at an age in his early 90s. The firm currently consists of 2 partners, Jon Brenizer and Harlan Gingold and an associate named Arlene Bradshaw as well.

Example cases

I regularly handle the whole gamut of litigation in the area of family and matrimony law - everything from divorce, custody, and visitation to spousal and child abuse.

Main Office
109 South Warren St.
Suite 510
Syracuse  NY  13202
  • (315) 422-2255
  • (315) 422-6360


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, if my services are ultimately retained. I do this because there are times when a client comes to my office to ask advice and never retain me with the sole purpose of coming to our office being to prevent their spouse from being able to retain my services due to potential conflict of interest.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
In New York we can't charge flat fees. We must charge hourly fees.
Hourly Rates

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I started working by chance in Family Court when I was going to law school and continued working there for a while after I first graduated from law school. I guess I developed an interest in this area of law and in helping people try to work out their family problems. I never lost my initial interest in family law.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

It is important that a client be educated to whatever degree possible in the legal process and the issues that ensue from this. An educated client is more understanding and thus more helpful. It saves the client time ands money.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I feel it is my obligation, as a retained lawyer, to review everything my client prepares if for no other reason than to understand what my client is thinking and what he wants. In New York state attorneys are required to certify every paper submitted to a court as being truthful to the attorney's knowledge.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am always willing to aid a client to help them accomplish what they want, if possible. I am careful in coaching clients to disclaim any responsibility with their ultimate result since I had nothing to do with how their case turned out.

Harlan Gingold

Prior to graduating law school in 1970, I worked as a part time, then full time, law clerk in the Family Court of the State of New York in Onondaga County. After that I started as an associate for a small law firm in Syracuse, NY, doing mostly trial litigation. In 1972 I established my own practice of law, sharing space with several other attorneys under the name of Driscoll, Mathews, Gingold & Cass. My private practice continued under that name until I changed paths and became a solo practitioner under the name of Gingold and Gingold. In 1985 I formed a partnership called Macht, Brenizer & Gingold, P.C., with Milton Macht and Jon Brenizer. Up until I joined the practice I am with now, I practiced all areas of law. This proved to be exceedingly helpful to me since I developed an extensive amount of broad legal knowledge and varied experience which helps me give good advice to clients.

Almost 40 years of experience in law, 23 of which was practicing in family and matrimonial law has helped me to become a better lawyer. Experience has taught me how to deal with clients, other attorneys and the courts.

I have the ability to work with other lawyers and judges. I have developed a reputation for great integrity that has proven to be a great asset in resolving cases.

Personal interests:

My family, my wife of 38 years, my 3 sons and 2 daughters in law, my 2 granddaughters, and the occasional round of golf.

  • Bar Number: 1460906
    New York , 1971
  • Syracuse University College of Law
    J.D. , 1970
    Syracuse, NY
    Moot Court; Moot Court Board.
  • Syracuse University
    B.A. , 1967
    Syracuse, NY
    Political Science.

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