Vikki S. Ziegler

Vikki S. Ziegler, Esq. is a partner and co-founder of Ziegler & Zemsky, LLC. Throughout the course of her career, Ms. Ziegler has become one of New Jersey's most notable and accomplished legal professionals in the family and matrimonial law practice area.

While providing effective and unflagging advocacy for her clients, Ms. Ziegler is capable of litigating complex matters inside the courtroom while still providing a personalized, compassionate approach to meeting her clients' goals. Combining her experience as both a respected divorce attorney and a child of divorce, she brings an informed, sensitive perspective toward addressing client concerns and empowering individuals and families during this critical time in their lives.

Ms. Ziegler has also offered countless clients and client couples vigilant and honest assessments of their pre-martial circumstances and helped them to avoid common complications that can contribute to a divorce. For those who cannot avoid the dissolution of their marriage, Ms. Ziegler offers her impact-management guide, giving clients the tools they need the weather the emotional and financial hardships the come following a divorce. .

Role in the New Jersey Legal Community

For the past 12 years Ms. Ziegler has served as the Early Settlement Panels chair in Passaic, Morris, and Essex counties, assisting with recommendations for divorce settlement, and in 2010 was nominated and appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to the District XI Ethics Committee for Passaic County, one term of which she served as chairperson.

A nationally sought-after and engaging public speaker, Ms. Ziegler has given lectures on an array of legal topics, including First Amendment rights, the role of the law clerk, litigation strategies, divorce finance, and many others. She also shares her considerable legal knowledge with the students of Fordham Law School as an adjunct professor—and with peers as a featured speaker at numerous Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events.

Industry Accolades

A standout among her peers, Ms. Ziegler was named for three years in a row during 2010, 2011, and 2012 as a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers Magazine and in 2015, 2016, and 2017 as a “Super Lawyer.” She was also ranked among the “Top 50 Women in Business” by New Jersey Business News in 2010, recognized for her professional excellence and commitment to her community by New Jersey Business News in 2008, and in 2006 was cited as one of the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” by the New Jersey Law Journal.

Ms. Ziegler has also been featured in Image Magazine as the “Local Spotlight” for her achievements in New Jersey, in the Star Ledger as an “Active Advocate” in June 2008, and in many other publications throughout the United States.

Media Appearances

Ms. Ziegler is frequently called upon by television, radio, and print outlets for her expert advice and commentary on high-profile cases and has authored, co-authored, and been quoted in some of the country’s most prestigious publications. For more information about Ms. Ziegler’s writing credits and media presence, including her current starring role on Bravo TV’s hit series, Untying the Knot, see below.

Bravo TV's Untying the Knot

Ms. Ziegler has also built a reputation as a trusted legal resource for radio, television, and print outlets looking for incisive, reliable insight on high-profile cases. She has also written, co-written, and been quoted in the some of the most prominent publications in the country. You can see a complete listing of all of Ms. Ziegler's credits—including her current starring role on Bravo TV's Untying the Knot—below.

Local Engagement

Despite her rigorous schedule, Ms. Ziegler always makes time to give back. An adept civil litigator, Ms. Ziegler looks forward each year to volunteering her time and offering her expertise as a moot court judge for Rutgers University Law School students. Her pro bono work with Partners for Women and Justice, an organization offering support to indigent and battered women, continually exceeds annual obligations, and her active involvement in notable women’s and children’s causes including Make a Wish Foundation, Toys for Tots, Catherine’s Closet, Chai Life Line, A Brand New Day, and various soup kitchens throughout New York City have made Ms. Ziegler a trusted name people can rely on in times of need.

Background

Ms. Ziegler began her legal career immediately following law school serving as a clerk to the Honorable Michael K. Diamond, formerly the presiding judge in the Family Division of the Superior Court in Passaic County. While under Judge Diamond’s tutelage, Ms. Ziegler trained as a mediator in small claims and landlord-tenant matters through the court system. To date, Ms. Ziegler has successfully settled 99 percent of her cases.

While a law student, Ms. Ziegler served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Jerome Hornblaas in the Criminal Part of the State Supreme Court of New York and, in Rhode Island, worked for the Office of the Public Defender in the Domestic Violence Unit, and volunteered at a local battered women’s shelter.

In 1999, Ms. Ziegler entered private practice, specializing in the areas of matrimonial and civil litigation before co-founding Ziegler & Zemsky, LLC in 2012.

Ms. Ziegler was admitted to practice in 1999 and remains in good standing with the New York, New Jersey, and District of Columbia bars. She maintains membership with the Passaic County and Essex County bar associations, the New York, New Jersey, and District of Columbia bar associations, and the Family Law and Northern New Jersey Inns of Court.

Ms. Ziegler earned her Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac College School of Law. She also holds her Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology, science, and Spanish from the University of Rhode Island.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Featured in Major News Publications

  • The New York Times
  • US Weekly, Marital Expert
  • Fox News, Marital Expert
  • Hollywood Life, Marital Expert
  • Super Lawyers - Sidebar, Vikki Ziegler Can't Sit Still

US WeeklyHollywood Life

Teaching and Speaking Engagements

  • Adjunct Professor, Fordham Law School. Teaches “The Art of Drafting Prenuptial Agreements and Same Sex Marriage”
  • Teacher, Marino Legal Group. Educates new attorneys on family law basics for CLE credit
  • Speaker, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (New Jersey Chapter). Spoke about how to cope with the pressures of working for a judge at a boot camp seminar
  • Speaker, Institute of American and Talmudic Law. Spoke about First Amendment rights at continuing legal education seminar
  • Speaker, various accounting firms (including Merrill Lynch). Spoke about divorce related money matters
  • Speaker, CPA convention. Spoke about litigation tactics when facing forensic accountants in the context of trial
  • Speaker, two-day family law practice seminar for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education with the Honorable Michael K. Diamond
  • Speaker, State Bar Convention. Spoke about social media, 2011
  • Speaker, American Bar Association. Spoke about social media and divorce
  • Keynote, Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit, 2015

Authorship

  • Author, “The Pre-Marital Planner: A Complete Legal Guide to a Perfect Marriage”
  • Coauthor, NY Divorce Magazine, “How Can I Keep My Legal Fees Down During My Divorce?”
  • Co-author, New Jersey Law Journal, “Know Your Limits”
  • Writer, foreword for “Mediation vs. Litigation” by Richard Kent (December 2011)
  • Author, one chapter in “Seven Pearls of Financial Wisdom” by Carol Pepper and Camilla Webster (March 2012)

Contributing Author

  • People Magazine
  • Ok!
  • US Weekly
  • Life and Styles
  • The Huffington Post
  • Hollywood Life

Quoted by Major News Publications

  • The New York Times
  • The National Enquirer
  • The Washington Times
  • momlogic
  • E! News
  • Yahoo!
  • New York Post
  • New York Daily News

Television Appearances

  • Anderson Live
  • AriseTV
  • Bethenny
  • Better TV “The Better Show”
  • Bloomberg
  • Bravo’s TV “Untying the Knot"
  • CBS “The Early Show” with Maggie Rodriguez
  • CBS “Inside Edition”
  • CBS “The Insider”
  • CBS “On The Couch”
  • CNBC “The Big Idea” with Donny Deutsch
  • CNBC “News Segment about Divorce” during Prime Time
  • CNBC “On The Money” with Carmen Wong Ulrich
  • CNBC “Street Signs” with Erin Burnett
  • CNN “Headline News” with Mike Galanos and Erica Hill
  • CNN “Headline News” Special report with Vinny Politan
  • Court TV with Star Jones
  • Dr. Oz Show
  • E! “Talk Soup”
  • E! “Keeping up with the Kardashians”
  • ESPN – Special documentary called “BROKE” on athletes and divorce airs December 2011 by 30 for 30
  • Fox 5 “Good Day New York” with Roseanna Scotto and Greg Kelly
  • Fox 5 Evening News with Dari Alexander and Ernie Anastos
  • Fox Business Channel “Cash In” with Terry Keenan
  • Fox Business Channel “Happy Hour” with Cody Willard and Rebecca Gomez (filmed at the famed Bull & Bear bar in the Waldorf-Astoria)
  • Fox Business Daytime News with Chris Cotter and Lisa Rothman
  • Fox Business with Tracey Byrnes and Chris Cotter
  • Fox Business Channel “Money Rocks” with Eric Bolling
  • Fox Business Channel “The Willis Report” with Gerry Willis
  • Fox News “A Special on Fox News Weekend” with Bill McCuddy
  • Fox News “America’s Newsroom” with Megyn Kelly
  • Fox News “Fox and Friends” with Alison Camerota, Gretchen Carlson, and Brian Kilmeade
  • Fox News “Fox and Friends” Weekend Report
  • Fox News “Fox and Friends First” with Heather Childers and Ainsley Earhardt
  • Fox News “Fox Business” with David Asman and Liz Claman
  • Fox News “Geraldo at Large” with Geraldo Rivera
  • Fox News “Happening Now” with Jane Skinner and Jon Scott
  • Fox News “The Fox Report” with Sheppard Smith
  • Fox News “The Live Desk” with Martha MacCallum
  • Fox News “The O’Reilly Factor” with Bill O’Reilly
  • Fox News “The Strategy Room” with Kimberly Gilfoyle
  • Fox News “The Strategy Room” with Brian Kilmeade
  • Fox News “Weekend Show” with Gregg Jarrett
  • Fox News “Your World with Neil Cavuto”
  • Good Morning America
  • HLN “Dr. Drew”
  • HLN “Joy Behar Show”
  • HLN “Nancy Grace”
  • HLN “Show Biz Tonight” with A.J. Hammer
  • HLN “Issues” with Jane Velez-Mitchell
  • Interviewed on www.foxbusiness.com regularly
  • Interviewed on www.foxnews.com live streaming
  • Interviewed on www.hollywoodlife.com
  • Interviewed on www.sportce.com with Darrell Reid
  • MSNBC “The Abrams Report” with Dan Abrams
  • MSNBC daytime programming
  • NBC “Gossip Gram” with Roseanne Colletti
  • Ok! TV
  • CBS OMG! Insider “Celebrity News”
  • The Meredith Vieira Show
  • The Steve Harvey Show
  • Veria Living “The Lisa Oz Show”
  • VH1 “Mobwives”
  • WPIX “The Bill Cunningham Show”
  • WPIX” The Morning Show”
  • Wendy Williams

Radio Appearances

  • Sirius Radio Howard 101 “The Jon Leiberman Show”
  • WDIS “Talk of the Town,” Boston, MA
  • WOR 710 “The John Gambling Show,” New York, NY
  • WPLJ 95.5 “The Todd Show,” New York, NY
  • Sirius Radio “The Howard Stern Channel with Scott Farrell,” New York, NY
  • “The Barry Z Show,” NY
  • “The Ellis Henican Show,” NY
  • Hot 97.1 “Street Soldiers” with Lisa Evers, NY
  • CHED 630 AM “The Roy Green Show,” Canada
  • WGN with guest host Rita Cosby, Chicago, IL
  • WBBM with Greg Murray, IL
  • WKHM “The Am Show,” MI
  • WCCO, MN
  • WRQX FM (ABC Radio), Washington, D.C.
  • WSMB “New Orleans Live” with Lea Sinclair Filson, New Orleans, LA
  • The Vinnie Penn
  • WIYY “Baltimore Beat” with Malarie Pinkard, MD
  • WVOM “Maine in the Morning, ME
  • WHUR HD Radio
  • WNWS “Prime Time Live,” TN
  • KSCJ “Open Line” with Randy Renshaw, Sioux City, IA
  • WWVA News Radio 1170, VA
  • KGET TV 17 with Jeff Cammough, CA
  • KBCQ 97.1 FM, Roswell, NM
  • KOMU FM, Columbia, MI
  • KINFAM 1440 The Information Station, CA
  • KDFX FM Channel 33, CA
  • CX101, Miami, FL
  • WREC, Memphis, TN
  • KWGN “The #1 Morning Show,” Minneapolis, MN
  • WECK, Buffalo, NY
  • WHAM, Rochester, NY
  • KFAB, Omaha, NE
  • WHAS, Louisville, KY
  • WSYR, Syracuse, NY
  • HKTRH, Houston, TX
  • WGAU “Liz Dalton Show,” GA
  • WHLO, Akron, OH
  • KOGO, San Diego, CA
  • WBUV News Radio 104.9 FM, MO
  • WOC News Talk 1420 AM, IA
  • KBUR “Steve Hexom Morning Show,” IA
  • WKBN, OH
  • Hot 97 Blogradio with Pastor Moe, FL
  • WCUB “The Breakfast Club,” WI
  • WKBN Youngstown, OH
  • KFAB Omaha, NE
  • KTRH Houston, TX
  • WECK Buffalo, NY
  • WSYR Syracuse, NY
  • KURV McAllen, TX
  • KNST Tucson, AZ
  • KFBK Sacramento, CA
  • WBAI 99.5 FM “Rise Up Radio,” NY
  • KPAY and WLEE Talk 990AM with Susie Galvez and Mary Foley, Chico, CA

Education

University of Rhode Island

  • B.A. in Political Science, Sociology, and Spanish

Quinnipiac College School of Law

  • Juris Doctor

Industry Accolades

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2010 - 2012
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2015 - 2017
  • New Jersey Business News “Top 50 Women in Business," 2010
  • New Jersey Law Journal "Top 40 Lawyers Under 40," 2006
  • Image Magazine "Local Spotlight" feature
  • Star Ledger "Active Advocate" feature
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, "10 Best - Client Satisfaction," 2017

Professional Associations

  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Passaic County
  • Essex County Bar Associations
  • Northern New Jersey Inn of Court
  • Family Law Inn of Court

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