Jim Abramson is the law firm’s principal attorney. Jim has represented authorized child-care agencies for over 32 years. Jim is a former Associate General Counsel of the Human Resources Administration. While at HRA, he was the General Counsel for the Adult Social Services Programs and the New York City Medical Assistance Program, as well as the Acting General Counsel Agency for Child Development. He has been a member of the Committee on the Family Court and the Bar Association of the City of New York, has trained for the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division, and has presented at Grand Rounds for the Family Court Mental Health Services concerning mental illness termination of parental rights proceedings. He has served on the Child Welfare Subcommittee of the New York City Family Court Advisory Council, the New York City Comptroller's Task Force on Adoption Options, and the Legal Reform Committee of the New York City Administration for Children's Services, Families For Kids. In July 1998, he presented to Family Court Judges at the Judicial Conference, on the effects of the Adoption and Safe Families Act on Family Court practice. Jim has presented programs entitled "Who has Parental Rights?","The Rights of Unwed Fathers", "Prisoner’s Parental Rights", and "The Indian Child Welfare Act" as part of the continuing legal education program of the Appellate Divisions, First and Second Departments. He has also trained extensively for the State University of New York at Buffalo at various locations throughout the state. In addition to an active child-welfare practice in the Family Court, he was contract counsel to the Organization of Child Care Agencies in the 1998-1999 and 2010-2011 city-wide contract negotiations with ACS regarding child-welfare services.
   

 

 

 

Nelia Sellers (Administrator) holds a Masters of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She was employed as a caseworker in a foster care agency during the first year of her career. Subsequently, she worked for the New York City Department for the Aging, Self-Help Community Services where she obtained funding and organized a mental health program for senior citizens, and later organized and directed senior centers for that agency; Community Council of Greater New York, directing projects which evaluated services to the elderly in New York City; and the New York City Human Resources Administration as the Executive Assistant to the Administrator of the Medicaid Program and later the Budget Director of Family and Adult Services, which oversaw senior centers, home care services, homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters and protective services to adults, among other programs. Since 1993, Nelia has been the Administrator of the firm, supervising the paralegal staff and acting as liaison between the firm and clients, as well as coordinating Family Court cases, ensuring coverage and continuity. Nelia and Jim have been married for over 30 years.
   
  Dawn M. Orsatti is an associate attorney who has been with the firm for over ten years, starting as a law clerk while a student at Brooklyn Law School. Before working at the firm, Dawn was employed as a law clerk at the New York City Law Department, Juvenile Crimes Unit, where she researched legal issues, drafted memoranda of law and pre-trial motions, responded to discovery requests, and assisted attorneys in all aspects of trial preparation. Dawn was also a legal intern at the Children’s Law Center and the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division, where she assisted attorneys in trial preparation and shadowed attorneys in various proceedings in the Family Court. Since receiving her Juris Doctorate in 2002, Dawn has appeared on cases in Family Court throughout the five boroughs. Dawn also handles appellate matters, which includes motion practice in the Appellate Division and Court of Appeals, drafting of briefs, and arguing matters in the Appellate Division. Dawn is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as well as the New York State Bar Association.