Twin-Sister Attorneys Sworn into U.S. Supreme Court Together

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Twin sisters Jacqueline Harounian and Janet Nina Esagoff were admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month. Attorney Jacqueline Harounian is a matrimonial and family lawyer with Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. and her sister practices real estate law with Stein, Weiner & Roth, P.C.

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Attorneys Jacqueline Harounian and Janet Nina Esagoff are both from Great Neck, New York. After Jacqueline entered the legal field in 1995, her sister followed in her footsteps in 2009. When Janet was admitted to practice law, her mother predicted that the twin sisters would eventually make it to the Supreme Court. Janet said, “When Jackie was admitted to practice law in 1995, and I was subsequently admitted in 2009, our mother said, ‘One day you’ll make it to the Supreme Court’. It was such a thrill to make her prediction come true.”

Jacqueline and Janet were admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court on March 19th, 2013. The sisters travelled to Washington DC together and were sworn into the Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts. The event was sponsored by the Honorable Jeremy S. Weinstein and a Jewish bar association, the Brandeis Association. The occasion was also attended by Honorable Bernice Siegel, Honorable Leonard Livote, Honorable Lee Mayerson, the current president of the Brandeis Association, and all Justices of the Supreme Court of Queens County.

During the trip, Jacqueline and Janet attended oral arguments before the full Supreme Court, visited the Capitol, and attended a private luncheon hosted by Congressman Joseph Crowley at the congressional dining room. Additionally, the sisters were given a special tour of the U.S. Holocaust Museum and attended a conference with the museum director and a holocaust survivor.

Jacqueline and Janet were both overjoyed to be admitted to practice in the Supreme Court. Jacqueline said, “As a woman, it was amazing to witness the brilliant minds at work of the three women jurists on the Supreme Court bench (Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayer, and Elena Kagan). To see the practice of law at its highest level and to share it with my twin is an experience I will never forget.”

She continued, “Like many Americans, I have been following the extensive news coverage regarding the marriage equality / DOMA cases that are currently being heard before the Supreme Court. Only one week ago, I was thrilled to sit in the very same courtroom where those arguments are being heard, watching the Justices interact with some of the most accomplished and skilled lawyers I have ever seen. It was really exciting to see how laws are made and how the Constitution is interpreted by the Supreme Court.”

Jacqueline is a law partner at Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. – a family law and divorce law firm that serves clients in Great Neck, NY and the surrounding areas. Her legal expertise is characterized by creative solutions and a passion for serving others. Jacqueline earned her undergraduate degree from Columbia College, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in English Literature. She continued her education at Hofstra University School of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate degree with honors in 1994. Today, she serves clients in a wide variety of divorce and matrimonial legal practice areas. Click here and read her full, professional biography to learn more about Jacqueline.

Like her sister, Janet graduated from Hofstra University School of Law. Before law school, she graduated summa cum laude from the City University of New York baccalaureate program. Today, she is a member of the legal team at Stein, Weiner & Roth, P.C. in Carle Place, New York. At the firm, she practices real estate and foreclosure litigation. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Iranian American Bar Association (New York Chapter) and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Great Neck Library.

Wisselman, Harounian and Associates, P.C. is a well-respected law firm in Great Neck and the surrounding areas. At the firm, a skilled team of attorneys works hard to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex divorce, child custody, and family law problems. The firm handles cases that involve same-sex marriage, fathers’ rights, no-fault divorce, mediation, child support, alimony, parental relocation, domestic partnerships, and other family law matters. Prospective clients can fill out an online, no-obligation case evaluation form or visit our office for a free consultation. To learn more about Wisselman, Harounian and Associates, visit

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