Jay H. Ginsburg


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Jay has an active adoption practice in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, Chester, Berks, Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Lehigh, Pike, Luzerne, Northumberland, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Schukyll and Lebanon counties. He has lectured at seminars for the Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Delaware Bar Associations, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and RESOLVE concerning child abuse and adoption issues and has guest lectured at Villanova Law School. He has also participated in several advisory committees concerning adoption and child abuse issues including the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project, and the Advisory Board of the Statewide Adoption Network. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Montgomery and Delaware County Bar Associations, the Legislative Committee of the Delaware Valley Adoptions Counsel, and the Adoption Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section. Jay represented a family that was filmed in the President Judge's Chambers at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media, Pennsylvania, on November 26, 2003, and broadcast on Adoption Stories, an Alliance Atlantis Production of Canada. In November 2007, Jay appeared on Delaware Tonight which was broadcast on Channel 12 (WHYY TV) to discuss adult adoptees' rights to access to their birth records and other adoption issues.


  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware
    • J.D. - 1988
  • University of Sarasota
    • Doctorate - 1976
  • Temple University
    • Additional Post Graduate Work 1971-1974
  • Temple University
    • M.A. - 1971
  • Temple University
    • B.A. - 1969
  • University of Pennsylvania
    • Oriental Studies Program 1967-1968

Classes & Seminars

  • Adoptions Conference, Delaware Valley Adoption Counsel Conference
  • Adoptions Conference, Jewish Family and Services Adoption Services
  • Adoptions Conference, Philadelphia Bar Association Education Center Conference
  • Prepared and Presented Adoption Seminar Programs, Delaware Bar Association
  • Prepared and Presented Adoption Seminar Programs, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Prepared and Presented Adoption Seminar Programs, Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Served as Mentor and Lectured on Professionalism, Widener University School of Law

Past Positions

  • Philadelphia Family Court, Interim Juvenile Master to hear Dependency
  • Philadelphia Family Court, Special Master for Juvenile Delinquency and Truancy
  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Special Master in Partition, 2004 to 2005
  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Special Master in Easement Case, 2000 to 2000
  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Special Master for Action in Partition, 2000 to 2000
  • Philadelphia Youth Study Center, Presided over Philadelphia Youth Study Center and all Designated Courtrooms as Assigned, 1998 to 2000
  • Philadelphia Family Court, Reappointed Special Master for Family Court, 1998 to 2000
  • Philadelphia Family Court, Represented Approximately 100 Parents and Children as Court Appointed Counsel for the Dependency Court in Philadelphia Family Court, 1990 to 1998
  • Philadelphia Family Court, Guardian Ad Litem in Child Custody cases for Philadelphia Family Court, 1990 to 1998
  • Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Guardian Ad Litem for Montgomery County Juvenile Court, 1990 to 1998
  • Philadelphia Family Court, Interim Juvenile Master by Family Court Administrative Judge, 1993 to 1996

Professional Associations

  • Delaware County Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
  • Legal Services Panel of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Member
  • Experimental Aircraft Association
  • Aero Club of Pennsylvania
  • Board of the Philadelphia Flag Day Celebration Committee, Chairman
  • National Flag Foundation
  • Air Force Association
  • Battle of Britain Society
  • American Society for Legal History
  • Federalist Society
  • Greater Roxborough Lodge #2217 Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy, Vice President
  • Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy, Financial Secretary

Practice Areas

  • Adoption
  • Name Changes
  • Estate Planning
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Divorce

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • New Jersey, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994


  • Voted Best of Montco - Family Law
  • Citation from the City Council of the City of Philadelphia for Service as Chairman on the Philadelphia Flag Day Association
  • Legion of Honor Award from the Chapel of Four Chaplains
  • Permanency Advocate Award from the State Department of Public Welfare, State Wide Adoption Network, State Senate and the State House of Representatives
  • New Constellation Award from the National Flag Foundation in Philadelphia for Support of Patriotic Endeavors
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Americans United for Separation of Church and State