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happen during the specific time that she killed
him, these things were in her mind when she
killed him. The totality of the picture is what I
think moved the panel to support the clemency.”
The morning after Jordan was released from
prison, she went to the University of Chicago to
“When you see a prisoner you have very
limited touching contact,” says Moss. “They
would let me take [Jordan’s] hand in a warm
handshake, with both my hands covering hers,
but that was the extent of what I was able to do.
As she came into our law school, we gave each
MOSS GREW UP IN OCEANSIDE, LONG ISLAND.
other the biggest, longest hug. No one told us to
stop or walk away.”
The case garnered national attention, and
Moss appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. “It
doesn’t matter how intelligent you are,” Moss
says. “When the lights come on and you’re
standing in front of Oprah, you just start to
scream as loud as you can.”
Her father, Jason, sold advertising for the New
“She was always a very intense person and
York Daily News, and her mother, Carolyn, worked
in the fashion industry.
restaurant on the South Side,” says Moss. “After
I graduated and decided to go back to New
York, she offered me a job. If you understand
bowling and pierogies, it’s just a small leap to
understanding divorce law.”
In 2002, Moss received a phone call from
Nancy Chemtob, a family law solo practitioner,
against whom Moss had faced off over the
years. “I thought she thought I was the meanest
person she’d ever gone against,” Moss says, but
admonishing Moss wasn’t the purpose behind the
call. “She said, ‘Quit! Let’s start a firm. We don’t
have a lot of clients, we don’t have a lot of money,
but that’s OK, it will come. Let’s just do it,’” Moss
remembers. “And then she called me every 20
minutes for the next three days, asking ‘OK, did
you decide yet?’”
Eventually Moss decided it was a good move—
she was in her early 30s, recently married, and if
things didn’t work out at the fledgling firm she
could always use the begging strategy on her
That wasn’t necessary.
“She has an incredible memory, almost
photographic, and she really knows the law,” says
partner Joshua Forman.
“I am her greatest disappointment,” Moss jokes,
adding, “But while I may not understand the world
of high fashion, I do understand that my clients
need this amount of money to stay in that world.”
Moss’ older brother, Peter, says she showed an
early knack for lawyering.
she loved to argue, especially with an uncle of
ours who was a Supreme Court justice in Kings
County,” says Peter.
“At family dinners, at the end of the dinner, she
and her Uncle Freddy would go at it,” says Moss’
father. “She was ultra-liberal and Freddy was pretty
conservative, and boy did they have some to-dos.”
She was also good with numbers. “I am one of
the only divorce lawyers who was also a mathlete,
and that is essential to divorce law,” she says. She
attended the Wharton School of Business, and that
background in math and finance has indeed proven
useful in combing through and dividing assets.
During Moss’ stint at the University of Chicago,
family law attorney Eleanor B. Alter of Kasowitz,
Benson, Torres & Friedman was a visiting professor.
“And we thought, ‘She hasn’t seen the real
Chicago,’ so we picked her up in a ’ 78 Ford and
took her bowling and to an all-you-can-eat Polish