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Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Matrimonial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1983

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D. - 1983
  • Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, New Jersey
    • B.A. - 1978

Published Works

  • New Jersey Family Law Practice, (Contributing Author), NJICLE, 10th ed., 2001
  • Traps for the Unwary, (Family Law Chapter), Essex County Bar Foundation, 1997
  • Commentary, Baby M: A Disquieting Decision, Seton Hall Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 4, 1988
  • Surrogacy: A Cure for Infertility?, The National Law Journal, November 2, 1987

Representative Cases

  • Matter of Baby M., 109 N.J. 396, 1988, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1988017355
  • Matter of Jobes, 108 N.J. 394, 1987, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1987082583
  • Kamen v. Egan, 322 N.J. Super. 222 , 1999, App. Div., 1999140066
  • Boardman v. Boardman, 314 N. J. Super. 340, 1998, App. Div., 1998168084
  • Ruprecht v. Ruprecht, 252 N.J. Super. 230 , 1991, New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division, 1991209926
  • Lerman v. Lerman, 245 N.J. Super. 312 , 1990, New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division, 1991036262
  • J.S. v. L.S., 389 N.J. Super. 200 , 2007, App. Div., certif. denied 192 N.J. 295

Classes/Seminars

  • "Evidence for Family Lawyers", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2002 to 2002
  • "Issues Involving the Highly Compensated Litigant", New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2002 to 2002
  • "Best Practices and Experts", Essex County Bar Association, Family Law Bench Bar Committee, 2002 to 2002
  • "Settlement Techniques", New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section Bench Bar Conference, 2002 to 2002
  • "The Top 40: Matrimonial Law's Greatest Hits", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2002 to 2002
  • "Baby M. Revisited", Bergen County Bar Association, 2002 to 2002
  • "Preparing Your Case for Trial Readiness", Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), 2001 to 2001
  • "How to Survive in the Courts", Essex County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2001 to 2001
  • "Evidence for Family Lawyers", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2001 to 2001
  • "Best Practices for Family Lawyers", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2001 to 2001
  • "Best Practices in Essex County", Essex County Bar Association Family Law Bench Bar Committee, 2001 to 2001
  • "How to Survive Traps and Minefields in Family Law Practice", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2001 to 2001
  • "Equitable Distribution: Tips, Traps & Techniques", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2001 to 2001
  • "Alternative Reproduction Technologies", Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Family Law Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, 2000 to 2000
  • "The Truth About Alimony", Essex County Bar Foundation, 2000 to 2000
  • "The New Alimony Statute", New Jersey State Bar Association Retreat, Baltimore, MD, 2000 to 2000
  • "Domestic Violence", New Jersey Family Law Inns of Court, 2000 to 2000
  • "Estate Planning Issues in Matrimonial Law", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1999 to 1999
  • "The Top 40: Matrimonial Law's Greatest Hits", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1999 to 1999
  • "Marital Agreements: Pre-Nuptial, Mid-Marriage and Property Settlement Agreement", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1999 to 1999
  • "Negotiating and Drafting Property Settlement Contracts, 'Doing It Right'", New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1998 to 1999
  • "Third Annual Bench Bar Conference", Essex County Bar Foundation, Family Law Section, 1998 to 1998
  • "Trial of a Matrimonial Case" and "Custody Issues for the New Millennium", Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), 1998 to 1998
  • "Traps for the Unwary", Essex County Bar Foundation, 1998 to 1998
  • "Introduction to Equitable Distribution", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1998 to 1998
  • "Post-Judgment Lepis Applications", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Second Annual Family Law Summer Institute, 1997 to 1997
  • "Surviving the Practice of Family Law", Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA); Boardwalk Seminar, 1997 to 1997
  • "Settlement Conference", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE); 1996 Family Law Summer Institute, 1996 to 1996
  • "The Top 40: Matrimonial Law's Greatest Hits", New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1995 to 1995
  • "Equitable Distribution: Cutting Edge Issues for 1995 and Beyond", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1995 to 1995
  • "Sexual and Domestic Violence Personal Injury Claims", The Canadian Institute, Toronto, Ontario, 1994 to 1994
  • "Hot Tips Seminar", Essex County Bar Foundation, Family Law Section, 1993 to 1993
  • "Documents and Writings in Evidence: The Hearsay Rule and it's Exceptions", Administrative Office of the Courts, Child Support Hearing Officer Program, 1991 to 1991
  • "Bioethics and the Law", United Jewish Federation of MetroWest, Business and Professional Women's Counsel, Panel Discussion, 1991 to 1991
  • "Sexual Abuse Allegations in Custody Litigation", Essex County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1989 to 1989
  • "Equitable Distribution: What, When & How -- Asset Valuation & Use of Experts", Bergen County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1988 to 1988
  • "Alternatives to Infertility and Unanswered Legal Questions", University of West Virginia, Charleston, West Virginia, 1988 to 1988
  • "Trial Tactics in the Baby M Case", Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), Family Law Section, Kansas City, Missouri, 1988 to 1988
  • "Surrogacy: Feminist Viewpoints", Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, Bolton Landing, New York, 1988 to 1988
  • "Surrogacy in the Aftermath of Baby M", University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, Women's Law Caucus, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1988 to 1988
  • "Surrogate Parenting and the Infertility Epidemic", Monroe County Citizens Day Conference on the Law, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, 1987 to 1987
  • "Surrogate Parenting", University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1987 to 1987
  • "Surrogacy: An Alternative Means of Human Reproduction and the Baby M Case", Northampton County Bench/Bar Conference, Buck Hill, Pennsylvania, Panel Discussion, 1987 to 1987
  • "Surrogacy, A Cure for Infertility", National Association of Legal Secretaries, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1987 to 1987
  • "Court TV", New York, New York, 2002 to 2002
  • "Due Process", Court TV, New York, New York, 1998 to 1998
  • "Prime Time Justice", Court TV, New York, New York, 1994 to 1994
  • "Your Community Connection", WMTR, Morristown, New Jersey, 1994 to 1994
  • "The Jessee Freese Show", WMTR, Morristown, New Jersey, 1993 to 1993
  • "The McLaughlin Show", CNBC, New York, New York, 1990 to 1990
  • "Lawline", WHWH, Princeton, New Jersey, 1987 to 1987
  • "Legally Speaking", KSTP, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1987 to 1987
  • National Public Radio, WNYC, New York, New York, 1987 to 1987
  • "Hour Magazine", Fox Television Network, Hollywood, California, 1986 to 1986
  • "A Current Affair", Fox Television Network, New York, New York, 1986 to 1986

Honors and Awards

  • Essex County Bar Association Family Law Attorney Achievement Award
  • Alfred C. Clapp Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education
  • Legal Services of NJ, Equal Justice Medal
  • AV rated – Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, Appointee, District Ethics Committee, 2001 to 2002
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Section of Family Law, Exec. Committee, 1995
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Chair, Equitable Distribution Sub-Committee, 2001 to 2002
  • Essex County Bar Association, Trustee, 2000
  • Essex County Bar Association, Chair., Family Law Committee, 1996 to 2001
  • Essex Newark Legal Services, Trustee, 1996 to 1999
  • American Inns of Court, Master, New Jersey Family Law Inns of Court, 1993
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Essex County Bar Association, President, 2008 to 2009

Past Employment Positions

  • Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C., Partner, 1984 to 2002
  • State of New Jersey, Law Clerk to Hon. Herbert S. Glickman, 1983 to 1984