Bridgewater, NJ (October 13, 2014)– Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and A. Nichole Cipriani, an Associate of the firm, will be speakers at “Family Law: Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” sponsored by Sterling Education Services, Inc. The seminar will be held Wednesday, October 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, at the Courtyard Parsippany.
Topics will include case law and legislative updates; non-traditional families and their legal challenges; balancing the parents’ rights and children’s needs; estate planning during and after divorce; agreement essentials; plans for and effect of shared custody; alimony and child supports guidelines; and modern day challenges for today’s practitioners. For more information or to register, visit sterlingeducation.com or call 715-855-0495.
A resident of Watchung, Lawrence devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law, and collaborative law. She is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. She is a trained Family/Divorce Mediator, admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases and of Custody and Parenting Time Cases for Somerset County; certified by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as a Family Law Arbitrator; and a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. She has worked with clients whose needs lie in all areas of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony. She takes great pride and care in helping her clients make it through these difficult personal matters.
Lawrence is Chair of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the Section. She works with the State Bar’s Military Legal Assistance Program, providing pro bono legal assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas or on active duty in the armed forces after Sept. 11, 2001. She serves as President-Elect of the Somerset County Bar Association, as an at-large member on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey, and on the Board of Managers of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the preeminent family law association in America. Lawrence was appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group as a representative of the Somerset County Family Law Section. She is a member of the New Jersey Association of Justice, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Central New Jersey Inns of Court, and NMM Women’s Forum Steering Committee. She serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Matrimonial Certification Committee, which oversees the statewide matrimonial attorney certification process; and on the New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics, District XIII Attorney Ethics Committee.
Most recently, Lawrence was selected as one of the ‘”10 Best” Family Attorneys in New Jersey by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and one of the TOP 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, in recognition of her hard work and dedication in the field of family law. She was honored with the 2013 New Jersey State Bar Association Distinguished Legislative Service Award for her cumulative and diligent efforts on alimony reform, open adoption records, and electronic monitoring on domestic violence. In 2007, she received this annual award for the first time for her efforts to incorporate “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for divorce under New Jersey law. In 2011, she was honored as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business for her dedication and contributions to New Jersey business and community. She was selected as the 2009 Kean University Distinguished Alumna, the highest award for alumni, by the Kean University Alumni Association. She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County for 2008 by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women. She was selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top Ten matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40, and recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of 40 accomplished and promising attorneys in the State of New Jersey under the age of 40. For several years, Lawrence has been listed among New Jersey’s Super Lawyers, which rates her among the top 5 percent of New Jersey lawyers. She has been selected as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers. In 2007, she received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the NJSBA. Lawrence earned her bachelor’s degree from Kean College and her law degree from Seton Hall, where she graduated second in her class.
Cipriani, a resident of Bernardsville, devotes her practice to estate and tax planning and estate administration. She assists individuals and families with business succession planning, special needs and disability planning, and international estate planning. She is experienced in preparing wills, insurance trusts, revocable trusts, qualified domestic trusts, grantor-retained annuity trusts, charitable trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, special needs trusts, supplemental benefits trusts, durable powers of attorney, and advance directives for health care. She has extensive experience representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service, preparing filings for individuals and legal entities, including Forms 706, 709, 990 and 1041, drafting and filing Tax Court petitions and Private Letter Ruling requests, and negotiating Innocent Spouse relief. She is Co-Chair of the Elder, Estates and Trusts Committee of the Somerset County Bar Association. Cipriani was named to the New Jersey Rising Stars list as one of the top attorneys in the state for 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to the list. She earned her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was a Presidential Scholar, and her B.S. from Emory University. Cipriani is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and New York.