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Jeralyn L. Lawrence Appointed Chair of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Matrimonial & Family Law Practice

Posted on January 24th, 2017

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed Chair of the firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law Practice.

“Having worked with Jeralyn for nearly 20 years, while practicing family law throughout my own entire career, I can attest that she has proved to be a great leader to our Family Law Group.  She serves in top positions in state and county bar associations; has successfully assisted in changing legislation, which has helped many New Jersey families; and manages a very successful practice.  I am certain that Jeralyn’s exceptional talents will be a great benefit to both the firm and our clients,” said Richard A. Norris, founding member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A..

“Norris has been my home for close to 20 years.  The Firm is amazing and I am surrounded now by an incredible group of lawyers and professionals that will provide the best legal services to our clients.  I am thrilled to lead this team and excited to have one of the top departments in the state,” said Lawrence.

Norris McLaughlin, P.A. prides itself in having one of New Jersey’s largest and most sophisticated matrimonial and family law practices.  Over the years, the family law attorneys have developed a wealth of experience in all facets of matrimonial law, including divorce litigation and mediation; custody and parenting time issues; visitation rights, including those of grandparents; post-judgment enforcement and modification applications, including alimony and child support; pre-nuptial agreements; separation and property settlement agreements; adoption and guardianship advice; domestic violence and sexual abuse; and palimony suits.  The group works to understand each client, guiding them in a compassionate and efficient manner through their unique issues, offering strategic and thoughtful services.

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; is certified by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as a Family Law Arbitrator; and is 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 on the NJSBA Board of Trustees, Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee of the NJSBA, a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA, Immediate Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA), Secretary of the NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the Family Law 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.  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, Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Central New Jersey Inns of Court, and the 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 is a former member of The New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics, District XIII Attorney Ethics Committee.

Lawrence 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.  Lawrence was also selected as a 2015 Attorney of The Year Finalist by the New Jersey Law Journal for her work with New Jersey Alimony Reform.  She has also received an award from the NJSBA for her amicus curiae work on behalf of the bar.

Lawrence was selected as one of the TOP 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA).  She has been 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 a 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 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 places her among the top five 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, Lawrence received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA).

To complement her practice, Lawrence involves herself in professional engagements outside the firm.  She frequently serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars.  She serves as an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center for Women and Their Families in Somerset County.

Lawrence earned her bachelor’s degree from Kean College and her law degree from Seton Hall, where she graduated second in her class.