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  • Sep 21, 2018Amy Kruzel Appointed Treasurer of the Family Law Section at the BALC

    Amy L. Kruzel, an Associate in the Matrimonial & Family Law Group of the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin P.A., has been appointed Treasurer of the Bar Association of Lehigh County’s Family Law Section, effective August 29, 2018.

    The Bar Association of Lehigh County has provided service and assistance to the area’s lawyers and the community. Services include Continuing Legal Education, a Lawyer Referral Service, Lehigh Law Journal publication, and Barristers Club banquet and meeting facilities.

    Kruzel represents clients at trials, hearings, conciliation conferences, support conferences, de novo hearings, and settlement conferences.  She drafts answers, briefs, complaints, counterclaims, memoranda, motions, petitions, custody stipulations, agreements in support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and property settlement agreements on behalf of clients.  She also presents oral argument in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District, and mediates divorce, custody, and support matters.

    Outside of work, Kruzel volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and serves on the Executive Leadership Board.  She also teaches Positive Conflict Resolution & Mediation Skills at the Easton Area Middle School, is a member of the Advisory Council for the Allentown YMCA, and is a volunteer at the legal clinic at the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Kruzel earned her B.S. from Dickinson College in 2002 and her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, in 2005.

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  • Jun 29, 2018Rita Aquilio Completes Training to Become Family Law Arbitrator

    The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) has trained Rita M. Aquilio, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., as a Family Law Arbitrator.  Aquilio successfully completed the AAML Arbitration Training Institute in Chicago, the only program of its kind in the United States that trains attorneys to arbitrate family law matters.

    The Institute’s faculty of experienced arbitrators addressed topics including History of Family Law Arbitration; Advantages and Disadvantages of Family Law Arbitration; AAML Family Law Arbitration Act; Rules of Arbitration; Agreements to Arbitrate; Malpractice Liability; Pre-Arbitration Issues; Tips for Conducting a Successful Arbitration Hearing; Post-Award Matters, Confirmation, Reconsideration, Modification; Effective Award Writing; Arbitrator Selection; Arbitration Marketing; Ethical Issues in Arbitration; Arbitration Fees and Costs; and Limited Issues Arbitration.

    Aquilio practices in the areas of divorce, child support, custody, and post-judgment issues. She represents clients in all types of matrimonial actions, from basic matters to complex asset valuation cases.  Aquilio is a trained Collaborative Divorce Attorney and a member of the Executive Committee of the Somerset County Family Practice Committee.

    Recognized by the New Jersey Superior Court as a R.1:40 Qualified Family Law Mediator, Aquilio is a panelist for the Superior Court Early Settlement Panel in Somerset County.  She is also a Trustee for the Somerset County Bar Association, with a three-year term commencing in September 2018.

    Aquilio was recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for her 2015-2016 and 2017-2018 terms as Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Family Law Litigation Committee and continues in that role as Co-Chair for the 2018-2019 year.  She frequently lectures for the NJSBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education at its Hot Tips seminars, serves on the Editorial Board of New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, the professional journal of the NJSBA; serves on the Board of Editors for the ABA Section of Litigation’s Appellate Practice Journal; and has served as Editor of the ABA Family Law Litigation Subcommittee’s E-Newsletter.

    Aquilio earned her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law, and her B.A., cum laude, from Drew University.

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  • May 22, 2018Jeralyn Lawrence Sworn in as NJSBA Treasurer

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, was sworn in as treasurer of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), the largest association of judges, lawyers, and legal professionals in the state, at the 2018 NJSBA Annual Meeting at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

    As a former trustee and secretary, and now treasurer, Lawrence is on track to serve as NJSBA President in 2022.  Her involvement with the NJSBA is extensive.  She is a past chair of its Family Law Section, a senior editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, and former co-chair of its Legislative Committee.

    “Jeralyn is a true advocate for the legal profession and I look forward to working with her and the entire executive board as we serve our members, the bench, the bar and the public,” said John E. Keefe, Jr., newly inducted NJSBA President.

    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 (AAML), the preeminent family law association in America, as a Family Law Arbitrator; and is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  She has worked with clients in every area 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 has also handled high profile matters including celebrities and professional athletes.  She takes immense pride and care in helping her clients through these difficult personal matters.

    Lawrence is a Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association and is a Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the NJSBA 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 September 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 Treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of the AAML and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for interdisciplinary empirical study of law.

    Lawrence 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 Norris McLaughlin, P.A. 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 is the recipient of the 2018 Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey Carol Murphy Award, which is presented to a woman with a successful career demonstrating leadership, advancing policies in support of women and families, and helping to pave the way for women of the next generation. She was honored with the 2013 NJSBA Distinguished Legislative Service Award for her cumulative and diligent efforts on alimony reform, open adoption records, and electronic monitoring on domestic violence.  In 2007, Lawrence received this annual award for the first time for her efforts to incorporate “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for divorce under New Jersey law.  She 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.  Lawrence has also received an award from the NJSBA for her amicus curiae work on behalf of the bar.

    Lawrence has been honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business for her dedication and contributions to New Jersey business and the community.  She was selected by the Kean University Alumni Association as a Kean University Distinguished Alumna, their highest award for alumni.  She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation sections, and was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2016 Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.  New Jersey Family has also named her as one of “New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families”.  Lawrence has been selected as one of the TOP 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.  In 2007, she received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the NJSBA.  She has also been 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.

    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.

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  • Apr 04, 2018Jeralyn Lawrence to Speak on Relocation after Bisbing v. Bisbing

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, will speak on relocation after the recent New Jersey Supreme Court Case, Bisbing v. Bisbing, as Treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML-NJ) and Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA).  The seminar presented jointly by the AAML-NJ and New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) will be on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

    For many years, if the move was good for the relocating parent, made in good faith, and not inimical to the child’s best interest, permission for the relocation was granted, based upon the Baures standard.  After Bisbing, the best interest of the child governs relocation cases.  Lawrence, along with the Hon. Anne Paterson, Supreme Court Justice and author of the Bisbing decision, as well as other family lawyers and mental health experts, will discuss the issue of relocation and how every state in the United States handles it, including the shift in the law, how the decision presents important strategic implications for attorneys and parents when they negotiate custody arrangements, and for judges when they consider relocation applications.  For more information or to register, visit njicle.com.

    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 (AAML), the preeminent family law association in America, as a Family Law Arbitrator; and is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  She has worked with clients in every area 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 has also handled high profile matters including celebrities and professional athletes.  She takes great pride and care in helping her clients through these difficult personal matters.

    Lawrence is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA, a Past President of the SCBA, and is a Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the NJSBA 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 September 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 Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for interdisciplinary empirical study of law.

    Lawrence 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 Norris McLaughlin, P.A. 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 NJSBA 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 has been honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business for her dedication and contributions to New Jersey business and the community.  She was selected by the Kean University Alumni Association as a Kean University Distinguished Alumna, their highest award for alumni.  She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  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 also been selected as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation sections, and was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2016 Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.  New Jersey Family has also named her as one of the 2017 Best Lawyers for Families in New Jersey.  Lawrence has been selected as one of the TOP 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.  In 2007, she received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the NJSBA.  She has also been 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.

    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.

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  • Nov 07, 2017Jeralyn Lawrence Discusses Child Support and Relocation Issues

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, recently spoke at two seminars.  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.

    On November 2, Lawrence presented a review and history of the new child support statute at Legalpalooza, held at the Morris County Public Safety Training Center.  She discussed how the statute was amended, what precipitated its enactment, how it has modified the prior case law, and any efforts to further modify the statute.  On November 4, Lawrence spoke at the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediator’s (NJAPM) 24th Annual Conference Celebrating Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Day, held in Somerset, in cooperation the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Dispute Resolution Section, the New Jersey Council of Collaborative Practice Groups, and the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for ADR.  She presented the family law update, discussing the new child support statute and the recent Bisbing relocation case.  In addition to speaking, she provided written material including “The Law on Removing a Child from New Jersey Has Changed” and “The Awful-ly Confusing New Child Support Statute,” which also appears on the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Matrimonial & Family Law Blog at www.nmmblogs.com.

    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 (AAML), the preeminent family law association in America, as a Family Law Arbitrator; and is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  She has worked with clients in every area 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 has also handled high profile matters including celebrities and professional athletes.  She takes great pride and care in helping her clients through these difficult personal matters.

    Lawrence is Secretary of the NJSBA, and she is expected to become its President in 2022.  She is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA, a Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA), and a Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the NJSBA 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 September 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 Treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of the AAML, and has accepted the honor of becoming a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for interdisciplinary empirical study of law.

    Lawrence 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 Norris McLaughlin, P.A. 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.  She also serves as an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center for Women and Their Families in Somerset County.

    Lawrence was honored with the 2013 NJSBA 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 has been honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business for her dedication and contributions to New Jersey business and the community.  She was selected by the Kean University Alumni Association as a Kean University Distinguished Alumna, their highest award for alumni.  She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  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 also been selected as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation sections, and was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2016 Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.  New Jersey Family has also named her as one of the 2017 Best Lawyers for Families in New Jersey.  Lawrence has been selected as one of the TOP 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.  In 2007, she received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the NJSBA.  She has also been 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.

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

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  • Nov 02, 2017Jeralyn Lawrence & Rita Aquilio to Speak at Annual Hot Tips in Family Law Program

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, and Rita M. Aquilio, a Member of the firm, will speak at Hot Tips in Family Law, the annual program sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Family Law Section in association with the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE).  Entitled “Demystifying the Trial: Preparing for and proceeding to trial in matrimonial and domestic violence matters,” this year’s program will be held Friday, November 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.  Lawrence will participate in “Part 1: Preparing for Trial,” and Aquilio will participate in “Part 4: DV Trials.”

    Hot Tips in Family Law brings together the state’s leading matrimonial attorneys, who will share their insights into the most familiar cases to provide fresh perspectives and new takeaways about those opinions.  The program is being offered for CLE credit for New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Matrimonial Law Certification.  To register, or for more information, visit www.njicle.com or call (732) 214-8500.

    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 (AAML), the preeminent family law association in America, as a Family Law Arbitrator; and is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  She has worked with clients in every area 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 has also handled high profile matters including celebrities and professional athletes.  She takes great pride and care in helping her clients through these difficult personal matters.

    Lawrence is Secretary of the NJSBA, where she is expected to become its President in 2022.  She is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA, a Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA), and is a Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the NJSBA 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 September 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 Treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of the AAML, and has accepted the honor of becoming a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for interdisciplinary empirical study of law.

    Lawrence 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 Norris McLaughlin, P.A. 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 NJSBA 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 has been honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business for her dedication and contributions to New Jersey business and the community.  She was selected by the Kean University Alumni Association as a Kean University Distinguished Alumna, their highest award for alumni.  She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  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 also been selected as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation sections, and was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2016 Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.  New Jersey Family has also named her as one of the 2017 Best Lawyers for Families in New Jersey.  Lawrence has been selected as one of the TOP 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.  In 2007, she received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the NJSBA.  She has also been 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.

    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.

    Aquilio practices extensively in the areas of divorce, child support, custody, and post-judgment issues. She represents clients in all types of matrimonial actions, from basic matters to complex asset valuation cases.  Aquilio is a trained Collaborative Divorce Attorney and a member of the Executive Committee of the Somerset County Family Practice Committee.  She is also a member of the NJSBA  Family Law Executive Committee of the Family Law Section.

    Recognized by the New Jersey Superior Court as a R.1:40 Qualified Family Law Mediator, Aquilio is a panelist for the Superior Court Early Settlement Panel in Somerset County.

    Aquilio was recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for her 2015-2016 term as Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee.  She frequently lectures for the NJSBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education at its Hot Tips seminars and has served as Editor of the ABA Family Law Litigation Subcommittee’s E-Newsletter.

    Aquilio earned her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law, and her B.A. from Drew University, cum laude.

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  • Sep 19, 2017Rita M. Aquilio Participates in American Bar Association Section of Litigation Fall Leadership Meeting

    Rita M. Aquilio, a Member of the Matrimonial and Family Law Department of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation’s Family Law Litigation Committee, will participate in the Section’s Fall Leadership Meeting October 5 to October 7 at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal.  The event is by invitation only, and begins the planning process for the ABA 2017-2018 year.

    As continuing Co-Chair of the Family Law Litigation Committee, Aquilio plays a leadership role in the largest section of the ABA.  The committee assists the litigator of domestic relations and family law disputes by providing of programs, forums for exchange of information, and regular communication on family law matters.  A particular focus of the committee is to provide representation or assistance to unrepresented parties in family law matters through pro se and pro bono efforts, and the role that individual practitioners and the bar can play in these efforts.  The committee follows national developments in family law litigation and brings appropriate issues to the attention of the Section for its input and action.

    Aquilio practices extensively in the areas of divorce, child support, custody, and post-judgment issues. She represents clients in all types of matrimonial actions, from basic matters to complex asset valuation cases.  Aquilio is a trained Collaborative Divorce Attorney and a member of the Executive Committee of the Somerset County Family Practice Committee.  She is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Family Law Executive Committee of the Family Law Section.

    Recognized by the New Jersey Superior Court as a R.1:40 Qualified Family Law Mediator, Aquilio is a panelist for the Superior Court Early Settlement Panel in Somerset County.

    Aquilio was recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for her 2015-2016 term as Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee.  She frequently lectures for the NJSBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education at its Hot Tips seminars and has served as Editor of the ABA Family Law Litigation Subcommittee’s E-Newsletter.

    Aquilio earned her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law, and her B.A. from Drew University, cum laude.

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  • Jul 28, 2017Rita M. Aquilio Re-Appointed to Three Bar Association Committees for 2017-2018

    Rita M. Aquilio, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been re-appointed to the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee as Co-Chair.  She has also been re-appointed as a member of the Executive Committees of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Family Law Section and NJSBA Appellate Practice Special Committee for the 2017-2018 terms.

    The ABA Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee assists the litigator of domestic relations and family law disputes by providing of programs, forums for exchange of information, and regular communication on family law matters.  A particular focus of the committee is to provide representation or assistance to unrepresented parties in family law matters through pro se and pro bono efforts, and the role that individual practitioners and the bar can play in these efforts.  The committee follows national developments in family law litigation and brings appropriate issues to the attention of the Section for its input and action.  As continuing Co-Chair of the Family Law Litigation Committee, Aquilio participates in a leadership role in the largest section of the ABA.

    The NJSBA serves, protects, fosters, and promotes the personal and professional interests of its members. It serves as the voice of New Jersey attorneys to other organizations, governmental entities and the public with regard to the law, legal profession, and legal system; and promotes access to the justice system and fairness in its administration. The organization fosters professionalism and pride in the profession, as well as within NJSBA. It provides educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law, and to the New Jersey public to enhance awareness of the legal profession and legal system.  The Family Law Section maintains and improves the practice of family law through effective interaction with the family courts and by informing members of current legislation and regulations.

    The NJSBA Appellate Practice Special Committee addresses all issues that affect practices and procedures in the Appellate Division and Supreme Court of New Jersey, including, but not limited to, commenting on proposed amendments to court rules; promoting an open and ongoing exchange of views with appellate judges and court administrators; and sponsoring cooperative efforts between the Bench and the Association in order to enhance the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of justice at the appellate level.

    Aquilio practices extensively in the areas of divorce, child support, custody, and post-judgment issues. She represents clients in all types of matrimonial actions, from basic matters to complex asset valuation cases.  Aquilio is a trained Collaborative Divorce Attorney and Executive Committee of the Somerset County Family Practice Committee.

    Recognized by the New Jersey Superior Court as a R.1:40 Qualified Family Law Mediator, Aquilio is a panelist for the Superior Court Early Settlement Panel in Somerset County and a member of the Somerset County Judicial and Prosecutorial Due Diligence Committee.

    Aquilio was recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for her 2015-2016 term as Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee.  She frequently lectures for the NJSBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education at its Hot Tips seminars and has served as Editor of the ABA Family Law Litigation Subcommittee’s E-Newsletter.

    Aquilio earned her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law, and her B.A. from Drew University, cum laude.

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  • Jul 27, 2017Jeralyn Lawrence to Speak at Second Saturday of New Jersey Divorce Workshop

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak on Thursday, August 17, at Second Saturday, a divorce workshop offered by The Women’s Institute for Financial Education (WIFE.org).  This will be Lawrence’s second time presenting for Second Saturday.  She will discuss how to protect yourself legally and financially through the divorce process, legal fees, child custody, and child and spousal support.  She will also provide information on how to avoid court through mediation and Collaborative Law.

    Second Saturday workshops are designed to help participants survive the divorce process without falling into the common major financial, legal, and emotional pitfalls.  At Second Saturday, a united a team of qualified local professionals provides the knowledge and resources needed to survive the divorce process and move on toward better things ahead.  Workshops are held the third Thursday of each month from 11:00am to 1:30pm at Park Avenue Club in Florham Park.  For more information or to register, email , call (908) 766-4171, or visit http://secondsaturdaysnj.com/.

    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 (AAML) as a Family Law Arbitrator; and is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  She has worked with clients in every area 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 through these difficult personal matters.

    Lawrence is Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), where she is expected to become its President in 2022.  She is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA, a Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA), and is a Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the NJSBA 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 September 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 Treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of the AAML, the preeminent family law association in America, and has accepted the honor of becoming a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for interdisciplinary empirical study of law.

    Lawrence 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 Norris McLaughlin, P.A. 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 NJSBA 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 also been selected as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Family Law and Family Law Mediation and was named the Best Lawyers 2016 Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge New Jersey, Metro Area.  New Jersey Family has also named her as one of the 2017 Best Lawyers in New Jersey for Family Law.  In 2007, Lawrence received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the 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.

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  • Jul 12, 2017Rita M. Aquilio to Moderate “The Next Round of Litigation after Obergefell: Four Key Cases for 2017”

    Rita M. Aquilio, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will moderate a seminar, “The Next Round of Litigation after Obergefell: Four Key Cases for 2017,” for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee, co-sponsored by the LGBT Litigator and Civil Rights Committees.  Aquilio, as Co-Chair of the Family Law Litigation Committee, will be joined by panelists Deborah Wald, Esq., of The Wald Law Center in San Francisco; Deb Guston, Esq., of Guston & Guston LLP in Glen Rock and Montclair; and Helen Casale, Esq., of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller in Cherry Hill and Norristown, Pennsylvania.  The call-in seminar will be held on Wednesday, July 26, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. To register, click here.

    Aquilio practices extensively in the areas of divorce, child support, custody, and post-judgment issues. She represents clients in all types of matrimonial actions, from basic matters to complex asset valuation cases.  Aquilio is a trained Collaborative Divorce Attorney and Executive Committee of the Somerset County Family Practice Committee.

    Recognized by the New Jersey Superior Court as a R.1:40 Qualified Family Law Mediator, Aquilio is a panelist for the Superior Court Early Settlement Panel in Somerset County and a member of the Somerset County Judicial and Prosecutorial Due Diligence Committee.

    Aquilio is also a member of the Family Law Executive Committee and the Appellate Practice Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.  She frequently lectures for the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education at its Hot Tips seminars and has served as Editor of the American Bar Association Family Law Litigation Subcommittee’s E-Newsletter.  Aquilio was recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for her 2015-2016 term as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee and is the current Co-Chair of the Committee having been re-approved twice.

    Aquilio earned her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law, and her B.A. from Drew University, cum laude.

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