Laura Mann received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1993 and her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in 1996. While at Hofstra, Laura received numerous awards for her dedication to public service providing legal assistance to those in need through her work at legal services in both Ohio and New Jersey and the various leadership roles she assumed. Laura graduated Hofstra Law in 1996 with her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree. Those experiences were a prelude to a decade of dedication to public service. She relocated to Ohio to use her legal education, skills and training to serve as a lawyer to the low-income population of the rural communities in Ohio’s Appalachian Valley for almost a decade of dedicated service to the poor.
Those years of service, experience and dedication developed her legal knowledge and honed her litigation skills, proficiency she uses daily in her current practice. She utilizes her finely-tuned advocacy skills and, when appropriate, creative and peaceful resolutions of those legal disputes through mediation. Laura’s innate compassion and understanding, combined with her experience, skills and training as a litigator and mediator, enable her to adjust her approach to the matter at hand to seek the best outcome for her clients.
Laura founded her law firm in 2007 so she could continue her efforts assisting those in need of high-quality legal representation in and around northern New Jersey. Since that time, she has provided dedicated legal service to residents of West Milford and surrounding areas, addressing a variety of legal needs.
In 2014, Laura added an additional firm by forming a partnership with Attorney Robert Bloodgood. Bob’s has over two (2) decades of experience assisting seniors with their Estate Planning and Elder Law needs. Laura and Bob, attorneys with almost forty (40) years of combined experience, realized their respective skills would be a complement to each other and an asset to their respective clients in the realm of Estate Planning and Elder Law. Thus, the law firm of Mann & Bloodgood Elder Law Group of North Jersey, LLC was born with its primary location in Riverdale, New Jersey. The Law Offices of Laura S. Mann, LLC also shifted its primary location to the Riverdale, New Jersey location, though continues to maintain a satellite office in West Milford as a convenience to its West Milford, Sussex County and area clients.
In both firms, Laura represents clients primarily in northern New Jersey though is happy to assist clients state-wide when appropriate. She currently focuses her practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, Matrimonial and other Family Law, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense, real estate transactions, general litigation and mediation.
Laura is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, New York and Ohio (though has voluntarily made her Ohio license inactive), and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the District of New Jersey, the Southern District of Ohio and the United States Tax Court. Laura also has been specially trained in civil mediation and has been included on the statewide roster of court-appointed mediators as a R. 1:40 qualified mediator.
Laura is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the West Milford Chamber of Commerce and the West Milford Newcomers Club.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Fairfield County Legal Clinic||2003|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Southeastern Ohio Legal Services||2002|
|Service Award||Hofstra University School of Law||1996|
|Outstanding Leadership Award||Hofstra University School of Law||1995|
|Volunteer Recognition Award||Hofstra University School of Law||1995|
|Certificate of Achievement||Hofstra University School of Law Public Justice Foundation||1995|
|Volunteer Recognition Awared||Hofstra University School of Law||1994|
|Principal||Law Offices of Laura S. Mann, LLC||2007 - Present|
|Manager of Pro Bono Department||Northeast NJ Legal Services||2006 - 2007|
|Attorney/Director of Low Income Tax Clinic/Pro Bono Coordinator||Southeastern Ohio Legal Services||1996 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New Jersey Audubon Society||Member||2012 - Present|
|American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division||Member||2011 - Present|
|Halfway Hounds, Inc.||Board Attorney||2010 - Present|
|National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys||Member||2010 - Present|
|New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners||N/A||2008 - Present|
|New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators||Member||2008 - Present|
|West Milford Chamber of Commerce||Member||2008 - Present|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Animals Depend on People, Too, Inc.||Founding Member & President||2003 - 2005|
|Neighborhood Mediation||Founding Member||2003 - 2006|
|Habitiat for Humanity||Former Board of Directors||1999 - 2001|
|American Bar Association||Member||1996 - Present|
|R.E.A.C.H.||Founding Member||1994 - 1996|
|Haney v. Roberts||Case of first impression - won on appeal|
|In the Matter of E.M.||Successful at trial and on 2 subsequent appeals|
|In the Matter of C.T.||Successful|
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|Hofstra University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Richard Stockton College of New Jersey||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Lawline Live Training||Uncontested Divorce in New Jersey||2011|
|Estate Planning Seminar||Estate Planning||2010|
|Legal Training||Cancellation of Debt Income||2005|
|Attorney Continuing Legal Education Seminar||Custody and Visitation legal updates||2005|
|Legal Training / Panel||Ex parte custody||2004|
|Legal Training||Domestic Violence Law and Procedure||2004|
|Legal Training||Federal tax law||2003|
|Legal Training||Tax Issues Lurking in Your Caseload||2003|
|Staff training||Federal individual income tax, family law||2002|
|Radio interview||Ex-parte custody orders||2002|
|Legal Training||Landlord Tenant law||2002|
|Legal Training||Landlord-Tenant Law, Domestic Violence, Consumer Law||2002|
|Public Seminars||Tenant Rights, Divorce, Custody, Child Support, etc.||2001|
|Legal Training||Landlord - Tenant Law||2001|
|Public Seminars||Tenant Rights, Divorce, Custody, Child Support||2000|
|Public seminars||Tenant Rights, Custody, Divorce, Child Support||1999|