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James J. Sexton was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and raised in Rockland County, New York.  In additional to his legal practice, James has taught undergraduate courses in Conflict Resolution, Ethics, Propaganda and Public Speaking at a number of colleges and universities including NYU and Ramapo College of New Jersey.  His research, essays and poetry have been published in such varied media as People Magazine, ETC: The Journal of General Semantics and Tricycle : The Buddhist Quarterly.  


In his limited free time James enjoys reading, cooking, motorcycle riding and competing in endurance athletic events.  James is an active mixed martial artist and began studying Okinawan Goju Ryu karate at the age of nine.  He currently trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing and frequently competes in amateur grappling and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting.   


James resides in Bergen County, New Jersey with his two sons.  


Languages spoken: English, Polish

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
  2. Child Custody: 40%
  3. Prenuptials: 5%
  4. Child Support: 5%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • David Fried

    One of the most dedicated lawyers I know. Attorney Sexton and his exceptional team are thorough advocates that leave no stone unturned when it comes to representing their clients. I have seen him in action and know him to be a man of high integrity!


    David Fried Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Alvin Leon Spitzer

    I have known Jim since he was an associate at one of the major firms in Rockland. He is one of the most able and competent lawyers I know. He is very well versed in the areas of law which make up his practice, is very professional and always has his client's interests as his major priority.


    Alvin Spitzer Criminal Defense Attorney
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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyerNew York Magazine2014
Top 10 New Jersey Matrimonial and Divorce Lawyer under 45Ten Leaders2009
"Forty Under Forty"Rockland Business Association2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerLaw Offices of James J. Sexton, PC2001 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMember2004 - Present
Rockland County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2001 - Present
Law Guardian PanelMember2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
M.K. v. A.K.Record setting counsel fee award.
S.C. v. H.B.Motion for additional disclosure granted.
Belle v. DeMiliaPetitioner/Mother Entitled to Reimbursement
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Publication nameTitleDate
ETC: The Journal of General SemanticsMetaphor and Mortality : The Semantics of Death and Dying2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
New York UniversityN/AMA - Masters1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rockland Community College (RCC)Public Speaking2007
Ramapo College of New JerseyIssues & Ethics2006
St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC)Constitutional Issues in Family Law2005
New York UniversityVarious Undergraduate Courses1999