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Joseph John Russell

Joseph John Russell

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation

About Me

Approximately 50% of marriages end in divorce.  The odds increase with second marriages and families with special needs children.  A divorce may have a devastating impact on a couple’s assets, income, children and the emotional health of the entire family.  I work tirelessly to understand and obtain each client’s goals.  Although I prioritize settlement over litigation wherever possible to minimize the financial costs of a divorce, I am always prepared for litigation and ready to protect my client’s interests. Joe Russell, Esq., Partner and Chair of the Family Law Department at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer.  


My legal practice is devoted to all aspects of Family Law.  While I focus my practice on complex and high net worth matrimonial disputes, I represent men and women from all walks of life.  My clients include business owners, doctors, attorneys, corporate executives, financial advisors, professional athletes, celebrities, television/radio personalities, teachers, policeman, firemen and accountants.  Every day I negotiate and where necessary litigate divorce cases.  I am also a R. 1:40 Qualified Mediator where I conduct both private and court appointed mediations. 


I regularly appear and am very active in Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, Bergen and Middlesex Counties.  I serve on the Family Law Executive Committees in Ocean and Monmouth Counties.  I am an Early Settlement Panelist in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. 



Honors and Awards:

Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Edition  every year since 2010.


Honored as "Humanitarian of the Year" by LADACIN Network (2010)


Recognized as “Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40 in New Jersey”, by The American Society of Legal Advocates.



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Divorce & Separation: 100%



Hourly ($275-400/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Andrew John Economos

    I endorse this lawyer. I found Joe to be a very ethical and professional adversary. It was a pleasure to work with him in resolving our client's divorce matter.


    Andrew Economos Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Richard P Lomurro

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Richard Lomurro Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

Two Industrial Way West
Eatontown, NJ

Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

90 Woodbridge Center Drive
Suite 900, Box 10
Woodbridge, NJ, 07095-0958




NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 200503/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40The American Society of Legal Advocates2015
2010 Humanitarian of the YearLADACIN Network (Formerly Cerebral Palsy of Monmouty/Ocean Counties)2010
New Jersey Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Edition (2010)New Jersey Super Lawyers2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Partner and Co-Chair of Family Law DepartmentWilentz Goldman & Spitzer2014 - Present
Senior AssociateWilentz Goldman & Spitzer2006 - 2013
AttorneyDonahue, Hagan, Klein, Newsome & O'Donnell, P.C.2005 - 2006


Association NamePosition NameDuration
New Jersey State Bar AssociationFamily Law Executive Committee2013 - Present
Ocean County Bar AssociationChair of Young Lawyers Division2008 - 2010
Ocean County Bar Association, Family Law Executive CommitteeMemberN/A
New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Monmouth Bar Association, Family Law Executive CommitteeMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Ocean County Bar Association, Family Law CommitteeExecutive CommitteeN/A


Publication NameTitleDate
2009 Family Law DigestFamily Law Digest2009
2008 Wilentz Annual Family Law DigestFamily Law Digest2008
2007 Wilentz Annual Family Law Digest2007 Wilentz Annual Family Law Digest2007


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
VillanovaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2001

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Wilentz Annual Presentation of Published Cases and Trends in Family LawInstitution of Continuing Legal Education ("ICLE")2009
Association of Trial Lawyers of America ("ATLA") - NJAssociation of Trial Lawyers of America ("ATLA"), Matrimonial Section2008