Christine C. Fitzgerald is certified as a Matrimonial Law Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Practicing family law since 2007, Christine is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, and before the Supreme Court of the United States and U.S. District Court of New Jersey.
Throughout her legal career Christine has earned recognition and accolades for her superior skills and determination. Every year since 2012, Christine has been selected by her peers as a Super Lawyer Rising Star* and most recently she was honored as the 2018 Family Lawyer of the Year by the Hudson County Bar Association and Hudson County Bar Foundation.
After graduating from Seton Hall University in 2002 and receiving her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in 2006, Christine served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Thomas P. Zampino, J.S.C. (retired) of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Essex County. After her clerkship, Christine entered private practice, further honing her experience and legal skills at several prominent family law firms in Bergen, Hudson and Morris counties before joining Seiden Family Law.
Demonstrating her commitment to the field of family law, Christine serves as an active member of the legal community of New Jersey. Since 2011 she has been a member of the Family Law Section’s Executive Committee (FLEC) of the New Jersey State Bar Association, where she currently serves as Chair of the Elective Share Subcommittee and is a former Co-Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Subcommittee. In addition to being involved with many of FLEC’s subcommittees and task forces, Christine is also the immediate past Chair of the Supreme Court of New Jersey’s District VI Ethics Committee, an Early Settlement Panelist for Bergen County, a trustee with the Hudson County Bar Association, and a member of the Family Law Committee of the Hudson County Bar Association. Recently, Christine was appointed to the General Council of the New Jersey State Bar Association and by the President of the New Jersey State Bar Association to serve on the Ethics Diversionary Program Committee.
Continuing to build upon her experience and knowledge, in 2014, Christine graduated from the Family Law Trial Advocacy Program, a specialized matrimonial litigation training given by the American Bar Association’s Section of Family Law and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).
Christine’s knowledge of family law has earned her frequent invitations to lecture at, moderate and present seminars by such organizations as the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Hudson County Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association and at major events like the Annual Hot Tips in Family Law, the Family Law Symposium, the Annual Family Law Retreat, and the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention. Christine has also written numerous scholarly articles that have been featured in professional publications, most notably New Jersey Family Lawyer.
Christine combines her extensive experience in complex family law cases with her natural passion and empathy to help her clients navigate the legal process.
*The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at https://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process_detail.html. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Family Lawyer of the Year||Hudson County Bar Association||2018|
|Attorney||Seiden Family Law||2018 - Present|
|Senior Associate Attorney||Lesnevich, Marzano Lesnevich, Trigg, O'Cathain & O'Cathain, LLC||2012 - 2018|
|Associate Attorney||D'Alessandro & Cieckiewicz, PC||2009 - 2012|
|Associate Attorney||Donahue, Hagan, Klein, Newsome & O'Donnell, PC||2007 - 2009|
|Law Clerk to the Hon. Thomas P. Zampino, J.S.C.||Superior Court Of New Jersey, Essex Vicinage, Family Part||2006 - 2007|
|Law Clerk/Intern||Law Offices Of Howard B. Felcher, PLLC||2005 - 2005|
|Law Clerk||Malecki Law||2005 - 2005|
|Legal Intern||The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division, Bronx, New York||2005 - 2005|
|Art Advisory/Art Finance Intern||Citigroup, Private Bank||2004 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, General Council||Member||2019 - Present|
|New Jersey Bar Association, Ethics Diversionary Program||Member||2019 - Present|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Fellow||2019 - Present|
|Bergen County Bar Association||Member||2018 - Present|
|Hudson County Bar Association||Trustee||2017 - Present|
|Supreme Court of New Jersey, District VI Ethics Committee||Member||2012 - Present|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section||Executive Committee||2011 - Present|
|Supreme Court of New Jersey, District VI Ethics Committee||Chair||2017 - 2019|
|Supreme Court of New Jersey, District VI Ethics Committee||Vice Chair||2015 - 2017|
|Hudson County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Recording Secretary||2012 - 2012|
|Hudson County Bar Association||Law Day Committee Member||2012 - 2012|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Executive Committee||Young Laywer's Subcommittee Co-Chair||2011 - 2012|
|Hudson County Bar Association||9-11 Committee Member||2011 - 2011|
|Hudson County Bar Association, Family Law Committee||Member||2009 - 2012|
|New Jersey Family Lawyer||Potentials and Pitfalls of Social Media for Family Law Cases and Attorneys||2018|
|New Jersey Family Lawyer||Right to Parent Versus Right to Privacy||2015|
|National Institute of Trial Advocacy & ABA||Family Law Trial Advoacy Institute Graduate||2014|
|New York Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Seton Hall University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|Summer and Fall CLEfest||When Tommy and Gina Won't Back Down: Handling the Middle-Class Divorce||2017|
|Holiday CLE Festival||Family Law Nuts and Bolts||2017|
|Handling Mental Health Issues in Family Law||Ethical Considerations in Managing Difficult Clients and Clients with Hidden Mental Illness||2017|
|Family Law Symposium||Equitable Distribution: Happy 45th Birthday to the NJ Equitable Distribution Statute!||2017|
|Ethics For Family Lawyers||Ethical Considerations for Managing Difficult Clients||2017|
|NJSBA Annual Meeting||Navigating Landmines in Negotiating and Drafting Settlement Agreements||2016|
|Managing Difficult Clients and Cases in Family Law||Ethical Implications in Managing Difficult Clients||2016|
|Hot Tips in Family Law||Discovery Issues in Domestic Violence Actions||2016|
|Annual Family Law Retreat||Persica v. Persica, Part II||2016|
|NJSBA Annual Meeting||Ongoing Interplay Between Family Law and Estate Law||2015|
|Hot Tips In Family Law||Early Settlement Panels: What's Hot? What's Not?||2014|
|Hot Tips in Family Law||Child Support for a True Shared Parenting Plan: The Wunsch Deffler Formula||2013|
|YLS Dinner Seminar Series||When and How to Prepare a Lifestyle Analysis||2012|
|YLS Dinner Seminar||A Valuation Report and Tax Tips||2012|
|Hudson County Bar Association, Family Law Committee||Family Law Jeopardy!||2012|
|Hot Tips in Family Law||An Uncivilized State: The Procedural Differences between Dissolution of Civil Union and Divorce||2012|
|Annual Retreat in Boca Raton, Florida||Family Law Jeopardy!||2012|
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