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Michael DeTommaso

Divorce and separation Attorney at Warren, NJ

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    80%
    All areas of family law.

    20 years, 500 cases

  2. Domestic violence
    10%

    20 years, 150 cases

  3. Mediation
    10%
    Court Approved Mediator, pursuant to R. 1:40

    20 years, 100 cases

MR. DETOMMASO EXCLUSIVELY PRACTICES FAMILY LAW AND IS CERTIFIED AS A MATRIMONIAL LAW ATTORNEY.

I exclusively devote my entire practice family law related matters. 

I am Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. I achieved this prestigious recognition based on my experience as a practitioner; obtaining the recommendations of other family law attorneys and Superior Court Judges whom I have appeared before; meeting extensive continuing legal education requirements; and successfully completing a full-day written examination.

I have represented litigants in all facets of family law in issues, including but not limited to, alimony; equitable distribution of assets and liabilities; custody and parenting time; and child support.  

Additionally, I have vast experience in both defending and prosecuting domestic violence cases.  The results of those cases can have collateral consequences associated witht them including impacting various types of employment such as law enforcement and custody and parenting time issues. 

I am also a trained mediator, pursuant to Court Rule 1:40.  As a result, I am on the Court approved roster of mediators for Mandatory Economic Mediation.

Additionally, I have lectured on various family law topics, including alimony; trial preparation; custody and parenting time; and discovery issues in family law cases.

Awards

Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

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Location

DeTommaso Law Group
58 Mount Bethel Road
Suite 303
Warren, NJ, 07059

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2015
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2015
I Highly recommend
I am very grateful to Michael DeTommaso of the DeTommaso Law group for representing me during my recent divorce. My divorce was a life-changing event for me and it required that I hire a highly skilled and competent family law attorney to see me through it. The divorce was difficult and complicated. Aside from the emotional turmoil, there were so many consequential financial variables that could potentially affect me for the rest of my life and which only a skilled family law attorney could sort out. I had dealt with attorneys before for various legal matters such as real estate transactions, wills, estate planning, etc. But, this was different. I needed a lawyer who understood my case and who was willing to justly fight for me and my rights. The process, at times, was daunting. It seemed as though almost every day something new and convoluted developed. Michael took control of my case with conviction and assertiveness. I felt his dedication whenever I communicated with him. And, it was easy to communicate with Michael. He always responded promptly to my emails and telephone calls. He took the time and care to share his thoughts with me about the case, outline the legal strategy moving forward, and explain and clarify the possible outcomes. It was reassuring and comforting to know that he was on my side, every step of the way. Choosing the right family law attorney can have a huge impact on your case and your life. I know because I experienced it. I sincerely recommend Michael DeTommaso.
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Posted by Dave | June 15, 2015
The best client advocate in New Jersey!
I was facing an intractable case that had languished for over a decade. During that time, I had come to expect very little from the family court system in NJ and as such had a very low expectation regarding my most recent court battle. Mike's tireless efforts and advocacy on my behalf have started me on a new and hopeful path. He has done what no one else has been able to accomplish. Most importantly, because he knows the family court system he has ensured that many of the bureaucratic trappings will be avoided and will not derail forward progress. I am thrilled with the outcome that Mike was able to achieve on my behalf! Mike took a highly focused approach with me; from case review to strategy and tactics, Mike kept me informed and apprised of all activities, what to expect and all outcomes. The successes that Mike gains on behalf of people like me truly make a difference in people's lives. I would highly recommend his firm!
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Posted by Froysland Family | November 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
"They Fight... You Win"
To be quite honest you are only as good as your Attorney, and going less than best is not a good idea. After a not-so-great experience with an attorney that was actually making costly mistakes, we moved on to Michael DeTomaso (after much research). Michael is a powerhouse, knows his area of the law better than anyone, is always responsive and has a team that can't be beat (Katrina) amazing...can't say enough about her and all of the other attorneys that will come together and strategize a plan for you as they did for us. It's been a couple of years we have been using this firm and we always have a great outcome. I can't say enough about them. To top it off they are good people. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend using this firm.
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Posted by Jacquie | June 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
No need to look any further...Mike is the real deal!
When I was going through a very difficult time in my marriage, I came to the DeTommaso Law Firm and met with Mike DeTommaso. It was such an emotional time for me, but Mike made me feel very comfortable right away. He truly listened to me and I felt his deep compassion and understanding regarding my particular situation and I always felt like I was a priority. His confidence and support made me feel more confident as well. He assured me that he would help to guide me every step of the way, and he and his co-counsel, Kevin Lauerman, were right there by my side the whole time. Giving me strength, even when I felt I had none left. I had a difficult case, and Mike had to be very firm, but I felt well protected by him and his team. My questions and concerns were always answered quickly and his unbelievable knowledge of marriage law made me feel so grateful that I chose this law firm to represent me. I never thought this nightmare would be over, but here I am, almost at the end of my case and I am going to come out far better than I ever imagined I could, even though he told me all along, it would all work out and that he and the firm were fighting for me and always had my back. Michael is a born leader and I feel very confident in recommending his law firm at every chance I get. Jacquie
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Posted by Elizabeth | March 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Helped me get an order of protection against my abusive ex
A few years ago I hired Mr. DeTommaso to help me with a complicated domestic violence situation. He walked me through the process, explained every step, and helped me not only get a protective order but also got my ex to agree to reimburse me for his fees. I'd recommend Mr. DeTommaso to anyone.
Posted by Ferd | July 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best, period.
Michael has successfully guided me through a year-long struggle with my former spouse. He met and matched each new salvo thrown against us efficiently and effectively. His approach is calm and professional; if you want a screamer, don't hire him. If you want a pure professional, call Michael. I am a lawyer and a harsh critic. He is very good.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Best I've encountered
Michael was smart, knowledge and thoughtful, meaning: he really listened and thought, and applied his knowledge to my unique situation. He was pleasant to speak with and he didn't rush me out or seem distracted. All the qualities I want in an attorney. He quoted recent case law which showed that he's current and engaged.
Posted by Client | August 26, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This is the attorney you want on your side ....
I would highly recommend Michael DeTommaso. Michael represented me in a very contentious 4-year divorce. He always told it like it was and never pulled any punches. His knowledge of all forms of matrimonial law is amazing. He was always able to answer any questions that I had and always counseled me when I was unsure of what decision to make. He worked hard and never dropped the ball in 4 years of litigation. The outcome of my divorce was better than I ever would have expected. I would highly recommend hiring Michael if you are looking for someone to fight for you whether you are the plaintiff or defendant in the case.
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Posted by C. S. | July 20, 2015
Trustworthy, incredibly competent, you'll be happy to have him on your side!
If you are looking for an attorney who is no-nonsense and to the point (as I am myself), Michael is your guy. He tells it like it is and he knows his stuff. I went to him needing advice on a post-divorce matter. His information and sound legal advice was indispensable. He was able to give me the understanding I needed to make decisions that were of extreme importance. Because of his input, I had confidence in the standing of my case and was able to argue my point successfully. Also, he was respectful of my time and didn't fluff his bill by adding unnecessary time. He was to the point and while some may find this blunt - it was exactly what I wanted and needed - no BS! I trust Michael and, if the need should arise, I would recommend him to my closest family and friends knowing that they are in good hands.
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Posted by James | July 14, 2015
Awesome attorney
Michael is representing me in my divorce. He responds to all my calls promptly and takes decisive and tough action as needed. He filed my divorce complaint within 2 days when circumstances changed.
Posted by Sandy | July 7, 2015
Incredibly helpful
Michael went above and beyond to expedite my divorce. He explained every step, was always available, quickly responded, and assisted me during an incredibly difficult time. His in-depth knowledge of the laws and proceedings was evident at every step. Sue from Michael's office was also incredibly helpful in processing my documents and available if I needed anything. I cannot thank Michael and Sue enough for all they did for me. Thank you!!
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Posted by Dave | April 3, 2015
You want this guy on YOUR side! Dave K‏.
“Merciless, yet tactful"… Mr. Michael DeTommaso represented me to gain full custody of my son and a motion for order to enforce litigant's rights, both were a win/win! I went to Mr. DeTommaso because he came highly recommended by his fellow peers as being aggressive/merciless to get the job done, yet tactful to use the "strong arm" only when needed. Michael's "no nonsense" presentation of the motions gave me an obvious advantage going into court and superb conclusion before the Judge! "You'll want this guy on YOUR side!" ... Dave K‏.
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Posted by Tom | February 1, 2015
Highly recommend
Mike DeTommaso has been representing me for over 6 years in a very contentious and complex divorce. Mike’s depth of knowledge in all facets of matrimonial law is superb. Whether it is custody issues, financial matters, child support, or relocating out of state, Mike has been exceptional. Mike’s professionalism and attention to detail has been outstanding. I always appreciate Mike’s promptness in responding to any questions or comments I put forth to him. He is right-to-the-point, clear and concise. I could not be happier with Mike’s legal services. I would highly recommend Mike to anyone needing a divorce attorney.
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Posted by David | February 1, 2015
Highly recommended
There is a major hospital that advertises, "where you go first makes all the difference in the world." The very same can be said about the attorney you select in a divorce. I was fortunate to meet Michael Detommaso during a very challenging time in my life. I was thrust into an extremely contentious divorce that I was unprepared for. My ex had significantly greater family financial resources that I had, and I feared that I would lose my children and my financial independence. My fears were alleviated after meeting Michael Detommasso. He explained the process and gave me realistic expectations. During my divorce, Michael controlled the process and thoroughly dominated the adversarial attorneys. The result was a very favorable custodial and financial outcome, which has allowed me to move on personally and professionally. I have never been happier and I owe that to Michael. Please keep in mind that Michael is among the very few attorneys certified in divorce. He is a specialist. And if you want to to control your future after a divorce, then I strongly encourage you to engage Michael as I did. I have referred Michael to both men and women, and all have had outstanding results.
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Posted by Michelle | January 24, 2015
I recommend Michael DeTommaso
My name is Michelle I had the pleasure of hiring Michael DeTommaso as my lawyer to help guide me through my divorce in 2011. A divorce is one of the most emotional and stressful situations a person can go through, especially when children are involved. Choosing the right person to be your lawyer is critical to dictating the outcome that will set the stage for the rest of your life. I am pleased to write here that I made the right choice. The first time I met with Michael he set me at ease with his professinalisim, competence and approachable manner. From the first phone call Michael and his entire office made me feel welcome, like I was their top client and they were always available to me. Everytime I came in to meet with Michael I was never rushed, he always allowed for as much time as I needed to talk through the matters at hand. He was smart, took control and was a leader in the back and forth between lawyers. He never let me make an emotional decision or send any emotionally charged correspondance. We acted as a team to get it done... and his level of attention and responsiveness was critical to my well being during that stressful time. There is nothing worse than going through a divorce where every day feels like a week as you wait to hear about the fate of your financial situation, the custody of your children, who will get the house....so a phone call that is returned within a few minutes or hours instead of returned in a week or longer makes all the difference. I have since witnessed friends who have gone through divorces and I have I cringed as I see the experiences they have had with their lawyers not responding for weeks on end. Michael and his staff turn things around quickly and make acurracy and responsiveness their top priority. I never had to wait more than an hour for Michael to respond to an email I may have sent or a phone call I made even on weekends. He was always reachable and responsive. He has a deep knowledge and vast experience with Divorce law and was full of sound advice and helped me manage my emotional state as I tried to make the best decisions for my situation. Michael also did a terrific job making sure to review the settlement agreement from every angle and loophole to protect my best interests. I have since recommend him to friends and family and will continue to do so. Sincerely Michelle F
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • DeTommaso Law Group, LLC
  • 2004 - Present

Education

  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Kings College
  • B.A.
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Clemas v. Clemas, No. A-5499-13T3 (App. Div. January 28, 2015).
  • Won (affirmed).
  • Brucia v. Gamble, No. A-1320-12T4 (App. Div. December 10, 2013).
  • Won (affirmed).
  • J.P. v. C.P., No. A-4595-07T2 (App. Div. September 25, 2009).
  • Won (affirmed)

Associations

  • Somerset County Bar Association- Family Law Committee
  • member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Somerset County Family Practice Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2004 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • member
  • 2004 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Somerset County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Safe in Hunterdon
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • 2014
  • Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • 2012
  • Mediator (Pursuant to R. 1:40)
  • NJ Judiciary
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Custody/Parenting Time
  • 2015
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Motion Practice
  • 2015
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Process/Procedure
  • 2015
  • Family Practice Committee Meeting-CLE
  • Discovery Issues: Social Media-CLE
  • 2015
  • Vicinage XIII Inns of Court-CLE
  • Trial Preparation of Alimony Case-CLE
  • 2014
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Procedure/Process
  • 2014
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Motion Practice
  • 2014
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Motion Practice
  • 2014
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Motion Practice
  • 2013
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Custody/Parenting Time
  • 2013
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Procedure/Process
  • 2013
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Motion Practice
  • 2012
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Custody/Parenting Time
  • 2012
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Procedure/Process
  • 2012
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Motion Practice
  • 2011
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Custody/Parenting Time
  • 2011
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Process/Procedure
  • 2011
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Motion Practice
  • 2010
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Custody/Parenting Time
  • 2010
  • Resource Center of Somerset County
  • Divorce- Process/Procedure
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (18)
Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a fantastic trial lawyer who can get results. If you are looking for an aggressive and knowledgeable family law attorney, there is no better choice in the area."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is an excellent attorney and zealous advocate, while remaining professionally courteous and above board. I also recommend Michael for mediation without hesitation"
Family Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a fierce litigator. He is very passionate about his work and a zealous advocate for his clients. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mike is a consummate professional. Not only is he smart and articulate, but he is also trustworthy and courteous - a rare combination in this field. He has my highest endorsement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. DeTommaso is an excellent family lawyer. He knows family law and he knows how it applies in various situations. He has been my adversary on cases and, while always respectful, he strongly advocates his client's positions. I have always been impressed with his knowledge, advocacy, and professionalism. I strongly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I strongly endorse Michael. I have both tried and settled cases with him representing the other party and he always has done an excellent job for his client. Michael has a unique ability to combine his extensive knowledge of the law, courtroom skills, and sensible settlement positions to achieve superior results."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is an experienced and excellent attorney. I recommend him to my clients who need legal assistance with divorce, custody and related family court matters."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike and I have been adversaries on several cases over the past 5-7 years. He has also mediated a couple of my cases. He is always well prepared, knows the law and is very practical. I would not hesitate to refer him to anyone."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael has an encyclopedic knowledge of matrimonial and family law. That, coupled with his dedication to his clients, makes a him a fierce advocate in and out of the courtroom. From the initial consultation and throughout his representation, Mike continually works with his clients to develop and manage a legal strategy geared toward their long-term, or “big picture”, goals. I wholeheartedly endorse Mike’s legal skills."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael DeTommaso is a brilliant and aggressive attorney. I have seen him win cases that other attorneys deemed hopeless. He has a very strong knowledge of the law and is one of the few people I know who can cite case law and court rule from memory on almost any given issue. I strongly endorse this attorney. I would recommend him to my closest friends and family."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a highly experienced, tenacious adversary, who I have fond to be tough but fair in our dealing together. I would highly recommend him for any family law matter in the Central New Jersey area."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent attorney who provides exceptional service and representation to his clients."
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Warren Divorce and separation Lawyer Michael DeTommaso
Michael DeTommaso
Divorce and separation Attorney
Warren, NJ
Licensed for 19 years