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Richard Scott Diamond

Family Attorney at Short Hills, NJ

5.0   4 reviews

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    20%
    Accredited Divorce Mediator - Practice limited to NJ Divorce & Family Law Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration services, including Divorce & Post Divorce, Domestic Violence, Child Custody, Alimony & Child Support.

    36 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Practice limited to NJ Divorce & Family Law Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration services, including Divorce & Post Divorce, Domestic Violence, Child Custody, Alimony & Child Support, Business Valuations & Prenuptial Agreement Drafting

    36 years

  3. Domestic violence
    20%
    Certified Divorce & Family Law Attorney by NJ Supreme Ct. - Practice limited to NJ Divorce & Family Law Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration services, including Divorce & Post Divorce, Domestic Violence, Child Custody, Alimony & Child Support.

    36 years

  4. Family
    20%
    Practice limited to NJ Divorce & Family Law Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration services, including Divorce & Post Divorce, Domestic Violence, Child Custody, Alimony & Child Support, Business Valuations & Prenuptial Agreement Drafting

    36 years

  5. Mediation
    10%
    Accredited Divorce Mediator - Practice limited to NJ Divorce & Family Law Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration services, including Divorce & Post Divorce, Domestic Violence, Child Custody, Alimony & Child Support, Business Valuations

    36 years

  6. Alimony
    5%
    Accredited Divorce Mediator - Practice limited to NJ Divorce & Family Law Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration services, including Divorce & Post Divorce, Domestic Violence, Child Custody, Alimony & Child Support.

    36 years

  7. Child support
    5%
    Accredited Divorce Mediator - Practice limited to NJ Divorce & Family Law Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration services, including Divorce & Post Divorce, Domestic Violence, Child Custody, Alimony & Child Support.

    36 years

Certified Divorce & Family Law Trial Lawyer by the New Jersey Supreme Court;

Accredited Divorce & Family Law  Mediator & Arbitrator, authorized  to mediate Divorce & Family Law matters with active domestic violence orders in place.

New Jersey Family Court Appointed Economic Mediator in Union, Essex, Morris, Somerset and Hunterdon Counties 

Selected to Who's Who in America Law 2000 - present

Selected by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys as a Best Family Law Attorney in New Jersey for 2017 - present

Selected by NJ Family Magazine as a Best Family Law Attorney For Families 2018 - present

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Licensed for 36 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 11/06/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing - CLER Exempt
Acquired 1991
Updated 11/23/2022

Contact Richard

Diamond & Diamond
830 Morris Turnpike
Suite 207
Short Hills, NJ, 07078
Diamond & Diamond
525 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ, 08731
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Posted by Nicholas | February 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I struck gold by finding him. He's simply the best of the best
Finding and hiring Richard was the best decision I've ever made. He’s a true professional. Absolutely gifted attorney. Brilliant. Amazingly passionate about his work (works very hard. Really invests himself in your case. Feels so good to have an attorney who is so passionate). Whatever your situation is, he can handle it. I had some bad experiences with other "top" attorneys. Richard’s restored my faith in the legal profession. He's the best. Very professional and courteous. He’ll be open with you. You’ll trust him. You’ll feel very comfortable with him. Very intense. Really cares about your case. He will know the details of your case as good or better than you do (there is nothing else that feels better when you’re in a serious legal challenge). Has the perfect combination of psychological and emotional understanding. You don’t have to endlessly try to explain your story to him. He will “get” it, and he will know how to handle your case. He doesn’t look for a legal fight, but he is not afraid of a challenge. In this regard, he is courageous and fearless. He's a very strong lawyer. You will trust him and have full confidence in him. If you’re a woman, you’ll feel protected. If you’re a man, you’ll feel he has your back. The opposing attorney will have high respect for him, and your Judge will also. He knows his case law and all the rules. Up to date. Knows it all. Doesn’t have to go waste time educating himself about an issue. He figures things out quickly. Extremely knowledgeable about finances also. He’s a trial attorney. Will take your case to trial if he has to. He is a very experienced and awesome appellate law attorney. He can brilliantly handle your case no matter what happens. The consult will be informative. He’s very sharp. Pays extreme attention to the details and what you’re saying. Actively figuring out your case as you give him the details. Very in tune psychologically. Intuitively knows what’s going on. Very user friendly (he will educate you about how the courts work. Gives details on the procedural rules. If you already know this from your own research, then this isn’t so important, but if you don’t know this, then you will get an education on it). He he will tell you what he thinks about your case, how he can help you, how much it will cost for the retainer, and then he will tell you to think it over. The office has a very warm, homey, and comfortable feeling. There is Richard, and his team (couple of other very talented attorneys and legal secretaries). They work very hard, very close, and very well together. You don’t get handed off to some attorney you don’t know. Richard does all the court stuff, all the meetings, and is heavily involved in every aspect of your case. Everyone is very inclusive. They’ll make you feel at home and very comfortable. A really great group of people. Highest quality of work. No stone is left unturned. Highest level of attention to detail. The papers they write are always going to be the best representation of your story, your issues, and your case. They work extremely hard to make sure they do things perfectly. Your Judge will really understand your case. Preparing for trial: Going to trial is a scary situation. Richard will make sure you are prepared and feel confident. Richard himself will be ready for anything. He is methodical, organized, super prepared. Great style. Works swiftly and steadily through cross examination, gets the answers he needs. Very sharp in the moment. Judges like and respect him because the quality of his work is so good(they know that the case coming to them has been extremely well prepared. This makes the Judge feel confident when making decisions in your case). Whether it is coming up with an agreement, or going to trial, or appealing a decision, or fighting against an appeal, I truly have felt I was in the best hands. I can't say enough good things!!!
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Posted by Maria | June 19, 2015
Former Client
He represented me in a difficult civil union break up and was honest and up front with me at every step. He explained everything to me clearly and was very professional in his handling of the issues. There were times during the matter that I was emotionally a wreck and he was a calming voice and gave me confidence. I liked and respected him and would recommend him highly.
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Posted by Adam | February 16, 2011
Representation in Domestic Violence matter
My spouse filed a false domestic violence complaint against me in an attempt to get me thrown out of our house and for control of our children in a divorce. Fortunately, I met with Mr Diamond in advance, who helped prepare me and who represented my in court before Judge Minkowitz, who found that my spouses complaint for false and threw it out. Excellent representation.
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Posted by William | February 16, 2011
competent counsel
Represented me in a custody type matter and did an excellent job. He has also represented several other indivuduals whom I know ( which is how I came to be represented by him); all of whom have said very positive things about him.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2007.

Admonition issued in NJ, 2007
updated on 12/11/2014

An admonition means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar gives the lawyer an admonition in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Diamond & Diamond PA
  • 1992 - Present
  • Partner
  • Gourvitz, Hodes, Diamond & Braun
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Associate
  • Ellenport, Hollesinger & Lehn
  • 1986 - 1986
  • Partner / Associate
  • Law firm of Robert Diamond
  • 1986 - 1989
  • Judicial law clerk
  • NJ Superior Court
  • 1985 - 1986
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Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • law
  • 1985
  • Rutgers University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Richards v. Richards, 2015 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 784 (App.Div. Apr. 9, 2015)
  • Schwartz v. Schwartz, 2015 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 805 (App.Div. Mar. 3, 2015
  • Fusca v. Fusca, 2013 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2141, 2013 WL 4525653 (App.Div. Aug. 28, 2013)
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Associations

  • Somerset County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Essex County Bar Association, Family Part
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Union County Bar Association, Family Part
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Recognized
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Accredited Family Law Mediator with domestic violence matters
  • NJ Court System
  • 2018
  • Certified Matrimonial Trial Lawyer by NJ Supreme Court
  • NJ State Bar Association
  • 2002
  • Accredited Divorce Mediator
  • NJ State Bar Association
  • 1995
  • Graduate of the National Family Law Institute
  • National Family Law Institute
  • N/A
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Publications

  • NJ Law Journal
  • Homosexuality & NJ Family Law-Form vs Substance
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Somerset Womens Resource Group
  • Prenuptual Agreements, Post Nuptual Agreements & Palimony
  • 2008
  • Somerset Womens Resource Center
  • Divorce Basics in the State of NJ
  • 2008
  • Somerset Womens Resource Group
  • Custody, Parenting Time and Parenting Coordinators
  • 2007
  • NJCPA Society
  • Valuation Issues in Divorce
  • 2006
  • NJ Psychological Association
  • The Role of the Mental Health Expert in Contested Custody Matters
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (0)
Family Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard has been and adversary and has used me as a mediator in contested matrimonial cases. I have found him to be caring and transparent always trying to resolve problems rather than create them. Richard cares about his clients and has come to sessions or meeting well prepared tries to counsel his clients to take realistic approaches."
Family Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard without reservation. He is an aggressive, proactive attorney who always prioritizes the needs of his client. He is extremely knowledgeable and thorough, and that is readily apparent in the courtroom"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I tried a complex case against Mr. Diamond in 2019. He is bright, aggressive, and experienced. He will keep you on your toes throughout the litigation and (appropriately) punish every misstep. As a practitioner, you do not want to see Mr. Diamond's name listed as opposing counsel. He has my respect and admiration."
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