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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40||The American Society of Legal Advocates||2015|
|2010 Humanitarian of the Year||LADACIN Network (Formerly Cerebral Palsy of Monmouty/Ocean Counties)||2010|
|New Jersey Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Edition (2010)||New Jersey Super Lawyers||2010|
|Partner and Chair of Family Law Department||Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer||2014 - Present|
|Senior Associate||Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer||2006 - 2013|
|Attorney||Donahue, Hagan, Klein, Newsome & O'Donnell, P.C.||2005 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Family Law Executive Committee||2013 - Present|
|Ocean County Bar Association, Family Law Executive Committee||Member||N/A|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Monmouth Bar Association, Family Law Executive Committee||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Ocean County Bar Association, Family Law Committee||Executive Committee||N/A|
|Ocean County Bar Association||Chair of Young Lawyers Division||2008 - 2010|
|2009 Family Law Digest||Family Law Digest||2009|
|2008 Wilentz Annual Family Law Digest||Family Law Digest||2008|
|2007 Wilentz Annual Family Law Digest||2007 Wilentz Annual Family Law Digest||2007|
|Seton Hall University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|Villanova||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|Wilentz Annual Presentation of Published Cases and Trends in Family Law||Institution of Continuing Legal Education ("ICLE")||2009|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America ("ATLA") - NJ||Association of Trial Lawyers of America ("ATLA"), Matrimonial Section||2008|