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Joseph John Russell

Divorce and separation Attorney at Red Bank, NJ

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Joe Russell

  • State Years
    New York - NY 19 years
    New Jersey - NJ 19 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2005
    Delinquent No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

“I combine my years of experience, knowledge of the law, intense preparation and a personal mantra of never being outworked to achieve optimal results for every client. Divorce is a grueling and at times devastating process. I understand that even an amicable divorce will have a profound impact on a couple’s assets, income, children and the emotional health of the entire family. I care about my clients. I care about their children. As a leading divorce attorney in New Jersey, my priority is to understand each client’s goals and work tirelessly to achieve those results.” 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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Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A.
125 Half Mile Road
Suite 100
Red Bank, NJ, 07701
Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.
90 Woodbridge Center Drive
Woodbridge, NJ, 07095
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney
Mr. Russel and his team is excellent to work with. For me they had made my case so much easier to handle and deal with. I was given the best and practical advise to deal with the mess I was in. When a family is breaking , the best is to break apart with lest possible emotional and financial damage and Mr. Russel has given me this direction and advise. Which really eased so many complications and made life better for me and kids. The entire staff is very co operative and on top of the matter always. I had another attorney before , who had made my life miserable and she was extremely incompetant and reluctant to look at my case which cost me a lot of financial and menta stress.However, I was lucky to have found Mr Russell who put my case back on track and got me a best exit. Iam very thankful for everything specially the patience and guidance I have received from the entire team.
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Posted by Amy | November 16, 2019
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Best of the best!!
After consulting with other attorneys, a friend suggested I reach out to Joe Russell. Choosing Joe as my attorney was by far the best choice I could have made. Words can not express how grateful I am to have found the best attorney to help me through a very difficult time. Joe is extremely knowledgeable of family law and he guided me through the process every step of the way. He is everything you could ask of an attorney, caring, intelligent, strong, professional. He shows a real connection to his clients and I felt stronger having him by my side. Joe has gone above and beyond for me and my daughter and I am forever grateful to him! I have and will continue to recommend him to anyone who needs an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2016
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One of the smartest people I have met
I was very nervous. Divorce is unsettling. You need hope. Joe is one attorney who despite being a great listener is good at communication too. He made complex financial calculations sound so simple. What I really liked about him is his self-confidence and his behaviour with the adversary. He is respectful to all and hence wins everyone. I really felt very secure in his presence as Joe was there ready to cover my back. Joe is now like family - what more compliment may I offer!
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Divorced Female
I spoke with several lawyers before I hired Joe to represent me in my divorce. What I liked most was his straight forward style, ie., he did not tell me what I wanted to hear, but what I needed to hear in order to view the divorce with less emotion and more like a business transaction. I trusted that he was not looking to draw out the process for more legal fees, but to realistically come to a settlement, and was mindful of my priorities throughout the process. Divorce is emotionally charged and contentious by nature, but at the end of the day the law provides some ground rules and structure, so being mindful of a realistic outcome is important if you do not want to drive up legal fees to only, most likely, get the same results in the long run. I think in a successful / fair divorce settlement both parties leave the table not 100% happy. Joe did a great job in navigating through the emotions and keeping on task, while also fairly representing my best interests. I would not hesitate to recommend Joe and never regretted my choice in placing my trust in Joe.
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Posted by Tsipi | June 25, 2015
Highly recommended!!
Joe was extremely professional and knowledgeable throughout the whole divorce process. Joe also showed real compassion, he was honest, practical, patient and very responsive to all my questions and needs, which made the difference, and this difficult time much more bearable. I could rely and trust his advice thus would highly recommend Joe to my friends and family!
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Posted by Chris | June 25, 2015
Very professional
Joe kept me in the loop and provided me with the best course of action throughout the entire process. I felt comfortable knowing he was working toward the best possible resolution for myself and my sons.
Posted by Jennifer F. | February 19, 2013
Highly Satisfied Client!
I was extremely pleased with the service I received from Joe and his team throughout my divorce process. Whenever I emailed or called with any questions or concerns I was contacted back in a timely manner. Joe's professionalism and understanding made this difficult process much less stressful. I would highly recommend him (and have) to friends and family in the future.
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Posted by Denise | February 17, 2013
Outstanding Experience
Mr. Russell is one of the most professional, compassionate, trustworthy, fair and kind human beings that I have had the pleasure and good fortune to have known and had in my corner during a most difficult time. Always went out of his way to be thorough and patient in explaining the process every step of the way. I highly recommend Mr. Russell to friends and family.
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Posted by Marcy E. | February 11, 2013
Regarding Joseph John Russell...
Mr. Russell not only kept me highly informed of the entire process....he also reached out to me personally via email and telephone contact. He was extremely responsive to my needs during this difficult process, and always had a way of keeping me at ease. He was extremely confidential and trustworthy. I would highly recommend Mr. Russell.
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Posted by Gary M | January 31, 2013
Highly Reccomended
Joe continually had a firm grasp on the pulse of my case. His insight as to how to proceed with each step was spot on and proved to be invaluable to me and the settlement of my significantly complicated divorce case. Joe is honest, trust worthy, and demonstrated several times throughout my case his desire to NOT take a course that would have increased his fees but rather the best course even if it meant it would minimize legal costs. I would highly recommend his services including to my family and friends.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 275-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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


  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Villanova
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001


  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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


  • 2009 Family Law Digest
  • Family Law Digest
  • 2009
  • 2008 Wilentz Annual Family Law Digest
  • Family Law Digest
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • 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

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Endorse Joseph
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptional attorney, dedicated to client success. Highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had several contested matters with Joe. He is an experienced and formidable adversary. He has a very practical approach to litigation. I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Red Bank Divorce and separation Lawyer Joseph John Russell
Joseph John Russell
Divorce and separation Attorney
Red Bank, NJ
Licensed for 19 years