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Amy B. Harris

Family Attorney at Bradley Beach, NJ

4.9   80 reviews

also known as Amy B. Hansel

Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 24 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 24 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Amy

Learn Amy’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Alimony
    25%

  2. Child custody
    25%

  3. Divorce and separation
    25%

  4. Family
    25%
    Alimony, child support, divorce, separation, custody, annulment, equitable distribution, change in circumstances, legal custody, residential custody, college contribution, life and health insurance, Pendente Lite support

IF YOU ARE GOING THROUGH A DIVORCE, SEPARATION OR HAVE POST JUDGMENT DIVORCE PROBLEMS, I CAN ASSIST WITH THOUGHTFUL, PRACTICAL AND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS.

Having practiced family law for over two decades, I have experienced changes in the law and changes in marriages and relationships.  There is not a cookie cutter divorce or break up. The unique personalities and facts of each case require attention to detail and creativity in order to reach a fair resolution, not only for the litigants, but for the children.     

During a divorce or break up, it is often difficult to dintiguish as to whether a position is coming from the head or the heart as emotions are understandably  running high. This is why having an experienced advocate in your corner, who can serve as the voice of reason and practicality,  can help avoid  irrevesable damage.  

 

Awards

Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2024,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2015,2014,2013
Client's Choice
2024 2021 2020 + 6 ...
Top Contributor 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2015,2014,2013
Top Contributor
2024 2023 2022 + 8 ...

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Location

Amy B. Harris
Keith, Winters, Wenning & Harris, LLC
Main St & Lareine Ave Box 188
Bradley Beach, NJ, 07720
Amy B. Harris
Main Street & Lareine
P.O. Box 188
Bradley Beach, NJ, 07720
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  80 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Alana | April 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Legal Support with my Child Support Case
Amy represented me for my child support hearing in April of 2018. She went above and beyond. I am so grateful for the time Amy took to listen to my unique case and support me in getting the best possible outcome! I highly recommend Amy Harris and am very happy with her service and support!
Posted by Christina | September 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Guardian Angel of Law
My complicated case is still ongoing, but Amy has already proved that there was no better choice. I spoke to several other attorneys and Amy proved to be the best. Amy is intelligent, knowledgeable, down to earth and most importantly honest. Amy is also accessible 24/7. An emergency line, even available via text. My children have called her their guardian angel of law and said they feel safe knowing she is in our corner and on our team. I’m a worry wart who talks to much and Amy makes sure I stay focused on the task at hand but also stays on top of everything. If you need an expert in family law and want the best possible attorney, Amy is your #1 choice. Looking anywhere else would be a huge mistake. Amy was referred to me by my neighbor and I have already referred her to 2 people who are in need of a family law attorney. I’ll also be reviewing her anywhere else possible. I’d give her 10 stars if I could.
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Response from Amy Harris August 4, 2021
You are so kind. I am humbled by the title I have been given.
Posted by Heather | July 14, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorced in a timely manner
Amy was able to have my divorce settled quickly and efficiently. She listened to my issues and was able to get the job done despite complicating factors. I would recommend her.
Posted by Victoria | July 14, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shout out to lawyer Amy B. Harris
I recently hired Amy B. Harris to handle a consent order for my sister’s alimony case. Amy is an extremely intelligent, competent and industrious lawyer. She and her team respond to questions and/or concerns almost immediately where many lawyers drag their feet. She relieved our burdens in a stressful situation. Amy is an outstanding attorney who I can’t thank enough. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Bill | June 19, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
5 Stars for the whole legal team!
Amy demonstrated a deep technical expertise in divorce law and navigated the nuances of a complex, uncertain and dynamic situation with firm confidence. It felt wonderful to be represented by someone so energized, knowledgable and creative. I came out on top and could not be happier. Her whole team is highly competent and efficient. Very, very well done Team KWW, well done.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Soft Yet Strong "Getting Things Done" Lawyer
Amy was my second lawyer for my divorce case. I was very nervous and cautious about hiring lawyers in general, more so for the second one. A friend recommended Amy to me who got the name from a FB group. I hired Amy after our initial Zoom consultation session. Amy was very responsive to my questions and inquiries. She was soft-spoken, but she had her strategies and approaches to get things untangled and done. I was very happy that I found Amy who helped me getting my divorce case finalized after less than two months.
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Posted by Marsha | May 9, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Legal Representation
I cannot express enough how grateful I am to have found Amy as my attorney. After a disastrous experience with a previous attorney who was unresponsive and seemed more interested in billing me than helping, Amy was a breath of fresh air. From our first interaction, Amy's professionalism and dedication were evident. She promptly responded to emails, phone calls, and even accommodated video conferences, ensuring that I felt supported every step of the way. Unlike my previous attorney, Amy addressed my concerns immediately, providing clear guidance and honest counsel without any hidden agendas. One of the things that truly stood out to me was Amy's fair and reasonable pricing. It was refreshing to work with an attorney who prioritized delivering quality service over padding their bill. Amy's integrity and straightforward approach gave me confidence in her abilities, and I knew I was in good hands. During the courtroom proceedings, Amy's command of the room was unparalleled. Her timing for rebuttals and objections was impeccable, showcasing her expertise in family law. What truly impressed me, though, was Amy's understanding of the psychology involved. She not only fought for my legal rights but also took into account the emotional aspects of the case, providing invaluable support every step of the way. Thanks to Amy's diligence and expertise, I achieved a favorable outcome in my family law hearing. I couldn't be happier with the results. If you're searching for a compassionate, skilled, and effective attorney who genuinely cares about your case, look no further than Amy. She truly is a Godsend.
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Posted by Michael | April 13, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
#1 Lawyer
Where do I begin? I had two divorce lawyers prior to Amy. My case is complex. She got me where I need to be, in half the time of the other 2 lawyers that made no progress. She came highly recommended from a family member. Best decision I've made! She's a freight train that is speeding to the light at the end of the tunnel when there was no light previously. She's also not a robot like my other lawyers. I actually felt she invested in me more that I invested in her. Amazing work Amy!
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Posted by Ryan | March 8, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond Grateful
Amy Harris is the best attorney one can ask for. She stood by me and made sure that I was taken care of. She made sure that things were done fairly and smoothly, and that my rights as a father were taken care of. Amy walked me through each step, explaining the process, giving me all the options, and executed everything quickly. I'm extremely grateful for everything she did for me and my family. Thank you Amy for everything!
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Posted by Janis | February 5, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Amy B. Harris is a Brilliant Attorney
From my first meeting/discussion with Amy, I knew by her knowledge, kindness, and confident demeanor she would certainly represent my best interests. Divorce is one of the most stressful events in a persons life, and Amy easily managed to deflect my fears and turn them into a legal common sense approach. She basically listened and guided me to the best outcome I was hoping to obtain. She had my back throughout the entire process countless times. Amy suggested a mediator to expedite my "grey" divorce and bring it to a calm, smart, and advantageous conclusion. I will always be happy and grateful that she represented me and my interests. To say I would 100% recommend her to anyone would be a gross understatement. Thank you, Amy. Amy B Harris, Esquire is a brilliant attorney!
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Posted by Clare | January 2, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, compassionate, and responds quickly
I consulted with 3 different attorneys in Monmouth County in 2019 before filing my divorce. Amy's warmth and reassurance at the consult provided me with the confidence to hire her, and I have no regrets. She walked me through the divorce process, prepared me for every form that had to be filed & made me calm before every court appearance. She had numerous recommendations when I needed to hire additional professionals to handle real estate litigation and child custody evaluation. We had a longer-than-average divorce process but I got 90% of everything I asked for, and I credit it to having Amy on my team. The divorce process was very hard but I have no regrets because I had Amy with me, every step of the way.
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Response from Amy Harris February 4, 2024
Thank you so very much.
Posted by Timothy | October 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation!!
Amy is an excellent attorney!! She really went to bat for me and settled my high conflict case of child custody. She is the fighter that you need and will get you the best possible outcome.
Response from Amy Harris October 22, 2023
Thank you very much. Fighting for what is in a child's best interests is always my first priority.
Posted by Courtney | October 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer!
Amy is excellent! I hired her after spending almost an hour in my consultation going through and explaining the process and possible scenarios in a divorce. She was always available for me - answering emails late at night and on weekends. She fought for everything I wanted and held back on the things I didn’t. She gave me great advice while respecting my feelings about certain parts of the martial agreement. I felt completely supported and understood during the entire process. I would recommend her to anyone! She is the best!
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Response from Amy Harris October 22, 2023
I appreciate your kind words.
Posted by Jodi | June 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Amy is very knowledgeable and compassionate
Amy was great to work with during my horrific divorce . She was always available to talk and answered emails (whatever time ) within minutes. She got the job done expeditiously and she didnt cost an arm and a leg .
Response from Amy Harris October 22, 2023
Thank you!
Posted by SALVATORE LUCIGNANO | December 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
BEST DIVORCE LAWYER
Ms. Amy Harris is an outstanding divorce attorney who is extremely knowledgeable in divorce law. My divorce was going nowhere. I wish I got Amy involved in my divorce sooner than I did, she was my third attorney after I hire two scumbag lawyers which they waste only my time and money, she always was available and answer me back thru email, phone call and text. At that point, Amy took control of my complex matrimonial situation in a very professional and compassionate manner. My divorce was one of the most difficult times in my life. Amy, carefully explained each step as to what my options were, what she thought would be best for me, what I should do, and why. Not only was Amy instrumental in my finalizing a divorce settlement, but she went above and beyond by introducing me to many resources who helped me in every aspect of starting my new life. I am truly blessed to have been connected to such incredible individuals who each had an important part of creating my new life. I cannot thank Amy enough for everything she has done for me and I highly recommend her to anyone involved in a divorce, thank you so much for your service.
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Posted by Charlene | December 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A Lawyer That Cares
Entering into a family law matter is a painful and arduous journey to navigate. It’s filled with anxiety, plot twists, anger, frustration and confusion. This is where you’re at your most vulnerable and experience the most self-doubt. This is also the place where you need to be clear with yourself and others on what you’re fighting for and why you’re fighting for it. This is the time when you need an advocate who is willing to hear you, value you, be honest and transparent with you. Prior to retaining Amy, I learned the unfortunate lesson that not all lawyers operate this way. Prior to Amy, I had an attorney that made me feel like an invoice number. They couldn’t remember our last conversation and the action items discussed, but easily nickel and dimed me when I followed up on status updates. When a colleague of mine caught wind of the concerns I had with my legal representation, she implored me to give Amy a call, and so I did. In the span of our 45 minute phone call, I received more clarity and honest feedback about the predicament I was in than I had in the entire 7 months of my custody journey, so I retained her. Immediately, Amy worked feverishly to de escalate my custody matter providing me with honest feedback on where we were within my case and what our next steps needed to be. She always maintained a clear goal of what we were aiming for and always kept what was in the best interest of my child in mind (which is extremely important to have). When there were delays or other shenanigans were going on, she heard me through my tears and frustrations, showed true empathy and validated the feelings I didn’t want to speak on (again, important to have). Most importantly, I felt like she was ALWAYS working on my behalf. Just because I was out of sight did not mean I was out of mind. If I followed up on an action item, she was able to inform me of her last point of contact on the matter and what we were waiting on. Amy was the attorney that I needed all along, but didn’t realize I didn’t have until it was almost too late. Family law is already a difficult journey, choosing an attorney that will earnestly advocate for you shouldn’t be.
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Posted by Liz | March 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Honest, down to earth service and a painless process.
Ms. Harris was recommended to me by an acquaintance who had an extremely complicated custody situation. My divorce ended up being cut and dry, but we weren't sure that was going to be the case. Ms. Harris made me feel at ease immediately by explaining all strategies and courses of action. She was definitely not afraid to go to bat for me and was prepared to play hard ball if necessary. She is also a very compassionate person and made me feel at ease during the proceedings. I also found her rate to be fair and I was billed honestly. I would highly recommend Ms. Harris for any divorce or family legal situation.
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Posted by Tonya | January 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Family Court
Ms Harris thank you so much, for putting in the hard work in effort representing me today. I really appreciate you..
Posted by Robin | November 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Available, Knowledgeable, Responsive, and Invested in My Outcome!
Amy Harris went above and beyond to assist me with making some critical legal decisions. She was very open and honest and available and responsive to all of my questions and needs. Amy is easy to talk to, work with and collectively brainstorm-with for the best possible outcomes for my particular case! I highly recommend Amy for any of your Family, Alimony, Divorce and Separation needs!! Thank you Amy!!!
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Response from Amy Harris November 30, 2021
You are quite welcome. And thank you for your very kind words.
Posted by Margot | October 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional
Ms. Harris was very efficient with my divorce case, which was a difficult one as it involved a spouse out of the country. She was pleasant to talk to, answered everything clearly, and advised me well. She is knowledgeable and professional. I recommend her highly.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Keith, Winters, Wenning & Harris LLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Serruto and Associates
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • DeCottis, Fitzpatrick and Cole
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Clerk
  • Honorable Cavanaugh
  • 1998 - 1998
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Education

  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Delaware
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • J.R. v. A.R.

Associations

  • Monmouth county Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Ocean County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity
  • Member
  • 1998 - 1999
  • The Widener Law Symposium Journal
  • Bluebook Editor
  • 1997 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Lead Counsel Rating in Family Law
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Female Attorney
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Attorneys in New Jersey Client Satisfaction 2015
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Lead Counsel Rating in Family Law
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • 2010 New Jersey Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
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Publications

  • New Jersey Lawyer Magazine
  • Service of Process and Default in Military Cases
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (4)
Endorse Amy
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer based on her thorough and knowledgeable answers on this forum."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Amy is an excellent attorney who fiercely represents her clients. She gives meaningful advice and fights for her clients to get results!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I was against Amy a few years ago for a messy divorce and I found her to be a formidable opponent. I have a tremendous amount of respect for her and I endorse her."
Family Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Harris and I have been adversaries on a number of different matters. She has always conducted herself professionally and been a zealous advocate while working hard to come to a reasonable settlement for her clients. She has always been a pleasure to work with"
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Hansel is an insightful contributor here at Avvo and endorsements of her demonstrate clearly the high regard in which she is held by her peers. Similarly, her clients indicate deep satisfaction with her efforts on their behalf..I endorse Amy B. Hansel."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Hansel is a dedicated and hardworking advocate for her clients. She has a great deal of experience in matrimonial law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a regular contributor to Avvo and always provides well thought out and accurate answer that indicate and demonstrate a well versed practitioner."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Amy's hard work and zealous advocating on behalf of her clients and proudly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Amy's work. Amy is an excellent advocate who is grounded in pragmatic resolutions in the best interests of her clients. Ms. Hansel is an asset to any client navigating the divorce process."
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Bradley Beach Family Lawyer Amy B. Harris
Amy B. Harris
Family Attorney
Bradley Beach, NJ
Licensed for 24 years
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Virtual consultation available