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Michele Elaine D'Onofrio

Family Attorney at Basking Ridge, NJ

4.6   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michele

Learn Michele’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Litigation of Divorce, Separation, Premarital Agreements, Domestic Violence, Support, Child Custody, Child Support, Equitable Distribution

  2. Domestic violence

  3. Mediation
    Family Law Cases

I believe it is very important to answer my client's questions and explain the law so that they better understand their situation and can fully participate in making decisions that are in their best interest.  It is equally important to be reachable, to follow up with concerns and diligently advocate on their behalf.  While knowledge of the law is very crucial to ensuring a favorable outcome, being practical and listening to the client is critical.  

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Posted by Barbara | April 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michele is amazing!! She never let the ball drop with my case. She saw me thru the toughest time in my life with intelligence, perseverance, and always a bit of humor....which I needed from time to time. Michele also, beyond her attorney skills, has a great team that work behind the scenes and a wonderful network of professionals that continue to be invaluable to me as I navigate the next phase of my life. Michele continued to be a point of contact as my 40 year marriage came apart with calm and persistent professionalism. I'm sorry that anyone would need the service of Michele, but if one does, you are in the best of hands. Thank you Michele!!
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Posted by Anna | June 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Great Attorney
Michele represented me for my divorce, review of child support and when my ex did not want to pay for college! Initially, she won a motion so my young children and I could remain in our home even so it was the only major asset we possessed. She also found a non-disclosed hidden asset, and won a motion for payment of college tuition! Michele was always an advocate for my children and me. She possesses an immense knowledgeable of the law! I have recommended her in the past and will always recommend her!
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Michele was very knowledgeable and professional throughout my divorce. She explained every step of the process and was always there to answer any questions I had.
Posted by Jennifer | June 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer. Great person.
Michele has been my family law attorney for the past 8 years through a high conflict, extremely painful divorce/custody/support situation. She has become like family to me over these years. She and her staff have always treated me with dignity, respect and professionalism. Most importantly, they always understood how deeply human and painful high conflict divorce can be and did everything possible to support me and my young children emotionally through our crisis. We made it to the other side stronger then ever. She fought for me like I was her own. I was awarded the desired custody and financial support against a substantial adversary. Her advocacy has allowed my children and I to move on in peace. I am grateful for her representation and am only too happy to give her the highest endorsement.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend
I consulted with Michele on a family matter involving child support. She was extremely knowledgeable and professional. My questions and concerns were answered promptly and to my satisfaction. I would highly recommend Michele.
Posted by Karen | June 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Definitely hire Her!
Michele is very knowledgeable. She is a good listener and is great at negotiating. I got a great settlement and would definitely recommend her.
Posted by Jack | June 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Deligent and Persistent
I retained Ms. D'Onofrio to represent me and she was practical. She sought the information needed so that I could get the right result. She was great on her feet in court and convinced the judge of our position! I would definitely recommend.
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A wonderful attorney !
I hired Michele to represent me for a divorce and for custody issues about our kids. She understood exactly what I was going through. She explained all of the issues and how the whole process works to me. I always was able to get her and speak to her whenever I needed to. She handled it all professionally, especially my wife's lawyer, and got me a great result, for me and my kids. She really cared about me, my family and my financial situation. Thank you !
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michele D’nofrio represented me in my divorce. She missed was extremely insensitive and missed multiple deadlines, she was even reprimanded by the judge for her negligible representation. Had to hire new counsel but the damage was unrepairable. Lost tens of thousands of dollars. DO NOT BELIEVE ANY GOOD REVIEWS. She should be removed from the bar.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D'Onofrio, LLP
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Flanzbaum & Cohen
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Municipal Prosecutor
  • Warren Township
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Partner
  • DiFrancesco, Bateman, Yospin, Kunzman, Davis & Lehrer, P.C.
  • 2001 - 2008
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  • Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Group
  • Family Law Collaborative Training
  • 2008
  • NJ Institute for continuing Legal Education
  • Mediation Training
  • 2007
  • Rutgers University
  • J.D.
  • 1991
  • Caldwell College
  • B.A.
  • 1986
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Legal Cases

  • MacKinnon v MacKinnon, 191 NJ 240, 2007
  • Addressed concerns in international custody and relocation of a parent to a foreign country


  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Somerset County Bar Association
  • Early Settlement Panelist
  • 1997 - Present
  • Somerset County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Former Co-Chair, present member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Somerset County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Somerset County Bar Association, Law Day Committee
  • Chair
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Central NJ Family Law Inns of Court
  • Co-Chair
  • 2007 - 2014
  • William J. Brennan Inns of Court
  • Graduate
  • 1995 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney
  • NJ Monthly
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Professional Lawyer of the Year Award
  • Somerset County Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Publisher's Front Page Award, Best Family Law Attorney
  • Italian Tribune
  • 2012
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  • New Jersey Family Lawyer
  • The Enforcement of Agreements Reached in Mediation Post Harrington
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Section
  • Hot Tips in Family Law
  • 2013
  • Family Law Section
  • Hot Tips in Family Law
  • 2012
  • Family Law Summer Institute
  • Jurisdiction in Custody and Divorc e
  • 2010

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Basking Ridge Family Lawyer Michele Elaine D'Onofrio
Michele Elaine D'Onofrio
Family Attorney
Basking Ridge, NJ
Licensed for 32 years