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Alison M. Dunn

Family Attorney at Florham Park, NJ

5.0   18 reviews

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Alison M. Dunn is a family law and divorce attorney at Haber Silver Simpson & Russoniello in New Jersey. She is designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Matrimonial Attorney, a certification which is achieved by only 2% of attorneys in New Jersey. Since her graduation from law school, Ms. Dunn has been solely dedicated to the practice of family and matrimonial law. In addition to representing clients in contested matters, Ms. Dunn is a trained family law mediator and provides mediation services to assist parties in reaching a mutual resolution of their family and matrimonial issues. Ms. Dunn is also a collaboratively trained attorney who assists clients in resolving their matters through the collaborative process.

Ms. Dunn received her J.D. from William & Mary School of Law. While attending law school, Ms. Dunn served as Articles Editor for the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal and as a Graduate Research Fellow in the areas of Family Law and Therapeutic Jurisprudence. She also participated as an advocate for the Domestic Violence Clinic of the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia providing legal services to local residents.  Prior to attending law school, Ms. Dunn received a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh.

Before entering private practice, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael Paul Wright, Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part in Morris County.

Licensed for 13 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/17/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 11/04/2022

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

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Haber Silver Simpson & Russoniello
123 Columbia Turnpike
Suite 103A
Florham Park, NJ, 07932

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Posted by Ken | March 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional divorce lawyer
I retained Alison in April of 2018 to represent me in my divorce. Prior to retaining Alison I met with 4 other attorneys in my county; when it came time to pick an attorney it was a very easy decision to go with Alison as she was clearly the most capable and trustworthy. She is highly organized and extremely knowledgeable of the process, the judges, and just about everyone else involved in the proceedings. She briefed me before and after every court appearance, anticipated responses from the adversary and was always prepared - I never stepped foot into the court house without knowing exactly what to expect. During the case management conference she was with me in person, and I got to witness firsthand how quick and effective she is in court when my ex wife attempted to speak against me to the judge. Emotions ran high in my divorce. Alison was the objective and competent voice of reason that helped me get through the toughest year of my life.
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Posted by Terry | February 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
The matter Ms Dunn worked on for me had plagued me for a number of years through a number of attorneys. Although I sought to resolve the matter as soon as possible, family matters (my son getting married) put me in a precarious situation that would have clearly made it an ugly affair. So in the interim, Ms Dunn and her staff pulled together all the background material and prepared the matter for immediate action following the wedding. Once I gave her the green light, the matter was resolved quite quickly without any drama. In fact, because of the direct approach taken, 40% of my retainer was returned! I am very pleased with Ms Dunn and her staff. They were responsive to my questions (often after business hours!) and very understanding of my concerns and sensitivity relating to this matter. Having this matter closed after 20 years of torment is a tremendous relief. I truly appreciate Ms Dunn’s efforts on my behalf.
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Posted by Cheryl | April 5, 2018
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The Best!!!!
Alison was the 3rd attorney I consulted with for my divorce. After my consult with her I knew she was the right attorney for me. I was devasted to be going through divorce but she helped get my life back together for myself and my son. Everything Alison prepared was explained to me and easy to understand. I will be forever grateful for Alison and where I am at today. Endless thank you’s Alison, Jennifer, and the Weinberger Family Law Group.
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Posted by Brian | November 8, 2017
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Highly Recommend Alison Dunn
After deciding to proceed in a Collaborative Divorce, I met Alison for a consultation. She actively listened to what I had to say, and helped pull out the information necessary to proceed effectively. I made it clear to Alison that my funds were limited and I was looking to go through this process as quickly and efficiently as possible. We made the most of every phone call/e-mail/meeting, resulting in a highly cost effective divorce. Every step of the way Alison guided me and helped give me the confidence to make some tough decisions in the negotiation process. Alison is extremely easy to talk to and makes you feel like a top priority. I would recommend Alison to anyone going through the Divorce process.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2017
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Read my mind!!
I met with Alison for the first time 2 days before the court date. I was a mess, not really clear about how I wanted to go about my fight for custody, or even if I wanted custody or just a chance to have input in my daughter's life. My case was very unconventional and complicated. She somehow was able to articulate my exact desire after only half an hour of meeting with her. It was as though she read my mind!! That night I stayed up to write a detailed timeline of events and emailed it to her the following morning. We had one more phone call that Thursday to make some needed modifications, and met 15 minutes before walking into the courtroom. An hour later, it was over, having received everything we had requested. I couldn't thank Alison enough.
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Posted by Robin | February 16, 2017
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Excellent attorney!
Alison is everything someone could ask for in a matrimonial attorney, as she combines both an excellent knowledge of the law with a caring and compassionate approach to me as an individual. I never felt like just another "case", but that I was in the best of hands throughout the process. My questions were always thoroughly and promptly answered, and this gave me confidence in the process. Excellent attorney and firm!
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2016
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Fine Lawyer!
Alison handle two separate matters for me post-divorce in efficient and effective manner. She was highly professional throughout the process. I enjoyed her demeanor. I felt I was in good hands. I would strongly recommend her.
Posted by Mark | April 28, 2016
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Review of Alison Dunn
Alison made a difficult time more manageable. She was very personable and allways got back to me quickly and always on time and answered any questions that I had. I would highly recommend for anyone going through a divorce or similar matter.
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2016
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Trustworthy and Capable
Working with Alison was a pleasure. She is honest and very knowledgable in her field. She was also fair and did not push to rack up uneccesary lawyer fees. She is a true professional and I trusted her immensely. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Ms Dunn was sharp throughout the entire process of custody and divorce. She would always return calls and emails almost instantly which proved she cared about me and my case. She broke down the process and legal jargon to language that was understandable to the normal person. I would highly recommend Alison for anyone who is looking for a family lawyer.
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Posted by Yasmina | October 14, 2015
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Alison was fantastic. She was smart, tough and so compassionate and sweet. I'm am so glad that i hired her to get me through this process and i will recommend her to everyone.
Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2015
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Alison Dunn
Alison is highly qualified, she made me feel comfortable and cared about while I was going through my divorce. She had my best interest and she is very efficient.
Posted by Catherine | October 1, 2015
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Alison Dunn
Attorney Dunn is excellent and I highly recommend. She made me feel comfortable and important. She knows the law and my divorce was finalized quickly. Thank you Alison.
Posted by Wendy | September 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate lawyer
Alison truly cared about getting the best divorce settlement for me. She always made me feel good about the proceedings. She also tried to keep the cost at a fair level. On the day of my divorce hearing she waited for me outside the court and showed me where the courtroom was. She is so much more personable then any other lawyer I interviewed. I loved working with Alison.
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Posted by Jennifer | March 30, 2015
Knowledgeable and communicative!
Alison was so helpful to me as I worked through my divorce. She was extremely knowledgeable about the process, and she was very committed to discussing any situations that came up and allaying any concerns I had throughout the process. Prior to working with Alison, I had so many questions, and I was worried about the ramifications of any decision I made throughout the process. She was able to guide me through my divorce with ease. Her warm yet professional nature made me feel incredibly comfortable. It was a very difficult time for me, but Alison was able to assuage my fears and concerns. I recommend Alison to anyone looking for a committed and kind professional.
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Posted by Ashley | August 26, 2014
Excellent Attorney!
Alison walked me through the divorce process step by step. She made herself available by phone or email whenever I had questions along the way. Thanks to her expert advice, I was able to get through my divorce quickly and fairly.
Posted by Michele | June 11, 2014
Compassionate and hard working
Alison was retained by me halfway through my divorce proceedings, I wish I retained her before I filed. She did a fantastic job in a short amount of time. My divorce was very contentious. My ex-husband and his lawyer did all they could to break me without any concern for my children. Alison had an uphill battle on my behalf. She is compassionate and ethical. I called her on a regular basis and she always called me back or made the time to talk with me when I did call. I never felt like a nuisance and always felt better after speaking with her. Alison’s primary concern was making sure my children’s rights and mine were protected. I would strongly recommend Alison for her knowledge of the law, her incredible level of ethics, and compassion.
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Posted by William | January 17, 2014
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Alison Schmieder provided an outcome from my case that exceeded my expectations. Alison was very thorough in the initial consultation and kept me fully informed throughout the proceedings. I would recommend her highly for her professionalism and diligence.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Family Law Attorney & Mediator
  • Haber Silver Simpson & Russoniello
  • 2020 - Present
  • Associate
  • Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group, LLC
  • 2013 - 2020
  • Associate
  • Newman McDonough Schofel & Giger
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Honorable Michael Paul Wright, J.S.C.
  • 2009 - 2010
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Education

  • William & Mary School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006
  • National Family Law Trial Institute
  • N/A
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
  • N/A
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • N/A
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Associations

  • Passaic County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Morris County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • New Jersey Collaborative Law Group
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • William & Mary Alumni Association, Northern New Jersey Chapter
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Certified Attorney
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • "10 Best" in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • "10 Best" in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer
  • 2013
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Publications

  • William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal
  • Best Interests and Parental Presumptions: Bringing Same-Sex Custody Agreements Beyond Preclusion by the Federal Defense of Marriage Act
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Family Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alison is an outstanding attorney and an excellent advocate for her clients. No issue is too complicated for her to handle. I highly recommend Alison for all divorce and matrimonial matters."
Family Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Alison. I know her to be an effective and and extremely knowledgeable attorney."
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Alison is a fantastic attorney who is always willing to go the extra mile for her clients. She is compassionate and knowledgeable, and I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Alison is an excellent attorney - thorough, responsive and dedicated to obtaining the best outcome for her clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Alsion is a respected family law attorney who knows how to appropriately approach a case in a reasonable way while advocating for her clients. I am pleased to recommend Alison or to have her as opposing counsel on any matter."
Family Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Alison and I work together closely. As our firm is a team approach, we often collaborate on our cases together. I trust Alison's opinion and find her helpful when I need another voice on a case. Alison is always ready to pitch in at the last minute and I feel confident that my clients are taken care of when I am not in the office."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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Florham Park Family Lawyer Alison M. Dunn
Alison M. Dunn
Family Attorney
Florham Park, NJ
Licensed for 13 years