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Holly Martindale Friedland

Divorce and separation Attorney at Morristown, NJ

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 28 years
    New York - NY 27 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1996
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Holly

Learn Holly’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    I handle cases involving alimony, child support, custody, parenting time, distribution of assets, valuation of businesses, removal, and prenuptial agreements.

    28 years, 300 cases

  2. Mediation
    I am registered on the Roster of Mediators with the Family Court. I am regulaly appointed to provide mediation in family disputes and also provide private mediation services on issues including alimony, child support, custody, and distribution of assets.

    18 years, 50 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    I represent both victims and defendants in domestic violence situations. I current sit on the board for the Battered Womens Legal Advocacy Project.

    28 years, 100 cases

  4. Adoption
    I provide legal representation in private and agency adoptions including international and interstate adoptions.

    23 years, 25 cases

  5. Estate planning
    I provide estate planning services for clients which includes preparation of wills, powers of attorney, living wills, and simple trusts.

    23 years, 50 cases

I am a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney specializeing in the areas of Matrimonial Law, Adoptions, Domestic Violence, Appeals, Mediation, Collaborative Divorce, and Estate Planning. I have been in private practice since 1996.

Prior to entering private practice, I served as law clerk to the Honorable Graham T. Ross, Presiding Family Court Judge of Somerset County. I attended Lehigh University, graduating with a B.A. in 1992.  I attended Western New England College, School of Law, graduating in 1995. I am admitted to the New Jersey Bar, 1995; U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1995; New York Bar, 1996; and New York Court of Appeals, 1996. I was admitted to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2007.

I am currently a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, for which I have served on the Adoption Committee and Young Lawyers Committee of the Family Law Section; and Morris County Bar Association. I also serve as an Early Settlement Panelist for Morris County and sit on the Board for the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project.

 I was added to the roster for the Superior Court of New Jersey to provide Mediation in Family Law Cases in 2005. I provide mediation services in Family Law disputes both in private situations and as a court appointed mediator.

 I am also trained in the area of Collaborative Divorce. 

My work has been reported in the case of Miller v Miller 160 N.J. 408 (1999). I have also written articles for the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, County College of Morris and have lectured for the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts.


Jacobs Berger LLC
16 Washington Street
Suite 201
Morristown, NJ, 07960

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Posted by Grace | July 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
During my two-year case, it was chaos but with Holly’s help it ended well. Holly is extremely trustworthy, helpful, and gives great advice. Holly understands your needs and will help you immediately. I highly recommend Holly as your attorney!
Posted by Sibel | June 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, intelligent and a woman with integrity
Divorce is one of the most difficult processes to go through. I had many concerns about my decision when I retained Holly to represent me. My divorce was just finalized and looking back I realize I could not have picked a better attorney to represent me. When you retain Holly, you are dealing only with Holly and no paralegals. She is excellent in communicating in a timely manner. She is a bright person with integrity.
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Posted by Stacey | July 26, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Able to answer all my questions and walk me thru the process. Helpful, reliable, trustworthy!
Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2014
"Professional, knowledgeable and caring"
Mrs. Friedland was absolutely awesome to work with. She explained everything in detail and handled everything in a timely manner. She is warm, skilled and a pleasure to work with. We recommend her as your attorney. We want to thank you again, for doing such a great job representing us on our adoption case…This means a lot to us as a family!
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Posted by Bianca | March 11, 2014
Competent, Honest and Trustworthy - Guardian Angel God sent (Your not going to find a better person to work with)
I and my ex-boyfriend split last February 2013, 4 days before he left, he deceived thousands of my hard-earned dollars which I saved for my medical school tuition, he used my hard-earned dollars suing me for the custody of our child. In a rush, I hired a big law firm recommended by my neighbor as this big law firm has big advertisement page in our local yellow book, then I was drastically robbed by them with non-stopping billing crap. I have no hesitation no fear to speak out alerting our community away from this horrible dishonest big law firm. Luckily I immediately fired them one month later, and started the search of a competent, honest and trustworthy attorney. This time I had been extreme cautious by polling names in many places, my workplace, my local community, many forums, etc. I got many responses and most of them are complaining about the attorney names warning me to stay away from based on their personal experiences. It is really hard nowadays to find a competent, honest and trustworthy attorney, and Holly is one of the rare. I interviewed several candidates recommended by my polling, going by many responses' advice that is the trusted sources to go with. After communicating with Anthony (a former client of Holly's who also wrote a review here based on his personal experience), I decided to hire Holly to represent my case. Holly has worked my case till completion, besides appreciation towards Holly's super work, I also found Holly has a very soft and great heart, this lawsuit my ex-boyfriend bought me into burned my wallet and caused me into deep debts, Holly has been very understandable, sympathizing my financial constraints and she has done as much as she could to help as well. If you need a sincere referral for a competent, honest and trustworthy, look no further. I am very grateful and I am very blessed that I retained Holly. I want to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for all the blessings in my life. I have learned that one can always find beauty and blessings in hardship if one chooses to look hard enough. Everyone is entitled to retain a competent, honest and trustworthy attorney representing you so that you can work with him/her at ease, till the peace of mind coming back in your life.
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Posted by Chuck | May 15, 2013
Fighting the good fight
Holly made me feel at ease while I fought a motion. Her knowledge and expertise in the field of family law is outstanding.
Posted by Angela | March 23, 2011
Preparation and execution of estate documents
Holly prepared three documents: a Last Will and Testament, a General Durable Power of Attorney and in Instruction Directive. I would recommend her services to anyone with similiar needs because Holly handled all my personal issues with professionalism, timliness and care. I was most impressed with her listening skills as these allowed her to develope documents which precisely reflected my individual desires. I am a Financial Advisor - customization and accuracy are critical in my business. Holly clearly exudes the same values. Be comfortable in calling her.
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Posted by Anthony Torelli | March 9, 2011
Your not going to find a better person to work with
I was divorced in 2002 and since then have had nothing but trouble with my ex-wife and her antics. My previous attorney took a job as a family part judge and she recomemded Holly to us. Holly is the type of person who focuses on the facts and issues. She will not waste your time and you will not get billed for hours of stuff you do not need. If your looking for an expensive therapist then dont use her!!!! If you want results and you want the crap to stop, put your trust in her. We all must remember that no one is miracle worker but if anyone comes close, its Holly. In a system that is horrible she seems to be able to get things done. If anyone wants to call me for a reference I will answer any calls or emails at [email protected].
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Posted by Julie | March 9, 2011
highly recommend
Would absolutely recommend. She was always courteous, knowledgable and prompt in handling my divorce. I have already referred her and will continue to do so!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Shauger & Friedland LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Owner
  • Holly M. Friedland LLC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Celli, Schlossberg & Friedland, L.L.C.
  • 2000 - 2010
  • Associate
  • James P. Yudes P.C.
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Graham T. Ross
  • Superior Court of New Jersey- Somerset County
  • 1995 - 1996
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  • Western New England College School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1995
  • Lehigh University
  • B.A.
  • 1992
  • ABA Family Section Trial Advocacy Institute
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Miller v Miller 160 N.J. 408 (1999)
  • Prevailing party


  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • 2015 - Present
  • New Jersey Collaborative Law Group
  • 2012 - Present
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Morris County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • 2000 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • 1995 - Present
  • Somerset County Bar Association
  • 1996 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 50 Female Attorneys of New Jersey
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • 2016 Superlawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • 2015 Superlawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • 2014 Superlawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono/ Public Service Award
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • 2013 Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2012
  • Certified as a Matrimonial Law Attorney
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Early Settlement Panelist
  • Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Early Settlement Panelist
  • Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Early Settlement Panelist
  • Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County
  • 2008
  • Counselor of the Court
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2006
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  • County College of Morris Newsletter
  • You've Decided It's Over... Now What?
  • 2012
  • County College of Morris Newsletter
  • You've Been Served... Now What?
  • 2012
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
  • Lehr v. Afflito: A Cautionary Tail
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Womens Center
  • Proper Use of Case Information Statements
  • 2013
  • Where Family and Criminal Court Collide
  • Impact of Domestic Violence on Criminal Prosecution
  • 2012
  • BWLAP Training
  • Domestic Violence Representation
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse Holly
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Holly is a resource to both her clients and our community of New Jersey family lawyers. She's a terrific attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Other
"Having reviewed this attorney's written materials and experience, I would certainly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Holly is an excellent attorney and strong advocate for her clients. Holly is direct and practical."
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Holly is a strong advocate and very dedicated to her clients"
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Holly as a colleague, client and referral source over the years and her experience and dedication to her clients makes it very easy for me to send clients her way. She has substantial expertise in her field and has the right tempermant to thrive in the sometimes difficult arena of family law. I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"“I have had numerous cases with Ms. Friedland over the years. Ms. Friedland provides aggressive, but pragmatic representation of her clients seeking to get to a resolution without wasting time or financial resources, unless necessary. Mrs. Friedland is excellent to work with on a case.”"
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Morristown Divorce and separation Lawyer Holly Martindale Friedland
Holly Martindale Friedland
Divorce and separation Attorney
Morristown, NJ
Licensed for 28 years