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Jane Ellen Doran

Divorce and separation Attorney at Morristown, NJ

4.6   21 reviews
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  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 39 years
    New York - NY 40 years
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Jane

Learn Jane’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Experienced in all aspects of divorce litigation, including complex valuation, and distribution issues of businesses and professional practices, executive benefits, alimony, child support and contested custody and parenting issues.

  2. Child custody
    25%

  3. Marriage and prenuptials
    20%

  4. Family
    5%
    Extensive history of negotiating private premarital agreements, marital settlement agreements and resolution of post judgment issues on financial as well as custody and parenting time issues.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Location

Laufer, Dalena, Jensen, Bradley & Doran, LLC

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2021
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Anonymous
Jane Ellen Doran is a terrific lawyer. in addition to being professional, knowledgeable, effective and timely, she puts her clients priorities first- before her own. Jane Ellen is highly ethical. She is also personal and genuinely empathetic. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Pam | March 23, 2020
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Experienced and Caring Attorney
I hired Jane Ellen back in the early 2000's to represent me during my divorce. Jane Ellen is smart, caring and knows the Law. She guided me through a very difficult time in my life. I recently hired Jane Ellen again to represent me in a financial matter involving my ex-husband. Again, she brought her experience to the table that makes her an exceptional attorney.
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Posted by Carl | December 11, 2019
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Excellent experience with Jane Ellen Doran
I hired Jane Ellen a year ago and she brought my case to a successful outcome. Attentive, detail oriented and presented the case in a calm manor to the judge who eventually ruled in our favor. Jane Ellen cited all the case law supporting my case and her presentation and demeanor were ultimately successful. I would highly recommend Jane Ellen to anyone seraching for an attorney in divorce or family law litigation.
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Posted by Jennifer | November 19, 2019
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Brilliant attorney, compassionate advocate, respected and classy
Jane Ellen guided me through an exceptionally nasty divorce; thanks to her saavy handling of my case my 4 children and I have been safe for the last 14 years. She is a talented attorney focused on solving the issues at hand with the least amount of drama, not racking up expensive court time. That said, she was brilliant at our various hearings and clearly respected by the judges. She's a compassionate, classy person with excellent ethics, I was comfortable putting my life in her capable hands.
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2019
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Wonderful attorney and woman
Jane Ellen represented me in my recent divorce. She worked at my speed and was an amazing listener. She held me accountable during the process as well. She always had mine and my son's best interest at heart and I felt that throughout the entire process, especially during the most difficult and painful parts of my divorce. She turns work around very quickly yet effectively. Jane Ellen has a way of articulating the exact sentiments of how you feel in a document so it is clear with just the right amount of emotion. She is smart and strong yet lovely to deal with and I am so happy she was by my side this year.
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2019
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A Lawyer You Want On Your Team
The divorce process is painful enough, but having the right lawyer to handle the legality part makes it so much easier - that is why I hired Jane Ellen Doran, Esq. with Smith and Doran in Morristown, NJ. She has the experience to guide you through the process, patiently explains all your options and, most importantly, goes above and beyond to make sure you get the best possible outcome for your situation. I once heard her described as "having the graces of a Southern Bell, but with the fire and determination of a pit bull” - having Jane Ellen as my lawyer, I couldn’t agree more. Jane Ellen is definitely someone you want on your team.
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Posted by wayne | August 7, 2019
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Managing Director
Of Course, Divorce is a painful process but having Jane Doran Esq. representing me was the best thing that I could have done considering. I've been Divorced 18 + and the laws weren't, I feel, as fair to 'Dads' as hopefully, they are now. With Jane on my side then and throughout the years I know that she always worked effortlessly and professionally on my behalf. I would recommend Jane Doran to anyone going through this process.
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Posted by Lori | May 24, 2019
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spectacular
From the moment I sat with Jane Ellen, we clicked! Not only is she extemely educated in her field, but she was always available when I needed her. She provided me with excellent counceling during a very difficult time. She was compassionate, thorough and patient with the many changes I presented. She explained things to me so they made sense rather than simply using "lawyer terms". I would highly recommend Jane Ellen and endorse her practice 150%.
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Posted by SDE | April 11, 2019
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Great Lawyer, Knowledgeable and Attentive
I retained Jane Ellen to assist me with a personal and complicated financial issue. She was the consummate professional, skillfully educating me about laws that applied to my case and my legal options. Jane Ellen was readily available when I needed to consult her or follow up with additional questions so that I could make informed decisions about my case. We developed a trusting relationship and as a result, I am confident I received the guidance and support I needed from Jane Ellen.
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Posted by Jonathan | March 27, 2019
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Wonderful attorney
I could not have been happier with my choice of Jane Ellen to represent me in my divorce proceedings. She has a world of experience and is fantastic to deal with. There were zero surprises, shes always very well prepared, and extremely responsive. I've already recommended her to a friend and will continue to do so.
Posted by Sydney | March 21, 2019
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Wonderful family lawyer
Jane Ellen represented me on a very difficult divorce and custody process. I can’t soeak highly enough of Jane Ellen. She is tough in the courtroom and very experienced. I truly appreciated how honest with me she was throughout the entire process and really guided me to make the best decisions I could for my young daughter. Ms. Doran is very responsive and works incredibly hard. I hope I never have to recommend friends to an attorney for a divorce or custody negotiations, but if I did Jane Ellen would be, without a doubt, the lawyer I’d recommend. I am truly grateful to her and her firm for their professionalism, diligence, and honesty.
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Posted by EJY | March 17, 2019
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Highly Ethical Trusted Advocate
I was referred by two attorneys that I have great respect for. Jane Ellen listens very carefully, and advocates vigorously. I was most pleased with her representation, and would happily recommend her to others.
Posted by Balaji | March 15, 2019
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Compassionate with very strong ethics and integrity
I am the founder of a non-profit organization Mitr (friend), which started in 1998 to primarily help first-generation immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. I got the opportunity to work with Jane Ellen Doran while helping one of the domestic violence victims Madhavi. It is very hard to find good attorneys, especially pro bono ones. Even though she was providing free service, Jane took utmost care and she was very thorough and committed throughout the case and exhibited professionalism all along. Her compassion, ethics, and integrity were outstanding. Right from day one, I had great confidence that she will provide professional service and she lived up to that and got justice for Madhavi. I am a firm believer in our judicial system but attorneys do make a huge difference in the outcome of the case. Jane made a huge impact in Madhavi's life by not only getting her justice but by doing so it helped Madhavi regain confidence in our judicial system. Going through a divorce and especially through domestic violence is in itself a tough ordeal but at least through great attorneys like Jane, people can be assured that justice will prevail. I hope there are more attorneys like Jane. Great job Jane!!! It's an honor to know you as a person and as a professional.
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Posted by Mario | March 13, 2019
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Excellent Attorney!
I received excellent representation from Mrs. Doran. From the consultation to finalizing all of the documents, she was attentive, resourceful, incredibly knowledgeable about her field of law and easy to talk to. She always responded to my requests and was direct, thoughtful and allowed me to achieve what we wanted from our agreement. I would highly recommend her and plan to use her again!
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Posted by AJF | October 30, 2018
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Excellent Choice!
Jane Ellen Doran is highly skilled, committed and compassionate. Her legal knowledge and experiences helped me navigate the complexities of my divorce. I valued her counsel, guidance and strategic approach. It quickly became apparent that Jane Ellen is respected within her profession. I found her relationships an advantage in negotiations and proceedings. As my advocate, Jane Ellen was tough when necessary and conciliatory as appropriate. I highly recommend Jane Ellen Doran.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2018
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Thank you Jane Ellen!
Jane Ellen assisted me with a very complicated and contentious custody matter. Jane Ellen demonstrated an excellent command of the applicable laws and was able to prepare legal briefs for the judge that clearly and persuasively outlined my position. The court filings that she prepared were clearly well researched and far superior to the opposing counsel’s work. Prior to appearing before the judge, Jane Ellen prepared me for the process and gave me a realistic view of the possible outcomes. She did an excellent job in the court room articulating our position. While opposing counsel often tried to be aggressive and use unsavory tactics, Jane Ellen always took the high road and this was clearly respected by the judge. After several court appearances addressing procedural matters and framing our arguments for the judge she was able to convince the opposing counsel that we had a high likelihood of prevailing in the case and negotiated a settlement that resolved the matter. After the conclusion of our case Jane Ellen has remained available to guide me through issues that have arisen in the interpretation of the settlement agreement. Jane Ellen has helped guide me through a very difficult period of my life and provided me frank and direct legal advice while still being empathetic with how painful and emotional these matters are to negotiate/litigate.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2018
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Great working relationship and successful outcome
I hired Jane Ellen to represent me in a divorce, and the effective working relationship created by her and her staff surpassed my expectations. Jane Ellen effectively explained legal aspects to me, and as a team they were timely, accurate, clear in communicating, and thoroughly reliable. Thus, I was confident in the process and always felt we were in a proactive stance. I also appreciated Jane Ellen's consideration of my perspective and instincts in the situation.
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Posted by Kristin | July 30, 2018
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Intelligent, Experienced, Honest and Skilled
I was very fortunate to have Jane Ellen Doran represent me during a very lengthy, complex litigation concerning my ex-husband's attempts to negate financial aspects of our Hong Kong divorce. Throughout the process, Jane Ellen proved herself to be a bright, insightful advocate who conducted herself with great professionalism and integrity. Her work product, attention to detail, commitment to accuracy and knowledge were outstanding and resulted in rulings in my favor. She gave me not only a brilliant legal voice, but also an ethical and honest one and for that I am truly grateful. She is also a skilled negotiator and was able to quickly discern appropriate paths and communicate them to me simply and fully. She was invaluable in helping me understand the complexities of my situation and the potential remedies without ever making me feel uncomfortable asking questions and in the end, came up with the winning solution in this matter. I recommend her most highly.
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Posted by Sandra | January 28, 2018
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Great lawyer
Jane Ellen Doran was referred to me by a friend who had gone through her own divorce years ago. I met with her when I was seeking a lawyer for my divorce and was immediately impressed with her acumen, savvy advice and professionalism. She was patient with me and made an otherwise horrid experience just a bit easier and less anxiety producing. I have since recommended her to other friends who were seeking a lawyer for other issues.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2019
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Dishonest
She chargers fir every minute detail and I ended up with a bill close to $100,000and a poor settlement. Do not hire her. I could write a book about her disloyalty and misrepresentation. Stay clear
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Laufer, Dalena, Jensen, Bradley & Doran, LLC.
  • 2020 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • Smith & Doran P.C.
  • 2019 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Hon. Herbert S. Friend, Judge, Superior Court, Morris County, Clerk
  • 1983 - 1984

Education

  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Providence College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Associations

  • Morris County Bar Association, Early Settlement Panel Committee
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section
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  • New York State Bar Association
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Morris County Bar Foundation
  • Trustee
  • 2003 - 2008
  • District X Ethics Committee
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Central New Jersey Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 1996 - 2002
  • Morris County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Chair
  • 1994 - 1996
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
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  • 2006
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Morristown Divorce and separation Lawyer Jane Ellen Doran
Jane Ellen Doran
Divorce and separation Attorney
Morristown, NJ
Licensed for 40 years
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