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Sandra C. Fava is a partner with Riker Danzig and heads the Firm’s Family Law Group.  Sandra has devoted her entire career to representing clients in family law matters.  She is sought out by clients because she is a diligent and thoughtful advocate, who provides creative and compassionate counsel. Sandra is solution oriented; she works with each client to identify their goals and develop a strategy that effectively and efficiently meets those goals.

Sandra focuses on matters involving complex and sophisticated family law issues.  She often represents high net worth individuals, professionals, corporate executives, hedge fund managers, business owners, and the spouses of such individuals. Sandra represents clients in the negotiation of prenuptial agreements, separation and divorce proceedings, mediations and arbitrations, trials, post-judgment matters and appeals.  

The divorce matters that Sandra handles often involve issues of alimony, custody and parenting time, child support and equitable distribution of assets, including family businesses, real estate holdings, professional practices and corporations, retirement accounts, vested and unvested stock options and family or inherited wealth.

Sandra’s representation of clients in post-judgment matters involves the enforcement of property or marital settlement agreements, modifications of child support and alimony due to change of circumstance, disputes involving college contribution, modification of custodial arrangements and appeals from unfavorable judgments of divorce and prior court rulings.  She represents clients in the negotiation of  prenuptial agreements to protect pre-marital assets, current and future income, family assets and/or future inheritances. Sandra also represents same-sex couples in matters involving complex and evolving areas of family law, including custody disputes between biological and non-biological parents, same-sex alimony, child support and distribution of assets.

Sandra is a Trustee of the Essex County Bar Association and also serves as Chair of its Family Law Committee.  She is a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice’s Family Law Section Committee, as well as a panelist for the Essex and Morris County Matrimonial Early Settlement Panels.  She is also a frequent speaker at various continuing legal education seminars.  Sandra was appointed to the District XB Ethics Committee for West Morris and Sussex counties.  Sandra firmly believes in pro bono service and devotes time as a volunteer attorney for Partners for Women and Justice and the National Council for Jewish Women.    

Sandra has been included on the Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list published by Thomson Reuters every year since 2008.  In 2014, Sandra was named a “New Leader of the Bar” by the New Jersey Law Journal, a distinction awarded to only 50 attorneys in the state.  She is also distinguished as one of the “Ten Leaders” Ages 45 & Under for Divorce Law in New Jersey.  Sandra was selected for inclusion in the National Association of Professional Women. 

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Languages spoken: French, Italian, English

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Family: 20%
  2. Child Support: 20%
  3. Child Custody: 20%
  4. Alimony: 20%
  5. Divorce: 20%

Payment

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Allen Joseph Scazafabo Jr.

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    Allen Scazafabo Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Luther G Jones IV

    I endorse this lawyer. Sandra is smart, dedicated, effective and reasonable.

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    Luther Jones Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP

HQ Plaza, One Speedwell Avenue
Morristown, NJ, 07962-1981

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NJActive200507/28/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2016
Rising StarNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Rising StarNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2011
Rising StarNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2010
Rising StarNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2009
Rising StarNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2008
Top Ten Leaders in Divorce Law in NJ Age 45 & UnderThe Ten Leaders CooperativeN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRiker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP2015 - Present
PartnerFox Rothschild, LLP Attorneys At Law2007 - 2015
AttorneyDonahue, Hagan, Klein, Newsome & O'donnell, PC2006 - 2007
Law Clerk to Hon. Stephan C. Hansbury, P.J.F.PNj Superior Court2005 - 2006
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Essex County Bar Association, Family Law CommitteeCo-chair2012 - Present
Essex County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2005 - Present
Morris County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Barry Croland Family Law American Inn of CourtMember2005 - Present
NJ Women's Lawyer AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Professional WomenMemberN/A
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
New Jersey Family Law BlogVarious issues on family lawN/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005