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Darren Charles O'Toole

Divorce and separation Attorney at Manasquan (Wall Township), NJ

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Darren O'Toole, Darren OToole

  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 24 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 17 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2007
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

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Darren C. O’Toole is a life long resident of Monmouth County.  Mr. O'Toole attended Bethany College, graduating Summa Cum Laude 1996 studying both psychology and economics. Thereafter Mr. O'Toole attended Rutgers Law School in Camden, NJ, earning his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1999.

Mr. O'Toole was an active member of the Domestic Violence Practice and Reform Project while serving as law clerk to the Honorable Joseph H. Rodriguez of the United States District Court.

Thereafter, Mr. O'Toole completed a clerkship Family Part of the Superior Court, Monmouth County, NJ. Mr. O'Toole also served as a law clerk in the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Mr. O'Toole was a partner in the firm of Jacobowitz, Defino, Latimer & O’Toole, where he practiced family law prior to opening his own practice in 2011, The Law Offices of Darren O’Toole.

Focusing primarily on all aspects of family law, Mr. O'Toole’s practice includes dissolution of marriage, child custody, child support, adoption, spousal support, domestic violence trials, relocation, shared parenting time arrangements, and mediation and resolution of all family law matters.

Mr. O'Toole has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.  He has been recognized by NJ Monthly as a Top Matrimonial Attorney for several years.

Mr. O'Toole is a Member of the Monmouth Bar Association, Monmouth County Family Law Committee Trustee, Ocean County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Division,

Darren O'Toole resides in Monmouth County with his wife, four children, and two dogs.


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The Law Offices of Darren C. O'Toolei, LLC
O'Toole Professional Center
1312 Atlantic Avenue
Manasquan (Wall Township), NJ, 08736


5.0 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by John | November 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Darren is the best
I’m so glad I hired Darren he was on top of everything and made my Divorce process as easy as it could be (considering it’s not an easy process) a true pro
Posted by Eric Roman | June 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely Competent Attorney !
Darren and his entire team are without question the best. He and his team saved me from losing everything including my house. I had to fire my original attorney because they were nothing but a money sucking machine. Had I stayed with them I would have wound up being homeless. Darren was the total opposite. I never had to question what was going on with my case. I would so highly recommend Darren O'toole because you don't just get him, you get the entire team.
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Posted by Donald | August 4, 2017
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HIGHLY Recommended!
Very pleased with my experience with Darren and his firm. He has always been accessible when needed and his staff had always been helpful, knowledgeable, supportive and caring. During very tough times, their attention and familiarity with my situation/case always made me feel at ease. I highly recommend this firm and am thankful their outstanding services.
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Posted by Frank | July 15, 2017
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100 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!
If I could give Darren and his firm 100 stars I would. Darren got me thru the most difficult part of my life my divorce, he walked with me every step of the way never once giving in to the other lawyers demands. I would recommend Darren to anyone that ever needs a lawyer and to me he's more than a lawyer he truly cares about the people he represents in every way. Hopefully you'll never need a lawyer but if you do Darren O'Toole is the man for you. Thank you Darren and your friendly staff especially Diane for always being there for me I can't thank you enough!!
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Posted by Jeff | July 15, 2015
From a father who won custody of his children
I am told that very few cases proceed to trial - something like less than 1%. Well - as luck would have it, I was in that less than 1%. My former spouse attempted to alienate me from my children. I was willing to share 50/50 but I wanted to be more than a every other weekend father. My wife was extremely unreasonable. After the conclusion of the trial, I ended up with primary residential custody of my children. I cannot say enough about how hard this firm fought for me and my family.
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Posted by Frank | July 15, 2015
Highly recommend this firm
When searching for a divorce attorney you want someone who is going genuinely going to care about you and your family. I found Darren and his firm to be extremely passionate and responsive to my needs. Darren kept me informed about the process and was very knowledgeable. It was obvious to me that he spent a lot of time in the court in Freehold because he knew everyone there and I could tell that he was highly respected. I found Darren and his firm to be very professional and highly recommend this firm.
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Posted by Mark | August 13, 2013
Attorney review
Darren got me through a difficult time during my divorce. He and his staff were professional and followed up expeditiously whenever needed. Highly recommend his services.
Posted by Bobby | July 31, 2013
Best divorce attorney
Thank you for making one of the hardest decisions in my life easy to manage. Your professionalism and concern exceeded my expectations.
Posted by Debbie | June 19, 2012
Caring Attorney
We found Darren O'Toole to be a very caring and helpful attorney at one of the worst times of our lives. It is very scary choosing an attorney... so finding one that has values that you can admire is a great thing indeed.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY - Founding/Managing Partner
  • The Law Offices of O'Toole & Gunteski, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Jacobowitz Defino Latimer & O'Toole
  • 1999 - 2011
  • FAMILY PART - Monmouth County
  • Superior Court Of New Jersey
  • 1999 - 2000


  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Bethany College (Bethany, WV)
  • BA- Bachelor of Arts - Summa Cum Laude
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Martin v. Dixon
  • successful on appeal
  • LaMagra v. LaMagra
  • successful on appeal
  • Hoffman v. Hoffman
  • succesful on appeal


  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Group
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Early Settlement Panelist Monmouth/Ocean County
  • Attorney Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Monmouth Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Monmouth Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Trustee
  • 1999 - Present
  • Ocean County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Ocean County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Court Appointed Mediator Monmouth/Ocean/Middlesex County
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • 2019
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2012
  • Certified Matrimonial Law Mediator 2007-2015
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • 2007
  • Distinguished Peer Review Rating 2006 - 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • Supreme Court Admission
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • 1999
  • Rutgers Alumni Scholar Award Recipient
  • Rutgers University
  • 1999
  • National Kleinoder Graduate Scholar Award
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • 1999
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  • Inns of Court
  • Monmouth & Ocean County Bar Association
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Inns of Court
  • Family Law - Divorce Litigation
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (9)
Endorse Darren
Unknown Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked with Darren on several divorce cases. He is a good attorney and definitely knows matrimonial law. Darren is an excellent advocate on behalf of his clients. knows how to advocate for his clients. I strongly endorse him."
Family Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Darren O’Tool Esquire. Attorney O’Tool and I have worked alongside each other for a number of years. Between Darren’s dedication to his clients, coupled with his extensive knowledge of matrimonial law, he has proven himself to be a worthy adversary. I highly endorse Darren O’Tool Esquire."
Mediation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Darren recently served as an intensive settlement panelist on a matter that was in litigation for over a year. Darren's knowledge of the law and exceptional ability to reason with the parties helped facilitate closure for everyone, most significantly the children who were the subject of the dispute. By donating his time and skill to serve as a panelist he was able to accomplish what other highly esteemed mediators before him were not. I endorse this lawyer with great pleasure."
Unknown Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. O'Toole has an extensive practice history and is a zealous and ethical advocate for his/her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. O'Toole is an excellent attorney that fairly represents his client's best interests."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. O'Toole zealously represents his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Darren for many years. He is a good attorney and a decent adversary. Darren definitely knows matrimonial law and knows how to advocate for his clients. I consider Darren to be a skilled negotiator and an excellent practitioner."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Darren is a very competent, well-respected attorney. He is an expert in all areas of family law and will provide you with a level of service that you will not be able to get from other lawyers in the area."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Darren is a skilled attorney with whom I have had the pleasure of working with on a difficult case during which he demonstrated his vast knowledge of family law."
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is firm but not unyelding. He is practical and knowledgable in his field of practice. He is sensitive to his clients needs and concerns."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Darren O'toole is an exceptional attorney and a tremendous advocate for his clients. He has an impressive legal resume. As an adversary, Darren zealously advocates for his clients while remaining professional and maintaining integrity. I highly recommend him."
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Domestic violence
Divorce and separation
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