When you need an attorney, whose recommendation do you trust? We asked parents like you about the lawyers who’ve made a difference in their family’s lives at the most stressful of times. The result is a list of professionals who’ve gone above and beyond to advocate for their clients. From family law to estate planning to special needs, the lawyers on this list have been nominated by parents like you for being the best of the best. Thanks for voting—your recommendations will help families get top-notch representation when they need it most.

THE DETAILS

  • The list doesn’t imply endorsement by New Jersey Family; it’s a parent-to-parent referral list only.
  • A name in boldface indicates the attorney has purchased an advertising profile.
  • The professionals on this list were nominated by readers who were surveyed by New Jersey Family between November 2021 and November 2022.

Read our methodology.

Lawyers are listed alphabetically by category.

BANKRUPTCY
Rebecca S. Ashkenazi • Union
Andrew M. Wolfenson • Union

BUSINESS
Brad M. Kaplan • Berkeley Heights, Fairfield, New York

CIVIL RIGHTS/CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
Ronald A. Berutti • Clark
Gwyneth K. Murray-Nolan • Clark

CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Stanley R. Pietruska • Bayonne

EDUCATION LAW
Karen F. Edler • Morristown, Woodcliff Lake
Jacqueline E. Esposito • Morristown, Woodcliff Lake
Michelle L. Krone • Morristown, Woodcliff Lake

ELDER LAW
Mary Joan S. Kennedy • Florham Park
Constantina Koulosousas • Whippany
Donald D. Vanarelli • Westfield

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION
Sheila O’Shea-Criscione • Hackensack

ESTATE PLANNING
Melissa M. Bracuti • Morristown
Michael Canarick • Red Bank, Wall
Larry Daniels, III • Roselle Park
Susan K. Dromsky-Reed • Roseland
Hillary D. Freeman • Princeton
Stuart M. Gladstone • Roseland
Erica J. Goldberg • Morristown
Gary Haydu • Chatham
Alex M. Hilsen • Cranbury, Red Bank
Brad M. Kaplan • Berkeley Heights, Fairfield, New York
Mary Joan S. Kennedy • Florham Park
Constantina Koulosousas • Whippany
Beth C. Manes • Bridgewater, Paramus, Westfield
Christine L. Matus • Toms River
Gretchan R. Ohlig • Westfield
Kimberly A. Paton • Fair Lawn
Stephen Scipione • Fairfield
Donald D. Vanarelli • Westfield
Jessica Weinberg • Bridgewater, Paramus, Westfield

FAMILY LAW
Rita M. Aquilio • Red Bank, Watchung
Jessica L. Arndt • East Brunswick
Santo V. Artusa, Jr. • Jersey City
Rebecca S. Ashkenazi • Union
Alyssa Bartholomew • East Brunswick, Hackensack
Kristyl M. Berckes • Red Bank, Watchung
Rebecca A. Berger • Marlton
Jamie N. Berger • Morristown
Jenny Berse • Westfield
Samuel J. Berse • Westfield
Sylvia L. Breitowich • Wall
Daniel A. Burton • Red Bank, Watchung
Melissa Cipriano • West Caldwell
John E. Clancy • Hackensack, Whippany
Aaron Cohen • Morristown, Woodcliff Lake
Ashley Tate Cooper • Hackensack
LaDonna M. Cousins • Short Hills
Stacey A. Cozewith • Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, Roseland
Jerry S. D’Aniello • Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, Roseland
Carolyn N. Daly • Morristown
Scott D. Danaher • Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, Roseland
Nicholas De Metro • Montclair
Erin D. DeGeorge • Clinton, Morristown
Rosanne S. DeTorres • Clinton, Morristown
Richard S. Diamond • Millburn
Helen M. Dukhan • Hackensack
Patricia A. Dulinski • Westfield
Ashley E. Edwards • Red Bank, Watchung
Robert Epstein • Hoboken, Montclair
Sandra C. Fava • Morristown
Sean P. Gaynor • Morristown
Laura Guinta Gencarelli  Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, Roseland
JoAnne Juliano Giger • Roseland
Carolyn B. Hand • Clinton, Morristown
Allison E. Holzman • West Caldwell
Robyn N. Howlett • Freehold
Sarah J. Jacobs • Morristown
Ruth Kim • Paramus
Nicole A. Kobis • Westfield
Maria J. La Sala • Wayne
Jeralyn L. Lawrence • Red Bank, Watchung
Heidi Ann Lepp • Somerville
Joseph V. Maceri • Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, Roseland
Lauren A. Miceli • East Brunswick,
Joseph M. Murphy, Jr. • Morristown
Laurie L. Newmark • Hackensack, Whippany
Laura Nunnink • Fair Lawn
Tracey Oandasan • Woodstown
Gregory A. Pasler • Warren
Adelaide Riggi • Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, Roseland
Elizabeth Rozin-Golinder • East Brunswick, Hackensack
Angelo Sarno • Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, Roseland
Allen J. Scazafabo, Jr. • Morristown
Sheryl J. Seiden • Cranford
Amy Shimalla • Red Bank, Watchung
Sean A. Smith • Roseland
Edward S. Snyder • Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, Roseland
Elliot Solop • Red Bank
Carl J. Soranno • Roseland
Alison J. Sutak • East Brunswick
Victoria Tomasella • Hackensack
Emily Urrico • Red Bank, Watchung
Courtney Vacca • Hackensack
Patricia L. Veres • Denville
Amy Wechsler • Red Bank, Watchung
Bari Z. Weinberger • Parsippany
Pegeen C. Williams • Short Hills
Edward A. Wojciechowski • East Brunswick, Hackensack
Andrew M. Wolfenson • Union
Jennifer L. Young • Cranford
Melissa Zemsky • Springfield

GENERAL PRACTICE
Gina L. Campanella • Midland Park

LITIGATION
Joseph M. Murphy, Jr. • Morristown

PERSONAL INJURY
Edward P. Capozzi • Roseland
Jeremy L. Hylton • Roseland

REAL ESTATE
Rebecca S. Ashkenazi • Union
Justin R. Calta • Florham Park
John P. Goncalves • Short Hills
Brad M. Kaplan • Berkeley Heights, Fairfield, New York
Lynn A. Lisbona • Fairfield
Christine L. Matus • Toms River
Christopher Medina • Short Hills
Gretchan R. Ohlig • Westfield
Andrew M. Wolfenson • Union

SPECIAL EDUCATION/SPECIAL NEEDS
Lori E. Arons • Hackensack
Lenore Boyarin • Cranbury, Red Bank
Mariann Crincoli • Cranbury, Red Bank
Karen F. Edler • Morristown, Woodcliff Lake
Jacqueline E. Esposito • Morristown, Woodcliff Lake
Hillary D. Freeman • Princeton
Staci J. Greenwald • Cranbury, Red Bank
Alex M. Hilsen • Cranbury, Red Bank
Michelle L. Krone • Morristown, Woodcliff Lake
Sandra L. Lascari • Madison, Morristown
Beth C. Manes • Bridgewater, Paramus, Westfield
Christine L. Matus • Toms River
Andrew I. Meltzer • Cranbury, Red Bank
Denise Rekem • Clark
Melanie Ritter • Westfield
Julie Warshaw • Warren
Jessica Weinberg • Bridgewater, Paramus, Westfield
Jayne M. Wesler • Cranbury, Red Bank

TAX
Brad M. Kaplan • Berkeley Heights, Fairfield, New York
David J. Ritter • Roseland