Ziegler, Zemsky & Resnick, LLC

Alexandra K. Bouadana, Esq., Ashley Vallillo Manzi, Esq., Steven M. Resnick, Esq., Melissa B. Zemsky, Esq., Robert A. Epstein, Esq., Ruth Kim, Esq.

Matrimonial/Family Law

(L-R): Alexandra K. Bouadana, Ashley Vallillo Manzi, Steven M. Resnick, Melissa B. Zemsky, Robert A. Epstein, Ruth Kim


With more than five decades of combined legal experience, the dedicated family of matrimonial professionals at Ziegler, Zemsky & Resnick in Livingston and Hackensack work tirelessly to provide each client with a personal touch and individualized case strategy. The boutique firm has been industry-recognized for the quality of its work and continues to further its reputation for setting the highest standards of legal knowledge, case results and client advocacy.


We listen to clients’ unique goals and concerns, and proactively work to seek favorable results on their behalf—both inside and outside the courtroom. “Our compassion, advocacy, strategizing, personal touch and responsiveness set us apart from our colleagues,” Epstein says. The attorneys serve as zealous advocates for their clients, and are compassionate, knowledgeable and ready for court whenever necessary.

The firm expertly handles complex divorce, post-divorce and custody matters involving parenting time, alimony, child support and equitable distribution. They have substantial experience in appellate practice, mediating and arbitrating matters and preparing prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements.


“We became matrimonial attorneys because we wanted to help people through what may be the most difficult times in their lives,” he says. “When our representation concludes, we want to ensure clients are satisfied with our work and won’t hesitate to refer us in the future.”

Ziegler, Zemsky & Resnick attorneys are trusted legal resources for the public and press. The firm consistently receives positive reviews from clients, and many of its attorneys have been recognized as both Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. “Our clients truly appreciate the representation we provide on their behalf,” Epstein says. “There’s no better feeling than knowing we did right by our clients and their families to achieve an ideal result.”

“Ruth is extremely diligent, human, prompt and very bright. My difficult case has made great strides because of her! You can always expect to hear from her quickly and she has a great ability to successfully interact with the other party.”-L.B., Mt. Tabor

“Ruth’s personality and empathetic nature made navigating my divorce process a lot easier than expected. I felt well represented and supported. She was always quick to respond to my questions/concerns.”-K.T., Weehawken

“Bobby is very patient and approachable. He knows the law very well and will guide you in the right direction. Ultimately, many decisions are yours, but he knows when to be tough and when to back down. I highly recommend him.”-A.K., Towaco

“Steve Resnick has been an outstanding attorney for me. He can remember the most minute detail and has always kept my children in mind. He took a case for me to the appellate court and we won! It was a domestic violence case regarding an old FRO and tapes of the original hearing lost by the trial court. I truly believe he’s one of the best attorneys in the state of NJ. I’m very fortunate to have his representation.”-C.V., Millington

“Alex is the most compassionate yet aggressive family law attorney in NJ. She’s a tireless fighter for her clients and their families. Alex goes well above and beyond what a normal attorney would do for her clients.”-M.B., Livingston

“Ashley was thorough, calming, strong and smart. She felt like a friend during my divorce and didn’t stand for inappropriate behavior from my ex-husband’s attorney.”-J.M. Roseland

“In addition to Ashley’s professional skills, she has also become a friend. Knowing that legal matters can become very stressful, she has always remained calm and respectful, taking the time to address the littlest matters with me. She has a strong presence and confidence in the courtroom that made me feel secure during a very difficult divorce.”-D.K., Nutley

“Melissa was very honest and straightforward. Stayed on point and fought like a bulldog for her client.”-J.D., Old Bridge

“Melissa realizes the importance and sensitivity of her work in a way most lawyers don’t. You feel supported top to bottom.”-R.H., Parsippany

“Melissa’s a great lawyer who focuses on your case and doesn’t get distracted by one of her other many cases she works on.” -B.L., Elizabeth

“Ms. Zemsky places the client above all else and made me feel as if I was the only client be served. My matter was clearly her matter. I felt important, heard and never taken advantage of, as is the case in other firms. Ms. Zemsky never felt her job was finished until I was completely satisfied. An outstanding representation and firm.”-C.P., Basking Ridge

“As a long term client, I’ve found Melissa Zemsky to be both knowledgeable and strategic in her practice of family law. She’s a true professional that puts her clients first and always has their best interests at the forefront of her mind. Melissa is a rigorous advocate who goes above and beyond to serve her clients. Melissa has a command of family law and applies her years of experience to achieve nothing less than a stellar outcome. She’s empathetic and really hears what her clients are trying to convey to her. She has gone out of her way in every step of my case, even putting in nights and weekends on many occasions to meet deadlines. Melissa isn’t only a top-tier family law attorney, but she’s a genuinely good person. It shows through in every interaction.”-R.R., Livingston

Office locations: Livingston / Westfield / Hackensack

*this is an advertising post from the April 2020 issue of New Jersey Family.

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