Edward J. O'Donnell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Florham Park, NJ

Newsome O'Donnell, LLC
 | 200 Campus Drive, Suite 205
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Phone: 973-692-6500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law

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Attorney Profile

Edward J. O'Donnell is a partner at Newsome O'Donnell, LLC, located in Florham Park, New Jersey. With more than 30 years of experience, he focuses on family law, representing clients throughout the state of New Jersey in matters involving divorce, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and property division, pursuing these issues through alternative dispute resolution as well as through litigation. Mr. O'Donnell is certified as a matrimonial law attorney by the Board on Attorney Certification appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

After earning his bachelor's degree from Montclair State University, Mr. O'Donnell went on to attend Seton Hall University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1983. Upon graduation from law school, he served as a clerk for a judge on the New Jersey Superior Court and was subsequently a partner at a well-known New Jersey law firm before joining Newsome O'Donnell, LLC. Admitted to practice in New Jersey, Mr. O'Donnell is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Mr. O'Donnell has earned a number of distinctions during the course of his career. He is a current member of the executive committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section and previously served as chair of one of its subcommittees. A current trustee and former president of the Essex County Bar Association, Mr. O'Donnell is also a member of the American Bar Association's Section of Family Law. Frequently called upon to give lectures and conduct continuing legal education seminars on various family law topics, he is highly regarded by his peers, as evidenced by the AV Preeminent* rating he has received from Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
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Family Law (100%)

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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

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About Edward O'Donnell

Admitted: 1983, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: http://www.newsomeodonnell.com/Attorneys/Edward-J-O-donnell....

Honors and Awards:

  • AV Rated - Martindale Hubbell
  • Alfred C. Clapp Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education, 2012 - Present
  • Alfred C. Clapp Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education, 2012 - Present
  • Essex County Bar Association Family Law Attorney Achievement Award, 1998

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Matrimonial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1998

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1983
  • New Jersey, 1983
  • President, Essex County Bar Association, 2008 - 2009
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Master, New Jersey Family Law Inns of Court, 1993 - Present
  • Master, American Inns of Court
  • Trustee, Essex Newark Legal Services, 1996 - 1999
  • Chair, Family Law Committee, Essex County Bar Association, 1996 - 2001
  • Trustee, Essex County Bar Association, 2000 - Present
  • Chair, Equitable Distribution Sub-Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2001 - 2002
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Section of Family Law, Exec. Committee, 1995 - Present
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, Appointee, District Ethics Committee, 2001 - 2002

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "A Current Affair", Fox Television Network, New York, New York, 1986
  • "Hour Magazine", Fox Television Network, Hollywood, California, 1986
  • National Public Radio, WNYC, New York, New York, 1987
  • "Legally Speaking", KSTP, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1987
  • "Lawline", WHWH, Princeton, New Jersey, 1987
  • "The McLaughlin Show", CNBC, New York, New York, 1990
  • "The Jessee Freese Show", WMTR, Morristown, New Jersey, 1993
  • "Your Community Connection", WMTR, Morristown, New Jersey, 1994
  • "Prime Time Justice", Court TV, New York, New York, 1994
  • "Due Process", Court TV, New York, New York, 1998
  • "Court TV", New York, New York, 2002
  • "Surrogacy, A Cure for Infertility", National Association of Legal Secretaries, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1987
  • "Surrogacy: An Alternative Means of Human Reproduction and the Baby M Case", Northampton County Bench/Bar Conference, Buck Hill, Pennsylvania, Panel Discussion, 1987
  • "Surrogate Parenting", University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1987
  • "Surrogate Parenting and the Infertility Epidemic", Monroe County Citizens Day Conference on the Law, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, 1987
  • "Surrogacy in the Aftermath of Baby M", University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, Women's Law Caucus, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1988
  • "Surrogacy: Feminist Viewpoints", Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, Bolton Landing, New York, 1988
  • "Trial Tactics in the Baby M Case", Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), Family Law Section, Kansas City, Missouri, 1988
  • "Alternatives to Infertility and Unanswered Legal Questions", University of West Virginia, Charleston, West Virginia, 1988
  • "Equitable Distribution: What, When & How -- Asset Valuation & Use of Experts", Bergen County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1988
  • "Sexual Abuse Allegations in Custody Litigation", Essex County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1989
  • "Bioethics and the Law", United Jewish Federation of MetroWest, Business and Professional Women's Counsel, Panel Discussion, 1991
  • "Documents and Writings in Evidence: The Hearsay Rule and it's Exceptions", Administrative Office of the Courts, Child Support Hearing Officer Program, 1991
  • "Hot Tips Seminar", Essex County Bar Foundation, Family Law Section, 1993
  • "Sexual and Domestic Violence Personal Injury Claims", The Canadian Institute, Toronto, Ontario, 1994
  • "Equitable Distribution: Cutting Edge Issues for 1995 and Beyond", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1995
  • "The Top 40: Matrimonial Law's Greatest Hits", New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1995
  • "Surviving the Practice of Family Law", Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA); Boardwalk Seminar, 1997
  • "Post-Judgment Lepis Applications", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Second Annual Family Law Summer Institute, 1997
  • "Introduction to Equitable Distribution", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1998
  • "Traps for the Unwary", Essex County Bar Foundation, 1998
  • "Trial of a Matrimonial Case" and "Custody Issues for the New Millennium", Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), 1998
  • "Third Annual Bench Bar Conference", Essex County Bar Foundation, Family Law Section, 1998
  • "Negotiating and Drafting Property Settlement Contracts, 'Doing It Right'", New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1998 - 1999
  • "Marital Agreements: Pre-Nuptial, Mid-Marriage and Property Settlement Agreement", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1999
  • "The Top 40: Matrimonial Law's Greatest Hits", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1999
  • "Estate Planning Issues in Matrimonial Law", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 1999
  • "Domestic Violence", New Jersey Family Law Inns of Court, 2000
  • "The New Alimony Statute", New Jersey State Bar Association Retreat, Baltimore, MD, 2000
  • "The Truth About Alimony", Essex County Bar Foundation, 2000
  • "Alternative Reproduction Technologies", Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Family Law Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, 2000
  • "Equitable Distribution: Tips, Traps & Techniques", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2001
  • "How to Survive Traps and Minefields in Family Law Practice", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2001
  • "Best Practices in Essex County", Essex County Bar Association Family Law Bench Bar Committee, 2001
  • "Best Practices for Family Lawyers", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2001
  • "Evidence for Family Lawyers", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2001
  • "How to Survive in the Courts", Essex County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2001
  • "Preparing Your Case for Trial Readiness", Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), 2001
  • "Baby M. Revisited", Bergen County Bar Association, 2002
  • "The Top 40: Matrimonial Law's Greatest Hits", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2002
  • "Settlement Techniques", New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section Bench Bar Conference, 2002
  • "Best Practices and Experts", Essex County Bar Association, Family Law Bench Bar Committee, 2002
  • "Issues Involving the Highly Compensated Litigant", New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2002
  • "Evidence for Family Lawyers", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2002
  • Surrogacy: A Cure for Infertility?, The National Law Journal, November 2, 1987
  • Commentary, Baby M: A Disquieting Decision, Seton Hall Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 4, 1988
  • Traps for the Unwary, Family Law Chapter, Essex County Bar Foundation, 1997
  • Contributing Author, New Jersey Family Law Practice, NJICLE, 10th ed., 2001

Representative Clients:

  • J.S. v. L.S., 389 N.J. Super. 200, App. Div., 2007
  • Lerman v. Lerman, 245 N.J. Super. 312, New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division, 1990
  • Ruprecht v. Ruprecht, 252 N.J. Super. 230, New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division, 1991
  • Boardman v. Boardman, 314 N. J. Super. 340, App. Div., 1998
  • Kamen v. Egan, 322 N.J. Super. 222, App. Div. 1999
  • Matter of Jobes, 108 N.J. 394, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1987
  • Matter of Baby M., 109 N.J. 396, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1988

Educational Background:

  • Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, USA, B.A., 1978
Office Location for Edward J. O'Donnell

200 Campus Drive
Suite 205
Florham Park, NJ 07932

Phone: 973-692-6500

 

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