Lynn Fontaine Newsome

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: 973-692-6317
Fax: 973-692-6377
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law


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Attorney Profile

A partner in Newsome O'Donnell, LLC, located in Florham Park, New Jersey, Lynn Fontaine Newsome has more than three decades of experience in family law, representing clients throughout the state of New Jersey in litigation and mediation involving divorce, property division, custody, spousal and child support, prenuptial agreements and order modification. She has been certified as a matrimonial law attorney by the Board on Attorney Certification appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

After receiving her bachelor's degree from Seton Hall University in 1977, Ms. Newsome went on to attend Seton Hall University School of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1981. She was a partner at a well-known New Jersey family law firm prior to co-founding Newsome O'Donnell, LLC, in 2012. Admitted to practice in New Jersey, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ms. Newsome has earned several key recognitions during her career, including an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In 2009, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education as well as the Samuel S. Saiber Professional Achievement Award from the Essex County Bar Association. A two-time recipient of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Distinguished Legislative Service Award, Ms. Newsome has also been honored by Volunteer Lawyers for Justice for her pro bono work.

A fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Ms. Newsome is an active participant in a variety of professional groups, including the American and New Jersey State bar associations and the American Association for Justice. A former president of the Morris County Bar Association, she continues to be a member of that organization as well as the Mercer County Bar Association.

*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.


About Lynn Newsome

Admitted: 1981, New Jersey

Professional Webpage:


  • Capital Campaign, Steering Committee, Seton Hall University, School of Law
  • Board of Regents, Seton Hall University, School of Law
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2007 - Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register for Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2012
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Marylawn of the Oranges Alumni Achievement Award
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Distinguished Legislative Services Award, 2008
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Distinguished Legislative Services Award, 2004
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Tischler Award, 2006
  • Women's Political Caucus, Mary Philbrook Award, 2007
  • Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Pro Bono Award, 2008
  • Essex County Bar Association, Samuel Saiber Professionalism Award, 2009
  • Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education, 2009

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Mediator
  • Certified Matrimonial Attorney, NJ Supreme Court - Board on Attorney Certification

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, District X Ethics Committee, 1990 - 1993
  • Barrister/Master, Worrall F. Mountain Inns of Court, 1989 - 1994
  • Chair, Morris County Family Law Committee, 1990 - 1993
  • Member, Morris County Bar Foundation, 1995 - Present
  • President, Morris County Bar Foundation, 1997 - 1998
  • President, Morris County Bar Association, 1999 - 2000
  • Member, Morris County Bar Association, 1982 - Present
  • Chair, Rules Subcommittee, Supreme Court Family Practice Committee, 1999 - 2001
  • Chair, Executive Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2000 - 2001
  • Master, Family Law Inns of Court, 1994 - 2002
  • Co-Chair, Capital Campaign, Steering Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association/Foundation
  • Member, New Jersey Supreme Court Family Practice Committee, 1997 - Present
  • Member, Mercer County Bar Association, 1992 - Present
  • Member, American Association for Justice, 1982 - Present
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1982 - Present
  • President, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2007 - 2008
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Executive Counsel and Communications Committee, 2006 - Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, Advisory Committee to the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Section of Litigation, Executive Counsel, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund Selection Committee, Member, 1982 - Present
  • House of Delegates, American Bar Association, 2006 - Present
  • Member, Board of Trustees, NJ State Bar Foundation, 2005 - Present
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association - Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Advisory Committee, 2011 - Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006
  • Federal District Court of New Jersey, 1981
  • New Jersey, 1981

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Board of Directors, Volunteer Lawyers for Social Justice, 2008 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Mediation Training for Admission to Roster of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases
  • State Team Member, National Conference on Pro Se Litigation
  • Participant, ABA Lobby Day, Washington, D.C., 2003 - 2012
  • Member, Marylawn of the Oranges Alumni Association
  • Panelist, Ethics Diversionary Program, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2001 - 2007
  • Member, Editorial Board, New Jersey Law Journal, 2008 - Present

Educational Background:

  • Seton Hall University, Newark, New Jersey, B.A., 1977
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Office Location for Lynn Fontaine Newsome

200 Campus Drive
Suite 205
Florham Park, NJ 07932

Phone: 973-692-6317

Fax: 973-692-6377

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Last Updated: 9/12/2019

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