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Edward (Ed) O'Donnell

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Morristown, NJ

Newsome O'Donnell, LLC
100 Southgate Pkwy, Suite 190
Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 973-692-6500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022
Licensed in New Jersey 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
  • 100%Family Law

Selections

18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Edward (Ed) O'Donnell

First Admitted: 1983

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

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Matrimonial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1998

Educational Background

  • Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, USA, B.A., 1978

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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

Representative Clients

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

Honors/Awards

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

Bar/Professional Activity

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

100 Southgate Pkwy
Suite 190
Morristown, NJ 07960

Phone: 973-692-6500

Last Updated: 12/16/2021

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