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Mia Cahill

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Princeton, NJ

Dennigan Cahill Smith
12 Roszel Road, Suite C205
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609-755-8404
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in New Jersey Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution


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Attorney Profile

Mia Cahill is a partner at Dennigan Cahill Smith located in Princeton, New Jersey. She is a family law attorney with two decades of experience practicing law. Serving clients in Mercer County, Monmouth County, Hunterdon County, Princeton and throughout the state of New Jersey, Ms. Cahill takes on cases involving divorce, child custody and support, domestic violence and so on.

Ms. Cahill is skilled at using alternative dispute resolution methods, including mediation and collaboration. She is a licensed mediator in civil and family matters. With a genuine concern for her clients, Ms. Cahill is a compassionate attorney who zealously advocates for her clients, both inside and outside the courtroom.

Ms. Cahill has a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Before pursuing family law, Ms. Cahill worked in the academic field and was an academic researcher. She worked as a teacher at the University of Wisconsin and the New York University. She currently works part time at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Studies.

Actively affiliated with the legal community, Ms. Cahill is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Mercer County Bar Association, the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Law and Society Association and the American Bar Association. She has an “Excellent” rating on Avvo and numerous testimonials from satisfied clients.

Ms. Cahill is an exceptional legal writer and has authored the book “The Social Construction of Sexual Harassment Law.” Many of her work has been published in Stanford Law Review, Law & Social Inquiry, the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy and the Law & Society Review. She has also authored chapters in several prominent legal books.

Ms. Cahill served on the board of the Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance, a group that believes there is a better alternative to taking family matters to court. She also helped found this organization. She served as a Princeton public school board member and was the trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Committee.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Family Law
  • 30%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Mediation


1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

About Mia Cahill

First Admitted: 1992, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • 2002- 2016 (periodic) Adjunct Faculty, Rutgers University, Department of Labor Studies (part-time, occasional)
  •  1999 - 2001, 2002, Former visiting Assistant Professor/Visiting Scholar, Institute for Law and Society, New York University, (New York, NY)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association 2001 - Present; Past Trustee, Women in the Profession Committee
  • Member, Mercer County Bar Association, the Middlesex County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Law and Society Association, the American Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Elected member Princeton Regional School Board, 2006-2012
  • Commission member, Princeton Recreation Commission


  • Member and co-founder, Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Book comparing the interpretation of similar law through varying cultural factors, Author, The Social Construction of Sexual Harassment: The Role of Organizational Context, Individual Values, and Society, Dartmouth/Ashgate Publishers, Law, Justice and Power Series, 2001
  • Article, co-authored with Howard Erlanger, Charles Epp, and Kathleen Haines, Co-author, Law Student Idealism and Job Choice: Some New Data on an Old Question, Law & Society Review, vol. 30, no. 4, 1996, pp. 851-864, 1996
  • Article about international divorce, Author, Preparing for Divorce Abroad, Women in Crisis, Handbook of the United National Women’s Guild, 2001
  • Article, co-author Mark Suchman, co-author, The Hired-Gun as Facilitator: Lawyers and the Suppression of Business Disputes in Silicon Valley, Law and Social Inquiry, vol. 21, no. 3, 1996, pp. 679-712 , 1996
  • How Law Matters, Chicago:  Northwestern University Press, Co-author, “How Law Matters in Disputing and Dispute Processing (or, The Lack of Legal Matter in Informal Dispute Resolution)”, 1998
  • “Most Cases ‘Settle’: Judicial Promotion and Regulation of Settlements.” Stanford Law Review, vol. 46, 1994, p. 1339 (with Marc Galanter), Co-author, Most Cases ‘Settle: Judicial Promotion and Regulation of Settlements, Stanford Law Review, 1994

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison (concentration in Law and Society), 2001


  • Tribute to Women Award, Princeton YWCA, 2009

Industry Groups

  • also collaborative law
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Office Location for Mia Cahill

12 Roszel Road
Suite C205
Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: 609-755-8404

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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