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Joanna R. Adu

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Somerville, NJ

Lyons & Associates, P.C.
76 East Main Street, 2nd Floor
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: 908-575-9777
Fax: 908-575-7711
Selected to Rising Stars: 2020 - 2022
Licensed in New Jersey Since: 2017
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Elder Law, Appellate, Business/Corporate, Estate & Trust Litigation


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A senior associate at Lyons & Associates, Joanna R. Adu has a varied practice that encompasses family law, estate planning and administration, and business matters. She is the chair of the Somerville, New Jersey, firm’s finance and estate planning practice, and she represents clients throughout the area. Ms. Adu has been admitted to practice before all New Jersey state courts since 2017.

In her family law practice, Ms. Adu has worked on divorce issues such as the division of retirement accounts that require preparation and review of qualified domestic relations orders. Her experience has additionally encompassed child support and custody, particularly related to special needs families, and she has handled cases involving the visitation rights of grandparents.

Ms. Adu regularly prepares and reviews revocable and living trusts, wills, advance medical directives, and health care and financial powers of attorney. She also guides clients through what can often be a confusing and protracted probate process, and she has handled related litigation on their behalf. Ms. Adu’s business law practice encompasses general advice and counsel as well as complex business disputes.

Ms. Adu attended the University of Washington on a Washington State Achievers Program scholarship, and she majored in political science and received a Bachelor of Arts in 2006. After working for financial institutions for several years, she decided to pursue a legal education and enrolled at the Seattle University School of Law. While she was there, Ms. Adu earned recognition for her scholastic achievements and served on the Seattle Journal for Social Justice before obtaining her Juris Doctor cum laude in 2016. She is a member of the Garden State Bar Association and several other professional groups.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 20%Elder Law
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration


3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2020 - 2022

About Joanna R. Adu

First Admitted: 2017, New Jersey

Professional Webpage:


  • Selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in the area of family law


Pro bono/Community Service

  • 2020 - present: Legal Committee Member, SERV Behavioral Health Systems, Inc.
  • 2019 - present: Director, SERV Achievement Centers, LLC
  • 2018 -2019, Member, Young Professionals Group, SERV Behavioral Health Systems

Bar/Professional Activity

  • 2019 - present; Member, Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, SERV Achievement Centers
  • Member, Garden State Bar Association
  • 2020 - present; Member; Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey
  • 2016 - present, Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2020
  • Member, New Jersey Association of Justice, Matrimonial Law Committee, 2020
  • 2017 - present, Associate Attorney at Lyons & Associates, P.C.
  • 2018 - 2020 Member, Somerset County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2019
  • 2016 - 2017, Appellate Law Clerk to Hon. Susan L. Reisner, P.J.A.D. (ret.)

Educational Background

  • 2014 - 2016, King County Bar Foundation Scholar
  • 2013 - 2016, Seattle University School of Law Dean's Diversity Scholar
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2006

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Participated as a Speaker on CLE regarding child support changes following tax reform at the New Jersey Association of Justice's annual Boardwalk Seminar in Atlantic City on May 9th, Speaker, Child Support: What's Changed and What Hasn't, New Jersey Association of Justice, Matrimonial Law, 2019
  • Co-panelist for discussion of diversity, inclusion and implicit bias seminar. , Speaker, Diversity and Ethics in Family Law, New Jersey Association of Justice Boardwalk Seminar 2021, Legal, 2021
  • Served as speaker for "Rising Star" CLE program. , Speaker, Spotlight on Guardianships and Conservatorships from the Free Britney Movement, New Jersey Association of Justice Boardwalk Seminar 2021, Legal, 2021
  • Served as a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) panelist for discussion of pet custody disputes in family law. , Speaker, Pets: Who Gets Custody? , New Jersey Association of Justice Boardwalk Seminar 2019, Legal, 2019
  • Served as panelist on CLE addressing ethical considerations in use of experts in matrimonial and family law matters, Speaker, Ethical Considerations in Family Law Practice, New Jersey Association of Justice Boardwalk Seminar 2020, Legal, 2020
  • The Matrimonial Law Program consisted of one full day of the three-day CLE event offering 24 programs taught in 65 separate webinars by an esteemed faculty. In serving as Co-Chair, planned full day's program in conjunction with other Co-Chairs, including selecting CLE program subject matter and securing experienced jurists and other professionals to serve as panelists. Also served as Moderator for ethics program titled "Ethics: Financial Aspects of Collecting From Clients, Running a Family Law Practice", Co-Chair, Matrimonial Law Program, New Jersey Association of Justice Meadowlands Seminar 2020, Law, 2020
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Office Location for Joanna R. Adu

76 East Main Street
2nd Floor
Somerville, NJ 08876

Phone: 908-575-9777

Fax: 908-575-7711

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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