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Deborah E. Nelson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in West Orange, NJ

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
1 Boland Dr
West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone: 973-988-4436
Fax: 973-325-1501
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005
Licensed in New Jersey Since: 1985
Practice Areas: Family Law

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Attorney Profile

Deborah E. Nelson is a family law attorney at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC located in New Jersey – West Orange, Trenton and Short Hills, and New York City, New York. She works out of the West Orange office, serving clients throughout New Jersey, including Chatham, Morristown, Dover, Madison, Chester and Riverdale. Her practice area focuses on the following:

  • Divorce
  • Child custody and support
  • Adoptions
  • Fathers’ rights
  • Relocations
  • Child and adult guardianships
  • Premarital agreements
  • Domestic violence and neglect
  • Enforcement of divorce judgments and appeals

A seasoned attorney with more than 35 years of experience, Ms. Nelson is skilled in alternative dispute resolution techniques. She is recognized as an accredited mediator by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals has certified her as a Collaborative Law Attorney. A firm believer in reaching amicable resolutions, she strives to maintain family bonds when dealing with sensitive family law matters. 

An Illinois Wesleyan University graduate, Ms. Nelson earned her law degree in 1985 from the Seton Hall University School of Law. In addition, she holds a specialization certification in divorce mediation from Rutgers University. Her bar admissions include the State of New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The recipient of an AV Preeminent* rating through Martindale-Hubbell, Ms. Nelson is well respected in the legal community for her professionalism and ability to get results. She also holds a “Superb” rating on Avvo, along with peer endorsements and five-star client reviews. The Morris/Essex - Health & Life magazine has listed her among the Top Lawyers in Arbitration and Mediation (2020-2022) and the Morris County Bar Association has honored her with the Woman Pioneer in the Law award.

Ms. Nelson stays active in the legal circle by being a part of the Morris County Bar Association, the Legal Services of Northwest Jersey, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Worrall F. Mountain Inn of Court, the American Bar Association, the Morris County Legal Aid, the Morristown Club, and the Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court. 

Playing an active role in her local community, Ms. Nelson is a blue ribbon panelist at the Early Settlement Panel program in Morris County, and she volunteers at Susan G. Komen North Jersey, an organization for breast cancer awareness and eradication. Moreover, she has written articles and spoken at seminars on various family law-related topics.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Selections

1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005

About Deborah E. Nelson

First Admitted: 1985, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/deborah-e-nelson

Videos

  • AV Preeminant Rating Video available online.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Susan G. Komen North Jersey, Board Member
  • Vice-President and member of the Board of Governors of the Morristown Club, 2021

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Former President, Morris County Bar Association, 2004
  • Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for Alternate Dispute Resolution, Member
  • Morristown Club Board of Governors, Vice President
  • Morris County Legal Aid, Trustee
  • Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition, Judge
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • Morris County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chair
  • Supreme Court, Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution, Member
  • Supreme Court, Committee on Women in the Court, Member
  • United States Supreme Court, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • New Jersey, 1985
  • Master, Worrall F. Mountain American Inn of Court
  • Executive Committee, Legal Services of Northwest Jersey, Inc., 2000
  • Chair and Co-Chair, Morris County Bar Association Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee, 1998
  • Board of Trustees, Morris County Bar Association, 2000
  • Vice-Chair, New Jersey State Bar special Committee on Alternate Dispute Resolution, 2004
  • Vice-Chair, New Jersey State Bar Dispute Resolution Section, 2007
  • Former President, Morris County Bar Foundation, 2003
  • Blue Ribbon and Early Settlement Panelist, 2021
  • Mediator, Court-Sponsored Economic Mediation Program, 2021
  • District X Ethics Committee, 2003
  • Chair and Committeeperson, District X Fee Arbitration Committee, 2007
  • Supreme Court Committee on Alternate Dispute Resolution, 2021
  • Former President Morris County Bar Foundation, 2003
  • Advisory Committee on Mediator Standards, 2019

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Rutgers University Specialization Seminar on Divorce mediation, 2005
  • Mediation in Domestic Violence Cases, 2019
  • Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Family Law Training, 2016
  • Accredited Mediator, New Jersey Court Rules, 2021

Educational Background

  • Rutgers University Specialization Seminar on Divorce Mediation, 2005
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, 1972
  • Basic Disciplinary Collaborative Family Law Training, 2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • lecturer in PKF O'Connor Seminar: Valuation in Family Law Cases, Lecturer, Valuation in Family law, PKF O'Connor, 2020
  • How to Best Navigate the Virtual Family Law Mediation Process, Author, How To Best Navigate the Virtual Family Law Mediation Process, New Jersey Law Journal, 2020
  • A Silver Lining for Family Law Practitioners and Litigants in These Uncertain Times, Author, LinkedIn, 2020
  • The Evolving Family- How to Protect Your Children and Yourself as Family Dynamics Change, Author, LinkedIn, 2021
  • "What Family Lawyers Can Learn from Tax Returns"  , Presenter, ICLE, 2011

Honors/Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2020
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Family Law, 2005
  • Woman Pioneer in the Law Award, Morris County Bar Association, 2019
  • Top Lawyer, Morris/Essex Health & Life Magazine, Top Lawyers Arbitration & Mediation, 2020 and 2022

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Extensive record of successfully negotiated and mediated settlements, 2021
  • Reported Decision:  Palmieri v. Palmieri

Industry Groups

  • Former President
  • Former President Morris County Bar Foundation
  • Morris County Bar Association
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Office Location for Deborah E. Nelson

1 Boland Dr
West Orange, NJ 07052

Phone: 973-988-4436

Fax: 973-325-1501

Last Updated: 9/20/2022

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