AAML NJ Leadership | 2021 - 2022 Term
Jeralyn Lawrence is President of the New Jersey Chapter of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney, Jeralyn represents clients with matrimonial and family law needs, including divorce litigation, mediation and arbitration, custody and parenting time issues, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship advice, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony. She handles matters ranging from the simple and straightforward to the complex and complicated, involving significant income and assets, including representation of celebrities, professional athletes and high-profile individuals. She takes great pride and care in helping her clients through difficult personal matters. Through collaborative law, Jeralyn assists and guides clients who are committed to resolving their matter without court intervention through the divorce process. In November, 2019, on behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Jeralyn argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court. This case examined the constitutionality of “not established” under New Jersey’s child welfare laws and whether or not a parent/caregiver is entitled to appeal when the Division of Child Protection and Permanency concludes “not established” following an investigation of abuse or neglect.
Jeralyn is President-Elect of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), where she is slated to become its President in 2022. She is President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers New Jersey Chapter, and is certified by the Academy as a
Family Law Arbitrator. Jeralyn is a Member of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Somerset Health Care Board of Trustees.
Jeralyn serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars and has been admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases and of Custody and Parenting Time Cases for Somerset County. She serves on the NJ Supreme Court Matrimonial Certification Committee that oversees the statewide matrimonial attorney certification process, as well as the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey’s Board of Directors. Jeralyn is an attorney volunteer at Safe+Sound Somerset and with the New Jersey State Bar Military Legal Assistance Program, providing pro bono legal assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas or active duty of the armed forces after September 11, 2001.
Jeralyn was selected by the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey to receive their Carol Murphy Award and received The New Jersey Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. She was honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business and was selected as a Kean University Distinguished Alumna. Jeralyn was honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County by the Somerset County Commission On the Status Of Women. She received the NJSBA’s Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award and received three Annual Legislative Recognition awards from the NJSBA. Jeralyn was awarded for her amicus curiae work on behalf of the bar by the NJSBA. She is also a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Jeralyn was named a finalist as Lawyer of the Year in 2015, 2019 New Jersey Legal Trailblazer and 2020 Mentor of the Year Award by the New Jersey Law Journal. She is one of the New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Family Law section. She was named to Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and Top 50 Female New Jersey Super Lawyers and The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation sections and was named the Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. New Jersey Family has also named her as one of “New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families”. In addition, selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top 10 matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40 and was recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of 40 accomplished and promising attorneys in the State of New Jersey under the age of 40.
Jeralyn received her J.D., summa cum laude, graduating second in her class, from Seton Hall University School of Law, and her B.A. from Kean University.
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