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Family Law Advocacy That Focuses On Your Goals

Family law is one of the most emotionally and financially complex areas of law. For some, the life that they had planned for themselves is no longer an option. This can seem devastating and overwhelming. For others, the decision to split is made amicably and both spouses seek an efficient, thorough journey through the process. Our lawyers and legal team understand how personal family law problems can be. Our goal is to obtain meaningful results that best serve your interests.

Our lawyers and legal team share one vision – to obtain optimal results for each client. Our approach to solving family law problems is not defined by a single solution. We build strong relationships to learn the most important goals – and fears – that our clients are facing. Our legal team draws on our knowledge of the law — and how the law applies to the real world – to create a focused strategy to best serve the needs of our clients. Resolving disputes efficiently through negotiation, mediation or collaboration can help to reduce stress, anxiety and costs. However, our trial lawyers are well-equipped to aggressively advocate in court to safeguard your vital interests if the opposing party refuses to settle amicably.

In addition to our work as family law attorneys, we also help individuals who are seeking assistance with criminal charges, DWI charges, Municipal Court violations, and traffic violations. In these cases, we take a more aggressive approach as we protect the rights of our clients throughout the legal process.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following: 

  • Family Law
  • Mediation and Collaborative Law
  • Divorce
  • Parent Coordinator
  • Property Division and Finances
  • Custody and Parenting Time
  • Criminal Charges
  • Domestic Violence & Neglect
  • DWI Charges
  • Municipal Court Violations
  • Traffic Violations
  • Adoption
  • Same Sex Family Law

Call 973-852-3346 today to arrange your initial consultation. 

­­­Attorney Melissa Cipriano

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    • J.D.
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
    • M.B.A.
  • Wells College
    • B.A.

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • Rising Star in Family Law
  • Super Lawyer
  • Top 50 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2018 - 2019
  • Best Lawyers for Families, 2019
  • Cambridge's Who's Who, 2008
  • Top 50 Attorneys in New Jersey: 2011, 2016
  • Best of New Jersey Among our Most Distinguished Americans of Italian Descent
  • Stivale D'Italia Award of Excellence
  • Outstanding Reputation as a Woman Whose Word is Her Bond
  • NJ Top 50 Women Attorneys: 2014, 2015

­­­Attorney Karen Tichenor Willitts Esq.

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court 


  • Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D.
  • Rutgers University
    • B.A.

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • Morris Union County Bar Association
  • Middlesex County Bar Association

Attorney Elsie Gonzalez Esq.

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey, 2013
  • New York, 2017
  • United States Supreme Court, 2017


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, 2013
    • J.D.
  • New Jersey City University, 2008
    • B.A.

­­­Attorney Allison E. Holzman Esq.

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey, 2001
  • New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2001


  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York, 2001
    • J.D.
    • Law Review: International Law Journal, 1999 - 2001
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1998
    • A.B.
    • Major: Psychology

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • ABA (Member)
  • NJ Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Union County Family Law Committee (Co-chair)

­­­Attorney Bart W. Lombardo Esq.

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1996


  • Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York, 1995
    • Juris Doctor
  • Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1992
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science
    • Major: Finance
    • Major: Economics

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • CASA of Union County, Inc., Past-President, Board of Trustees

­­­Attorney Samantha R. Garrison Esq.

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey, 2022


  • Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, 2021
    • J.D.
    • Law Journal: Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy, Staff Editor
  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 2018
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science

Office Locations

Fort Lauderdale Office
533 NE Third Avenue
Suite R-1
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
West Caldwell Office
175 Fairfield Avenue
Suite 4C/D
West Caldwell, NJ 07006

Since 1997, the "Lead Counsel Verified" status has been granted to attorneys who possess:

  • The Right Professional Experience
  • A Spotless Record

The following attorneys at this firm are Lead Counsel Verified:

Melissa Cipriano

Melissa Cipriano

This attorney is Lead Counsel Verified in the following practice areas:

Practice Area Year
Family Law Since 2021
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Family Law Since 2021
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