Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the firm, devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce, and family law, and is a trained collaborative lawyer and divorce mediator.
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney, Jeralyn has worked with clients whose needs lie in all areas of matrimonial and family law, 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 takes great pride and care in helping her clients make it through these 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. Lawrence is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the Section, and President of the Somerset County Bar Association. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and sits of its Board of Managers. Jeralyn has been certified by the Academy as a Family Law Arbitrator.
To complement the breadth of her matrimonial, divorce, and family law practice, Jeralyn involves herself in various professional engagements outside the firm. She frequently serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars and she 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 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. In her spare time, Jeralyn is an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center of Somerset County. She is also a volunteer attorney 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 a recipient of the 2014 New Jersey Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law, which honors attorneys whose character, competence, and commitment to the highest professional standards mark them as outstanding members of the bar. She has been honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business and was selected as a Kean University Distinguished Alumna, the preeminent award for alumni, by the Kean University Alumni Association. Jeralyn was honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County for 2008 by the Somerset County Commission On the Status Of Women. She received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award and in 2014, she received her third Annual Legislative Recognition Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association. A graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and a member of the Central New Jersey Inns of Court, she is also a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and a member and barrister of the Central New Jersey Inns of Court.
Jeralyn has been selected as one of the New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Family Law section for several years, and The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey. She was also named to Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and Top 50 Female New Jersey Super Lawyers. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Family Law and Family Law Mediation and was named the Best Lawyers 2016 Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge New Jersey, Metro Area. In addition, Jeralyn was 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. She was also a New Jersey Law Journal 2015 Attorney of the Year finalist.
Jeralyn is a member of the NMM Women’s Forum Steering Committee.