Carl Soranno came to the practice of law following a 10-year career in finance, securities, and investment banking. Carl has combined that experience with 26 years as a multidisciplinary commercial litigator which has shaped him into a formidable litigator and trial attorney, Carl has litigated well over 1,000 large and small actions, including disputes related to complex family matters, child custody, commercial transactions, contracts between debtors and creditors, commercial lending/workouts, foreclosure, bankruptcy, trademark infringement, consumer fraud, employment, shareholder claims, restrictive covenant claims, and tort-related actions.
As Chair of Brach Eichler’s Family Law Services Practice, Carl blends his deep knowledge of the legal issues affecting the family, along with his background in business and finance, together with Brach Eichler’s other leading attorneys in the areas of trust and estates, tax, real estate, corporate, and business planning to provide family clients with broad experience and representation. By combining these skills, Carl is well positioned to represent high-net-worth individuals in contested and uncontested divorce actions, which include issues related to complex property division, valuation of closely held businesses, executive compensation packages, alimony, and tax-related matters.
His practice includes the successful litigation or dispute resolution of cases concerning custody, parenting time, relocation, distribution of pension and retirement plans, stock options and compensation grants, trusts, limited partnerships, closely held corporate interests, and valuation of businesses. In matters large and small, Carl brings substantial experience to his clients’ matrimonial issues.
Additionally, Carl partners with our Healthcare Practice to represent a number of physicians involved in commercial matters, and, importantly, their matrimonial disputes and divorce. As a result, Carl is uniquely positioned to represent physicians in connection with their family matters. Each one typically presents complex or difficult issues of privacy, celebrity status, licensing, limitation on public disclosure, and practice protection. Often, there is much at stake considering the impact a divorce may have on a physician’s medical practice, surgical center interests, and/or the valuation and distribution of those interests. Carl also advises clients in connection with protecting assets, their premarital net worth, family and business interests through careful planning prior to the marriage in the event of a divorce later.
An effective negotiator, Carl has experience in all forums of alternative dispute resolution including actions before the National Association of Securities Dealers, American Arbitration Association, and other associations, including the collaborative divorce process. In addition to handling trial and appellate-level cases on both the state and federal level, Carl has resolved numerous disputes through arbitration, mediation, early settlement, and blue-ribbon panels, and has negotiated many commercial settlement agreements, marital separation agreements, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and all matters of agreements involving commercial and business-related issues, including licensing agreements. Carl is also a certified mediator.
Rounding out his experience, Carl has served on public and non-profit boards and has advised boards in the operation of the business or their charitable efforts.
Carl is a Trustee of the Dombal-Vogel Foundation in Somerset County, which provides money through grants and other donations to address the needs of children in the Somerset County area. In addition, Carl was named legal counsel to the Former New Jersey State Troopers Association and to the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. He has been peer-review-rated AV Preeminent, the highest rating for professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell. He was included in a special section in Fortune magazine on the 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Labor & Employment and was listed as a Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, and Family Law by New Jersey Law Journal in their New Jersey’s Legal Leaders issue in 2015. Carl was also named a Top Legal Leader for New York and New Jersey by ALM for 2015. In 2017, Carl was recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as among the Nation’s Top One Percent. From 2015 – 2020, Carl was named to New Jersey Super Lawyers and, for 2021, he was named to The Best Lawyers in America©. Carl has also been honored as a 2020 Top-Rated Lawyer by ALM and Martindale-Hubbell.