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Michele E. D’Onofrio

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Attorney Michele D’Onofrio has been practicing law since 1991. She practices exclusively in the area of family law. She is a trained mediator and a collaboratively trained practitioner. Ms. D’Onofrio lectures and presents at the New Jersey State Bar Association as well as the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

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Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Divorce

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark, New Jersey
    Juris Doctor – May, 1991
  • Caldwell University, Caldwell, New Jersey
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude – 1986
  • Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Group
    Collaborative Law Training – 2008
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    Divorce Mediation Training – 2007

Published Works

  • The Enforcement of Agreements Reached in Mediation Post-Harrington, New Jersey Family Lawyer, 2012
  • MacKinnon v. MacKinnon, 191 N.J. 240, International Relocation, 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Hot Tips In Family Law Seminar Speaker, 2012 & 2013, NJ ICLE
  • Jurisdiction in Custody and Divorce, NJ ICLE, 2010
  • International Relocation, Somerset County Bar Association, 2007
  • Legal Consequences of Underage Drinking, Watchung Hills Regional High School, 2006
  • DWI Laws of New Jersey, Lions Club, 2003
  • The Impact of Breast Cancer on Professional Women, Television Show, 2002

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Professional Lawyer of the Year, Somerset County
  • Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubble
  • Chosen as Super Lawyer by NJ Monthly Magazine, 2014 – 2018
  • Chosen as Top Attorneys in New Jersey, NJ Monthly Magazine, 2014
  • Publisher’s Front Page Award, Best Family Law Attorney, 2012, Italian Tribune
  • Award for Outstanding Volunteer Efforts to Assist Hurricane Floyd Victims, 2000
  • Who’s Who Among American Law Students, 1988 & 1989

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Somerset County Bar Association, President, 2017 – 2018
  • NJSBA: Family Law Executive Committee
  • Somerset County Bar Association, Co-Chair, Family Law Committee
  • Somerset County Bar Association, Chair, Law Day, 2010 and 2011
  • Central New Jersey Family Law Inns of Court, Co-Chair, Steering Committee, 2007 to 2014
  • Somerset County Bar Association, Co-Chair Diversity Committee, 2007
  • Somerset County Bar Association, Co-Chair, Municipal Courts Committee, 2005
  • Family Law Inns of Court, Central New Jersey, Barrister, 1998
  • Early Settlement Panel, Somerset County, Panelist, 1997 – Present
  • William J. Brennan Inns of Court, Civil Litigation, Graduate, 1995
  • Somerset County Bar Association, Judge, Mock Trial Competition
  • NJSBA, Children’s Rights Law Committee, Former Member
  • New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, Member
  • Vicinage 13 Women’s Bar Association, Secretary
  • Court-Approved Mediator for Economic and Parenting Time Mediation
  • Warren Township Middle School, Attorney Coach, Mock Trial Competition
  • Association for the Advancement of Collaborative Practice, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Flanzbaum & Cohen, LLC, Of Counsel, 2007 – September 30, 2011
  • Municipal Prosecutor, Warren Township, New Jersey, 2002 – 2007
  • DiFrancesco, Bateman, Coley, et al, P.C., Chair of Matrimonial Department, 2001 – 2007
  • Alternate Prosecutor in the towns of Bernards, Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Peapack-Gladstone, Raritan, Somerville, and Watchung
  • Municipal Public Defender, Warren Township, New Jersey, 1998 – 2001
  • Private Practice, 1991 – 2001

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, Women’s Resource Center, Somerset County
  • Volunteer Attorney, Mass Disaster Quick Response Team of the American Red Cross
  • Volunteer, Somerset County Early Settlement Panel
  • Volunteer, Somerset County Custody & Parenting Mediator


  • Kappa Gamma Pi