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Amy Wechsler

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Mediation Experience

  • Accredited Professional Mediator, NJ Association of Professional Mediators, 1997 – Present
  • Mediator for Economic Mediation Program in conjunction with Superior Court of New Jersey, 1999 – Present
  • Co-founder and Mediator for Somerset County Volunteer Custody Mediation Program and Speaker at Custody Mediation Workshop, 1995 – Present
  • Mediation in Private Practice, 1995 – Present
  • Faculty Instructor for Biannual ICLE Basic Mediation Training, 2013 – Present
  • Faculty Instructor for ICLE Advanced Mediation Training, 2013 – Present

Areas of Practice

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Matrimonial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996

Education

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law – Newark, Newark, New Jersey
    Juris Doctorate
  • Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work
    M.S.W – 1976
  • University of Connecticut
    B.S. – 1972
  • Rutgers University
    Divorce Meditation Course – 1994
  • NJ Association of Professional Mediators, Mediation Internship 1993-1994
  • Numerous ICLE, NJAPM, ATLA, NJAJ Seminars in Family Law, 1993-Present
  • Rutgers University, Introductory Course in Divorce Mediation – 1994
  • Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Group, Collaborative Law Training – 2008
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Parent Coordination Training, Chicago, Illinois, 2010
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Arbitration Training, Chicago, Illinois, 2013 
  • New Ways for Families Institute, High Conflict Families Training – 2014

Published Works

  • “Summary of Significant Changes to the 2016 NJ Court Rules Affecting Family Practice,” The Clarion, Somerset County Bar Association, Fall, 2015
  • “Custody and Parenting Time/Visitation Plans: What Are They and Why Do We Need Them?,” New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 36, No. 1, August, 2015
  • “Alimony and Taxes,” New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 33, No. 1, June , 2012 (co-author with Jeffrey Urbach, CPA)
  • “The Do’s and Don’ts of Mediation and Arbitration,” New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 27 No. 2 October, 2006 (co-author with Amy Z. Shimalla, Esq.)
  • “Imputing Income to Assets,” New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 18 No. 7 Nov/Dec., 1998 (co-author with Melissa G. Schiffman, Esq.)

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker, Cutting Edge Issues in Custody Evaluations, ICLE Family Law Symposium, 2016
  • Speaker, Protecting Communications Made Prior to Signing a Collaborative Participation Agreement, ICLE Hot Tips Seminar, 2015
  • Speaker, Resources for Domestic Violence Victims and Their Families, NJSBA and SCBA, 2015
  • Instructor and Guest Lecturer, Collaborative Family Law and ADR, Rutgers School of Law – Newark, 2015
  • Moderator/Speaker, Professionalism in Family Law – The Ethics of Steering Your Client in the Right Direction, SCBA, 2015
  • Faculty, Mediation Training, ICLE, 2014
  • Speaker, Advanced Mediation Training, 2014, 2016
  • Speaker, Use of Guardian Ad Litum for Parties Not Represented by Counsel, ICLE Hot Tips Seminar, 2014
  • Moderator, Pet Peeves in Family Law, NJSBA, 2014
  • Speaker, The Neurobiology of Addiction: Implications for Families and Children in Custody Cases, NJ-AFCC, 2014
  • Speaker and Moderator, Parenting Coordination Workshop, ICLE, 2013
  • Speaker/Panelist, Joint Custody: Fact or Fiction?, NJSBA Annual Meeting, 2013
  • Speaker/Panelist, Ethics in the Law, Somerset County Bar Association, 2012
  • Speaker, Use of Guardian ad Litem Appointments for Adults in Family Law Matters, AFCC-NJ, 2012
  • Speaker, The Child Specialist-In or Out of the Collaborative Model, AFCC-NJ, 2012
  • Speaker/Panelist, Family Attorney as Diagnostician and Process Shaper, ICLE, 2012
  • Speaker, The Disposition of Pre-embryos: To Be or Not to Be?, ICLE Hot Tips Seminar, 2012
  • Instructor, Collaborative Law 2-day Training, ICLE, 2011, 2012
  • Speaker/Panelist, Ethics in the Law, Somerset County Bar Association, 2011 – 2012
  • Moderator/Speaker, Ethics in the Law, Somerset County Bar Association, 2011
  • Speaker, Motions to Modify Support, Somerset County Bar Association, 2010
  • Speaker, Arbitration in Family Matters, Somerset County Bar Association, 2010
  • Speaker, Savings as a Component of Marital Life Style, FLEC Meeting, 2010
  • Speaker, Alternatives/Precursors to Full Custody Evaluations, ICLE, 2010
  • Speaker, Enforcement of Anti-Lepis Provisions, NJSBA Annual Meeting, 2009
  • Speaker, Calculating Child Support in Equal Shared Parenting Cases, ICLE, 2009
  • Speaker, Modification of Support in the Current Economic Climate, ICLE, 2009
  • Speaker, Tax Issues in Divorce, Somerset County Bar Association, 2007
  • Speaker, Ethical Issues in Representing Children, ICLE, 2006
  • Speaker, Divorce and Taxes, Alimony and Taxes, NJ Society of CPA’s, NJAPM and ICLE, 2006
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Family Law, Association of Divorce Financial Planners, 2005
  • Speaker, Comparative Family Law, Association of Divorce Financial Planners, 2004
  • Speaker, Alimony and Child Support, NJAPM Advanced Divorce Mediation Seminar, 2004
  • Speaker, Family and Divorce Mediation, Somerset County Bar Association, 2001
  • Speaker, Structure and Use of Court Mediation Programs, NJAPM, 2000
  • Moderator & Presenter, Financial Planning in Divorce, Mediation, and Hot Tips, ADR Day, 1999
  • Moderator, Financial Planning in Divorce Mediation, NJAPM Annual Conference
  • Moderator & Presenter, Child Support Guidelines Seminar, Somerset County Bar Association, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Chosen as Super Lawyer by NJ Monthly Magazine, 2014 – 2015, 2017
  • Chosen as Top 50 Women Lawyers in NJ by NJ Monthly Magazine, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2017
  • Professional Lawyer of the Year, Somerset County, 2005 Recipient

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association for Advancement of Collaborative Practice, Co-President/Member, 2015
  • Segal v. Lynch – co-authored amicus brief on behalf of NJ-AFCC, 2012
  • Vicinage XIII Inn of Court, Steering Committee/Member, 2010 – 2014
  • New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, Board Member, Secretary/Chair and Co-Chair, Education Committee/Member, 2009 – 2014
  • NJ Supreme Court , Testified in support of establishing a Parenting Coordination Court Rule, 2007 – Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Executive Committee, 2007-Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – NJ Chapter, President-Elect, 2015 – 2016, Treasurer, 2009 – 2015; Member, 2004 – Present
  • Pilot Program for Economic Issues in Divorce Matters, Somerset County, Mediator, 1999 – Present
  • District XIII Ethics Committee, Chair/Vice-Chair/Member, 1998 – 2001
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, Member, 1996-Present; Trustee, 1997-2001
  • Central Jersey Family Inn of Court, Member, Steering Committee and Master, 1996 – 1999
  • Somerset County Custody Mediation Program, Co-founder and Custody Mediator, 1995 – Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, 1994 – Present
  • Somerset County Bar Association, Member, 1993 – Present; President 2013 – 2014; Chair and Co-Chair of Family Law Committee
  • Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel, Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, Panelist, 1991 – Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, Partner, 2011-Present
  • Copeland, Shimalla, Wechsler & Lepp, LLP, Partner, 1995 – 2010
  • Copeland & Shimalla, Of Counsel, 1993 – 1995
  • Herold & Haines, Associate, 1992
  • Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, Associate, 1986 – 1991
  • Sills, Cummis, Zuckerman, Radin, Tischman & Epstein, Associate, 1985 – 1986
  • New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Hospitals, Program Analyst, 1977 – 1981
  • NJ Division of Youth and Family Services, Program Development Specialist, 1973 – 1975

To schedule and appointment with a Mediator in Somerset County, call (908) 922-4238.

 

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