Jerry S. D'Aniello, Partner
Jerry is experienced in all areas of matrimonial and family law including the following:
- Divorce Litigation
- Post-judgment Litigation
- Custody & Parenting Issues
- Alimony & Child Support
- Pre-nuptial Agreements
- Matrimonial Settlement Agreements
- Domestic Violence
Jerry S. D’Aniello, the managing partner of the Somerset County office in Bridgewater, devotes his practice exclusively to all aspects of divorce and family law. Mr. D’Aniello is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney and provides his clients with strong, strategic legal advice, and has proven to be a formidable adversary both in and out of the courtroom. Divorce and family law covers the most valuable aspects of your life. Jerry ensures that each of his clients receives the strong legal representation needed to attain favorable results.
Far more disputes are resolved through negotiation than by litigation. Jerry is a seasoned negotiator having successfully negotiated over a thousand agreements in his over 25 years of practicing for his clients and in his role as a mediator. To add to the breadth of his negotiation experience, he has successfully completed the intensive interactive Program on Negotiation at Harvard School of Law.
Jerry is an experienced mediator and arbitrator for all divorce and family law-related matters. He is one of the few trained mediators in New Jersey authorized to mediate cases that include domestic violence FRO. Jerry is a trained arbitrator and has successfully completed the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Arbitration Training Institute. He is also a court-appointed custody mediator and is admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases for thirteen New Jersey counties, including Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, and Union.
In addition to traditional client representation in divorce litigation, Jerry is a trained Collaborative Law Attorney. His collaborative practice involves working with clients to resolve legal disputes outside the court, through a written agreement between all parties, as well as full disclosure of information. The goal of which is to achieve what is best for both parties and the family by resolving all issues without contentious court proceedings.
After law school, Jerry served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Somerset County before entering private practice and concentrating on family law matters. His experience in the prosecutor’s office offered him insight in the courtroom that has led him to be an impressive litigator and negotiator who continues to garner favorable results for his clients.
Since 2000, he has served as a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist for Somerset and Hunterdon Counties. Jerry received Certificates of Appreciation from the Somerset County Superior Court in recognition of his valuable contributions as a Mediator for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases, for the Custody & Parenting Time Program, and as a facilitator for the Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel. He has served on the New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Executive Committee, and is a former Investigator and Prosecuting Attorney, appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, to the District XIII Ethics Committee. Jerry serves on the Executive Matrimonial Law Committee of the New Jersey Association for Justice.
Jerry is a frequent speaker and author on a wide variety of family law topics. His experience made him a great candidate to serve as a Family Law instructor for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s paralegal studies division.
Jerry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the pre-eminent family law association in America. Jerry is a past-President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is also a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL).
Jerry was included in Thomson Reuter’s Super Lawyers’ list in New Jersey in 2010-2023 and was later included in Thomson Reuter’s Super Lawyers’ “Top 100” list for New Jersey every year since 2017 (2017-2023). Additionally, Jerry was also selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward White's The Best Lawyers in America from 2014-2023. Since 2015 Jerry has had the distinction and honor of being selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyer’s in America as “Lawyer of the Year for Family Law” Five times as follows: 2015 & 2018 “Lawyer of the Year for Family Law Mediation” in the Newark area; 2021 “Lawyer of the Year for Family Law” in the Woodbridge area; 2022 “Lawyer of the Year for Family Arbitration”, in the Woodbridge area; and 2023 "Lawyer of the Year for Family Law Mediation" in the Woodbridge area.
Jerry S. D’Aniello has attained a high degree of Peer Recognition and Professional achievement and has received an AV pre-eminent rating, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. The AV pre-eminent rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous peer review rating process.6
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"I engaged Jerry for a complex international divorce and custody issue. I found myself in a distressing situation when my wife didn't bring our 2-year-old child back from France after spending summer holidays there and staying alone a bit longer, as most expats do. In such a heart-wrenching time, I knew I needed the best to deal with an international context. Multiple attorneys from Europe and NJ pointed me towards Jerry. He promptly laid out a detailed plan after understanding the scenario, ensuring I was aware of each step. By filing an urgent application with the court and invoking the Hague, Jerry strongly championed my cause. His profound expertise not only ensured my son's return to NJ but also granted me temporary custody in the US, where a normal custody legal process could start. Throughout the ordeal, Jerry and his team offered unwavering support, guiding me at every juncture even on a personal basis which made a huge difference for me. With his adept skills and strategic approach, I was reunited with my son and could proceed to a somewhat normal divorce and custody discussions with my ex-wife. If you're facing divorce or custody challenges, especially on complex matters, I wholeheartedly endorse Jerry and his fantastic team."
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