ALLISON C. WILLIAMS, ESQ.
Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney
CHILD WELFARE COUNSEL
Paragano & Williams, LLC,
1945 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey
(908) 687-5999 firstname.lastname@example.org
Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York, Juris Doctor, May 2003
Honors: Top 30% of class; Cum Laude graduate; Highest Grade – Employment Discrimination, Fall 2001; Highest Grade – General Counsel, Spring 2003; Corporate Counsel Certificate; Dean’s List
Florida State University School of Communication, Tallahassee, Florida; Master of Science, Communications – Corporate Communications, August 2000
Honors: Summa Cum Laude graduate; Most Outstanding Graduate Student, Spring 2000; Dean’s List;
Florida State University School of Communication, Tallahassee, Florida; Bachelor of Science, Communications – General Communications, December 1998
Honors: Magna Cum Laude graduate; Dean’s List; African American studies scholar certificate
Fellow of the American Acamedy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney
Guardian Ad Litem in DYFS Matters – Appointed in several FN matters
Rising Star Attorney – New Jersey Super Lawyers Publication – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Circle of Excellence Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award – June 2008
ABWL Young Lawyer Change Maker Award – April 2009
Certified Attorneys Section of New Jersey State Bar Association (Chair, 2012-2013)
New Jersey Family Lawyer, Associate Editor (2007 – present)
New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section (2004 – present)
New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Young Lawyers (2004 – present)
Legal Aid Society Trustee (2007 – present)
Monmouth County Bar Association – Chair, Young Lawyers Division (2006-2008)
Monmouth County Black Lawyers Caucus, Founder (2008 – 2009)
Women Lawyers in Monmouth (2005 – present)
Middlesex County Family Law Committee (2005 – 2008)
Union County Bar Association (2009 – present)
New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) Matrimonial Law Section (2006 – present)
Monmouth Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns (2006 – 2009)
Western Monmouth Chamber of Commerce (WMCC), Women in Business Committee (2005 – present)
WMCC Management Symposium, Founder and Chair (2007 – 2009)
Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey (2007 – present)
David vs. Goliath: Defense Strategies for Litigating the Abuse and Neglect trial Initiated by the
Division of Youth and Family Services, New Jersey Family Lawyer, November 2008
I Hate You, Dad! Now, Where’s My Tuition Check? – The Middlesex Advocate, April 2009
The Impact of Marital Fault on Custody Proceedings, New Jersey Lawyer, August 2009
The Scope of Caseworker Testimony in DYFS Proceedings, ICLE Seminar Materials, October 2009
The Scope of Caseworker Testimony in DYFS Proceedings – An Update, ICLE Seminar Materials – May 2010
Top Ten DYFS Cases to Know – ICLE Seminar Materials – May 2010
Here, Say Hearsay! A Critique of Evidence Issues in Title 9 DYFS Cases – October 2010
DYFS and Adoption Practice – June 2011
Separate and Unequal: Are children of unmarried parents disadvantaged by Summary Procedures in Non-Dissolution Actions? – September 2011
How to Gain Access to DYFS Records when Not in a DYFS Case – November 2012
Moderator/Co-Chair, ATLA-NJ Boardwalk Seminar for Matrimonial Support Staff (2006 – 2008)
Moderator/Chair, ATLA-NJ Meadowlands Seminar for Matrimonial Support Staff (2007)
Moderator/Founder, WMCC Management Symposium (2007-2008)
Brookdale Community College High School Law Symposium – State of the Law: College
Contribution Obligations in Family Court (March 2007)
“Matrimonial File Closing Procedures,” ATLA-NJ Boardwalk Seminar for Matrimonial Support
Staff, April 2006
“Divorce in New Jersey: What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Worst,” Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority Financial Awareness Seminar, June 9, 2007
“Motion Practice” ATLA-NJ Boardwalk Seminar for Matrimonial Support Staff (2007 – 2008)
Title IX Perspectives: Litigating the DYFS Proceeding, LDEM, March 2009
“Scope of Caseworker Testimony in DYFS Proceedings”, Hot Tips for Family Law Practitioners – October 2009
Trial of a Contested Abuse and Neglect Case – NJAJ Presentation – November 2009
Defending DYFS Cases: An Essential Primer – May 8, 2010
NJSBAConventionPanel – Impact of DYFS Findings on Custody Proceedings – May 20, 2010
“The Other Family Part” – ICLE – December 2010
“Adoption Practice: A 2001 Update” – September 2011
“Defending Abuse & Neglect Cases” – ICLE – December 2011
“Evidence for Family Lawyers” – ICLE – August 2012; November 2012
“DYFS/DCPP Cases: A Primer” – Barry Croland Family Law Inns of Court – January 2013
Paragano & Williams, LLC, Union, New Jersey, Co-Founder and Partner January 2013 – present
Provide representation in a full array of family law matters, with a particular interest in and focus upon Child Welfare litigation and administrative hearings/appeals. Handle substantial practice in DYFS/DCPP litigation and representation.
Pitman, Mindas, Grossman, Lee & Moore, P.C. Springfield, New Jersey; Senior Associate Attorney August 2009 – January 2013
Provide representation in a full array of family law matters, including divorce, child support, child custody, interstate litigation, DYFS litigation and administrative hearings/appeals, domestic violence litigation, and appeals. Handle substantial practice specializing in DYFS Litigation.
Lomurro, Davison, Eastman & Munoz, P.A. Freehold, New Jersey; Senior Associate Attorney June 2005 – July 2009
Provide representation in a full array of family law matters, including divorce, child support, child custody, interstate litigation, DYFS litigation and administrative hearings/appeals, domestic violence litigation, and appeals.
Gruber, Colabella, Liuzza, Kutyla & Ullmann, P.A. Newton, New Jersey; Associate Attorney September 2004-June 2005
Assisted clients with the resolution of matrimonial litigation, including filing pleadings, preparing Motions and Orders to Show Cause, negotiating settlements and appearing in Court on Motions and Uncontested Divorce hearings.
Honorable James A. Farber, J.S.C.; Newton, New Jersey; Judicial Clerkship September 2003 – August 2004
Managed substantial matrimonial and non-dissolution motion calendars. Read and researched applications, made recommendations and prepared orders. Oversaw, created and reviewed assignments for family law intern.
Children’s Rights Clinic/Syracuse University College of Law; Syracuse, New York; Student Attorney May 2003 – August 2003
Represented two childhood SSI cases. Involved in the late stages of discovery in federal litigation. Conducted research on various issues for all three cases. Completed various projects while preparing for two bar exams.
Judge/Professor Elijah Huling; Syracuse, New York; Research Assistant June 2002 – May 2003
Researched issues for Judge Huling in his capacities as judge, attorney and law professor.
Law Office of Anita Roberts, Esq. Manlius, New York; Law Clerk June 2002 – May 2003
Researched legal claims involving various tenets of employment law. Assisted in preparation for trial and with summary judgment motions. Interviewed witnesses, performed client intake and assisted in trial preparation.
Public Interest Law Firm Clinic/Syracuse Univ. College of Law Syracuse, New York; Student Attorney August 2002 – May 2003
Conducted an unemployment insurance hearing. Initiated a school disability case. Drafted pleadings for and gave consultations in employment law cases. Delivered community education seminar on domestic violence law. Prepared SSI appeal.
Honorable Bryan Hedges (Unified Court System – Fifth Judicial District) Syracuse, New York; Law Intern June 2001 – August 2001
Drafted court orders. Drafted decisions on objections to orders of the Hearing Examiner. Researched case law. Evaluated motions before the court and advised the judge on the state of the law.