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Thomas R. McConnell Experienced Family Law Attorney Serving New Jersey

Thomas R. McConnell is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College where he received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude. Mr. McConnell received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. He was admitted to the bar of the State of New Jersey and the Federal District of New Jersey. He spent his initial year after law school as a law clerk to the Honorable Ellen L. Koblitz, Presiding Judge, Family Part, Bergen County.

For more than 22 years, Mr. McConnell has handled a variety of family law-related matters, including divorce, custody and parenting time, interstate and international custody/kidnapping disputes, child support, domestic violence, pre-nuptial and mid-marital agreements, appeals, adoptions, palimony and dissolution of civil unions. His practice ranges from handling uncontested matters to litigating the most complex, high-conflict and large asset divorce cases.

Mr. McConnell also handles contested probate matters, as well as litigation matters involving employment law, discrimination, contract law and business disputes. In addition to his trial experience, he has also litigated numerous appellate matters and has been named as counsel in numerous matters that have resulted in published and unpublished decisions.

Mr. McConnell serves as a Barrister in the Barry I. Croland Family Law Inn of Court, assisting newly-admitted attorneys, is a Panelist in the Bergen County Matrimonial Early Settlement Program and a member of the Bergen County Family Law Committee. For the past 18 years, he has volunteered thousands of hours to the Bergen County Alternatives to Domestic Violence Program, representing survivors of domestic violence to obtain Final Restraining Orders and has received Commendations from the County Executive, Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Bergen County Sherriff for his volunteer work. He has lectured on family law issues.

Mr. McConnell was included on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2009 and 2010 and New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2016-2022; he was also named by (201) Magazine as a “Best Lawyer” in the field of matrimonial and custody law. He was selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Law Journal’s “40 under 40” in 2011. He has received an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Bergen County Bar Association.

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • The State of New Jersey
  • The Federal District of New Jersey

EDUCATION

  • B.S, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Magna Cum Laude, 1995
  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 1999

PUBLISHED OPINIONS

  • Shah v. Shah, 184 N.J. 125 (2005)
  • Shah v. Shah, 373 N.J.Super 47 (App. Div 2004)

UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS

  • Patel v. Patel, 2007 WL 1529457
  • K.M. v. JPC, 2014 WL 7693836
  • D.C. v. E.C. 2020 WL 2892391
  • Macek v. Peisch
  • Pennello v. Pennello UCCJEA Hague Appeal
  • Crane v. Crane, C-174-20
  • Estate of Rhoda Crane P-029

Areas of Practice

  • Family and Matrimonial Law
  • Divorce
  • Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships/Civil Unions and Same-Sex Marriages
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation and Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Alimony and Palimony
  • Division of Assets - Equitable Distribution
  • Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Emancipation
  • Modification of Custody
  • Modification of Child Support
  • Modification, Reduction or Termination of Alimony
  • Enforcement of Custody
  • Enforcement of Child Support
  • Enforcement of Alimony
  • Paternity
  • Domestic Violence Matters
  • Post Divorce Matters
  • Relocation out of the State of New Jersey with a child

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  • Very Highly Competent, Excellent, Compassionate, NJ's Top Attorney

    “I retained her after reading online reviews about her and I am so glad I believed it. I read other client comments and I truly agree with them she is an Exceptional attorney who has helped me to get my kids back to NJ, then got my TRO dismissed in a full blown FRO trial and represented me in my divorce case too. My case was extensively litigious and very volatile. The way Elizabeth handled it was TERRIFIC. She is one of the Attorneys who does not want unnecessary litigation unless the opposing party doesn't want to settle and keeps litigating and we had to go through it. She knows the LAW and very often she is able to read the Judge's mind which I have witnessed in the court order.”

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    “Elizabeth has been representing our family for over a year now in a very sad and complicated custody case that involves the protection of my step daugter. It was a case where the original custody was out of another state. From the day we retained her she's been a godsend. Her motions and arguments reflect the personal interest she takes in every client. She's direct, honest, and very realistic. She's taken us through the temporary emergency custody process...the permanent custody process...and now the child support and contested custody process. She was instrumental in getting the jurisdiction of the child's custody granted to NJ. She has always prepared us for the worst yet we walked out with what we needed to happen each and every time. She's still fighting for this child through this last phase. Elizabeth is a true child advocate it's been apparent since day one. You never know what judges are going to decide but Elizabeth knows the laws, she knows the court room game, she develops a strategy and in my family's eyes she's a top notch attorney. I know one day soon she will climb to the ranks of one of the most powerful family attorneys in this state if she isn't alreay there. She's aggressive, smart, honest and a true talent at what she does.”

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    “Elizabeth Rozin-Golinder successfully represented my wife on a couple of occasions. Once was for child custody and the most recent was for child relocation, which required a plenary hearing. Elizabeth was very easy to communicate with in person, over the phone and through email. She worked very diligently to ensure that each case was aggressively presented and won. I highly recommend Elizabeth to anyone in need of a top notch family attorney.”

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    “Professional and absolutely down to earth, Mrs Rosin-Golinder and her knowledgeable staff listened to my needs and crafted a prenuptial agreement that will not only act as a safety net for my business but as piece of mind if thing don’t go as planned. With my first marriage around the corner, my first child on the way and preparing for my first mobilization , it was an amazing feeling to have something I feared and was very very uncertain of, turn out for the best. Thank you is most certainly an understatement but for the sake of expression..... THANK YOU. You definitely have a client for life. Two thumbs up LIZ!!!”

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    “Elizabeth was amazing from the very beginning of my divorce process. She not only was clear and prompt in all communication, but also connected with me on a personal level where I felt very comfortable going into all details of my divorce and the reasons why I was getting divorced. I whole heartily recommend her and her team. Not only did she help me through the process, but did so within 4 months! I met her in March and was divorced by June! Thank you so much Liz, you are truly an exceptional lawyer!!”

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