Madeline M. Marzano-Lesnevich

Madeline M. Marzano-Lesnevich: Attorney with Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC AV stamp icon
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Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich chairs the firm’s family law department. She and her husband/law partner Walt Lesnevich (personal injury and medical malpractice law) founded Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC. Madeline has focused her practice on complex matrimonial law representing high net worth individuals, business owners, professional athletes, CEO’s and the spouses of those individuals. She is also known for her expertise in high-conflict and relocation custody matters.

Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich is currently Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, having served as the national organization’s President during her 2017 – 2018 term. The Academy’s stated mission is to, ‘promote professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.’ Additionally, Madeline is a former President of the New Jersey Chapter of the AAML, as well as a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. She was elected a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers whose membership is limited to only 100 family law trial lawyers throughout the country. Madeline is the first, and only, female Diplomate in New Jersey.

Madeline is the 2015 Recipient of the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section’s Saul R. Tischler Award, for her lifetime contribution to family law. Madeline is also the 2016 recipient of the AAML New Jersey Chapter Fellow of the Year Award. She enjoys a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent, indicating that her peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence.

Recognized as a Super Lawyer since the inception of the designation, Madeline recently became a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Madeline is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a specialist in Matrimonial Law. She is also a former Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section. She lectures extensively on all areas of family law both nationally and outside the U.S., and has published numerous treatises on the subject.

Madeline, a graduate of Rutgers Law School-Newark, received her Master of Arts degree from the City University of New York, and her undergraduate degree from Columbia University with Honors. She is licensed to practice law in New Jersey. She is a mother of five and a grandmother of (currently) eight, and is originally from New York City.

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Madeline is a 2018 Super Lawyers Honoree.

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Chair, Admissions Committee; Chair, Newsletter Committee, New Jersey Chapter); International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Bergen County (Member, Family Law Section), New Jersey State (Member and Chair, Family Law Section, 2004-2005; Member, Certified Trial Attorneys Section; Former Member, Women in the Profession Section) and American (Member, Sections on: Family Law; Litigation) Bar Associations; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member, Family Law Section).

(Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Attorney)

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Matrimonial Law
  • Family Law
  • Child Custody
  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Visitation Rights
  • Domestic Violence
  • Adoption Law
  • Hague Convention Proceedings
  • Grandparents Visitation Rights
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Appellate Practice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
201-742-8765  Phone
201-488-1162  Fax
University Attended:
City College of the City University of New York, M.A., 1970; Columbia University, B.S., Honors in English, 1968
Law School Attended:
Rutgers Law School, J.D., 1989
Year of First Admission:
1989, New Jersey; 1989, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Birth Information:
New York, N.Y., September 28, 1944
( Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Attorney )

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (3 reviews)
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Hackensack, New Jersey

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