Edward J. O'Donnell

Newsome O' Donnell, LLC

Newark, New Jersey 07101


Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support Modification, Co-Parenting, Divorce, Divorce Modification and Enforcement, Father's Rights, International, Legal Separation, Same Sex Disputes

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Matrimonial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1983


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D. - 1983
  • Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, USA
    • B.A. - 1978

Published Works

  • New Jersey Family Law Practice, (Contributing Author), NJICLE, 10th ed., 2001
  • Traps for the Unwary, (Family Law Chapter), Essex County Bar Foundation, 1997
  • Commentary, Baby M: A Disquieting Decision, Seton Hall Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 4, 1988
  • Surrogacy: A Cure for Infertility?, The National Law Journal, November 2, 1987

 Honors and Awards

  • Essex County Bar Association Family Law Attorney Achievement Award, 1998
  • Alfred C. Clapp Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education, 2012 - Present
  • Legal Services of NJ, Equal Justice Medal, 2008 - Present
  • Superlawyers, including Top Attorneys in NJ
  • AV rated – Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, Appointee, District Ethics Committee, 2001 - 2002
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Section of Family Law, Exec. Committee, 1995 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Chair, Equitable Distribution Sub-Committee, 2001 - 2002
  • Essex County Bar Association, Trustee, 2000 - Present
  • Essex County Bar Association, Chair., Family Law Committee, 1996 - 2001
  • Essex Newark Legal Services, Trustee, 1996 - 1999
  • American Inns of Court, Master, New Jersey Family Law Inns of Court, 1993 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Essex County Bar Association, President, 2008 - 2009

Past Employment Positions

  • Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C., Partner, 1984 - 2002
  • State of New Jersey, Law Clerk to Hon. Herbert S. Glickman, 1983 - 1984

Morris County Divorce Lawyers Handling Mediation

Options For Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods are available for parties in conflict to work together to resolve their differences. The attorneys represent clients in divorce mediation proceedings and regularly serve as neutral mediators in divorce mediation.

At Newsome O'Donnell, LLC, the attorneys will work diligently as mediators to help you reach a fair and expeditious settlement, eliminating the need for protracted and expensive litigation. Lynn Fontaine Newsome and Ed O'Donnell are both certified matrimonial attorneys and court-approved mediators. Ed O'Donnell is also certified as a family law arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an approved American Bar Association organization. Each of them has acted in a leadership role within the legal community and brings these skills to his or her work in alternative dispute resolution (ADR).


Mediation is presided over by a neutral mediator who works with the parties to find common ground and resolve conflicts regarding how to separate the parties' lives, assets and finances.

New Jersey requires mandatory mediation for economic and child custody issues. However, you and your spouse can elect to participate in mediation at any time during the pendency of your matter.

Newsome O'Donnell, LLC
100 Southgate Drive
Morristown, NJ 07960

Phone:     973-692-6500
Toll Free: 800-465-0163
Fax:         973-692-6377
Email: [email protected]