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Robert T. Corcoran, Esq.

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Mr. Corcoran was admitted to practice law in 1977 and is the sole shareholder of Robert T. Corcoran, P.C. where he has assembled a team of the brightest attorneys in the area of family law. A Member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Board on Attorney Certification, Matrimonial Law Committee, and a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Immediate Past President of its New Jersey Chapter, the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey. He has published and lectured extensively and is a contributor to the widely acclaimed “New Jersey Practice” series, having authored a chapter devoted to the effect of federal laws on the practice of family law. He has been interviewed on numerous occasions for both television and radio and has earned the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell® Peer/Judicial Review AV® Preeminent Rating, a clear and true testament to his leadership in the field of family law.

As one of the State’s most seasoned and well respected family law practitioners, Mr. Corcoran recognizes each client’s unique situation and appreciates that there is no such thing as a one size fits all result. Uniquely positioned with a team of associates, Mr. Corcoran champions each individual client’s cause while tailoring negotiation and litigation positions according to the ultimate goals of the client. He has the empathy, intellect, tenacity, and resources to address his clients’ needs, and achieve positive results.

Mr. Corcoran’s knowledge of family law and the nuances in our changing legal landscape makes him a leader in his field. His attention to detail, keen strategical planning, and preparedness for trial and appellate work make him one of the most sought after family law litigators in the State. His uncompromising trial preparation is lauded by clients, the Courts and fellow attorneys.

Admissions

  • 1977 – State of New Jersey
  • 1977 – U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • 1986 – State of New York
  • 1988 – U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • 1988 – U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • 1991 – U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University B.S., Cum Laude, 1974
  • Ohio Northern University J.D., 1977

Special Distinctions

  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in the Metropolitan Tier 2 Rankings, New Jersey Family Law 2010-2017.
  • The Best Lawyers In America, Woodward/White Inc. 2005-2016.
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer 2005-2016 by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
  • One of New York Areas Best Lawyers By New York Magazine 2005-2010.
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers 2006, New Jersey Magazine.
  • Top Lawyers in Bergen County 2011-2015, 201 Magazine.
  • New Jersey Top Legal Minds 2012, as published in Inside New Jersey magazine.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory – Member of the Bar Register of preeminent lawyers 2000-2016. The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register is limited to only the most distinguished law practitioners.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory – AV rating, highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards.
  • Ten Leaders Matrimonial & Divorce Law Northern NJ 2002-2005, Digital Press.
  • Marquis’ Who’s Who in America 2006-2015.
  • Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World 2007-2015.
  • Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law 2007-2015.
  • 2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Family Law, The American Lawyer and National Law Journal.
  • Rated 9.9 by AVVO.com

Published Commentaries

  • New York Times
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Bergen Record
  • Newark Star Ledger
  • Lawyer’s Weekly

Publications

  • “Post-Divorce, Severance Pay Status Still Unclear”, New Jersey Law Journal, September 27, 1993.
  • “Career Transition Payments and Equitable Distribution”, New Jersey Family Lawyer, August/September 1993.
  • “Are Golden Parachutes Subject to Equitable Distribution”, The Matrimonial Strategist, Vol. 11, No. 12, January 1994.
  • “Procedures for Obtaining an Out-of-State Deposition in a Matrimonial Case”, The Bergen Barrister, Volume II, No. 5, November/December 1995.
  • “The Process of Divorcing the Absent Spouse”, New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 16, No. 5, July 1996.
  • “Divorce Against the Absent Spouse”, Family Law Practice In New Jersey, (LPH, 1996).
  • “Model Statute Would Clean Up Relocation Rules”, New Jersey Law Journal, July 7, 1997.
  • “The New Jersey Removal Statute and the Proposed Model Relocation Act: A Comparison”. Read article.
  • “Federal Laws Affecting the Practice of Family Law: An Overview”, New Jersey Family Lawyer, March 1998.
  • “Federal Laws Affecting the Practice of Family Law”, New Jersey Family Law Practice, Fifteenth Edition, Chapter 12, June 2012.
  • “The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act: A Final Resolution to a National Crisis?, New Jersey Law Journal, July 19, 1999. Read Article.
  • “Ending the Relationship and Securing the Future: The Importance of Closing Letters, Exit Interviews and Client Surveys”, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, January 2001.
  • “The Valuation of Property Upon Divorce”, New Jersey Family Lawyer, Volume 21, Number 4, October 2001.
  • “Shareholder discounts: A critical aspect for equitable distribution”, The New Jersey Law Journal October 12, 2002.
  • “Grandparent Rights After Moriarty”, The New Jersey Lawyer, September 1, 2003. Read Article.
  • “Within State Lines but a World Away”, The New Jersey Law Journal August 15, 2005.
  • New Jersey Practice Series, Chapter 12, Federal Laws Affecting the Practice of Family Law, updated 2007.
  • “Cohabitation An Essential Element of Palimony Claims?”, New Jersey Lawyer March 10, 2008. Read Article.

Speaker/Lecturer

  • 1978-1983, Professor of Business Law, Fairleigh Dickinson University.
  • Bergen County Bar Foundation.
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • 1994 & 1995 Association of Trial Lawyers, Family Law Section.
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New Jersey Chapter, “Using Securities and Exchange Commission Documents in Discovery.”
  • 1995 “Career Transition Payments and Equitable Distribution” Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
  • 1996 & 1997 Law Education Institute, Bureau of National Affairs.
  • 1996 Family Law Summer Institute, New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section.
  • 1996 “Jury Trials in Marital Tort Cases” New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section.
  • 1998 Community Education Series – Bergen County Bar Foundation.
  • 1998 Orientation Seminar for Newly-Appointed Judges, Administrative office of the Courts.
  • 1999 “Family Law in New Jersey” National Business Institute.
  • 1999 “How Not to Try a Case” Bergen County Bar Association.
  • 1999 “Bankruptcy and Divorce” Bergen County Bar Association.
  • 1999 “Defending A Client Unjustly Accused of Hiding Income” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
  • 1999 “Child Support and Enforcement in New Jersey” National Business Institute.
  • 1999 “Fee Agreements” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • 1999 Bergen County Bar Association in conjunction with the Bergen Chapter of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.
  • 2000 “How Attorneys and Accountants Work Together to Create Synergy to Resolve Litigation in Families Civil Matters” Bergen County Bar Association and Women Lawyers in Bergen County in conjunction with the Bergen Chapter of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.
  • 2000 “Matrimonial Law: Substantive Issues for the New Millennium”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey Boardwalk Seminar in Atlantic City.
  • 2001 “Trying a Matrimonial Case Like A Pro”, “Preparing and Using Exhibits, Charts and The Trial Notebook” Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey Boardwalk Seminar in Atlantic City.
  • 2002 “Family Law in New Jersey” National Business Institute.
  • 2002 “Handling A Typical Divorce Case From A To Z” Family Law Summer Institute, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • 2002 “Ending The Relationship, And Securing The Future” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New Jersey Chapter.
  • 2002 “How Attorneys and Accountants Work Together to Create Synergy to Resolve Family Law Litigation” The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.
  • 2003 “Comparison Between New York and New Jersey Equitable Distribution Law” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York Chapter.
  • 2003 “Grandparents Visitation Revisited in Light of Moriarty v. Bradt” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Forum, New Jersey Chapter.
  • 2005 “Skills and Methods Course Spring 2005 Seminar” New Jersey Family Law Practice Seminar, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • 2005 “On Your Feet! Trial Tactics & Techniques For Winning Matrimonial Cases” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • 2005 “Top 40 Matrimonial Cases” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • 2005 “Divorce Against the Absent Spouse” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
  • 2006 “Domestic Violence Symposium” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • 2006 “How to Cross-Examine An Expert Witness” Program Co-Chair ATLA New Jersey Matrimonial Law.
  • 2007 “Building a Matrimonial Practice & Attracting Clients” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • 2007 “Pretrial and Trial Strategies for Family Law Cases: The Definitive Guide” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • 2008 “An In-Depth Look At Family Law Motion Practice” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Forum, NJ Chapter, for NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • 2008 Co-Chair, ATLA-NJ Meadowlands Seminar 2008 “Mock Trial of Domestic Violence Matter”.
  • 2008 “Pretrial and Trial Strategies for Family Law Cases: The Definitive Guide” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • 2011 Co-Chair, NJAJ-NJ Meadowlands Seminar 2011 “Marketing for Family Lawyers”.
  • 2011 Moderator, Child Custody Conference, “A Family Lawyer’s Guide to Understanding Bonding and Attachment”, NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • 2012 Co-Chair, NJAJ-NJ Meadowlands Seminar 2012 “Third Party Custody/Psychological Parent” and “Marketing and Social Media for Lawyers”.
  • 2013 Speaker “Alimony Al Dente” New Jersey State Bar Association, Mid-Year Meeting 2013, Rome, Italy.
  • 2014 Moderator/Speaker “Modifications of Alimony and Support: Establishing Changed Circumstances in New Jersey Family Law Proceedings” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • 2014 Speaker “Discovery and Evidence in Divorce: Witness Testimony” National Business Institute.
  • 2014 Speaker “Hot Tips in Family Law-Trouble in the City of Love” NJ State Bar Association, Mid-Year Meeting, Paris, France.
  • 2014 Program Co-Chair, Moderator and Speaker at the New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Law Seminar “Modification Applications”.

Memberships

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
    • Economics of Law Committee, 1996-1997.
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1998-1999.
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers New Jersey Chapter:
    • Member of the Board of Managers, 1996-2004.
    • Counsel, 2001-2002.
    • Parliamentarian 1999-2000.
    • Treasurer 2002-2003, 2004-2005.
    • Secretary 2003-2004, 2005-2006.
    • President 2008.
    • Member Chapter Leaders Committee 2014-2015.
  • American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Family Law Section.
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey, Family Law Section, (New Jersey Chapter Chairman 2001).
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey.
  • New Jersey Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
  • Bergen County Bar Association.
    • Family Law Committee, Chairman 1998-1999, Co-Chairman 1995-1997, 1999-2001.
    • Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel, Family Law Executive Committee.
    • Bench Bar Liaison Committee.
  • New Jersey State Bar Association.
    • Family Law Section, Executive Committee 1995-2002.
    • Membership Committee.
    • Subcommittee Member: Keeping Child Support in the Family Court, Early Settlement Panel Study.
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board on Attorney Certification, Matrimonial Law Committee, 1996-2008.
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section.
  • Bergen County Domestic Violence Working Group.
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Certified Mediator, May 1997.
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators.
  • Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County Pilot Mediation Program.
  • National Republican Congressional Committee, Washington, DC, Business Advisory Council 2003
  • Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance.

Reported Cases

  • Scavone v. Scavone, 230 N.J. Super. 482 (Ch. Div. 1988), 243 N.J. Super. 134 (App. Div. 1990)
  • Mack Paramus Company v. Paramus Borough, 228 N.J. Super. 234 (Law Div. 1988)
  • Halliwell v. Halliwell, 326 N.J. Super. 442 (App. Div. 1999)
  • Moriarty v. Bradt et al. 177 N.J.84; 827 A.2d 203, NJ (NJ Supreme Court decided July 14, 2003)
  • Johnson v. Bradshaw, N.J. Superior Court, approved for publication 2/25/14.

Television/Radio Guest Appearances

  • NBC News “Live at Five.”
  • CBS News.
  • MSNBC News.
  • TCI Cable “North Jersey 90’s.”
  • Justice Journal a production of the Bergen County Judicial System.
  • Retained by Legal Malpractice Insurance Company to provide expert opinion in Legal Malpractice Litigation.
  • Cable Television “Fair Lawn Talks”. Discussed the intricacies of domestic violence and the substantive law relating thereto.
  • New Jersey Channel Twelve News “Grandparent Visitation” issues.
  • ABC Radio, with Mitch Albom: guest appearances relative to “Grandparents Visitation” issues.
  • WGHT Radio, commentary concerning recent New Jersey Supreme Court case Moriarty v. Bradt.
  • Phil Show – CBS TV, 2009 Guest Commentator, “Who Gets Kate”.