Denville NJ Family Lawyers Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost

Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, P.C.
Even the least complicated divorces are never easy. With one of the largest matrimonial departments in New Jersey and more than a half a century of experience, Einhorn Harris is a full service law firm committed to helping you

Every step of the way.

The Partners of the Firm: Theodore E.B. Einhorn, Peter T. Harris, Michael R. Ascher, Patricia M. Barbarito, Bonnie C. Frost, Gary R. Botwinick, Stephen P. Haller, Thomas J. Snyder, Mark Wechsler, Andrew S. Berns, Christopher L. Musmanno, Jason R. RittieA divorce is never just the dissolution of a marriage. It's a life changing event.

Each Divorce presents unique issues. The more complex the case, the more issues arise. Finding one lawyer who has the competence in all of these areas can be difficult, but Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, P.C, can solve this problem for you, offering an experienced team of lawyers covering the full spectrum of family law.

"Einhorn Harris is well known across the State of New Jersey as a firm with a strong matrimonial team, however we are a full service law firm with a general practice which allows our clients a full service approach to their divorce case." says Patricia M. Barbarito, partner in the matrimonial department. "A matrimonial case often involves other legal issues that can be addressed by an attorney in one of our other departments-such as estates & trusts, business/commercial, real estate, criminal, or personal injury. "

New Jersey Divorce Lawyers
Einhorn, Harris, Ascher,
Barbarito & Frost, P.C.
165 East Main Street
(Route 53) P.O. Box 3010,
Denville, NJ 07834-3010

Tel: (973) 627-7300
Fax: (973) 627-0869

When a client comes to the firm, each matrimonial case is analyzed and an action plan is formulated, so that the case doesn't develop a "life of its own".

"Our experience and training enable us to approach issues in a very clear and organized fashion," says Barbarito.

Einhorn Harris has attorneys who tackle cases from the most simple to the most complex. Each attorney in the matrimonial law department concentrates on a particular area. Fees are based on the particular lawyer's level of experience. A divorcing client who comes in with a fairly straightforward matter enjoys the benefit of having an experienced matrimonial lawyer work on his or her case at a very reasonable rate. A client with a more complicated case can take advantage of the knowledge and experience of a senior partner.

"We offer our clients a team approach," says Patricia Barbarito. "Teams are assigned to complex matters to ensure that clients' phone calls are returned promptly, that routine work is done at an associate's billing rate, and that the strategy and major decisions are undertaken by a more experienced lawyer."

The firm's policy is to attempt to resolve cases by negotiation first, but they are not reluctant to defend their clients' rights in court. "We always attempt to settle a case, but we are trained advocates and are prepared to litigate a case if need be," says Barbarito.

The law firm has been providing clients with high-quality, cost-effective legal services since 1961. Located in Denville, the hub of Morris County, this full-service law firm employs attorneys with a wide range of experience to their clients throughout Northern New Jersey. Their team of experienced lawyers seeks to provide the understanding, personal involvement, and objectivity necessary to address their clients' every unique legal issue.

At Einhorn Harris, our attorneys work together to help their clients every step of the way.



Patricia M. Barbarito, Esq. has practiced law for 32 years. Ms. Barbarito has been included on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers® for nine consecutive years. She has been named to the top 50 female New Jersey Super Lawyers® list for seven consecutive years and has been included on the list of top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers® in 2004. A fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a certified matrimonial lawyer, Ms. Barbarito handles cases in the area of divorce, custody, domestic violence and related issues. She was named to the New York Times Top Ten Leaders in Matrimonial and Divorce Law in Northern New Jersey and is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. Pat has been awarded the Legislative Service Award by the New Jersey State Bar Association as well as chosen for inclusion in the 2013 New York Best Lawyers List by Best Lawyers®. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Saul Tischler award for lifetime contributions to the advancement of family law.

A highly skilled trial lawyer and strategist, Pat's excellent reputation is well known throughout the state of New Jersey. Her business acumen gives her a unique ability to handle cases involving privately held businesses and complex financial issues. She has had significant experience representing executives and officers of some of the largest publicly traded companies in New Jersey. Pat is extremely experienced in handling custody and parenting issues. Ms. Barbarito oversees a team of matrimonial attorneys uniquely suited to handle a wide range of cases, from simple to complex, permitting a client to have their particular needs met in a cost effective fashion.

A fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney, Pat is a prominent speaker in the family law field, she has lectured extensively for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, various civic organizations, and has appeared on numerous television programs regarding matrimonial law. She has been an integral part in shaping the practice of law in the matrimonial area.

As a certified arbitrator, Ms. Barbarito is able to decide disputes complex in nature.


Michael R. Ascher, Esq. is a member of the Morris County Criminal Practice Committee and the State Bar Committee on Municipal Court Practice. He recently completed his three year term on the District X Ethics Committee (Morris County). He has lectured on issues involving the defense of sex crimes, DYFS matters and domestic violence. He received his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in 1974 and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lehigh University in 1971.

Michael acquired extensive trial experience when he served as a deputy attorney general in the Division of Criminal Justice and later as an assistant county prosecutor. He has practiced criminal defense law for more than thirty-five years on the trial and appellate level. He has defended individuals charged with a broad range of criminal charges and specializes in both sex offense and white collar crimes. He also defends clients in municipal court involving both DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and DUI (Driving Under the Influence) matters together with other municipal offenses.

In addition to his extensive trial experience, Michael has appeared before appellate courts in the State of New Jersey. He successfully appeared before the New Jersey Supreme Court in State v. Dispoto, 189 N.J. 1089 (2007) arguing that the Domestic Violence Act could not be used as a bootstrap mechanism by the police to obtain evidence from a frivolous search warrant. He also developed a legal argument that led the New Jersey Supreme Court to change the manner in which juries are instructed in the trial of sex crimes involving young children. The argument and decision in State v. P.H., 178 N.J. 378 (2004) ensured that defendants accused of sexual offenses have the right to a fair trial based upon jury instructions.

As a result of his background as both a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, he is uniquely suited to aggressively protect the rights of those accused of crimes. He works tirelessly to ensure that all of his clients receive their rights under both the state and federal constitutions. A vigorous trial advocate, he is known for his aggressive approach in criminal matters.

Michael also defends individuals in DYFS matters on both the trial and appellate levels. In DYFS v. S.S., 372 N.J. Super. 13 (App. Div. 2004), he successfully argued for the removal of an abused wife from the DYFS Central Abuse and Neglect Registry.

In addition to work in both the criminal and DYFS area, Michael is engaged in complex civil litigation and chancery matters. As an attorney, Michael has a unique insight in preparation of cases, civil and criminal, having served as both a prosecutor and defense attorney.


Peter T. Harris, Esq. is a Senior Partner in the firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito, & Frost. He joined the firm in 1974 after completing a clerkship in the Appellate Division. Peter successfully completed and published an article for the Rutgers Law Review and graduated among the top few students in his law school class from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey. He earned his B.A. from University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For more than 40 years, Peter has practiced matrimonial/family law and personal injury law. He has extensive experience in handling divorce and custody cases involving equitable distribution of businesses, real estate, stock, stock options, retirement plans and other complex issues. In addition, Mr. Harris has been representing clients in court in personal injury cases, obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements in major cases.

Peter frequently appears in court in all the northern counties of New Jersey including Morris, Essex, Sussex, Warren, Passaic, Bergen, Hunterdon, Union and Somerset counties. He also appears in several central and southern counties as well.

Peter has, for many years, participated in the Morris County Early Settlement program.

Administrative Partner

Since joining Einhorn Harris in 1985, Bonnie C. Frost, Esq. has focused her practice solely in the area of matrimonial law, handling various cases such as divorce, alimony, custody, domestic violence, paternity issues and related matters, including appeals.

Bonnie is a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Her leadership in bar activities and as vice chair of the Supreme Court Disciplinary Review Board complements her participation in community volunteer programs. She has held office on the District Ethics Committee for Morris and Sussex Counties. She has been a Chair of the Family Law Executive Committee, former Chair of the Appellate Practice Committee and Vice-Chair of the Legislative Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also Senior Editor for the New Jersey Family Lawyer.

In addition to participating in over 23 published legal opinions since 1989, Bonnie is the author of the Women's Legal Rights Booklet. She co-authored the State Bar, Family Law Section's Position Paper on Matrimonial Law 1997. She has also co-authored and argued five cases as amicus curiae for the NJ State Bar Association.

A distinguished lecturer, author and consultant on family law and women's legal rights, Bonnie is the recipient of numerous awards including a special recognition award from the Morris County Bar Association, Somerset County's Outstanding Woman of the Year in Law Award in 2006, Women of Inspiration for 2006 from the National Association of Women Business Owners. Most recently she received the Saul Tischler Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement and contributions to Family Law in New Jersey.

Bonnie earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1984 and pursued Post Graduate studies at Ohio State University. She has a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Douglass College, Rutgers University, an M.Ed in Foreign Language Education/Spanish and an Ed.S. in Educational Administration.


Stephen P. Haller, Esq., partner in the firm, has practiced family law since his admission to the Bar in 1977. Throughout his career, he has litigated numerous complex cases on issues that range from child custody and relocation to valuation of businesses and professional practices.

Stephen has been involved in a number of important cases; a custody matter litigated by Stephen is among the leading cases in current New Jersey jurisprudence. He took over the trial in the matter of Chen v. Heller in the middle of trial testimony and later convinced the higher court to reverse the trial court's denial of a mother's right to relocate her children and herself from New Jersey to Texas. The novel issue in that case was the burden of proof in a relocation case prior to an initial custody award and his innovative use of what then was the relatively new concept of "virtual visitation." Although the technology was then in its infancy, his argument in favor of the use of computer video technology to augment face-to-face visits and phone contacts between a non-custodial parent and a child was at the cutting edge.

Stephen represented former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey in the trial of his custody and divorce case in 2008. Again taking over the case in the middle of its pendency, he succeeded in overcoming Dina Matos' widely publicized personal and financial demands in a verdict universally favorable to the former governor. The trial highlighted substantial issues involving joint custody, parenting time, celebrity goodwill valuation and employment evaluation. Intense daily television, radio and print coverage accompanied the entire hearing, giving the case wide public exposure. Since then, Stephen is sought out for comment on relevant national family law cases by print media and by CNN and FOX networks.

Stephen represents many business owners and professionals (and their spouses) in matrimonial matters as well. Whether the issue involves valuation and division of a medical or law practice, automobile dealership, manufacturing enterprise or retail establishment, he has the depth and breadth of knowledge to serve his clients, complemented by the appropriate use of all the varied resources at Einhorn Harris.

Admitted to the New Jersey Bar and US District Court in 1977, Stephen earned his JD from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, NJ in 1977. He received his BA from Drew University in Madison, NJ in 1974. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association and the Morris County Bar Association. Stephen has also been recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers® since 2005.


Thomas J. Snyder, Esq. devotes his practice exclusively to family law matters including alimony, child support, custody, parenting time, grandparents' visitation, equitable distribution and domestic violence cases.

Over the course of his career Tom has been involved in, and litigated, many landmark cases in the state of New Jersey. Some of the notable cases include an international custody case involving the return of a child from Nigeria and the trial level proceedings of a case in New Jersey Family Law in which the court addressed the allocation of income in the context of a valuation of a closely held business. Most recently he successfully argued before The New Jersey Supreme Court in a case of first impression relating to the legal standard applicable to a father's right to challenge paternity by way of DNA testing. Tom is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is a member and past chair of the Family Law Executive Committee for the Family Law Section. He has served on various committees including the Nominating Committee for the New Jersey State Bar Association for the 2011 Term. He has also served as the legislative chairperson for the Family Law Section and in that position advocated on behalf of the Bar Association with respect to various Bills pending before the New Jersey State Legislators.

Tom has provided testimony on behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association to both the Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committees in regard to the New Jersey Marriage Equality Act. He has testified before State Legislators on multiple occasions in connection with the proposed modifications to the New Jersey's Adoption Statute. He has also testified before the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee in connection with modifications to New Jersey's Alimony Statute.

As a member of the State Bar, he has also contributed to two of New Jersey State Bar Association's amicus curiae briefs. The first was for a milestone New Jersey case addressing the issue of same sex couples' rights to a legally recognized marriage. The other was for a case which addressed whether or not income from a discretionary trust can be counted for the purpose of alimony and child support.

Tom has also been interviewed on radio and television regarding emerging New Jersey Family Law Issues, including appearing on NJN's talk show, "Due Process," as well as providing debate and commentary on radio and talk shows WNYC and WWRL-1600 AM, New York radio.

Tom has been recognized by Digital Press International, who named him one of the "Leading Divorce Attorneys, Age 45 and Under of Northern New Jersey" for 2004-2005.


Mark Wechsler, Esq. is a partner in the firm he joined in 1997. He devotes his practice solely to all aspects of matrimonial and family law.

Prior to beginning to practice in the private sector, he served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Martin A. Herman. Mark litigated one of the lead cases in New Jersey on the issue of international jurisdiction in child custody disputes: Poluhovich v. Pellerano, 373 NJ Super 310(App. Div. 20054).

Mark is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. He is Past-President of the Morris County Bar Foundation and the 2013 President of the Morris County Bar Association. He served as a Trustee of the Morris County Bar Association, as well as Chairman of its Family Law Committee from 2006-2008. He serves as a Blue Ribbon Panelist for the Early Settlement Panel Program in Morris County.

He is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section and the lectures on behalf of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. In addition, Mark provides pro bono services to, and the lectures for, The Women's Center at the County College of Morris.

Mark has dedicated himself to the development of strong client-attorney relationships, excellent negotiation and trial skills. He received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany; his M.A. from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law.


Ivette R. Alvarez, Esq. graduated with a BA with honors from the State University of New York at Albany and attended Columbia University School of Law, where she earned her JD. She is a member of the New York Bar and New Jersey Bar. She currently holds the position of counsel at the firm of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost, PC where she concentrates her practice in civil litigation with an emphasis on matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation, custody, parenting time, equitable distribution, asset valuation, support, settlement agreements, post-divorce enforcement proceedings, appeals, adoptions and civil union dissolutions.

Ivette serves on the Board of Legal Services of New Jersey, the Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal Education and as the chair of the Hispanic Bar Association's Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointment Committee. Currently she serves on the Supreme Court Family Law Practice Committee and the Child Support Sub-Committee. Previously she was appointed by the Chief Justice to serve on various other Supreme Court Committees, including the District V-C Fee Arbitration Committee, where she served as chair from 1999-2000, and the Ad-Hoc Committee on Skills and Methods.

From 2005-2006, Ivette served as chair to the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She also served as president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey from 2006-2007. She served as the vice president of membership of the Hispanic National Bar Association in 2008 and 2009. She also served three terms as northern chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee from 2008-2011 and served as co-chair of the NJSBA's Diversity Committee from 2010-2011 and three consecutive terms as trustee-at-large to the New Jersey State Bar Association's Board of Trustees.

Ivette's community service includes serving on the Women's Resource Center in Summit, the Board for the Morris County Association for Hispanic Affairs, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and is a founding member for Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE). Ivette is a recipient of La Tribuna's Distinguished Women Award in 1999, the 2005 Professional Lawyer of the Year by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law, the 2006 Annual Legislative Recognition Award from the New Jersey State Bar, the Professional Women Award by the Women Acknowledged and Recognized for Achievements in 2006, the 2009 Power of Women Award from Latinas United for Political Empowerment and an achievement award from the Hispanic Business Council in 2010.


Jennifer Fortunato, Esq. is counsel at Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, PC, where she devotes her career exclusively to family law and related matters. She has broad experience in all areas of family law and related matters, including divorce litigation, custody and visitation, alimony and child support, business and other asset valuation, equitable distribution, domestic violence, separation and property settlement agreements, prenuptial agreements, post-divorce issues and litigation, grandparent rights, adoptions, guardianship, palimony, appeals, and civil unions.

Jennifer is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney, a certification achieved by only 2% of the attorneys in the state of New Jersey. Jennifer is admitted to the New Jersey and New York Bars. She is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association as well as the Morris County Bar Association.

She received her JD from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston Salem, NC in 1992 and her BS with cum laude honors from Boston University in Boston, MA in 1989.

Upon receiving her degree from Wake Forest University School of Law she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Bernard Rudd, JSC, Essex County, Superior Court, Family Law Division.

She has been listed in Super Lawyers®, New Jersey Edition in the area of Family Law.


Linda Mainenti-Walsh, Esq., counsel with the firm since 2000, has devoted her career to the practice of family law. With more than twenty years of experience, Linda has earned a reputation as a strong advocate with the ability to address issues with knowledge, preparedness and sensitivity, whether negotiating a settlement, presenting issues to the court or bringing a matter to trial.

Linda is admitted to practice in New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the US Supreme Court. She holds an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

She has served a marathon two terms as trustee to the Morris County Bar Association. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Morris County Bar Association Family Law Committee and as secretary of the Morris County Bar Foundation. She has served as a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist and as a Blue Ribbon Panelist for the Morris County Matrimonial Early Settlement Program. She is a former chair of the District X Ethics Committee, and vice-chair.

She has served as a volunteer in the Morris County Self-Help Program (family part) and participated as a speaker and attorney volunteer for the June 2012 Hispanic Community Affairs Law Outreach Program and chair of the 2011 and 2012 911 Day of Service.

Linda is serving her third two-year term as an appointed member of the Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts where she serves as chair of the Bar Education Committee. In that capacity, she makes presentations to bar organizations throughout the state. She developed, conducted and presented seminars regarding civility, gender bias and professionalism at the New Jersey State Bar Association's Annual Convention in 2011 and 2012. In addition, Linda has lectured on ethics and family law for the New Jersey Institute of Legal Education and State and County Bar Associations.

She has appeared as a guest panelist on American Law Journal TV and as a contributor for NY Times Article, "Love You! Now, The Difficult Stuff . . . ", February 12, 2012. Linda has also been published in Divorce Magazine's fall/winter 2005 and fall/winter 2011 editions. In addition, she is a Barrister of the The Barry Croland Family Law American Inn of Court and a member of state Family Law and Women in the Profession Sections of the Bar.

Linda received her BA from Montclair State College in Montclair, NJ and her JD from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, NJ.


Jennie L. Osborne, Esq. joined the firm in 2004 and is a member of the firm's Matrimonial Law Department. She began her private practice career in Passaic County.

Jennie was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2003 and the New York Bar and US District Court, District of New Jersey in 2004. She received her JD from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, NJ in 2003 and her BA in political science from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. While at law school, Jennie was a member of the Seton Hall Legislative Bureau and served as a notes editor in 2002-2003. Additionally, Jennie worked at the Center for Social Justice, Family Law Clinic in 2003.

Jennie was associate trial counsel to former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey in his divorce and custody litigation in 2008. The trial highlighted substantial issues involving joint custody, parenting time, celebrity goodwill valuation and employment evaluation. Intense television, radio and print coverage accompanied the entire hearing, giving the case wide public exposure.

Jennie is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Morris and Passaic County Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. In addition, she is a member of the The Barry Croland Family Law American Inn of Court and served on both the Passaic County Bar Association's Domestic Relations Committee and the Matrimonial Committee.

She currently serves on the Passaic County Bar Association's Early Settlement Panel. Jennie has been listed on the New Jersey Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list in 2011, 2012 and 2013.


Jhanice V. Domingo, Esq. is counsel to the firm and a member of the Matrimonial Law Department. Jhanice's practice is devoted to family law. She handles a wide variety of family law matters including divorce, child custody, alimony, child support, equitable distribution, palimony, prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, civil unions and domestic violence. She also works closely with the firm's Estate Planning Department to ensure that her clients' tax, real estate and business issues are thoroughly addressed in family law proceedings.

Jhanice's experience in family law is extensive. While in law school, she worked for the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice Family Law Clinic representing indigent clients in various family law matters and has been recognized for her pro bono work with the Northeast New Jersey Legal Services Private Attorney Program. After graduating, she clerked for then Family Law Judge, the Honorable Joseph P. Donohue, JSC, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, Union County. Jhanice currently serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Family Practice Committee. She has completed an intensive Family Law Trial Advocacy course conducted by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She has been recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers for her work in family law and was selected as a Super Lawyer® Rising Star in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. She has also received an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Jhanice is a former Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor and prosecuted criminal contempt of domestic violence restraining orders and juvenile delinquency. Her litigation and courtroom experience allows her to effectively represent clients in various juvenile and domestic violence matters in addition to divorce cases.

Jhanice was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2002 and the US District Court of New Jersey in 2003. She received her JD from Seton Hall School of Law, Newark, NJ in 2002 and graduated from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA in 1999 where she earned a BA degree in psychology and minor in women's studies.

Jhanice is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Morris County Bar Association, the Bergen County Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey ("APALA NJ"). Jhanice has served on the APALA NJ Executive Board for two years, as vice president in 2012-2013 and Treasurer in 2011-2012. She is also the co-chair of APALA NJ's Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, which facilitates the appointment of qualified Asian Pacific American candidates to the judiciary and to other positions in state and federal government.


Cimmerian A. Morgan, Esq., counsel to the firm, began his legal career as a student attorney in the Rutgers Constitutional Litigation Clinic. After law school he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Julie M. Marino, JSC in the Somerset County Superior Court in 2005 and 2006. He was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar in 2005 and the Pennsylvania Bar in 2006. Cimmerian joined Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost, PC in 2006 as a member of the Family Law and Matrimonial Department.

Cimmerian devotes his practice exclusively to family law matters, including complex matrimonial litigation, child custody, child support and alimony, equitable distribution of assets, domestic violence and matrimonial appeals. Cimmerian frequently appears in court throughout Northern and Central New Jersey. He has substantial experience representing clients in high income/high net worth divorces.

He received his JD from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, NJ in 2005 and his BA from Rutgers College at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ in 2002 where he majored in political science and history. While attending Rutgers University, Cimmerian was awarded the prestigious "Nelson MacDonald Award in Political Science" for best research paper.

Cimmerian has been recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.


In September 2011, James M. DeStefano, Esq. joined Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, PC as an associate in the Matrimonial and Family Law Department. James devotes his practice to family law matters, including complex matrimonial litigation, child custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution of assets, domestic violence and matrimonial appeals. Prior to joining the firm, James completed a clerkship with The Honorable Robert J. Gilson, JSC in the Sussex County Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part.

James received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Massachusetts. He graduated cum laude. James was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. This was in recognition of his academic achievements.

In 2010, James received his Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School and graduated cum laude. While in law school, he was the President of the NYLS Dispute Resolution Team, a co-curricular team that competed in competitions nationwide. James also served as an intern to the Honorable Jessica R. Mayer, JSC in the Middlesex County Superior Court, Law Division, Civil Part.

James was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar, New York State Bar and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in 2011. He is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association, Morris County Bar Association and the Sussex County Bar Association.

In 2013, James was included on the New Jersey Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list.


Matheu D. Nunn, Esq. has a passion for the law and has a diverse background which serves his clients well.

He joined Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost, PC in December 2011 as an associate in the Matrimonial and Criminal Law Departments. He came to the firm after serving as an assistant prosecutor for the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. Matheu currently serves as the prosecutor for Morris Township and has filled in as a prosecutor in Boonton, Boonton Township, and Parsippany. His background as a prosecutor provides him with knowledge in criminal and municipal law as well as working with DYFS and domestic violence cases.

Matheu received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Delaware and then his JD from Rutgers School of Law-Camden, where he earned "with honors" distinction and was an editor of the Law Review. During law school he worked in the legal department of ING Direct, and completed externships for the Honorable Joseph A. Falcone, JSC, and the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.

Following law school, he completed two clerkships. The first for the Honorable B. Theodore Bozonelis, the Assignment Judge for Morris County; the second for the Honorable Jack M. Sabatino, a judge at the Appellate Division of New Jersey. At the conclusion of that clerkship, in September 2009, Matheu joined the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, where he worked as an assistant prosecutor in the Appellate Unit and Major Crime Units before joining the firm.

A prolific public speaker, Matheu has given presentations on family law and privacy, cyber-bullying, the law of interrogation, search and seizure and appellate law to name a few.

He is a member of The 200 Club of Morris County, a local philanthropic organization which focuses its efforts on providing financial support to the families of fallen police officers and firefighters. He also offers his time as a "volunteer judge" for moot court competitions at Rutgers School of Law and Morris County high schools.


Matthew S. Coleman, Esq., joined Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito and Frost, PC in its matrimonial Band family law department in April 2013. He is a 2009 graduate of Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, NJ where he received his Juris Doctor, and a 2003 Graduate of New York University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications.

At law school, Matthew became involved in many public policy issues as a member of the Public Law Foundation and Public Interest Committee. He was awarded the Marsha Wenk Fellowship during his second year of law school. This Fellowship, awarded to only two students each year, allowed Matthew to work with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Additionally, he was co-chair of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Caucus at Rutgers and a member of the National Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Bar Association.

His support in helping others continued as a victim advocate for the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project while still in law school. There, he worked with the domestic violence intake unit of the Essex County Superior Court, providing victims of domestic violence with an overview of the legal process necessary to help them escape their attackers and assisting them with obtaining restraining orders, both temporary and permanent. He also provided pro bono legal assistance to the Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Agency as the Proskauer Rose Fellowship recipient, a summer grant program which is awarded to a deserving law student who forgoes a paid summer employment at a law firm to pursue community based work.

After graduating from law school, Matthew became a law clerk for the Honorable Maureen B. Mantineo, P.J.F.P - Presiding Judge for the Family Part Court in Hudson County, where he handled all aspects of cases for the judge, including matrimonial dissolution, non-dissolution, domestic violence and all related matters. While there, he served as a liaison between attorneys and pro-se litigants (those who choose not to hire an attorney) to effectively address all aspects of case management, court procedure and substantive legal issues.

A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Matthew resides in Hudson County.


Daina C. Borteck, Esq., joined the Matrimonial and Family Law Department of Einhorn Harris in April 2013. Prior to joining the firm, Daina's diverse practice included associate positions at two of the largest law firms in the country.

Daina, who had always wanted to become an attorney, enrolled in law school in 2001, attending the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. Upon graduation, Daina served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable John W. Bissell, U.S. District Chief Judge in Newark. Following that clerkship, she began working as an associate for an American Lawyer Top Ten law firm. Thereafter, she joined multiple partners who left that firm to launch the New Jersey office of a competing international law firm. She worked closely with those partners for seven years to grow the New Jersey office and expand the firm’s national litigation practice. During that time, she was involved in all aspects of an unprecedented litigation brought by more than 10,000 plaintiffs who had participated in the rescue, recover and debris removal at the World Trade Center after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Daina is a native of Michigan who came to the New Jersey area by way of Jamaica and London, England. Upon graduation from the University of Michigan in 1999, she earned her Master's Degree in International Service through the University of Surrey Roehampton, London. As part of her studies, she spent the first six months in Kingston, Jamaica working and studying at the University of Technology, Jamaica. She wrote her master's degree dissertation on the impact of globalization on developing nations, such as Jamaica, at the University of Surrey Roehampton. After receiving her Master's Degree, she began working in New York City at the International Partnership for Service-Learning, where she served as the primary liaison between universities abroad programs, service organizations and participating students in community service-based college study abroad programs in 11 countries.

As an attorney, Daina has volunteered for pro bono work and displayed her versatility as a trial attorney on multiple successful family law matters. Through these experiences, Daina discovered that she truly enjoyed working with individuals and helping them navigate complex domestic violence, adoption, child immigration, and custody issues. As a result, she sought out a new position that would allow her practice to focus on matrimonial and family law.

Daina is an experienced writer, having written numerous appellate briefs and co-authored an article on Law360 entitled, "Considering New Expert Disclosure Requirements".


In September 2013, Dorothy J. Kenney, Esq. joined Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, PC as an associate in the Matrimonial and Family Law Departments

Dorothy received her B.A. summa cum laude from Montclair State University in 2009 with a double major in Jurisprudence and Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. She graduated with her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, New Jersey in 2012. While in law school she was Co-Chair of the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, the Notes & Comments Editor for Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal and a volunteer for the Essex County Family Justice Center, providing legal assistance to domestic violence litigants.

After law school, and prior to joining the firm, Dorothy served as law clerk to the Honorable Ernest M. Caposela, Presiding Judge Family Part for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Passaic Vicinage. While working for the Court, she handled all family matters including divorce litigation, alimony, child support, custody, domestic violence and juvenile delinquency. She also served as a certified State Court mediator for landlord tenant and small claims disputes. It was while working for the Judge, that she decided to concentrate her career in family and matrimonial law, a decision which led her to Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, PC.

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