Former Judge Joins Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C.

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Judge David J. Issenman, JSC (ret.) (photo courtesy of Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C.)

LIVINGSTON – Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C., a leading law firm headquartered in Livingston, has announced that Judge David J. Issenman, JSC (ret.) has joined the firm as Of Counsel. In this role, Issenman will be heading the newly formed Skoloff & Wolfe mediation and arbitration practice.

Issenman, who served on the Bench from 1992 through 2012, retired in January as New Jersey’s longest sitting Family Division Judge. He estimates that during his time on the bench, he presided over more than 21,000 divorces.

According to Gary N. Skoloff, Co-Founder of Skoloff & Wolfe, “We are thrilled to have Judge Issenman join our firm. Throughout his tenure as a matrimonial judge he has demonstrated his dedication and skill at helping litigants and lawyers resolve their cases fairly. He always goes that extra mile. We are glad to have him onboard”.

Skoloff & Wolfe is pleased to offer mediation and arbitration services to complement its long-standing matrimonial department. In July of 2009, the NJ Supreme Court ruled that even custody disputes can now be put into binding arbitration, given that the presiding arbitrator has sufficient education and experience. In addition, litigants are increasingly turning to arbitration given that judicial retirements and vacancies have in many instances brought contested matrimonial matters to a halt.

After earning an MBA in 1969, Judge Issenman graduated Cum Laude from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1973, and was admitted to the NJ bar in the same year. Issenman has earned several more bar admittances, culminating with his admittance in 1983 to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. Issenman is a frequent continuing education lecturer on a variety of matrimonial matters, including custody and parenting, cash and tax returns and equitable distribution. He serves on the Family Law Executive Committee of the NJ State Bar Association, and is a master in the Barry I. Crowland Northern NJ Inns of Court. Prior to his retirement from the bench, Issenman authored the decision of White v. White 344 N.J. Super.211 (Ch.Div.2001), the seminal decision governing e-mail discovery and privacy between spouses.

Issenman is excited to be joining what he considers one of the best matrimonial firms in the state. “I remember the stress and anxiety of my own divorce. As a Judge, I always tried to do whatever I could to put people at ease during this difficult and emotional time in their lives. I look forward to this position where I can continue to help people”.

Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C. is a New Jersey law firm focusing on Family Law, Real Estate Valuation Litigation (Property Tax and Eminent Domain), and Complex Civil Litigation


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