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Bruce P. Matez, Esq.

Bruce P. Matez, Esq.

Biography

Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Attorney
Approved Post ESP Economic Mediator in the State of New Jersey

Bruce Matez is one of the top divorce and family law lawyers in Southern New Jersey. Recognized by SJ Magazine as a "Top Attorney" for many years, as one of the "Super Lawyers" by Thomson Reuters, and as an Awesome Attorney by South Jersey Magazine. Bruce has over 24 years of experience handling all types of family law matters including but not limited to divorce (including complex divorce litigation), custody and parenting time (visitation), child support, alimony/spousal support, adoption, domestic violence, equitable distribution of marital property, equitable allocation of marital debt, child abuse and neglect (formerly DYFS) matters, same sex Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships. He has substantial experience in preparing and negotiating pre-marital and cohabitation agreements and marital settlement agreements.

Currently, a significant portion of his practice involves serving as mediator for couples who are seeking an alternative to divorce and family law litigation or are involved in post-divorce disputes and want to avoid litigation through the court. He is often appointed by the court and colleagues as a mediator or arbitrator to assist in resolving all types of family law disputes and is widely recognized as one of the top mediators in the area. Bruce is also a trained Collaborative Divorce Law practitioner, which is a relatively new, less expensive, and more amicable alternative to divorce litigation. He is a founding member (along with a small group of other South Jersey divorce attorneys, family therapists, and forensic accountants) of the South Jersey Collaborative Law Group, the first of its kind in this area. In addition, he is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). He has also been appointed by the court as a parenting coordinator.

Clients truly value not just his years of experience, but his ability to "stand in their shoes" and understand the convergence of their financial, personal and emotional issues. He focuses on assuring that his clients are well educated in the law relating to their own case, and making sure his clients find a comfort level to be able to move forward and realize personal goals, without bankrupting themselves and their families.

Active in the local Family Law Bar for many years, Bruce was a founding member of the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court (Executive Committee 1997-2009), and is currently a member of the Family Law Section of New Jersey State Bar Association, the Family Law Committees of the Burlington, Camden and Gloucester County Bar Associations, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland (1986), Bruce received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1989.

Bruce is a divorced father who maintains a healthy relationship with his former wife. His son attends Drexel University. He is currently the President of Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ, a Religious School teacher, and travels annually to Israel with Confirmation Class. Bruce has been an avid participant in local community theater for many years, both on and behind the stage.

Recognition

AV Rated Martindale Hubbell "AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence."

Named to the List of Awesome Attorneys by South Jersey Magazine for 2012-2014. The list recognizes 185 attorneys in 42 specialties who were chosen by readers as South Jersey’s top legal professionals.

Selected as one of South Jersey’s Distinguished Men by SJ Magazine March 2015 edition. Distinguished Men.

Education, Bar Admissions and Affiliations

Education:

1989 – Villanova University School of Law (J.D.)
1986 – University of Maryland, College Park (Phi Beta Kappa)
(B.A.)
1995 – Divorce Mediation Training
2010 – Collaborative Law Training (Basic and Intermediate)

Bar Admissions:

1989 – New Jersey and Pennsylvania (inactive).
2000 – Supreme Court of the United States of America
1989 – United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
2003 – Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. (Renewed 2008)

Affiliations:

·South Jersey Collaborative Law Group, Founding Member
·New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
·International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
·Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court (1996-2013 & Executive Committee 1997-2009)
·New Jersey State Bar Association
·Camden County Bar Association
·Family Law Section Camden County Bar Association
·Family Law Section Burlington County Bar Association
·Family Law Committee Gloucester County Bar Association
·Family Law Committee Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
·Former Liaison to Rutgers Law School Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements:

2012:
·Panelist at the NJ Commission on Professionalism “Voices in the Family” on WHYY on July 18th. Listen to the Podcast.

2010, 2009, 2008:
·Camden/Burlington County Bar Associations Family Law Update

2010:
·NJ ICLE Mediation training refresher

2009:
·NJ ICLE Divorce and life insurance issues

1998-2008:
·”50 Federal Laws Every Family Law Attorney Should Know” NJ ICLE Family Law Skills and Methods.