New Jersey Family Law and Divorce Lawyer
JOANNA R. ADU, ATTORNEY
Joanna chairs the Finance and Estate Planning Practice at the firm, including but not limited to matters involving corporate litigation and consultation, and wills, trusts and estates. Further, Joanna’s matrimonial and family law practice focuses on matters including but not limited to appellate practice, special needs families and Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs).
In her personal life, Joanna is the parent of a child with special needs. As a special needs parent, Joanna has an innate understanding of the nuances, intricacies, issues and concerns of special needs families, including but not limited to special needs trusts, disability benefits and petitions for guardianship of an incapacitated person.
Prior to joining Lyons & Associates, P.C., Joanna worked as an appellate law clerk for the Honorable Susan L. Reisner, P.J.A.D. In her clerkship, Joanna reviewed, analyzed and recommended outcomes for appeals involving an array of legal issues including but not limited to civil litigation, mass tort litigation, land use, criminal law and various family matters including DCPP related abuse and neglect and/or termination of parental rights cases, child support, and domestic violence.
Joanna graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in 2006, and graduated with honors from the Seattle University School of Law in 2016. While in law school, Joanna served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Theresa M. Pouley, the now-retired Chief Judge of the Tulalip Tribal Court. Joanna also published an article that analyzed how tribal domestic violence convictions could potentially be used in subsequent federal criminal proceedings.
Joanna is admitted to practice in New Jersey. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, Somerset County Bar Association, and Garden State Bar Association.