• Biography

    Attorney Amy Zylman Shimalla has been practicing law since 1986. She practices exclusively in the area of family law. She is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a matrimonial attorney and is an accredited divorce and family mediator and trained arbitrator. She is also a collaboratively trained practitioner. Ms. Shimalla lectures and presents at the New Jersey State Bar Association as well as the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

  • Education & Career


    Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    Juris Doctor – May, 1986
    Rutgers University, University College
    B.S. with Highest Honors – 1980
    Rutgers University – Divorce Mediation Course – 1994
    Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Group
    Collaborative Law Training – 2008
    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, Illinois
    Arbitration Training, 2013
    Mediation Training in Domestic Violence Cases, 2015

    Bar Admissions

    New Jersey, 1986
    U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1986
    U.S. Supreme Court, 1996


    Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey

    Professional Affiliations

    Somerset County Bar Association, Family Practice Committee Member, Co-Chair 2013-2021
    Statewide Counsel of Collaborative Professionals, 2011 – 2014
    New Jersey Supreme Court Matrimonial Certification Committee, Chair
    New Jersey State Bare Association, Family Law Executive Committee
    New Jersey State Bare Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Subcommittee
    New Jersey State Bare Association, Somerset County Liaison
    New Jersey State Bare Association, Parenting Coordination Task Force and 2022 Retreat Subcommittees
    Association for the Advancement of Collaborative Practice, Co-President
    New Jersey Divorce Arbitrators Association, Board Member
    New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, President – 2012
    Somerset County Bar Association, Member; President 1995-1996; State Bar Trustee 1997-2003
    District XIII Ethics Committee, Immediate Past Chair
    New Jersey State Bar Association, Women in the Profession Section, Member & Former Chair
    New Jersey State Bar Association, Task Force on Diversity, Former Chair
    New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
    Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist, 1991-Present

  • Presentations

    Family Law Summer Institute, New Jersey State Bar Association, July 27-28, 2021.
    Faculty, 40 Hour Mediation Training, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2010 – 2020
    Trending Custody Panel, NJ Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 2019
    Alimony panel, NJ State Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 2016
    Speaker, Getting to Yes in Divorce: Using and Understanding ADR in Family Law Cases, NJICLE, 2015, 2016
    Speaker, Professionalism in Family Law – Steering Your Client in the Right Direction, SCBA, 2015
    Speaker, How to Be a Better Advocate for Your Client in an ADR Process, SCBA, 2015
    Speaker, Privileges, Confidences and Their Ethical Implications in Family Law Litigation, NJICLE, 2015
    Panelist, Hot Tips for Handling Domestic Violence Matters, SCBA, 2015
    Economic Mediation with Domestic Violence Final Restraining Orders, NJICLE, 2015
    Speaker, Alternative Dispute Resolution in Family Law, 2015, Rutgers School of Law (Newark)
    Speaker, Vicinage XIII Family Law Bench Bar Conference, 2015, SCBA
    Speaker, Domestic Violence Seminar , NJSBA Midyear Meeting, 2015
    Faculty, Family Law Summer Institute, 2010 – Present
    Speaker, Family Law Symposium – 2006, 2015, 2018, 2020,
    Speaker, Collaborative Divorce, Rutgers School of Law (Newark), 2011 – 2015
    Faculty, Collaborative Divorce Law Training, NJ ICLE, 2011-2015
    Speaker, Hot Tips Seminar , ICLE, 2007-present
    Speaker, Alimony: Termination & Modification, NJAJ, 2014
    Equitable Distribution Panel, NJ State Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 15, 2014
    Speaker, NJ Collaborative Law Act, NJSBA, 2014
    Faculty, Advanced Mediation Training, ICLE, 2012 – present
    Parent Coordination Workshop, ICLE, 2013
    Bench Bar Panel, 2013 NJSBA Annual Meeting
    Speaker, The Workings of the Ethics Committee, Somerset County Bar Association – October, 2012
    Speaker, Joint Custody – A Fiction, NJAJ, 2012
    Alimony Panel, NJ State Bar Association Annual Meeting – May, 2012
    Custody Panel – Boardwalk Seminars, NJAJ – April, 2012
    Speaker, How to Settle a Case, Family Law Retreat – 2012
    Speaker, Beyond the Best Interests Evaluation, SCBA, 2011
    Collaborative Law Seminar, ICLE, 2010
    Speaker, Divorce in Tough Economic Times, SCBA, 2010
    Speaker, Collaborative Divorce and Arbitration in Family Law Matters, SCBA, 2010
    Speaker, Hot Tips, Family Law Retreat, 2009
    Judicial College Bar Representative to Teach Recent Developments in Case Law, 2007

  • Publications

    Co-Author, New Jersey Family Law ADR Handbook, NJICLE, 2015
    “The Passage of the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act and the Impact on Collaborative Practice,” New Jersey Family Lawyer, November, 2015
    “Collaborative Divorce: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions,” New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 35, No. 1, September, 2014
    “Collaborative Divorce Explained,” New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 31 February, 2011
    “The Do’s and Don’ts of Mediation and Arbitration,” Co-Author with Amy Wechsler, Esq., New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 27 No. 2 October, 2006

  • Awards & Recognition

    Professor James B. Boskey ADR Practitioner of the Year Award 2015 – 2016
    Chosen as Top 100 Lawyers in NJ by NJ Monthly Magazine, 2016, 2019, 2021
    Chosen as Top 50 Women Lawyers in NJ by NJ Monthly Magazine, 2008 – 2019, 2020, 2021
    Best Lawyers of America for Arbitration, Family Law, Family Law Mediation, Mediation, 2005 – 2021
    Ranked in Super Lawyers by NJ Monthly Magazine, 2005 – 2021
    Ranked in Super Lawyers, 2005- 2021
    Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 2021
    Somerset County Women of Distinction Award, 2001
    New Jersey Commission on Professionalism Lawyer of the Year Award for Somerset County, 2000



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