Allison Mattia Roberts, Esq., Partner
George Washington Law School, Washington, DC
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Professional Associations and Admissions:
Hunterdon County Bar Association; New Jersey Bar Association Family & Criminal Law Sections; Hunterdon County Early Settlement Panel Panelist.
Admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Virginia.
ALLISON MATTIA ROBERTS is a graduate of George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC and obtained her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She returned to her home state of New Jersey in 2006 and since then has acquired extensive experience, including regular court appearances in Criminal and Family matters in Superior, Juvenile and Municipal Courts. She moderated a panel at the 2010 State Bar Convention in Atlantic City entitled “Handling Criminal and Family Cases in Superior Court: Tips on Practice and Pitfalls for Young Lawyers” and currently serves as a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist in Hunterdon County.
Ms. Roberts’ experience working as a prosecutor in Arlington County, Virginia for five years, where she appeared in court virtually every day to handle domestic violence cases, provided her with the natural transition into all aspects of Family Law here in New Jersey. Since then, she has appeared on behalf of a victim of domestic violence before the Court of Appeals in Trenton, New Jersey where the court upheld the validity of the Final Restraining Order (FRO) issued to protect her client. The expertise gained from years of appearing in court as a prosecutor and trying cases in front of a jury has been essential to her work in handling contested trials in Superior and Municipal Courts.
Ms. Roberts also represents Defendants in criminal matters and Domestic Violence hearings. Defendants face the serious consequences that come along with an FRO. Some Defendants are unjustly accused by individuals seeking to gain an advantage in a Divorce. It is essential for these individuals to have an experienced Trial Attorney, like Ms. Roberts, who will not back down and will take the case to a hearing.
Often these Domestic Violence cases will be the first step towards Divorce. Ms. Roberts has experience handling the entire spectrum of Divorce litigation from matters that are resolved amicably in informal negotiations to financially complicated cases requiring the services of an expert forensic accountant. She has experience addressing state police and teacher pensions, as well as family businesses and real estate investments as part of the equitable distribution of marital assets. Ms. Roberts works diligently when children and custody are at issue. As such, she often assists clients when a Best Interest Custody Evaluation by a mental health professional is required before any parenting time and custody can be established.
Ms. Roberts regularly prepares Post-Judgment Motions for existing and new clients. These Motions address violations of matrimonial agreements, a change in circumstance that will affect custody and child support, and other enforcement issues.
Ms. Roberts has a particular passion for handling matters involving juveniles and families in crisis. She has extensive experience working with the flexibility available in the Family Court to provide services to juveniles and families in need. Her goal has always been to help youthful offenders keep their record clean and get families the support they need. In many cases where parental rights are challenged by the State through the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP, formerly DYFS) Ms. Roberts has protected those rights by guiding families back to reunification or kinship placement when necessary.
Ms. Roberts has successfully represented clients in Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) cases, employing experts when needed to avoid lengthy license suspensions. She appears regularly in the local municipal courts for traffic and minor drug charges, particularly with youthful offenders.
In addition to regular appearances in court, Ms. Roberts assists her clients with Expungements when eligible and works with families in basic Estate Administration.
Ms. Roberts worked as the student director of the Domestic Violence Clinic at George Washington University Law School and appeared in court with her 3rd year practice certificate representing victims in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. She completed a one-year judicial clerkship in the Circuit Court for Arlington County, Virginia where she prepared criminal sentencing cases and uncontested Divorce files and reviewed adoption files and other Family Law motions. She then served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for five years where she was assigned sensitive cases involving sex offenses and juvenile victims. She worked with police and detectives as the Vice Liaison and represented her office at county and state-wide meetings concerning the overlap between mental health and the criminal justice system.
Ms. Roberts served as an attorney coach to the Voorhees High School Mock Trial Team and has repeatedly appeared at area high schools for Law Day presentations.
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