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Marisa Baker Trofimov, Esq., Partner

Education

Seton Hall Law School, Newark, N.J., J.D., 2005
Yale University, New Haven, Conn., B.A., 2000

Professional Associations and Admissions

New Jersey State Bar Association

  • Young Lawyer Division (YLD)
  • Women in the Profession Section (WIPS)
  • Family Law Section

Admitted to practice law in New Jersey

Marisa Baker Trofimov is a graduate of Yale University and Seton Hall University School of Law. She has extensive experience handling all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody, abuse allegations, domestic violence and support issues. She also handles all aspects of estate work, from planning and probate to complex estate litigation.

High-Net-Worth Divorces, Civil Union Dissolutions and Annulments

Ms. Trofimov has experience handling high-net-worth divorces and the difficulties that arise during those cases, especially when non-traditional forms of compensation are involved. However, she also insists on providing the same level of attention to individuals whose cases do not involve large sums of money.

Ms. Trofimov also has experience handling dissolutions of civil unions and domestic partnerships that predate the change in federal law permitting same-sex marriage. In addition, she has handled numerous successful annulment applications, despite the legal hurdles to obtaining an annulment in the state of New Jersey.

Child Custody Disputes, Parenting Time

Ms. Trofimov also has extensive experience with contested custody cases, including cases where abuse is alleged. She has even been successful in discrediting expert witnesses at trial in contested custody cases. She has also successfully handled same sex custody disputes where one parent is not biologically related to the child, but the parties never married or finalized a second parent adoption.

Ms. Trofimov has also handled a plethora of cases involving parenting time disputes, as well as a number of trials against the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services, or DYFS).

Most importantly, Ms. Trofimov understands the emotional stress many clients feel when the custody and parenting time of their children are at stake. She further understands that clients may have no knowledge of the court system and the path many of these cases take. Her goal is to ensure that every question a client may have is answered in full.

Child Custody Jurisdiction; International Kidnapping

Additionally, with families moving more frequently across state and international lines for employment opportunities, Ms. Trofimov has become well-versed in the complex areas of child custody jurisdiction, child support jurisdiction, and international kidnapping. She has served as a resource for other attorneys in helping to decipher the sometimes confusing and contradictory laws governing jurisdiction.

She has also had success in securing the return of children to the United States – even from countries that have not agreed to be bound by the same international treaty as the United States, commonly known as The Hague Convention.

Domestic Violence

With respect to domestic violence cases, Ms. Trofimov began her career working on Capitol Hill for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, handling, among other issues, the passage and funding of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). While in law school, Ms. Trofimov interned with the Bergen County Alternatives to Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project.

These experiences deepened her understanding of the emotional impact of domestic violence and the cycle of violence. She has tried numerous domestic violence cases, both to obtain final restraining orders for victims and to defend against false restraining order applications.

With all of Ms. Trofimov's experience in handling trials and post-judgment motions, she is also cognizant of the significant cost associated with litigation. While mediation and settlement are not appropriate in every case, Ms. Trofimov is adept at settling cases without court intervention, thereby lowering her clients' overall counsel costs, while still achieving a satisfactory result. She is also certified as a Collaborative Divorce Attorney.  

Estate Law, Wills, Powers of Attorney

With respect to estate work, Ms. Trofimov has experience drafting such documents as wills, powers of attorney and living wills. She has administered estates requiring New Jersey estate and inheritance tax returns, as well as federal estate tax returns, and has experience handling estates being audited by the New Jersey Division of Taxation. She further has experience with estate litigation, including such allegations as undue influence and fraud.

Death and Divorce Issues

Ms. Trofimov has been a speaker on attorney panels about various topics, including the burgeoning area of "Death and Divorce," which addressed the idiosyncrasies of New Jersey law when a litigant dies during pending divorce litigation, and how lawyers can ensure their clients are made whole financially, given the substantial overlap between estate and family law in this developing area of the law.

In addition, she has spoken at the New Jersey State Employees' annual Child Support Training Event for the New Jersey Child Support Council, and on attorney panels discussing "Handling Criminal and Family Law Cases in Superior Court: Tips on Practice and Pitfalls for Young Lawyers" and "Ethics 101: A Panel Discussion."

A former trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Ms. Trofimov has served on the association's Amicus and Professional Responsibility and Unlawful Practice committees. She has chaired the association's Young Lawyer's Division, served as a trustee of its Women in the Profession Section, and is a member of its Family Law Section. Ms. Trofimov is an active member of the Hunterdon County Bar Association and a former member of the Somerset and Mercer County Bar Associations.

Prior to changing careers and attending law school, Ms. Trofimov worked as a paralegal for Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood in the corporate law department (Pooled Investment Entities) of the firm's New York office.   

Ms. Trofimov was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyer's Magazine in both 2011 and 2012 in the field of family law, an honor accorded only 2.5 percent of attorneys under the age of 40. She was also named one of the "Top 10 Under 40" Family Law Attorneys in Northern New Jersey by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys in both 2015 and 2016.

Ms. Trofimov practices in the following counties: Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Union, Passaic, Essex, Hudson and Burlington.




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