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Amy Zylman Shimalla - Watchung, NJ

776 Mountain BoulevardSuite 202 Watchung, NJ 07069

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Updated: 06/14/2023


A practice dedicated to Family Law with a focus on Collaborative Divorce, Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation with a resolution oriented approach...


Bar Admissions

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

Specialties and Certifications

  • Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey

Other Affiliations

  • Somerset County Bar Association (Family Practice Committee Member, Co-Chair 2013-2016)
  • Statewide Counsel of Collaborative Professionals (2011 - 2014)
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Matrimonial Certification Committee (Chair)
  • NJSBA Family Law Executive Committee
  • Association for the Advancement of Collaborative Practice (Co-President)
  • New Jersey Divorce Arbitrators Association (Board Member)
  • Vicinage XIII Family Law Inn of Court
  • New Jersey Collaborative Law Group (President - 2012)
  • Somerset County Bar Association (Member; President 1995-1996)
  • District XIII Ethics Committee (Immediate Past Chair)
  • NJSBA Women in the Profession Section (Member & Former Chair)
  • NJSBA Task Force on Diversity (Former Chair)
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
  • Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist, 1991-Present


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

Past Positions

  • Law Offices of Pamela Copeland Kaufelt, Associate, 1989 - 1992
  • Thiele & Hermes, Associate, 1987 - 1989
  • Hon. Paul T. Murphy, Superior Court of New Jersey, Judicial Clerkship, 1986 - 1987

Classes and Seminars

  • 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 - 2015
  • Speaker, Family Law Symposium - 2006, 2015
  • Speaker, Collaborative Divorce, Rutgers School of Law (Newark), 2011 - 2015
  • Faculty, Collaborative Divorce Law Training, NJ ICLE, 2011-2015
  • Speaker, Hot Tips Seminar , ICLE, 2007-2015
  • 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 - 2014
  • Parent Coordination Workshop, ICLE, 2013
  • Matrimonial Mediation 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


Other Sources of Feedback About Amy Zylman Shimalla

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Past Lists

  • 2023 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
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  • 2016 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
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  • 2010 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 New Jersey Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Amy Zylman Shimalla on Super Lawyers


  • Chosen as Top 100 Lawyers in NJ by NJ Monthly Magazine, 2016
  • Chosen as Top 50 Women Lawyers in NJ by NJ Monthly Magazine, 2008 - 2016
  • Best Lawyers of America for Arbitration, Family Law, Family Law Mediation, Mediation, 2005 - 2016
  • Chosen as Super Lawyer by NJ Monthly Magazine, 2005 - 2016
  • Somerset County Women of Distinction Award, 2001
  • New Jersey Commission on Professionalism Lawyer of the Year Award for Somerset County, 2000


Office Information


776 Mountain BoulevardSuite 202 Watchung, NJ 07069


  • 908-645-1001

Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

M-F, 9a-5:30p



  • 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

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