Joe Russell is a shareholder and chair of the Family Law group at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. While Joe focuses his practice on high net worth/high profile divorce matters, he has a full service family law practice and represents men and women from all walks of life. His diverse client base demonstrates the depth of his practice and includes business owners, doctors, attorneys, corporate executives, financial advisors, professional athletes, celebrities, television/radio personalities, teachers, policeman, firemen, accountants and their spouses. Joe has developed a keen understanding of the right strategic approach for every unique situation. He is always prepared to litigate for his clients, but never at the expense of their goals or when a settlement that minimizes the financial and emotional costs provides a favorable outcome.

Joe is immersed in the practice of Family Law and all relevant issues, including divorce, alimony, child custody/parenting time, child support, distribution of assets/liabilities, business valuations, protection of exempt assets, family trusts, domestic violence, same sex marriages and prenuptial agreements.

Joe regularly appears in the Family Part throughout New Jersey and is particularly active in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Somerset, Bergen, Union, Morris, Hunterdon, Burlington and Essex Counties. He possesses an intimate knowledge of these courts and opposing counsel. In addition to having been appointed to serve on the Family Law Executive Committee to the New Jersey State Bar Association, Joe also serves on those committees in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, as well as an Early Settlement Panelist in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. Joe is also certified as a R. 1:40 Qualified Mediator where he conducts both private and court appointed mediations.

Joe is very involved with his local community in Monmouth County where he devotes substantial time raising money and awareness for LADACIN Network — Lifetime Assistance for Developmental and Challenging Individual Needs — a non-profit agency whose mission is to provide education, therapeutic, social, residential and support services for people with cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities in Monmouth/Ocean Counties. Joe founded and organizes an annual Polar Bear Plunge for LADACIN. Since 2009, this event has raised approximately $850,000.00 for LADACIN. Joe also serves on the LADACIN Network Rosebud Gala and New Jersey Marathon Committees as well as on the Board of Trustees for the Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus. Joe was honored as Lawyer of the Year in Middlesex County in 2017. Since 2010, Joe has been annually selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition. In 2015, the American Society of Legal Advocates ranked him as a Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40 in New Jersey. In 2017, Joe was selected by the New Jersey Law Journal as a “New Leader of the Bar Association”.  In 2010, Joe received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the LADACIN Network. He has also been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America in the area of Family Law. 

In 2018, Joe served as the Editor for the award winning New Jersey Lawyer Magazine Family Law Edition.


  • “A Summary of 2014 New Jersey Family Law Opinions, Statutes and Court Rules,” Wilentz Family Law Case Digest, 2006 to the present.
  • Rule 5:8A:  Attorney for a Child in a Contested Custody Dispute, New Jersey Lawyer’s Magazine February 2018 Edition.

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