Michael A. Conte, Esq.
Michael appreciates the subtlety presented in family law disputes and that each case requires an individualized solution. He is committed to keeping his clients well-informed of the progress of their case and counseling them on the most appropriate strategy to resolve disputes given the specific circumstances.He wants his clients to be knowledgeable about their positions and takes the time to thoroughly explain how each issue in their case is interrelated.
He is an advocate for amicably resolving disputes whenever possible. However, Michael understands that sometimes litigation is the only way a reasonable resolution can be achieved. When litigation is necessary, Michael has the type of significant litigation experience necessary to obtain positive results. He has argued cases in the Family Part involving divorce, domestic violence, child support, child custody, alimony, as well as matters involving the enforcement and/or modification of existing court orders.
Michael’s practice is focused exclusively on family law. He appears regularly before the Family Part in Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset, and Burlington counties, and less frequently in many other New Jersey counties.
Michael is admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
He presently serves as the Co-Chair of the Mercer County Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel and regularly appears as an early settlement panelist. The Matrimonial Early Settlement Program is a mediation program used by the courts to help divorcing couples reach an agreement on the economic terms of their divorce instead of going to trial. Panelists are selected by the Presiding Judge of the Family Part in each county and make recommendations on how equitable distribution, child support and alimony should be resolved after reviewing the facts presented in each case. Michael has also completed the 40-hour mediation training required pursuant to R.1:40. This alternative dispute resolution experience gives Michael the knowledge and experience to identify issues that may be preventing settlement and help clients overcome them to reach a reasonable agreement to settle their case. MESP Panelists must be experienced family law attorneys.
Michael is also an active member of the Mercer County State Bar Association and works with the Mercer County Bar Association to mentor incoming law clerks in the Family Part in Mercer County.
Michaelwas named a New Jersey “Rising Star” by the New Jersey Super Lawyer Magazine between 2015 and 2019. To view the methodology and criteria for inclusion in “New Jersey Super Lawyer” please click here.
Michael graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Philosophy in 1996. He obtained a Masters Degree in Philosophy of Education from Columbia University in 2000.
In 2005, Michael began law school at Temple University Law School. While attending law school in the evenings, Michael was employed full-time as a Senior Probation Officer with the Mercer County Child Support Enforcement Division. As a senior Probation Officer with the Mercer County Child Support Enforcement Division, Michael was responsible for overseeing child support enforcement hearings with hearing officers and bringing same day appeals of child support enforcement hearings before the Family Part Judges.
In law school, Michael was a staff member of the Temple Law Review. He also was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, where he won “best brief” in the Samuel J. Polski Competition and was a finalist in the I. Herman Stern Competition. Michael graduated from law school in 2009.
After law school, Michael served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Mary C. Jacobson, who is currently the Mercer County Assignment Judge. At the time of Michael’s clerkship, Judge Jacobson was the Presiding Judge of the Family Division. When Judge Jacobson was transferred to a new assignment in March 2010, Michael became a law clerk for the current Presiding Judge of the Family Division, the Hon. Catherine Fitzpatrick.
Michael resides in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Patricia, and three children. When he is not working, Michael enjoys spending time with his family.