Elissa A. Perkins
In 2006, Ms. Perkins graduated with distinction from the Pennsylvania State University, where she earned degrees in Political Science and Journalism. She graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2009.
Elissa A. Perkins
New Jersey Family Law Attorney
For the entirety of her legal career, Elissa A. Perkins has exclusively practiced in the area of matrimonial and family law. She focuses her practice on assisting clients in the resolution of all aspects of divorce matters, including custody, support, and equitable distribution. Ms. Perkins prepares premarital agreements, and has represented clients in domestic violence cases and in connection with marital torts. She also has experience in interstate and international jurisdiction matters.
Ms. Perkins’ guiding principle is that the resolution of any case must start with a candid and collegial relationship between client and attorney. It is her goal to offer her honest advice and assessment of each case while also ensuring that her clients’ requests and wishes are respected. Ms. Perkins believes that she not only owes her clients a legal duty to represent their best interests – she has an obligation to ensure that attorney and client can successfully work together as a team toward their shared goal.
Ms. Perkins’ interest in family law was first piqued when she served as an intern to the Hon. Richard C. Camp, J.S.C. (Ret.), a Family Part judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex Vicinage, after her first year of law school. She subsequently enrolled in the Family Law Clinic at Seton Hall University School of Law, and after graduation, served as the law clerk to the Hon. Joseph P. Quinn, J.S.C., of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part, Monmouth Vicinage. She joined Paras, Apy & Reiss, P.C. immediately after her clerkship, and since then, has continued to dedicate her practice to helping her clients resolve the unique difficulties that arise in divorce cases.
Ms. Perkins is a proud to be a very active contributor to the Monmouth Bar Association, where she is a member and former co-chair of the Young Lawyers Committee, as well as a member of the Publications, Membership and Courthouse Facilities Committees. In October 2015, she co-presented the Monmouth Bar Association’s AOC Professionalism Day seminar entitled “Professionalism: Then & Now.” She is also an active member of the Ocean-Monmouth Family Law Inns of Court and of the New Jersey State and Middlesex County bar associations, and has successfully mediated numerous small claims cases for the Special Civil Part.
In 2006, Ms. Perkins graduated with distinction from the Pennsylvania State University, where she earned two Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Journalism. For five years, she has served as a mentor to undergraduate students in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts. In 2009, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was an Associate Editor of the Seton Hall Circuit Review, a merit scholarship recipient, and a Senator of the Student Bar Association.