Tam Abitante, Esq.
Tam is the founder of Law Offices of Tam Abitante, Esq. She practices family law exclusively through the preeminent family law firm of Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp and D'Onofrio, LLP in Warren, New Jersey, where she is "Of Counsel."
Tam is admitted to the New Jersey and New York Bars, as well as the United States District Court for the State of New Jersey. She is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Essex County Bar Association, and the Somerset County Bar Association, and is an Early Settlement Panelist for Somerset and Hunterdon Counties.
Tam obtained her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law - Newark, where she was a student attorney for the Women's Rights Litigation Clinic. At graduation, Tam received the Pro Bono Award for her work with the Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy Project.
In addition to her law degree, Tam holds a New Jersey Real Estate License and is a Certified Divorce Financial Planner (C.D.F.P.). She received a Certificate in Family and Divorce Mediation from Rutgers School of Social Work, and completed clinical work in mediation at the Dispute Resolution Center in Montclair, New Jersey. Tam has been trained in Collaborative Divorce since 2009.
Tam has been an Adjunct Instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University since 2005, teaching family law classes and legal research and writing seminars to students in the Paralegal Studies Program.
Tam was law clerk and intern to the Honorable James B. Convery, lead matrimonial Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey -Essex County. She was a paralegal, law clerk, and later an associate with the law firm of Ruane and Zuber, LLC in Watchung, New Jersey, where she worked in several practice areas, including complex civil litigation, collections, employment law, estate planning, real estate, and appellate appeals.
Prior to attending law school, Tam worked for several years as a financial analyst for Panasonic Industrial Corporation and as a real estate assistant for Lois Schneider Realtors in Summit New Jersey.
Tam is the mother of three children and an active member in her community. She is a board member of several organizations, including the USNA Parents' Club of New Jersey.