When Attorney Allison Holzman, as a child, would watch episodes of Divorce Court with her grandmother, she knew that her life mission would be to help people who faced the same circumstances.
Ms. Holzman, an attorney at Cipriano Law Offices, PC, has followed that vision, and has had two decades of experience in matrimonial law.
“Even as a young kid I felt empathy for divorcing spouses,” she said. “I wanted to help people put their lives back together.”
Her journey began in law school when she worked as a child advocate lawyer. After school she did some legal work for insurance companies, but soon remembered that she wanted to help people, not corporations. She looked for work in matrimonial law where she could help people advocate for themselves.
She believes in the Collaborative divorce process because it empowers spouses, rather than giving that power to the judge.
A Collaborative divorce, she says, allows people to control the next step of their lives, and allows them to climb out from “a really broken spot.”
Helping her clients achieve amicable solutions to their legal issues is critical, and obtaining a harmonious resolution is her goal, however, when the other side is uncooperative she advocates aggressively on behalf of her clients.
“Divorce and its related legal matters can be among the most difficult times in a family’s life,” she says.
Ms. Holzman handles complicated legal matters, ensuring a positive resolution for each of her clients. She is passionate about her work and gives individualized attention, taking care to explain the nuances of the law.
She values clear communication with her clients about their goals and how the legal process works, and helps them address both short and long-term needs.
Ms. Holzman says, ““A divorce may not be the end of the relationship for many families.”
During her career, she spent 10 years at Weinberger Divorce and Family Law Group, and eight year years at the law office of James P. Yudes.
Her Mantra: A Collaborative divorce empowers spouses, rather than giving that power to the judge.
When she is not practicing law, this forever-Jersey girl enjoys outdoor activities, including biking and hiking; staying fit with Pilates and Zumba; and doing art projects with her two young children.
J.D. Fordham University School of Law 2001
B.A. University of Michigan 1998
Trained family law mediator. Provides mediation services to assist parties in reaching a mutual resolution of their family and matrimonial issues.
Trained in Collaborative law
Panelist, Essex County for the county ESP (early settlement panel) calendar
Alternate for the panel in Union County
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Member, Union County Bar Association
Member, New Jersey Collaborative Law Group
Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Contributing author, ICLE publication, the Yudes Family Law Citator, from 2002-2010, a yearly treatise that is utilized by almost all family and matrimonial attorneys in the State of New Jersey.
Volunteer, County College of Morris Women’s Clinic, providing legal advice and insight at the divorce clinics, as well as speaking at various different locations on issues such as custody, parenting time, alimony and equitable distribution.
Licensed to practice in New Jersey, New York and the United States District Court for the State of New Jersey.