Tam Abitante, Esq.
Tam Abitante is admitted to the New Jersey and New York State 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.
Tam received a Certificate in 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 completed training and received a Certificate in Collaborative Divorce Training.
Since 2006, Tam has been an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, teaching family law classes and legal research and writing seminars to students in the Paralegal Studies Program.
Tam obtained her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) 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 Advocacy Project (DVAP).
Tam was law clerk to the Honorable James B. Convery, lead matrimonial Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division - Family Part in Essex County. Prior to her clerkship, she was a summer intern for Judge Convery.
Tam is the founder of Law Offices of Tam Abitante, Esq. Her practice of family law is exclusively through the preeminent family law firm of Copeland, Shimalla, Wechsler & Lepp, LLP in Warren, New Jersey, where she is "Of Counsel."
Tam was a paralegal, law clerk, and later an associate with the law firm of Ruane and Zuber, LLC in Watchung, New Jersey, a small general practice firm. At Ruane and Zuber, 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 as a financial analyst for several years. She has a New Jersey real estate license since 1999 and worked 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.