Linda Schofel has enjoyed more than 27 years as an attorney working with Gary Newman in family law, including more than 19 years as a partner. She has Master’s Degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling and Social Work. Ms. Schofel is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is collaboratively trained. She is a trained mediator for domestic violence matters in the New Jersey pilot program. Her background, training and experience in individual, group and family therapy together with her degree in law led her to serve as a family and divorce mediator. Out of her dual background, she has developed an award winning reputation as a fair, patient, thoughtful and resourceful parenting coordinator and guardian ad litem for children and adults. Ms. Schofel has been working with the courts in matters pertaining to families and children in various capacities since 1973, including serving as a court appointed therapist and forensic social worker, as well as directing the Adolescent Assessment Team at the District Court in Somerville, Massachusetts. She also maintained a private therapy practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ms. Schofel’s level and scope of achievement have resulted in appointments from judges in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union County Superior Courts to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem and/or as a Parent Coordinator where she has served with distinction. She has appeared in court on numerous occasions, including an argument before the Supreme Court of New Jersey.Among her many honors, Ms. Schofel has been included by Super Lawyers for the years 2007 through 2019. In 2009, she was named as among the top 50 New Jersey women attorneys. Her expertise has also been recognized by numerous invitations to speak on matters pertaining to parenting law, including appearances as a:
Guest Speaker at numerous ICLE Seminars from 2005 to the present, including in 2015, “Handling Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Part Cases” in 2018, “Trends in Psychology and Family Law;”
Guest Speaker at Morris County Bar Association, 2009 and Middlesex County Bar Association April 2014, “The Role of Guardian ad litem and Role of Parenting Coordinator;”
Guest speaker at New Jersey Association for Justice-Meadowlands conference November 2013, “The Role of Guardian ad litem and Role of Parenting Coordinator in High Conflict Divorces;”
Guest speaker at AFCC, April 2016 “Managing Psychopathology and Difficult Personalities in Forensic Family Law Practice”
Guest speaker at Barry Croland Inn of Court, November 2018, “Proposed New Statute Pertaining to Joint Custody”
and numerous other speaking engagements at seminars, symposiums, county bar association meetings and on radio and television.
Ms. Schofel has also written extensively on the subject of parenting and the law. Among her articles:
The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem”- Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) 2005 and Essex County Bar Association Chronicle, Vol. XXXI, Issue I, Summer/Fall 2007 and Vol. XXXI, Issue I, Spring 2008.
“The Role of the Parenting Coordinator”- ICLE (2008) and New Jersey Family Lawyer, July 2010.
Among her professional associations, Linda Schofel is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Essex County Bar, a member of the Essex County and Morris County Early Settlement Panels, the Vice President in the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, as well as a member of the Essex County, New Jersey and American Bar Associations.
- Family law
- Parenting time
- Parenting coordination
- Guardian ad litem
New Jersey, Pennsylvania 1992
Rutgers University, J.D., with honors, 1992
Ohio State University, B.S., 1970
Boston University (M.S., 1974 M.S.W., 1981)
Selected for inclusion to New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2007 through 2019
Recipient, Outstanding Achievement Award, New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Award – 1992
Recipient, Family Lawyer Achievement Award, Essex County, Bar Association – 2016
The Role of the Guardian AD LITEM
Segal v. Lynch, 417 NJ Super, 627,11 A.3d 407 (App. Div. 2011)
Segal v. Lynch, 211 NJ 230, 48 A.3d 328 (2012)
Milne v. Goldenberg, 428 NJ Super, 184, 51 A.3d 161 (App. Div. 2012)
She has earned a BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® listing for her professionalism and ethics.
The attorneys at Newman, McDonough, Schofel & Giger, P.C. serve clients in Roseland and throughout New Jersey, including Bergen, Union, Morris, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, Hudson, Passaic and Essex Counties.