Our practice is dedicated to Family Law. The vast majority of our clients are referrals from current or past clients, other attorneys, therapists and even referrals from former spouses of our past clients. The firm has or had family matter cases in most counties of New Jersey including: Union, Middlesex, Essex, Somerset, Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean, Hunterdon, Passaic, Sussex, Burlington, Gloucester, Mercer, and Warren counties.
Jenny Berse graduated from New York University (NYU) with a B.S. in Accounting and worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen in New York City and as the vice president of finance for a real estate syndication company. Jenny has had extensive experience working in real estate, with financial matters and also as a Realtor. She graduated from New York Law School, and was admitted to the practice of law in New Jersey in 2004. She is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2011, Jenny completed both the Mediation for Family Law Training and the Collaborative Law Training, and a member of NJAPM. She is a frequent lecturer, was a panelist in 2011 at NJICLE’s Brokering the Truce: Negotiating Family Law Settlements; in 2012 at NJICLE’s Creating and Managing Fee Agreements that Work; in 2013 at NJSBA’s Suddenly Successful; at the 2015 NJSBA Leadership Academy; in the 2017 NJICLE’s Practice Management Challenges for Family Lawyers; in 2018 at NJAJ’s Boardwalk Seminar “What Does a Family Lawyer do When the Client Needs a Guardian & Ethics on Guardianship”; in 2018 NJICLE’s 2018 “What To Do When You Get That Emergency Call – Practical Tips for Lawyers in Emergency Situations”; in 2018 NJICLE’s ” Until Debt Due Us Part: What Every Family Lawyer Needs to Know About Bankruptcy and Divorce”; in 2019 at NJICLE’s “Mastering Management in Your Family Law Practice – A Webinar”; and at the Ocean-Monmouth Family Law Inns of Court. Jenny is an active ESP Panelist in Essex County and a member of: the New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Dispute Resolution Section, Women in the Profession Section, Solo Section, and LGBT Rights Section, and has attended the 2007 – 2019 annual conventions and all of the family law seminars that are held during these conventions; the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ); the Union County Bar Association; the Essex County Bar Association; the American Bar Association; New Jersey Women Lawyers Association; NJAWBO; and the AFCC – Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, New Jersey Chapter; she was a member of the Ocean-Monmouth Family Law Inn of Court, the Barry Croland Family Inn of Court, the Richard J. Hughes American Inn of Court, the Justice Virginia Long Family Inn of Court; and the Ocean County Bar Association. Jenny has completed over 550 Continuing Education classes.
Sam Berse joined Berse Law in September 2017. He graduated cum laude from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 2015, and thereafter completed two one-year clerkships for the Honorable Lisa M. Vignuolo, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County, Family Part, and for a now-presiding Appellate Division Judge Marie P. Simonelli, P.J.A.D. (then-J.A.D.). Sam’s experience working for the judiciary has given him extraordinary insight into the minds and perspectives of judges who preside over family law matters and adjudicate appeals. Sam is a proponent of mediation to resolve matters quickly and amicably, but in more litigious circumstances, Sam’s expertise allows him to counsel clients both in preparation for court and on what must be proven to the court in order to prevail. Sam is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar, New York State Bar, and New Jersey Federal District Court.
While attending law school Sam served as a Notes Editor on the Seton Hall Legislative Journal and completed judicial internships for Justice Anne M. Patterson of the New Jersey Supreme Court, and Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion and District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo of the District Court of New Jersey. Additionally, Sam worked in the in-house legal department of Amicus Therapeutics for two years and participated in the SDNY Representation in Mediation Practicum where he obtained one of the highest settlements in the program’s history for a client in a Title VII employment discrimination case.
Although he now focuses his practice on family law matters, Sam is a patent attorney licensed before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and holds a Master of Biomedical Sciences degree from the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (legacy-RWJ GSBS) and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kean University where he graduated summa cum laude with a 4.00 GPA. Sam recently utilized his life sciences background to publish on the topic of patent office practice following the United States Supreme Court’s opinion in Association of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. holding that genes are not patentable.
Sam is a certified EMT-B and was a proud riding member of the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad for over six years and a Lifetime Member of Mensa.