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Marquis D. Jones, Jr. Profile
Email Address: Marquis@wlg.com
Marquis D. Jones, Jr. served as a Superior Court Judge (Family Part) in the State of New Jersey, Ocean County, Toms River, from January of 2008 to January of 2015. He presided over and rendered decisions in all areas of Family Law including but not limited to:
- Authored many comprehensive opinions in child abuse and neglect cases;
- Rendered thousands of domestic violence opinions after trial;
- Decided countless post judgment motions for modification of alimony and child support, visitation, relocation, child custody issues; and
- Conferred with government agencies such as the Department of Child Protection and Permanency to reach positive results for families facing complex abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights and juvenile issues.
He was designated the lead Children in Court Judge in Family Court presiding over child abuse and neglect matters. Judge Jones also presided over countless divorce, child custody matters, non-dissolution and juvenile cases. He has mediated and settled significant matrimonial related matters. While a member of the Superior Court Judiciary, Judge Jones also sat in the Civil Court division presiding over landlord tenant, small claims, special civil courts, and law division motions.
Prior to ascending to the bench, Mr. Jones was First Assistant Corporation Counsel/Acting Corporation Counsel, in Newark's Law Department under the Honorable Cory A. Booker, Mayor, from July 1, 2006 to January 2008. There he managed, supervised and oversaw the Law Department sections comprised of the civil litigation, tax, real estate, municipal prosecutors, workers' compensation, contracts and collections, and labor sections. He jointly worked with Corporation Counsel and reported directly to the Mayor, Business Administrator, and Chief of Staff; served as counsel to the Mayor and the Municipal Council; managed and oversaw all matters handled by outside counsel; Maintained the Law Department's budget; Managed and oversaw the Law Department's administrative matters; attended Municipal Council meetings and provided legal advice as necessary; and assisted the Business Administrator and Finance Director in managing the Insurance Fund Commission.
As a Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Jones prosecuted Medicaid Fraud matters which included supervising detailed complex criminal investigations to trial by researching, writing, and interpreting federal and state Medicare and Medicaid statutes and regulations, conducting state and county grand jury presentations, indictments, brief filings and motion arguments, sentencing, and coordination with state and federal agencies. He also served as an editor and article contributor for Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor's 2004 and 2005 Annual Report to New Jersey's Governor and State Legislators. As an associate at Gibbons, he litigated cases pertaining to products liability, insurance defense and mass tort.
Mr. Jones served his country for over ten years as an Intelligence Operations specialist in the United States Air Force serving nationally and internationally from January 1981 to February 1987. He wrote, coordinated and presented Intelligence briefings to top command officers and aircrews, developed Intelligence correspondence, reports, and records reported as high as White House Situation Room, drafted, compiled and edited classified documents, wrote personnel proficiency reports, managed and supervised a supply accounts, and supervised mobility section. He also served as a Law Enforcement Specialist from September 1976 to June 1983.
Mr. Jones graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers Law School, Newark and from Rutgers University, New Brunswick with a B.A. in journalism and economics.
Areas of Practice:
Family and Matrimonial Law
Child Abuse and Neglect (actions by the Division of Child Protection and Permancy)
Divorce and Legal Separations
Domestic Violence Matters
Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships
Visitation and Parenting Time
Alimony and Palimony
Division of Assets – Equitable Distribution
Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements
Adoption and Kinship Legal Guardianships
Children's Educational Needs
Modification of Custody
Modification of Child Support
Modification, Reduction or Termination of Alimony
Enforcement of Custody
Enforcement of Child Support
Enforcement of Alimony
Post Divorce Matters
Relocation out of the State of New Jersey with a child
New Jersey State Superior Court-1995
U.S. District Court of New Jersey, 1995
New York State Court, 1995
Connecticut State Court-1995
U.S. District Court of Connecticut-1995
Pennsylvania State Court-2003
Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, 1994
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1991
South Jersey Magazine, Awesome Attorney: 2015
Professional Associations and Memberships:
New Jersey State Bar Association
Executive Committee Family Law Section
Ocean County Bar Association
Family Section- Seminar presenter
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