Marquis D. Jones, Jr. is an attorney with Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group. Mr. Jones served as a Superior Court Judge (Family Part) in the State of New Jersey, Ocean County, Toms River. 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, parenting time, relocation, child custody issues; and
Conferred with government agencies such as the Department of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly known as DYFS) 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 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. 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 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. 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. Mr. Jones is also a qualified Family Law Mediator for clients who may choose to resolve their family and matrimonial issues without the need for costly and protracted litigation.
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.
Mr. Jones has been recognized by South Jersey Magazine as an Awesome Attorney. He has also been named by the American Institute of Legal Counsel as one of the 10 Best Client Satisfaction for Family Law in New Jersey.
Mr. Jones is licensed in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
* American Institute of Family Law(10 Best Client Satisfaction; Top 10 Under 40) “To be named an attorney must be formally nominated by the board, client, and/or fellow Attorney; have attained the highest degree of professional achievement in his or her field of law; and having done so with an impeccable Client Satisfaction rating. To learn more about the selection process see www.aiofla.org. No aspect of this has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Areas of Practice:
Family and Matrimonial Law
Child Abuse and Neglect (actions by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency)
Divorce and Legal Separations
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
Domestic Violence Matters
Post Divorce Matters
Relocation out of the State of New Jersey with a child
Certifications / Specialties:
Qualified Family Law Mediator
New Jersey State Superior Court
U.S. District Court of New Jersey
New York State Court
Connecticut State Court
U.S. District Court of Connecticut
Pennsylvania State Court
Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Awards / Recognition:
Awesome Attorney – South Jersey Magazine 10 Best Client Satisfaction for Family Law – American Institute of Legal Counsel
Professional Associations and Memberships:
New Jersey State Bar Association
Former member of the Executive Committee – Family Law Section
Garden State Bar Association
Ocean County Bar Association
Family Section- Seminar presenter
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