Marquis D. Jones, Jr. Profile

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.

Awards

* 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
  • Juvenile Matters
  • Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation and Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Mediation
  • Alimony and Palimony
  • Division of Assets - Equitable Distribution
  • Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Adoption and Kinship Legal Guardianships
  • Children’s Educational Needs
  • Emancipation
  • Modification of Custody
  • Modification of Child Support
  • Modification, Reduction or Termination of Alimony
  • Enforcement of Custody
  • Enforcement of Child Support
  • Enforcement of Alimony
  • Paternity
  • Grandparent’s Rights
  • Domestic Violence Matters
  • Post Divorce Matters
  • Relocation out of the State of New Jersey with a child

Certifications / Specialties:

Qualified Family Law Mediator

Bar Admissions:

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

Education:

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