About Risa

  •       RISA A. KLEINER, Esq., APM

    • More than 28 years of experience assisting clients with family law issues

    • Specializes in helping clients transition through divorce while maintaining civility and protecting their children’s best interests

    Risa A. Kleiner, Esq. Attorney and Mediator.

    • Devotes her skills and experience to mediation, negotiation and Collaborative Divorce to avoid costly litigation 

    • Works closely with Divorce Coaches and Financial specialists to maximize the outcomes for clients
    • Drafts Pre-Nuptial Agreements

    • Provides discreet consultations for second opinions
    • Assists clients with negotiation of post-judgment modifications           


    • J.D. – Rutgers School of Law
    • M.A. – Rowan University
    • B.A. – University of Michigan


    • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Attorney since 1997
    • Accredited Professional Mediator (APM) since 1997
    • Trained as a Collaborative Law Practitioner in 2007
    • Selected by the Supreme Court of NJ to serve on the Middlesex County District Ethics Committee, 2014-18
    • Selected by the Supreme Court of NJ to serve on the Advisory Committee for Professional Ethics 2016-2020
    • Member of Bench-Bar Courthouse committee, Middlesex County
    • Family Law Attorney, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, Woodbridge, NJ, 1988-2009
    • Family Law Attorney, solo practice, May 2009 – present
    • Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist, Middlesex County, for more than 22 years
    • Court-approved mediator: Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth & Somerset County
    • Judicial Law Clerk, Chancery Division, Family Part, Middlesex County, 1987-88


    • Accredited Professional Member and Past Board member, Executive Vice-President and Secretary, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
    • Founding Member, Board Advisor and Past President, Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance
    • Founding Member, NJ Council of Collaborative Law Practice Groups
    • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
    • Member, NJ and Middlesex County Bar Association, Family Law and Dispute Resolution Sections
    • Member, Middlesex County Family Bar Executive Committee
    • Member, District Ethics Committee, Middlesex County (2014-18)
    • Board Member, Fair Acres Condominium Association


    • NJAPM, Co-Chair, Education Committee and Divorce Apprenticeship, 2013 to present
    • ADR Day, Panelist, “The Future of ADR” – June 2014
    • ADR Day, Panel Moderator, “Collaborative Divorce: A Team Approach to Dispute Resolution” – June 2011
    • Collaborative Law Trainer, October 2010
    • Annual Family Law Case Update presentation to Bar Association, 1989 – 2009
    • Course Trainer, NJAPM 40 hour Divorce Mediation Course since 2009
    • NJAPM, Conference Co-Chair, 2011 and 2012
    • NJAPM Annual Divorce Seminar, April 2009; April 2010
    • NJAPM Seminar for Non-Attorney Mediators, March 2009
    • Conference Co-chair, NJAPM Annual Conference, 2008 – 2012
    • Middlesex County Family Bar Association presentation on Collaborative Law, February 2008
    • Mediation presentation to Accounting Association, November 2009
    • Panelist, NJAPM seminar on Breaking Impasse in Mediation, February 2010