Jane R. Altman
Jane R. Altman has been practicing law since 1978, and her practice has been focused in all aspects of family law for over 40 years. In 2018, Jane received the Saul Tischler Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association for lifetime achievement and contribution to the advancement of Family Law in the State of New Jersey. She was the first lawyer from Mercer County, New Jersey to receive the Tischler Award since its inception in 1986.
Jane has been very active in local and State Bar organizations, including serving as a Trustee of the Mercer County Bar Association, serving as a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel panelist since the program’s inception, serving on the District VII Ethics Committee and serving on the District VII Fee Arbitration Committee.
For many years Jane was the managing partner of a law firm she founded in Skillman, New Jersey. Since 2021, Jane has been “Of Counsel” to the law firm of Lepp, Mayrides & Eaton, where she continues to handle all aspects of family law.
A longtime member of the Family Law Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association (from 1982 to the present), Jane also served on the prestigious Supreme Court Family Practice Committee from 2002 through 2014. She has lectured for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) on numerous occasions at seminars addressing issues related to family law. Jane is also a Senior Editor of the “New Jersey Family Lawyer” and has authored several articles and columns which have appeared in that publication. Jane’s name has appeared in “Super Lawyers” and “Top Attorneys of New Jersey” for the past decade. Jane has consistently received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.
Jane’s philosophy as a matrimonial lawyer is that there are rarely, if ever, “winners” in a matrimonial case, and that every case should be settled as fairly as possible for both parties. She encourages her clients to pursue mediation and settlement conferences as a preferred initial approach unless the case presents emergent issues that do not lend themselves to settlement attempts, such as domestic violence, an imminent danger of the dissipation of assets, the kidnapping of a child, etc. In the latter situations, immediate court action is likely to be necessary and should be actively pursued.
In keeping with her philosophy, Jane has received training in the area of collaborative law and is prepared to serve as a collaborative lawyer in appropriate cases where the client is interested in pursuing this relatively new alternative. Collaborative law is a process that strongly encourages settlement. The parties and their lawyers agree, in advance, that if settlement efforts fail, the collaborative lawyers will not be available to litigate the matter in court. Accordingly, there is a particularly strong incentive for all concerned to settle the case.
Jane received her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College of Columbia University, her master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education, and her J.D. from Rutgers-Camden School of Law.