Janell Weinstein Esq.

Janell Weinstein is an attorney and legal commentator on television and radio. Her practice includes divorce, child support, alimony, custody, post divorce judgment matters, domestic violence, domestic partnerships and premarital agreements; and civil litigation.

Janell was born in London, England. She received a B.A. from Rutgers University, Douglass College in 1988. While in college, she was an Intern for the Northeast Midwest Congressional Coalition in Washington D.C., attending Congressional hearings and markups of legislation, and performing extensive research and written analysis of legislative issues at that time.

Janell was awarded a Juris Doctor in 1991 from Hofstra University School of Law. Upon receiving her law degree, Janell served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Jonathan N. Harris, in the Criminal Part of the Superior Court in New Jersey. As a judicial clerk, she was trained as a mediator in landlord/ tenant and small claims matters.

After being a partner at the firm of Federbusch & Weinstein for many years, Janell joined the law firm of Melli, Guerin, Wall & Frankland, specializing in family/divorce and real estate matters. In February 2013, Janell joined the prestigious law firm of Atkins, Tafuri, Minassian, D’Amato & Beane P.A.. The firm is well known for its concentration in family law matters. Atkins Tafuri also provides legal services in the areas of personal injury, wills and estate planning, criminal and municipal court matters, and other civil litigation.

She is frequently called to give her expert opinion on television and radio. Janell appears regularly as a guest commentator for Fox News on programs such as Your World with Neil Cavuto, Shepard Smith Reporting, and Fox and Friends. She also appears on CNN, HLN, Inside Edition, The Bill Cunningham Show, WPIX- NY, TruTV’s In Session (formerly COURT TV), LXTV-NBC, and Daybreak (formerly GMTV) in the United Kingdom.

Janell was a legal correspondent for the “Vinnie & Me” show on Sirius/XM and continues to speak on various radio programs such as FOX News Radio and 77WABC with Rita Cosby discussing current legal issues. As a frequent guest on “The Ralphie Radio Show” which aired on 97 BHT in Pennsylvania and 92 ProFM in Rhode Island, Janell would talk about celebrity legal issues. As a guest on “The World of TJ McCormack” on LaTalkRadio.com, she discusses pop culture issues and family matters.

In addition to her television and radio appearances, Janell is a writer and contributing legal expert for FirstWivesWorld.com, a website that focuses exclusively on family and divorce issues. She has been interviewed by many print media outlets to give her legal opinion. Janell has been quoted in newspapers such as the San Francisco Chronicle and the Bergen Record.

Janell is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey, the State of New York, United States District Court, District of New Jersey and the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. She is presently a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and a member of the Family Law Committee of the Bergen County Bar Association, as well as a Master for the Barry Croland Family Law Inns of Court. She was nominated and served as a member of the Fee Arbitration Committee for three years, and has been a panel member for matrimonial seminars conducted by the New Jersey Institue for Continuing Legal Education. She presently serves as an Early Settlement Panelist for the Family Part in the Superior Court of New Jersey and volunteers at the Women’s Rights Information Center in Englewood, New Jersey.

Janell has been voted one of Bergen County’s Top Lawyers in the following publications:
(201) MagazineView Award
Bergen MagazineView Award

Practice Areas

All aspects of Family and Matrimonial Law Litigation, including but not limited to:

  • Divorce and Legal Separations
  • Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships
  • Civil Unions and Same Sex Marriages
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation and Parenting Time
  • Relocation and Removal Applications
  • Child Support, Alimony and Palimony
  • Division of Assets/Equitable Distribution
  • Pre Nuptial Agreements
  • Paternity
  • Emancipation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Post Divorce and Enforcement Matters
  • Grandparent’s Visitation Rights

Education

  • Rutgers University, BA, Economics & Political Science, 1988
  • Hofstra School of Law, J.D., 1991

Clerkship

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Jonathan N. Harris, Judge Criminal Part in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Bergen County, 1991-1992

Professional Affiliations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • Barry Croland Family Law Inns of Court, Master
  • Early Settlement Panelist for Superior Court of New Jersey Family Division in Bergen County
  • State of New Jersey Fee Arbitration Committee, District XI, Former Member
  • National Association of Divorce Professionals, Bergen County, New Jersey Chapter, Member

Awards/Recognitions

  • (201) Magazine: Bergen County’s Top Lawyers 2011
  • Bergen Magazine: Bergen County’s Top Lawyers 2017, 2019