Noel S. Tonneman

Noel S. Tonneman ProfileBar Admissions

  • New Jersey and The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1984
  • United States Supreme Court, 1995


  • J.D., Rutgers School of Law-Newark, 1984
  • B.A., Bryn Mawr College, cum laude, 1976


Noel S. Tonneman is a partner in the firm of Tonneman & Connors, LLC.  Prior to forming that firm, she was a partner in the firm of Tonneman, Vuotto, Enis & White, LLC after spending 20 years in the Family Law Department of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.C.  She has been engaged exclusively in the practice of matrimonial law since 1988, practicing primarily in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Before entering law school, she taught elementary school from 1976-1981.

Ms. Tonneman is a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and current Second Vice President of the New Jersey Chapter of the AAML.  She has been certified as a Family Law Arbitrator by that national organization and is Secretary of the New Jersey Divorce Arbitrators Association.

Ms. Tonneman is qualified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to mediate family law matters.  She is a member of the Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America ®*, has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Female Super Lawyers in New Jersey in 2005, and has been regularly selected as a Super Lawyer in the area of Family Law since then.  Ms. Tonneman has served as a panelist in the Early Settlement Program in Monmouth County as well as a Blue Ribbon Panelist and Arbitrator of family law disputes.  She is a former member of the Supreme Court Family Law Practice Committee.  She has participated in seminars on family law issues and has appeared on local cable television shows discussing issues of domestic violence and adoption.

Ms. Tonneman has served as trustee of the Monmouth Bar Association and chair of the Monmouth Bar Association Family Law Committee, is treasurer of the Monmouth Bar Foundation, and a former member of the District IX Ethics Committee and of the District IX Fee Arbitration Committee.  Other bar association memberships include the New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section, the American Bar Association, Family Law Section, and the New Jersey Association for Justice.

Certifications and Recognitions

  • Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney
  • Qualified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to mediate family law disputes
  • Fellow of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers of America since 1995
  • Member, Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance
  • Secretary, New Jersey Divorce Arbitrators Association
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2005
  • Named One of New Jersey’s Top 50 Female Lawyers
  • Monmouth County Family Law Committee Annual Award for Service to the Profession, 2008
  • Women Lawyers of Monmouth County Woman of Achievement Award, 2006

Areas of Emphasis

Negotiation and trial of all aspects of divorce litigation, including complex valuations and custody disputes; Arbitration; Post-Judgment Litigation; Appellate Litigation; Mediation; International Custody Disputes

Reported Decisions Include

  • Harrington v. Harrington, 281 N.J.Super. 39, cert. denied 142 N.J. 455 (1995) (App. Div. 1995). On the brief and oral argument.
  • Carr v. Carr, 264 N.J.Super. 191 (Ch. Div. 1991), aff’d 262 N.J. Super. 10 (App. Div. 1993), cert. denied, 135 N.J. 476 (1993). On the briefs and oral argument.
  • Roe v. Roe, 253 N.J.Super. 418 (App. Div. 1992). On the brief.
  • Culp v. Culp, 242 N.J.Super. 567 (Ch. Div. 1990)
  • Carr v. Carr, 229 N.J.Super. 370 (App. Div. 1988), cert. granted 114 N.J. 520 (1989), aff’d and remanded, 120 N.J. 336 (1990). On the brief and oral argument, Appellate Division. On the brief, Supreme Court.
  • Christopher-Frederickson v. Christopher, 223 N.J.Super. 303 (App. Div. 1988). On the brief.
  • Ball v. New Jersey Bell Telephone Co., 207 N.J.Super. 100 (App. Div. 1986), cert. denied 104 N.J. 383 (1986) On the brief and oral argument.
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