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Frank A. Louis

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Louis & Russell

Contact Information

Office:
1144 Hooper Ave.
Ste. 212
Toms River NJ 08753-8361
Work (732) 349-0600
Fax (732) 349-0729


Practice State

New Jersey

Introduction

Frank A. Louis is the founding member of Louis & Russell, a matrimonial boutique firm located in Toms River, New Jersey, where he has practiced Family Law since 1974.

Mr. Louis served as the Chair of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and President of the Ocean County Bar Association, where he chaired the local Family Law Committee for several years. Presently, he is an Emeritus member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section. Governor Florio selected him to be the New Jersey State Bar Association’s representative to the New Jersey Commission to Study the Law of Divorce; he was the only Family Lawyer to be selected. The Commission recommended several new statutes, which were ultimately passed by the Legislature including the Limited Duration Alimony Statute, which was based on an article written by Mr. Louis.

In 1980, Mr. Louis received the Young Lawyer Award from the Ocean County Bar Association. In 1980, he also received the Tischler Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association for contributions to the advancement of Family Law. Mr. Louis has been selected to be a member of Best Lawyers of America and has been recognized as a Super Lawyers by the New Jersey Monthly and New York Magazine. Super Lawyers are limited to 5% of the lawyers in New Jersey. In 2006, Mr. Louis received the best vote total of all lawyers in the State. In 2007 and 2010 he was, selected, by Super Lawyers, as one of the Top Ten Lawyers. In 2010, he received the third highest vote total in New Jersey. In every year of the Super Lawyers poll he has either been in the Top Ten or the Top One Hundred.

Mr. Louis is also a member of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, which is an organization limited to 100 Family Lawyers in the United States. Only five lawyers in New Jersey are members of the College – none are in Monmouth or Ocean Counties.

From 1982 – 2011, Mr. Louis was appointed and reappointed by the Supreme Court to be a member of the Supreme Court Family Part Practice Committee. Additionally, he has also been appointed by the Chief Justice to serve on the following Supreme Court Committees: Special Committee on Matrimonial Litigation, Family Automated Case System, Economic Consequences of Dissolution Committee, Complementary Dispute Resolution Task Force, and the Appointment of Fiduciary and Counsel Committee.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has an “A” rating in Martindale-Hubbell. For nine years he served as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee. For two years he was Vice Chair of the Committee.

Mr. Louis has lectured extensively for the Institute of Continuing Education; the Administrative Office of the Courts; the New Jersey Chapter of the American Trial Lawyers Association; the Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Bergen and Essex County Bar Associations; and the Ocean-Monmouth and New Jersey Society of CPA’s. He has authored over forty (40) published articles and has been moderator and presenter at over fifty (50) ICLE seminars and conferences since 1982. Many of his articles have been cited in judicial decisions. For over fifteen (15) years he has been both the Moderator and a Speaker at the Family Law Symposium, the principle ICLE Seminar for New Jersey Family Lawyers.

Emphasis

Practice emphasizes economically complex divorce cases.

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Legal Organizations

Supreme Court Family Part Practice Committee; Judicial Education Committee. Previous Positions: Judicial Prosectorial Appointments Committee; Nominating Committee; Family Automated Case Tracking System.

CLE Presentations

Mr. Louis has lectured extensively for the Institute of Continuing Education; the Administrative Office of the Courts; the New Jersey Chapter of the American Trial Lawyers Association; the Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Bergen and Essex County Bar Associations; and the Ocean-Monmouth and New Jersey Society of CPA’s. He has authored over forty (40) published articles and has been moderator and presenter at over fifty (50) ICLE seminars and conferences since 1982. Many of his articles have been cited in judicial decisions. For over fifteen (15) years he has been both the Moderator and a Speaker at the Family Law Symposium, the principle ICLE Seminar for New Jersey Family Lawyers.

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Publications

A Proposed Standard for Valuing Closely Held Corporations in divorce" (2011)

Spousal Fiduciary Responsibilities (December, 2009)

How Should PRE-MARITAL Cohabitation Be Considered in the Alimony Analysis? (January, 2009)

Palimony: A new Approach (January, 2009)

May A Court Consider Expenses A Spouse Incurs for a Fully Emancipated Child on an Initial Determination or Modification of Alimony (January, 2008)

Your Client Demands to Settle But Discovery is Not Complete. What Language Should be Added to a Property Settlement Agreement? (January, 2008)

Payment of Pre-Marital Obligations Such as Alimony, Child Support, Student Loans, With Marital Funds is a Factor Justifying a Lesser Distributable Share of the Marital Assets (January, 2008)
 

The Conflict Between Public Policy and Valuation Principles: What We Can Learn From Brown (May, 2003)

The Linkage of Policy and the Valuation Standard: The End of Fair Market Value- What Brown v Brown Really Means (January, 2003)

An Analysis of Cox v Cox: How to Determine Whether Permanent or Limited Duration Alimony is Appropriate (January, 2002)

The Far-Reaching Impact of Crews (October, 2001)

Proposal for Appointment of Expert (August, 2001)

Age: The Most Overlooked Issue in Our Practice (January, 2000)

Pendente Lite Motions (November/December, 1998)

Equitable Distribution Value: An Alternative To Fair Market Value (February/March, 1996)
 

The Marital Lifestyle: To Whom Does It Belong? (October/November, 1996)

Buy Sell Agreements (1995)

Control Premiums In Valuing Closely Held Corporations (May, 1993)

Is Lepis Dead? The Three-Year Review of Child Support (1993)

Determining Valuation of Property After Divorce (August, 1992)

Limited Duration Alimony (September, 1991)
  • Cited by the Appellate Division in Gordon v Rozenwald, 380 N.J.Super 55 (App. Div. 2005);  Cox v Cox, 335 N.J.Super. 465 (App. Div. 2000) and Carter v Carter, 318 N.J.Super. 34 (App. Div. 1999).
The Orgler Decision: What It Means and How to Use It (January, 1991)
 

Equitable Remedies In Family Law (March/April, 1990)

Consideration of Theoretical Tax Consequences in Equitable Distribution (April, 1989)

  • Cited by the Appellate Division in Orgler v Orgler, 237 N.J.Super. 342 (App. Div. 1989)

Changes In Circumstances (October, 1988)

Recent Alimony Developments (1988)

  • Cited by the Appellate Division in the unreported case Emolo v Emolo, Docket No. A-2746-08T3 (August 19, 2011)

Increase in Values of PRE-MARITAL Assets

Changes in Value Between Filing of the Complaint and Trial: Goldman Revisited (1987)

Waiver of Child Support (1987)

Judges Have Rights, Too (May, 1987)

Sale of the Marital Home Due to Cohabitation: A Change in the Law? (April, 1987)

Chairman Addresses Current Issues Before the Courts (March, 1987)

An Example of the Family Law Section's Excellence- Focus on the Family Committee (February, 1987)

The Family Law Section: Update and Appraisal (December/January 1987)

Thank You Justice Pashman (November, 1986)

Oral Argument: The Rule Must Be Enforced (September/October 1986)

Early Settlement Panels: A Program Worthy of Pride (August, 1986)

The Family Law Section's Future (June/July 1986)

Choices Available When Distributing the Former Marital Home (November, 1983)

AAML Chapter

New Jersey Chapter: Chair, Family Law Section of NJ; Special Committee on Matrimonial Litigation. Previous: Member, Bd. of Managers of New Jersey Chapter, 1991-93.

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