Megan E. Hodes
- Associate Attorney
Before law school, Megan worked as a matrimonial paralegal for two years. From her experience, Megan knew she wanted to become an attorney and help people struggling through the emotional roller-coaster that often is divorce and custody disputes. Her love for children makes her sympathetic towards parents and ensures that she looks out for their best interest. Her meticulous nature makes her ideal for handling complex matters, including regarding custody.
Megan earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Boston University, diploma in paralegal studies from New York University, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, and Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law, now known as the Elisabeth School of Law at Pace University.
In law school, Megan interned for Volunteer Lawyers for Justice/Newark Re-Entry Legal Services (VLJ/ReLeSe) where she utilized her knowledge of family law to prepare court filings for previously incarcerated individuals and to assist in the coordination and management of three pro se (unrepresented) family motion clinics. After helping recently incarcerated people get their family matters in order, Megan knew she was meant to be a divorce and family law attorney. Megan also received the Pro Bono Justice Award for Extraordinary Service due to her work at VLJ/ReLeSe, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, the New York County District Attorney's Office and the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey.
Megan's passion for public service and helping people has resulted in her receiving a Public Interest Law Center Fellowship for two consecutive years. Throughout law school Megan intentionally sought internships and externships that would provide her with as much courtroom experience as possible. As former President of the Boston University American Parliamentary Debate Association and participant of several moot court competitions in law school, Megan takes pride in effectively argueing her position, which is of the utmost importance when handling sensitive and emotional family law matters.
Megan was recognized as a Next Generation Leader by the national association of the American Constitution Society.
After law school, Megan completed a clerkship for the Honorable Teresa Kondrup Coyle, Judge of the Superior Court in Monmouth County. During her clerkship, Megan assisted the judge with matters involving Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), previously known as the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), and helped the judge with post-divorce motions and written decisions. After her clerkship, Megan worked in private practice in Monmouth County before returning to Bergen County.
Megan is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey and is authorized to appear before United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Megan is a member of the Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Bergen County Bar Association, and Barry Croland Inns of Court.
- New Jersey
- Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York
- Honors: Dean's List
- Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
Honors and Awards
- Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers Magazine "Rising Star"
- Pro Bono Justice Award for Extraordinary Service
- American Constitutional Law Society - Next Generation Leader
Professional Associations and Memberships
- New Jersey State Bar Association , Member, Present
- Bergen County Bar Association , Member, Present
- Barry Croland Inns of Court, Member, Present