- Senior Associate
Thomas J. Belitza, Esquire, Senior Associate Attorney, joined our law firm in 2013, and quickly established a courtroom acumen and a robust and passionate zeal for advocacy in not only family and divorce law matters but also domestic violence trials. He is a New Jersey Supreme Court appointee of the District Fee Arbitration Committee and is trusted by the New Jersey Superior Court as a volunteer arbitrator for nuanced financial disputes between divorcing spouses through the Early Settlement Program, otherwise known as the Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel. He has also been selected for inclusion among New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2020.
Mr. Belitza joined our law firm in 2013 after completing a one-year clerkship with the Honorable Benjamin C. Telsey, P.J.F.P., then presiding family law judge of Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester counties. During his judicial clerkship, he learned first-hand from the judiciary the analysis and consideration behind the court decision-making. He assisted in preparing decisions impacting the lives of hundreds of people and their families. He performed research and analysis of case law impacting the rights and obligations those involved in cases of divorce, child support, spousal support, abuse/neglect, juvenile delinquency. He effectively assisted in the management of the matrimonial court calendar for the Family Division of Salem County. While working for the Superior Court, Mr. Belitza also served as a mediator and successfully resolved many disputes.
Mr. Belitza acquired his Juris Doctor from the Rutgers School of Law - Camden. Even during his attendance at Rutgers, he volunteered his free time to serve the poor and indigent with pro bono legal services. Upon graduation, he earned the Pro Bono Award which is bestowed only to students who have volunteered more than 80 hours of legal aid. Also, during law school, he had a particular drive to help former incarcerated individuals return to society through the Federal Prisoner Re-Entry Program. Tom is passionate about being a lawyer: In his own words, "I have a strong sense of justice and a compelling motivation to assist those who are in need, who have been hurt, and who have suffered some wrong done to them."
Tom spends what free time he has aside from his professional obligations with family, friends and enjoying his community where he lives in Philadelphia. In 2006-2007, he worked as an English teacher in South Korea and continues to appreciate and enjoy the diversity of culture existing in the Philadelphia-Metro area and Delaware River Valley.
Areas Of Practice
- Divorce Law
- Domestic Violence
- New Jersey, 2012
- Pennsylvania, 2012
- Rutgers School of Law - Camden, Camden, New Jersey
- Honors: Pro Bono Award
- Honors: Student Advocate, Federal Prisoner Re-Entry Program
- Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey
- Major: Cultural Anthropology
- Attorney-client privileged
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Burlington County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2013 to Present
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2013 to Present
Past Employment Positions
- New Jersey Superior Court, Judicial Law Clerk, 2012 to 2013
- Honorable Benjamin C. Telsey, P.J.F.P., Clerk
Pro Bono Activities
- Civil Practice Clinic, 2011 to 2012
- Federal Prisoner Re-Entry Program, 2011 to 2012
- District Fee Arbitration Committee, 2018 to Present
- MESP Panelist, Burlington County, 2017 to Present