Andrew M. Shaw, Esq. is graduate of Georgetown Law, one of the top law schools nationwide. While there, Andrew served as a board member of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy and published on the topic of civilian surveillance of the police. He also interned for prominent organizations including DeHeng Law Offices (one of the largest law firms in China), the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Appeals Bureau in Manhattan, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia’s Mental Health Division, and the Office of the Federal Public Defender.
After graduation, Andrew continued to develop his legal skills working for Justice Helen Hoens of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He then served as a judicial law clerk to three Superior Court Judges: the Hon. Margaret Goodzeit, P.J.F.P.; the Hon. Anthony F. Picheca, Jr., J.S.C.; and the Hon. Michael F. O’Neill, J.S.C., in Somerset County’s Family Part. Afterward, Andrew joined the DeTommaso Law Group. In October 2015, he published an article in the New Jersey Law Journal entitled “Alimony Reform, Cohabitation, and the Untimely Death of the Economic Needs Test. Andrew is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division. He is also a member of the Somerset County Bar Association’s Family Law Practice Committee.
Andrew has been trained by some of the brightest judges in the state, and he uses his intimate knowledge of the judicial system to successfully guide clients through even the most complex legal issues.
THE FIRST MEETING:
When clients come into my office for the first time, they are usually worried. The feeling is understandable. During a divorce, a judge is going to decide custody of your children, ownership of your home and savings, and may set child support and alimony amounting to thousands of dollars per month. Some of the most important things in life are at stake. My job is to simplify the process, to remove the uncertainty, and to help you get the best possible outcome in Court.
During the initial consultation, I explain the four stages of the divorce process and go over the general timeline, costs, and range of likely outcomes. I also provide a basic outline of the law governing custody, child support, alimony, and division of property, with specific emphasis on the issues that are important to you. Finally, I get an idea of what a “win” looks like for you and start designing a strategy to accomplish your goals as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Focused. I only practice family law. Nothing else. A jack of all trades is a master of none. I have dedicated my life to cultivating knowledge about the specific legal issues you are facing. If you need help in another area, I’m happy to refer you to someone I know and trust.
Accessible. The most common complaint people have about their lawyer is lack of communication. They can never get their attorney on the phone, and their calls and emails sometimes take weeks to be returned (if they’re ever returned at all). There is absolutely no reason to deal with that frustration. I stay in constant contact with my clients and strive to return every phone call and email if not the same day then within 24 hours.
Compassionate. I care about my clients, and I treat their legal problems like they were my own. You and your family are important to me. These issues are extremely serious to you, and I will always act accordingly.
Aggressive. My number one priority is protecting your rights and ensuring you receive everything you deserve under the law. Many attorneys are afraid to negotiate or litigate aggressively for their clients, preferring to take a more conciliatory tone that means giving up on winnable issues. I take a different approach. When faced with an unreasonable adversary or an issue that you tell me is truly important, I am ready and willing to fight.