Sean Alden  Smith

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Education

  • Seton Hall University, School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • Loyola University Maryland, B.A., 1998
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Sean Smith focuses his practice on business, commercial, and general litigation. Sean's practice involves the prosecution and defense of health care regulatory and statutory disputes, business dissolutions, rent control, consumer fraud, and tort actions. Sean also specializes in matters involving divorce, custody dispute, equitable distribution, spousal support, and family dispute resolution.

NOTABLE MATTERS

Sean's representation of clients' interests has resulted in the following published and unpublished appellate-level decisions:

  • Timber Glen Phase III, LLC v. Twp. of Hamilton, 441 N.J. Super. 514 (App.Div. 2015);
  • Tumpson v. Farina, 431 N.J.Super. 164, aff’d in part rev’d in part, 218 N.J. 450 (2014);
  • Green v. Morgan Properties, 215 NJ 431 (2013);
  • In re Contest of November 6, 2012 Election Results for City of Hoboken, Public Question No. 2, 2013 WL 4821095 (2013);
  • Burns v. Hoboken Rent Leveling and Stabilization Board, 439 N.J.Super. 435 (App.Div. 2013);
  • Mayer v. Mayer, 2013 WL 275961 (App.Div. 2013);
  • Selective Ins. Co. of America v. Hudson East Pain Management Osteopathic Medicine and Physical Therapy, 416 N.J.Super. 215 (App.Div.); aff'd 210 N.J. 597 (2012);
  • Gina Marie v. City of Hoboken, 2011 WL 4771935 (App.Div. 2011); Ryan v. Gina Maria, LLC, 420 N.J.Super. 215 (App.Div. 2011);
  • Bloomfield 206 Corp. v. City of Hoboken, 2011 WL 9820 (App.Div. 2010);
  • Endo Surgi Center, P.C. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 2010 WL 4067156 (App.Div. 2010);
  • Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., P.C. v. Garden State Surgical Center, L.L.C., 413 N.J.Super. 513 (App.Div. 2010);
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Saddlebrook Surgicenter, 2008 WL 508350 (App.Div. 2008);
  • Hodges v. Sasil Corporation, 189 N.J. 210 (2007);
  • Salem Management Co. v. Twp. of Lopatcong, 387 N.J.Super. 573 (App.Div. 2006), cert. denied 188 N.J. 579 (2006);
  • Endo Surgi Center P.C. v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., 391 N.J.Super. 588 (App.Div. 2007);
  • Moran v. QualCare, Inc., 2007 WL 470646 (App.Div. 2007)

PUBLICATIONS

ADDITIONAL NOTEWORTHY INFORMATION

Sean was selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Law Journal's "New Leaders of the Bar" in 2013.

Sean's recent successes include, in private sector matters: 

  • Successful resolution of hundreds of family law disputes involving issues of spousal support, custody, equitable distribution of personal property, and business interest.
  • Successful resolution of several class action claims in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County, against several multifamily property owners brought by current and former tenants alleging consumer fraud, breach of contract, and entitlement to punitive damages.
  • Obtaining injunctive relief on behalf of several medical providers against a large managed care company.
  • Successful prosecution of a claim against a large insurance carrier for monies owed to an ambulatory surgical center. The decision ultimately was reached after a successful appeal in which the trial court was reversed and judgment was entered in favor of the center.
  • Successful appellate challenge to an insurance carrier's attempts at obtaining information from medical providers.
  • A multi-million-dollar settlement of claims asserted by several medical providers against a large insurance carrier.
  • A favorable settlement wherein a testamentary trust was dissolved and the corpus distributed to the income beneficiary and the remaining beneficiaries, despite clear intent by the testator that the trust remain in place throughout the life of the income beneficiary.
  • On behalf of Estate, successful prosecution establishing that an unsigned document was a writing intended to be the last will and testament of a decedent. 


Sean served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sybil R. Moses, A.J.S.C. (ret.), New Jersey Superior Court.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Essex County Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee, Co-Chair – 2015 - 2016
  • Partners for Women and Justice, Pro Bono Counsel to Domestic Violence Victims
  • New Jersey Business and Industry Association, Legal Affairs Committee Member
  • Essex County Bar Association, Member of Scholarship Committee
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

RECENT BLOG POSTS

Tax Reform Bill Puts Alimony Deductibility on the Chopping BlockFamily Law Blog | November 3, 2017

Tax Reform Bill Eliminates Tax Benefits Related to Adoption by Taxing Employer Assistance and Eliminating Tax CreditFamily Law Blog | November 3, 2017

Court Rules that Title 9 (abuse and neglect) hearsay exception does not apply to Title 30 (termination of parental rights).Family Law Blog | May 22, 2017

Domestic (physical) Violence Warrants Issuance of FROFamily Law Blog | October 31, 2016

Bankruptcy and Divorce – Where Should You Go To Seek Relief?Family Law Blog | May 6, 2016

Are Trial Court’s Prohibited From Suspending Alimony Upon Cohabitation?Family Law Blog | May 3, 2016

The Appellate Division “Contempt-plates” Due Process in Family CourtsFamily Law Blog | November 16, 2015

Gnall v. GnallFamily Law Blog | August 11, 2015

"See You in September": Parenting Time and the Battle for Summer VacationFamily Law Blog | June 30, 2015

Careful What You Post: Supreme Court Rules on Threats Made Through FacebookFamily Law Blog | June 3, 2015

Credit Damage in DivorceFamily Law Blog | October 15, 2014

Who Decides on Pre-School: A Case of First Impression in New JerseyFamily Law Blog | October 10, 2014

Alimony Amendment Signed by GovernorFamily Law Blog | September 22, 2014

How New Alimony Statute will Effect Millennials and Generation XFamily Law Blog | September 19, 2014

How to Protect Assets with New Alimony StatuteFamily Law Blog | September 16, 2014

New Jersey Supreme Court Hears Argument on Palimony ClaimFamily Law Blog | May 5, 2014

Child's Right to SupportFamily Law Blog | April 7, 2014

Parenting Time with a "Flawed" ParentFamily Law Blog | March 17, 2014

Johnson v. BradshawFamily Law Blog | March 14, 2014

How Do You Divide a Pension Upon Divorce?Family Law Blog | December 30, 2013

Litigation Privilege – Protecting Advocacy in Family CourtFamily Law Blog | December 27, 2013

Alimony Reform - Where is Alimony Going in New JerseyFamily Law Blog | November 22, 2013

Garden State Equality v. Dow - Same Sex Marriage in New JerseyFamily Law Blog | November 20, 2013

Minkowitz v. Israeli - Can a Mediator After Mediation Also Serve as an Arbitrator?Family Law Blog | November 18, 2013

Child Support Modification Based on Child in College - Plenary Hearing Always Necessary?Family Law Blog | October 30, 2013

Ramifications of the New LLC Act on Issues in Divorces Affecting AccountantsFamily Law Blog | October 24, 2013

Amendment to Premarital Agreement StatuteFamily Law Blog | June 27, 2013