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Jean M. Cavaliere

Jean Cavaliere | ACARAL

New Jersey

Jean M. Cavaliere, Esq. earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from Fairfield University in 1982 and her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law in 1986.

Jean began her law career as commercial litigator with a North Jersey law firm, where she practiced for seven years. During that time, Jean faced her own challenges completing her family. These experiences inspired her to open a law practice specializing in adoption.

Jean has provided legal counsel to birth parents, adoptive parents and adoption agencies in over 550 adoption cases. She has handled private, agency and interstate domestic adoptions, as well as stepparent adoptions, second parent adoptions, adult adoptions and international re-adoptions and finalizations. She has represented adopters who are married, single, and gay or lesbian. Jean has also represented clients in third party reproductive arrangements. The scope of her practice is statewide. Jean has appeared in 18 of New Jersey's 21 counties on behalf of clients in adoption proceedings and has been a frequent speaker at adoption seminars and workshops throughout the state.

Jean believes that an adoption attorney must not only be an expert in the law, but also a sensitive and intuitive advocate. Her hands-on, personal approach derives from her firsthand knowledge of the emotional and very personal journey of infertility and adoption.

In addition to ACARAL, Jean is a member of Concerned Persons for Adoption, a New Jersey based adoption support, advocacy and education group; the National LGBT Bar Association; and RESOLVE, the national infertility association. She is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Jean resides in Randolph, New Jersey with her husband, John Cavaliere, a partner in the Newark law firm of McManimon, Scotland, and Baumann, LLC. She and John are the parents of two daughters, Susan and Christine.


Jean M. Cavaliere, Esq.

Law Office of Jean M. Cavaliere, LLC

89 Headquarters Plaza North


Morristown, New Jersey 07960

Phone: 973-366-2499

Fax: 973-695-1032