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Shelley D. Albert




Shelley Albert received her BA cum laude and law degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. After graduating in 1990, she immediately worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York City.   During her tenure as an Assistant District Attorney to Robert Morgenthau, Shelley investigated and prosecuted hundreds of serious felony cases and tried cases before juries to verdict. She handled every aspect of criminal justice practice, from victim witness interviews, case investigation, Grand Jury investigations and presentations, authorizing decisions about just resolutions, and trials in the Manhattan Supreme Court.    Her caseload was extremely varied, including narcotics, fraud, robbery, sex crimes, and homicides

Since 1995, Shelley has focused her practice in Criminal Defense and all aspects of Family Law litigation including Domestic Violence, International disputes, Hague jurisdictional matters, International Parental Kidnapping and Abductions, (IPK) and she has successfully defended her clients in Title IX matters.  Shelley is an extremely experienced litigator, having tried over 100 jury trials during the course of her career.  Shelley has a concentration on International Parental Abduction and Hague matters in both the Federal and State systems, and she has assisted parents in the return of their abducted children.   Shelley has also provided expert testimony concerning our Family Court system in foreign jurisdictions and is called upon to teach Continuing Legal Education courses for other attorney in her practice areas.

Shelley is a member of the bars of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Federal District Court in New Jersey, the First and Second Federal Districts in New York, and the United States Supreme Court.

Currently, in addition to her practice, Shelley volunteers her time for Legal Services of New Jersey, and she has acted as a mentor for young attorneys.

For Shelley, contact the Hackensack office, at 201-968-5800.


Manhattan College, criminal defense and representation in New York

Kane College, the art of cross examination

American Association of Trial Lawyers, New Jersey Division

Frequent Guest appearances: Court T.V., MSNBC, and other media

Additional television appearances on CNBC, Fox News

Yale Mock Trial Competition Judge


Shelley has been recognized with several awards including the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Women Trial Layers and Top Attorneys of North America for 2020, 2000 Women of 2000, Top 20 Attorneys in Bergen County, New Jersey, ‘Ten Best’ of Family Law attorneys in 2015 and 2016, 2017, Top Attorneys of North America 2018, and in 2019 awarded the VIP distinction, Super Lawyers and the Boy Scouts of America Professional Good Scout Award. 

Shelley is also a Mensa Member.

Selected Representations:

  • Representation of a litigant in a successful argument before the Supreme Court of New Jersey, modifying the law on trusts and divorce.
  • Successful representation of a high-ranking Member of Service and public official defending against domestic violence allegations.
  • Representation of left behind parents seeking to secure the return of their abducted children from both Hague and non-Hague countries successfully coordinated FBI, Prosecution, foreign law enforcement, and the United States State Department.
  • Representation of company executives in a New York State and Federal tax prosecution.
  • Successful representation of a ranked Police Officer involving allegations of sex crimes against a minor.
  • Successful representation of physician in securing the return of his professional license and defending against sexual assault allegations.
  • Representation of police officer accused in multi-year multi-million-dollar pension and social security fraud matter, securing a non-pros disposition.
  • Representation of professional actor in securing custody and the appropriate support provisions with consideration for multi-state and international residences and educational desires.

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From the time I walked in I realized I had found the right attorneys for me.

Bill from Saddle River

Shelley and her team got me my child back from a non-Hague country. She was there at the worse time in my life for tears on her shoulder and there in the best time in my life when she hugged my daughter as she got off of the plane.

M.M. New York

Ron knew the value of my case, when to fight, what to say and how to say it. He got me ten times more then I thought I would receive.

Juan from Hackensack

Patrick and I went to trial on my matter. Only on T.V. have I ever seen someone with as much command of the courtroom, respect of the Judge, and the ability to get through to the Jury.

Happy Customer

Marilyn is the best Family attorney in the State. That is all you need to know.

Steve from Verona

I never felt like a commodity. I was part of the team.

Mercedes from Jersey City

Pat settled my case and I was set for the rest of my life.

A.R. Hackensack

I was facing the best years of my life incarcerated. Shelley was there for me and my family the entire time. When we got a not-guilty verdict and I told her “you did it,” Shelley shot back with a “WE DID IT !”

Joe from New York

Don’t be taken back by Amanda’s youth. She has the wisdom of George Washington and the wit of George Carlin.

Robert – Paramus

The best thing I can say about Paul is beware the quiet ones. His knowledge of the law outwits all of his adversaries.

Jamie from Montclair
I would like to thank you for your superior and knowledgeable service. This was my first time being in a traffic incident of any type. Your pleasant, polite and reassuring voice really put me at ease.

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  • 345 Union Street Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

  • 201-968-5801
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  • 201-865-1361
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