During the first 15 years of Mary Ann Stokes’s family law practice she came to understand the risks that families face in expecting Judges to make decisions about their lives and families.  Although she began to serve as a family mediator in 2000 by 2005 her practice was so successful that she stopped litigating. Since 2005 Mary Ann’s practice has been devoted exclusively to Alternative Dispute Resolution.

She soon began to serve as Parent Coordinator (PC) to high-conflict families and has served as an arbitrator in numerous family cases for both economic and parenting issues. 

As a mediator or PC, Mary Ann is focused on treating each party with dignity while helping each to negotiate their differences and meet the goals of their reconstituted family. Having mediated more than 4,000 cases over the last 15 years – including online mediation – Mary Ann is one of the most experienced mediators in Northern New Jersey. She has been recognized by many organizations, including Martindale Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Rating from both peers and the judiciary, for her outstanding abilities in alternative dispute resolution.

  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators, member
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, member
  • Bergen County Bar Association, member
  • Bergen County Women Lawyers Association, member
  • Selected to the list of Best Lawyers in America, in Family Law Arbitration and Family Law Mediation (2017-2022)*
  • Selected to the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers, in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2006-2021. This award is conferred by Thomson Reuters*
  • AV® rated, the highest rating conferred by Martindale-Hubbell® for legal ability and professional ethics, based upon a peer review of the Bar and the Judiciary*
  • Selected to the list of Bergen County's “Top Lawyers,” in Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2018-2020. This award is conferred by Bergen magazine*

*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.