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Meet Archer & Greiner's Team
It’s all about the people in Archer’s Matrimonial and Family Law Group – they are impacting lives and making a difference.

by Staff

Meet the members of this team who guide their clients with compassion and understanding, while still aggressively protecting their rights.

Archer & Greiner delivers powerful results to its clients regionally and nationally. For over 95 years, Archer has been providing full-service litigation and transactional legal services to Fortune 100 corporations, small and middle-market companies, closely-held and family-owned businesses, and individuals.  Among their services is matrimonial and family law.  These Archer attorneys handle all aspects of family law, including adoption, domestic violence, divorce, prenuptial agreements, gestational carrier agreements, cohabitation agreements and alimony. Clients will find a dedicated team to help guide them through challenging life decisions. Their goal is to always make their clients feel comfortable and empowered to make informed decisions that are best for their family.

Stephanie J. Zane
Rutgers University School of Law
With Archer for over 20 years, Zane is the Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Group and centers her practice on complex matrimonial litigation. She represents clients for divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, relocation, adoption and domestic violence. Zane is also trained in mediation.

With an exceptional amount of experience, Zane has seen it all which gives her the extraordinary ability to truly listen to clients and to be the calming, reassuring person who is going to help them through this difficult time. Frequent communication with her clients is very important to Zane. “I want my clients to feel heard. In family law, all cases are different and special attention needs to be paid to every detail,” says Zane.

“Fully understanding the wants and needs of my clients while helping them set realistic expectations is a skill that comes with having years of experience. My clients have a safe environment to share their story, which I feel is crucial to building a strong attorney-client relationship,” adds Zane.

Legal Community Involvement:
• National Treasurer and Trustee of the American Inn of Court
• Appointed to and served 12 years on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character
• Camden County Bar Association - Co-Chair, Family Law Committee
• Immediate Past President of the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court
• Former Chairperson of the Cooper Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Committee

Jennie A. Owens
Rutgers University School of Law
Owens has been with Archer for more than 15 years and handles family law cases including divorce, custody, support, domestic violence, appeals and adoptions.

Owens says getting a divorce is a very tough process, and understanding a client’s goals from the outset while providing them with a plan to accomplish those goals is vital.

“I have to be able to pivot at any time to put out fires, meet deadlines and deal with time constraints. Helping people through a difficult time and helping them meet their goals is very rewarding,” says Owens, adding that adoption is one of her favorite parts of her job. “There is nothing so wonderful as seeing families finally come together.”

Legal Community Involvement:
• Treasurer of the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court

Drew A. Burach
Rutgers University School of Law
Burach has spent his entire 20 years in law at Archer. He proudly serves his clients in all aspects of family law, including mediation. Building relationships with clients is important to Burach.

“I want to build up to being a trusted advisor and advocate who shows compassion and understanding for my clients. I keep my clients informed every step of the way and constantly help them stay focused on achieving the goals we set together,” Burach says. He does this all while devotedly advocating for his clients– his manifest focus on preparation is a key to his practice.

Legal Community Involvement:
• Previous Rutgers Law Professor
• Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties
• Fully completed the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Course on Mediation Training in Family Law Matters
• Barrister with the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court

Marie E. Lihotz
Of Counsel
New York University
Villanova University
Lihotz served more than 20 years with the New Jersey judiciary including more than 11 years in the Appellate Division. Judge Lihotz brings over 44 years of experience to her clients, concentrating her practice on resolving legal issues through mediation and arbitration, including family, business, estate, employment, discrimination, whistleblower, civil sexual abuse suits and appellate arbitration matters.

“It is my job to work as a neutral facilitator and get parties to calmly consider resolutions without spending the time and dealing with the emotions involved with the litigation process,” says Lihotz, adding that it is important to understand both sides in order to make realistic assessments on what course of action is best for all. “This requires knowledge of the law, practicality, patience and taking a hard look at expectations.”

Legal Community Involvement:
• Member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial and Employment of Roster Arbitrators and the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
• Consults on trial and appellate presentations

Olivia E. Mendler
Widener University Delaware Law School
Mendler focuses her practice on all areas of family law, including divorce, custody, domestic violence and adoption. She is a strong advocate for her clients, while providing only the highest level of legal representation.

“I am completely focused on getting the best possible outcome for my clients,” says Mendler. “My approach is compassion and understanding. I have learned that while no two clients are the same – as every client’s matter requires an individualized approach – each case requires compassion, a listening ear and a zealous advocate.”

Legal Community Involvement:
• Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association
• Member of the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court

Archer & Greiner, PC
(856) 795-2121

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