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Karolina Dehnhard

Karolina Dehnhard

Short Hills
Phone: 973-315-4524
Fax: 973-379-7734
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Practice Areas

  • Family & Matrimonial

Karolina Dehnhard

Karolina A. Dehnhard, Esq., is a Shareholder in the firm's Family Law Department  where she focuses her practice on matrimonial law, including divorce, prenuptials, child custody, parenting time, alimony, child support and domestic violence issues.

In her years at the firm, she has represented clients in dealing with complex financial issues, including valuation of businesses both domestically and abroad; international custody rights; the impact that immigration status has on divorcing spouses and their children, addressing and enforcing foreign divorce decrees, and the complexities associated with alimony rights and post-judgment cohabitation. 

Ms. Dehnhard was admitted to the New Jersey Bar and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey in 2009.  After receiving her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from New York Law School in 2009, Ms. Dehnhard had the honor to clerk for the Honorable Rosemary E. Ramsay, J.S.C., in Morris County Superior Court, Family Part and Civil Part.  While attending law school, she interned for The Honorable Michael Ambrecht, J.S.C., in the Supreme Court, Criminal Part, Manhattan, New York, as well as the Honorable Raymond T. Lyons, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey. 

Ms. Dehnhard has appeared on TV shows and news programs, has published articles on divorce, custody, prenuptial agreements, the impact of immigration and divorce, and has co-authored a chapter in Understanding the Legal Issues Surrounding Same-Sex Marriage.  She hosts two radio shows, “The Law Matters” on WMTR Radio, and “There’s Always a Way Out”, on Radio RAMPA, which is hosted in Polish, which she speaks fluently.  She is a frequent contributor to numerous print publications on various topics in the area of family law, including North Jersey Woman Magazine, Industry Magazine, VUENJ, and in various Polish publications.  She is also a former adjunct professor at New York Law School.

She has been a featured presenter at numerous women in business events in both New Jersey and New York on topics including “Women Protecting their Assets,”  “Becoming the CEO of your Home,” “Promoting Financial Awareness Before and During Divorce,” and planning for the future.  On an international level Ms. Dehnhard has taken part in U.S. delegations to Ireland, Cuba and Spain, to develop international business relations amongst women in business.  Ms. Dehnhard continues to maintain community and leadership positions, with her most recent appointment as the President of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce for the North East, which serves to promote and foster global business relationships. 

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Dehnhard enjoyed a successful career in the non-profit sector and was the Assistant Executive Director at Community Access Unlimited, overseeing residential and rehabilitative services for people with developmental disabilities. Underscoring her strong interests in advocating for women and children, Ms. Dehnhard presently serves as a Trustee and Board Member of the Show Me Your Heart Foundation, and is on the Leadership Committee of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Women of Action annual luncheon.  She also serves in other philanthropic roles for various charities, and continues to make an impact in the legal community, having been selected as Rising Star by the New Jersey SuperLawyers Magazine in 2018.





  • College of St. Elizabeth (B.A./M.A. in Psychology, 1999) Thesis awarded with High Honors
  • New York Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2009)
Bar Admissions
  • Federal District Court, District of New Jersey, 2009
  • New Jersey, 2009
Professional Profile

  • Daly & Associates, Morristown, New Jersey, Associate, 2010
  • The Honorable Rosemary E.  Ramsay, J.S.C.,  Family Part and Civil Part,  Morris County, Judicial Law Clerk, 2009-10
  • The Honorable Michael Ambrecht, J.S.C, Supreme Court, Criminal Part, Manhattan, New York, Legal intern, 2008
  • The Honorable Raymond T. Lyons, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, Legal intern, 2008
Professional Activities

  • Morris County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member of the Barry Croland, Family Law Inns of Court
  • Trustee, Mongil Housing Corporation, Linden, New Jersey
  • Member of the Leadership Fundraising Committee, National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
  • Corporate Advisory Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Union
  • Board of Directors of the Jersey Battered Women's Service
  • Appointed Committee Member of Zoning Board for the Township of Cranford 
  • Advisory Board Member for Peapack Gladstone Bank
  • BNY Mellon Advisory Board
  • Fluent in Polish


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