This may be one of the most challenging moments in your life.
You need a partner who will not only look after your best interests,
but also be there for you when you need it most.
At Dennigan Cahill Smith, DSC, we are devoted to representing clients with family or divorce legal issues. We focus our personalized representation around the client, and his or her needs. Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating fair settlements, in pursuing court litigation, arguing motions, litigating trials, representing clients in mediation, and in the process of collaborative divorce.
When it comes to important legal issues in your family, we can help inform you about your rights and guide you in your decision making. We work as litigators, mediators, parent coordinators, and guardians for children.
We represent clients in court and outside of court on all issues of family law. Some of our work includes: trials, domestic violence, restraining orders, negotiating and drafting settlement agreements (MSA’s), and pursuing issues after-divorce (post-judgment). After-divorce issues often include: college expenses, cohabitation, termination of alimony, modification of alimony or moving out of state with children (removal). We also represent individuals involved in DCP&P actions.
We will always recommend the most cost efficient manner of handling your case, without compromising your rights. Call 609-919-1600 or email to set up a consultation.
Areas of practice
As a firm, we've been in business for ten years, but our partners have experience that stretches back far longer. We're able to offer our clients a breadth of knowledge from other fields and work history that brings even more to the table. Grace Dennigan, Esq., has practiced in New Jersey for over thirty years, bringing knowledge from her work in the Attorney General’s Office, practice in worker’s compensation and real estate to the real-world issues in family practice. Mia Cahill, Esq., started her career pursuing legal scholarship, and brings an academic understanding to the real-life legal issues families face every day. Elizabeth Smith, Esq., is also a trained social worker, and uses her knowledge of human behavior to help guide clients and negotiate settlements. Together, Grace, Mia and Beth have a great reputation among both their clients and the legal community.
The staff at Dennigan Cahill Smith is comprised of a team of dedicated attorneys and paralegals focused on meeting your needs from the first phone call through to the resolution of your matter. When you're faced with decisions that will impact the rest of your life, it is important to work with a law firm where every member of the team is dedicated to meeting your needs and helping you plan for your future.
Grace is very active in the legal community and a trailblazer in the field of collaborative law. She is a frequent presenter for the State Bar continuing education programs on topics of family law (NJ-ICLE). She has served as the Chair for the District VII Ethics Committee and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the real estate section of the Mercer County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Mid Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance, the NJ Association of Professional Mediators, the Mercer County Bar Association and the NJ State Bar Association. A partner at DCS, Grace passed the NJ Bar in 1983, and went on to a judicial clerkship in Union County the following year. She worked at a Princeton law firm before joining the Attorney General’s office in 1987. After a great deal of jury trial work there, she went back to private practice and has concentrated on family law ever since.
In addition to her work at the firm she teaches in the paralegal program at Mercer County Community College.
A partner at DCS, Mia has the experience, support and toughness clients need to make it through divorces and family upheavals. She has been practicing in New Jersey since 2003, and represents clients in Mercer, Somerset and Middlesex Counties. Her approach is client-driven, and where applicable, child-centered. Mia has particular experience with clients in complex family cases, high-asset cases, families with small businesses and those struggling in families with mental health issues. She has worked with numerous divorcing clients who have special needs children. She has an extensive professional network that she uses to assist clients in making connections with other professionals, such as accountants, appraisers, and therapists.
Elizabeth Smith (Beth)
A partner at DCS, Beth worked at the New Jersey’s Attorney General’s Office as a Deputy Attorney General before joining DCS, first as an associate, and later as partner. In addition to her undergraduate work, prior to law school, Beth obtained a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University, magna cum laude and worked as a social worker with families in crisis. She earned her Law Degree from the University of San Francisco and was honored with the Cali Award for excellence. She was licensed in New Jersey and New York in 2004. Beth is a member of the Mercer County Bar Association, Mercer County Domestic Violence Working Group and was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the NJ District VII Ethics Committee. She is also a member of various Boards and civic groups in and around the Princeton area.
Judge Neil H. Shuster, J.S.C. (Ret.) joined Dennigan Cahill Smith in 2008 after a distinguished 20 year career in the judiciary. An avid Rutgers basketball fan, he maintains a busy mediation and arbitration practice in civil and general equity matters. Judge Shuster draws upon his extensive experience as an attorney and judge in working with attorneys and parties in the expedient resolution of a matter.
An attorney at DCS, Michelle graduated Montclair State University, earning a BA in Sociology, summa cum laude. She graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, where she was named a Distinguished Scholar. Michelle has been an attorney with Dennigan Cahill Smith, LLC, since 2013. Prior to her employment with DCS, she served a clerkship for the Honorable Daniel D'Alessandro, J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County. Michelle's practice is focused on family law issues, including divorce, custody and parenting time, child support, and domestic violence.