The Honorable Marie E. Lihotz joined Archer as Of Counsel after serving twenty years in the New Jersey Superior Court, including more than eleven years in the Appellate Division. Judge Lihotz concentrates her practice in resolving legal disputes through mediation and arbitration, including family, business, estate and employment matters. She also consults on trial and appellate presentations.
Judge Lihotz was originally appointed to the Tax Court of New Jersey by Governor Christine Todd Whitman. During her judicial career, Judge Lihotz served as Presiding Judge of the Family Part, Burlington Vicinage and, as one of the Appellate Division’s senior judges, was the Presiding Judge of Part B until her retirement on September 1, 2017. During her tenure in the Appellate Division, she authored more than 120 published opinions.
Judge Lihotz led the Supreme Court’s Family Practice Committee as its Chair and the Chair of the Judicial Education Committee of the Conference of Family Part Presiding Judges. She was a member and instructor of the Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee; Co-Chair of the Sub-Committee on New Judges’ Orientation; member of the Internet Technology Committee and E-filing subcommittee; and member of the Supreme Court Committee on Public Access to Court Records.
Judge Lihotz is past president and a founding member of the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court. During her term as president, the Inn was first recognized by the National AIC in the Circle of Excellence and later as achieving the Platinum Level of excellence in the requisite core competencies.
In private practice prior to joining the judiciary, Judge Lihotz focused on commercial and family law litigation, as well as corporate, tax and bankruptcy matters. She served as a commercial arbitrator and a bankruptcy mediator.
Judge Lihotz earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and an L.L.M. (taxation) from New York University School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware.
Professional And Community Involvement
- Member of AAA’s Roster of Arbitrators
- Chair, Supreme Court Family Practice Committee
- Trustee, Burlington County Bar Association
- Member, Board of Trustees, Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey
- Member/Instructor, Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee and Co-Chair of the New Judges’ Orientation Subcommittee
- Chair, Judicial Education Committee of the Conference of Family Presiding Judges
- Member, Supreme Court Internet Technology Committee and E-filing Subcommittee
- Member, Supreme Court Public Access to Court Records Committee and Supreme Court Public Access Working Group
- Member, Supreme Court Women in the Courts Committee
- Member, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (1997-2006)
- Past President and Founding Member, Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court
- Member, New Jersey State Bar Association; Burlington County Bar Association; Camden County Bar Association; former Trustee of Camden County Bar Association
- Member, NJSBA Family Law Executive Committee (FLEC) (2018-2019)
- Member, NJSBA Judicial Administration Committee (2018-2019)
- Organizer, Rutgers Pro Bono Domestic Violence Clinic, Rutgers Law School, Camden, NJ
- Original Volunteer, Rutgers Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic, Rutgers Law School, Camden
- Founder, Moorestown Youth Softball Association, Inc.
- Pro Bono Consultant for Members of N.J. Women’s Opportunity Center (1988-1996)
Articles and Presentations
- “I thought we settled this!” — Enforceable and unenforceable settlement agreements for NJICLE Family Law Symposium on January 24, 2019
- “Proving the Best Interests of the Child” American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Conference April 28, 2018
- “Carving A Path Toward Final Resolution Using Mediation or Arbitration” New Jersey Lawyer (June, 2018); and
- “An Attorney’s Guide to Bolstering a Trial Record Against Appeal” New Jersey Lawyer (February, 2018).
- Presentation, “6th Annual Estate Litigation Seminar” (May 2018) ‘The Intersection of Estate and Family Law’
- Article, “Choose Civility,” The Barrister, Camden County Bar Association (October 2014)
- Presentation, “The Truth About Lying,” Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court
- Contributing author to original New Jersey Bankruptcy Manual
- Guest Lecturer:
- Rutgers School of Law, Camden
- New Jersey Institute For Continuing Legal Education
- NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- The New Jersey Association for Justice, Family Law Section
- Burlington County Bar Association, Debtor-Creditor Relations and Family Law Committee
- Camden County Bar Association, Tax; Debtor-Creditor Relations; Family Law; and Young Lawyers Committees
- Joint Camden/Burlington County Family Law Committees Conference
- Featured speaker at the Symposium on 1/24 and 1/25 discussing “Key Provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Every Family Lawyer Should Know.”
- “Presumptive 50-50 Custody does it meet the Best Interest of the Child”
- BCBA “Advanced Appellate Advocacy.” December 11, 2018
- BCBA “Professionalism Issues.” December 11, 2018
- NJICLE “Getting to the Finish Line: Settlement of Difficult Family Law Cases.” November 19, 2018, August 10, 2018
- NJICLE “Alimony Issues” November 19, 2018; August 10, 2018
- NJICLE “Alimony: Is there a Duty to Mitigate” NJSBA Annual Meeting May 16, 2018
- NJICLE “New Tax Code Impacts Family Law.” NJSBA Annual Meeting May 16, 2018
- CCBA “Best Practices in Mediation-Lessons from the Masters” May 14, 2018
- AAML Annual Conference- “Relocation After Bisbing v. Bisbing” April 18, 2018
Awards And Recognition
- Joseph M. Nardi Award (2009) conferred by the Thomas S, Forkin American Inn of Court
- Outstanding Service to Rutgers Pro Bono Domestic Violence Clinic, Rutgers Law School, Camden, NJ (1998)
- Partners in Change Award, Women’s Opportunity Center (1996)
- Burlington County Woman of the Year/Law (1996)