Attorney Profiles — Oakhurst, NJ Family Law Attorneys

Jacobowitz & Defino, P.C.

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Barrett and Jacobowitz was founded in 1971 to provide New Jersey individuals with effective family law services. Jacobowitz & Defino, P.C. developed from this dynamic partnership. With more than a combined 100 years of experience, our lawyers concentrate primarily on family law matters:

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Jacobowitz & Defino, P.C. is located in Oakhurst, NJ and serves clients in all 21 New Jersey counties, including Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington and Middlesex counties.

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Philip E. Jacobowitz

Philip E. Jacobowitz was born and raised in New York City.

Phil has dedicated his career exclusively to family law practice since 1971. In 1983, he founded Jacobowitz, Defino, Latimer, Fradkin, Comer & O'Toole, P.C.; now Jacobowitz & Defino, P.C., a firm focused on all aspects of family law practice.

Prior to establishing a successful law firm, Phil served for three years as a law intern with Smith & Steibel in NYC, where he represented the British Counsel General. He worked for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C. for three years, handling complex communications litigation. Phil also served as general litigator with Kohn, Kirsch & Needle in Newark, NJ and for 12 years as a founding partner in the firm of Barrett, Jacobowitz & Bass in Ocean, NJ.

Phil’s service to his community includes eight years as an elected member of the West Long Branch Board of Education, adjunct professor of Constitutional Law at Brookdale Community College and instructor for the Monmouth Bar Association. Phil has been named as Top Attorney in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly Magazine and a New Jersey Super Lawyer, a testament to his exceptional skills and dedication to high ethical standards.

Phil and his wife Jean Schick-Jacobowitz make their home in West Long Branch, NJ and have six children and five grandchildren.

Bar admissions

  • Superior Court of New Jersey, 1966
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey, 1966
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1972


  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey, B.S., 1963
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1966

Professional associations

  • Monmouth County Bar Association
    • President 1985 — 1986
    • Trustee and officer, 1975 — 1986
    • Family Law Section of the Monmouth Bar Association, chairperson
    • Early Settlement Panel, Monmouth County Bar Association
  • Haydn Proctor Inns of Court, Family Law Section
    • Chairperson
    • Principal lecturer
  • Ocean County Bar Association
  • Judicial Selection Committee
  • Judicial Appointment Committee
  • Judicial Evaluation Committee

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Joseph F. Defino

Joseph F. Defino was born in Newark, NJ and returned to the area to provide his community with professional family law counsel. Joe has been AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell® and named a Super Lawyer in recognition of his high ethical standards and legal abilities.

Joe has been a partner with the firm since 1991. He previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas F. Shebell, Jr.

Joe is a skilled litigator and is recognized as a zealous advocate for his clients. He brings a diversity of legal experience to the practice, including family law, real estate law and litigation. Joe continues to maintain a real estate practice and represents several condominium and homeowners associations. He is a Qualified Family Law Mediator and acts as Municipal Judge for Wall Township, NJ.

Bar admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Florida
  • U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit


  • Bucknell University, B.A., with honors, 1974
  • Tulane Law School, J.D., 1977

Professional associations

  • Monmouth Bar Association
    • Former trustee
    • Family Law Committee, former chairperson
  • Early Settlement Panel of the Superior Court in Monmouth County, former chairperson
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association


  • Written and published a chapter in Family Law Practice in New Jersey (Law Practice Handbooks, Inc., 1997)

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Benjamin M. Hoffman

During law school, Benjamin served as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Faith Angell of the U.S. District Magistrate for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He was also an active member of the Moot Court Honor Society and served as a student attorney in the family law clinic.

After earning his law degree, Ben served as law clerk to the Honorable James J. McGann and the Honorable Michael A. Guadagno in the Family Part of the Superior Court in Monmouth County, NJ.

As an associate of Jacobowitz & Defino, P.C., Ben devotes his entire practice to matrimonial and family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, post-judgment litigation, adoptions, domestic violence and other related matters.

Bar admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania


  • The American University, B.A., Political Science, 2002
  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE, J.D., 2005

Professional associations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania State Bar Association

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