Hill Wallack LLP is pleased to welcome Supti Bhattacharya as a partner and Megha R. Thakkar as counsel to its Princeton office, where they will help grow the firm’s family law practice in central New Jersey.
Bhattacharya comes to Hill Wallack LLP from her own practice and Thakkar joins the firm from Norris McLaughlin & Marcus. Together they bring extensive experience in family and matrimonial law, including: divorce, separation, domestic and international and contested custody, child support, alimony, mediation, college expense contribution, child emancipation, equitable distribution of assets, domestic violence, pre-nuptial agreements, mid-marriage agreements, and post-judgment applications.
Bhattacharya originally set out on a different career path. “Back in college, I wanted to be a social worker,” she says. “I wanted to work with people hands-on.”
Some advice from her mother about the need to be able to pay her own bills got her interested in law, and Bhattacharya quickly found that she could have a much broader impact on a person’s life as an attorney than as a social worker.
After a judicial clerkship in Essex Vicinage with the Hon. Michelle Hollar-Gregory (Ret.), she worked several years at Sterns & Weinroth in commercial litigation and family law. From there, Bhattacharya started her own firm, specializing in family law.
Bhattacharya says she joined Hill Wallack LLP, where she is now chairperson of the firm’s New Jersey Family Law practice group, because the larger firm with more diverse areas of practice can better help clients and families in various ways. Whereas before she would have to refer clients to outside law firms for certain types of representation, now she can refer them in-house and stay closer with her clients.
Thakkar has successfully handled cases regarding custody disputes and out-of-state relocation of children. She also handles complex issues of equitable distribution including distribution of businesses, stock options, and restricted stock, and works with forensic accountants in order to achieve equitable resolutions.
Like Bhattacharya, Thakkar is drawn to Hill Wallack LLP by the ability to help clients in a full-service setting. She is also excited to be part of the firm’s effort to build its family practice in New Jersey from the ground up.
Currently, Hill Wallack LLP has a family practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania practice based in Yardley and chaired by Barbara Kirk, Esquire. Michael Kahme, the firm’s Managing Partner, believes that with these top notch attorneys, Hill Wallack LLP is achieving its goal of providing high quality legal services to its clients in a wide variety of areas.
“The addition of Supti and Megha and the strengthening of our divorce and family law practice area enhances our abilities as a full service law firm for our clients’ legal needs,” Kahme says. “Drawing on the expertise of a cross section of practice areas allows us to provide exceptional counsel to our clients. Recently, we have added lawyers to our Intellectual Property, Franchise, Insurance, Land Use, Litigation and Labor Groups and are continuing to seek opportunities. It is an exciting time.”
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