Patricia Ronayne is a distinguished lawyer based in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. With over twenty-five years of experience, Ms. Ronayne is a leading family law and personal injury attorney known for her compassion and her integrity. As the founder of Patricia Ronayne, Esquire, P.C., her legal prowess and client-focused approach to law have earned her the title of 10 Best in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys™.
As she tells it, Ms. Ronayne first became interested in the field of law as a way to fight injustice:
I can't stand injustice. I find it heartbreaking when people are taken advantage of or treated unfairly, and as an attorney I have the opportunity to fight for those people using the letter of the law.”
Ms. Ronayne earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University and with her sights set on a career in law, enrolled at Widener University School of Law to pursue her Juris Doctor. During this time she met her future mentor, the Honorable Michael Patrick King, while interning for the Judge at the Appellate Divisions. Judge King helped her to obtain a summer internship at the Burlington County Court House where she reviewed pleadings and wrote summaries for both the Civil and Family Judges. After graduating law school in 1991, Ms. Ronayne served another year-long clerkship for the Honorable Robert Page, Presiding Judge of the Family Part in Camden County Superior Court, and subsequently obtained employment with a prominent family law and personal injury firm. In 1996, she opened up her own office where today she continues to focus on family law and select personal injury cases.
Aside from her wealth of experience, Ms. Ronayne is set apart from her peers by her passion for protecting clients’ interests during one of the most difficult times in their lives. Whether she is guiding individuals and families through a complicated divorce or helping accident victims recover maximum compensation, she strives to find creative resolutions that alleviate stress by listening to concerns with compassion and care. In a field where people's vulnerability is often exploited, Ms. Ronayne prides herself on providing clear, honest, and reputable representation. As a mediator and matrimonial early settlement panelist, she is a strong proponent of finding alternative resolutions when possible. But should a case need to go trial, she is more than prepared to aggressively fight on behalf of her clients.
As a leader in her field, it is essential that Ms. Ronayne keeps her eye on prevailing trends within family and personal injury law. In particular, she is closely following the cohabitation laws that were recently signed in New Jersey and how they may affect alimony payments. She noted:
The 2014 amendment to the alimony statute provides that alimony may be suspended or terminated based upon a finding of cohabitation by the recipient of the alimony. A court may not find an absence of cohabitation solely on grounds that the couple does not live together on a full-time basis.”
After over two and a half decades helping individuals and their families, Ms. Ronayne shows no signs of slowing down. In the coming years, she plans to continue providing the excellent service for which she has become known and help as many clients as possible to see a bright future ahead.
Education & Certification
Honors: Dean's List; Outstanding College Students of America; Omicron Delta Epsilon
Professional Memberships & Associations
District III B Fee Arbitration Committee, Former Vice Chair and Board Member • Burlington County Bar Association; Family Law Section, Former Co-chair • New Jersey State Bar Association • New Jersey Business & Industry Association • Camden County Bar Association • Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court • New Jersey Association for Justice
Awards & Honors
10 Best in Client Satisfaction – American Institute of Family Law Attorneys™ (2016) • "Superb" Rating – Avvo