Susan L. Goldring

Of Counsel

Red Bank, New Jersey

phone (732) 747-3700
fax (732) 758-9068
email Email Me

I came of age during the Civil Rights movement and the anti-war movement. I went to law school after working toward a doctorate in psychology because I believed there were great injustices in the world and lawyers were the people trying to right them. I started the practice of law in the NJ Office of the Public Defender where I expected to defend the Constitution, and learned that the day to day practice of criminal defense law was much more mundane. After a few years I turned to private practice where my focus was largely on family issues. I started with a divorce practice that moved into estate planning and planning for the elderly and disabled. My aim has always been to help people find what is right for them and their families and to help reach that goal. I try to guide clients into recognizing that their own self interests may be served best when considering the interests of others; that trying to do the right thing for all concerned will bring better results than simply trying to win. I still aim at finding justice on the small playing field of the families I work with rather than the more global playing field that first brought me to the practice of law.

Areas of Practice:

Elder & Disability Law, including Guardianships, Estate and Trust Planning, Administration and Litigation Family Law


Certified Elder Law Attorney since 2001, Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, an approved ABA organization.

Bar Admissions:

New Jersey, 1975 U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1975 U.S. Supreme Court, 1987


J. D. – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Newark, Newark, New Jersey, 1975 M.A. in Psychology – University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1968 B..A. in Psychology with Honors – University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1966

Published Works:

  • Medicaid Issues in Divorce Proceedings, Eighteenth Annual Elder Law Retreat, 2016.
  • Elder and Disability Law Issues for the Family Law Practitioner, 2009 Elder Law College updated for 2011 Elder Law College
  • The Use of Trusts in Divorce When Planning for the Disabled Spouse or Child, New jersey Lawyer Magazine, 2010
  • What Happens When the Wrong Spouse Dies First: DeMartino and Beyond, NJ-ICLE, Eighth Annual Elder Law Retreat, 2006
  • Use of Disability and Elder Law Experts in Matrimonial Cases, NJ-ICLE, Hot Tips in Family Law, 2005
  • Court Records and the Internet: Public or Publish, NJSBA Bench – Bar Conference, 2004
  • Family Law Considerations for the Elder Law Practitioner, Atlanta Advanced Elder Law Practitioners Conference, 2003
  • Grandparents’ Rights and Responsibilities Concerning Their Grandchildren, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, 2001
  • Competing Interests in Modifying New Jersey’s Elective Share Statute, NJ-ICLE, Second Annual New Jersey Trust and Estate Law Forum, 2000
  • Family Law Issues of Concern to Elders, NJ-ICLE, Sophisticated Elder Law Concepts IV, 1998
  • Handling Elder Issues in Matrimonial Proceedings, NJ-ICLE, 1994
  • Elder And Disability Law Issues, For The Family Law Practitioner

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Various programs for NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Adjunct Instructor, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Paralegal Studies

Honors and Awards:

  • Professional Lawyer of the Year, NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law, 1998
  • Distinguished Legislative Service Award, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1996
  • Martindale-Hubble – AV Rated
  • AVVO Rating – Superb

Professional Associations and Memberships:

New Jersey State Bar Association: Member; Trustee, 1991-1995, 1996-1998; Past Chair and Member, Trustee Legislative Committee Member; Past Chair and Member, Women in the Profession Section; Member, Elder & Disability Law Section

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA): Member; NJ-NAELA, Member of Board of Trustees

Monmouth Bar Association: Member; Trustee, 1989 – 1990; Past Chair, By-laws Committee; Past Chair, Family Law Committee; Past Chair, Family Law Early Settlement Panel; Member, Elderlaw Committee and Estate, Trusts and Probate Committee.

Women Lawyers in Monmouth: Founder, Former Officer and Member

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association: Former Officer, Chair and Member

Past Employment Positions:

  • Goldring, Edwards & LLC, Managing Member, 1997 – 2007
  • Susan L. Goldring, Attorney at Law, 1987 – 1997
  • Frunzi & Goldring, Attorneys at Law, 1983 – 1987
  • Susan L. Goldring, Attorney at Law, 1979 – 1983
  • Office of the Public Defender, 1976 – 1979
  • ACLU, NJ, 1971 – 1972
  • Children’s Television Workshop, 1970 – 1971

Pro Bono Activities:

  • Board Member, PLAN/NJ, 2005 – 2013
  • Bioethics Committee, Riverview Hospital, Red Bank, NJ, 2000 – 2016
  • Former Member of the Two River Community Bank Advisory Board
  • Former County Democratic Committee Woman, Monmouth County, NJ