Nicole G. McDonough

Nicole Gerritsen McDonough


Nicole G. McDonough is an Associate in the Family Law Practice Group of Sills Cummis & Gross.  Ms. McDonough is an experienced civil litigator who has spent her career working with private clients to achieve their personal and business goals.  Recognizing that every family is unique, Ms. McDonough listens to her clients’ needs and formulates a strategic approach to resolution.  Ms. McDonough applies her vast experience in sophisticated business valuations and dissolutions to marital dissolutions, including complex agreements related to finances, separation and cohabitation.  She also focuses on issues relating to children, including custody, visitation and adoption.  While Ms. McDonough is known by her clients as a fierce advocate in the courtroom, she understands that each case is unique and that a client’s goals may best be achieved through alternative dispute resolution.

Before joining the Firm, Ms. McDonough was an Associate in the Commercial Litigation Department at Cole Schotz P.C., representing high net worth individuals and businesses located throughout the country and internationally. 

Ms. McDonough earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was honored as a Dean Scholar.  While in law school, Ms. McDonough served as a judicial intern to the Honorable William J. Martini, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey.  Ms. McDonough was also a member of Seton Hall’s Interscholastic Moot Court Board, where she received advocacy and writing honors in multiple national competitions.  Ms. McDonough enjoys giving back to students interested in the practice of law by serving as the Bergen County Coordinator for the national Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition.

Our Family Law attorneys serve clients throughout the State of New Jersey, including the following counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.  Our Family Law attorneys are available to meet with clients in Newark, Princeton, Morristown and New York. 

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Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2008
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2011
U.S. Supreme Court, 2016



Rankings & Recognition

New Jersey Super Lawyers®* "Rising Stars" 2014-2017

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Board Member, Women Lawyers in Bergen
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Member, Bergen County Bar Association
Member, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association