About Keanlaw Offfices
The Law Office of Sharon Bittner Kean has extensive experience representing clients at the trial level in Federal, State and Municipal Court and on appeal to the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division, New Jersey Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit.
The law firm’s Family Law practice includes all matters such as, prenuptial agreements, separation agreements, divorce, domestic partnerships, child support, spousal support, child custody, visitation, adoption, parental rights, grandparent visitation, domestic violence, restraining orders, DYFS child abuse and neglect proceedings, post judgment applications and juvenile proceedings.
The law firm’s Criminal Law practice includes defending those charged with criminal offenses such as, theft, fraud, sex crimes, assault, terroristic threats, burglary, robbery, conspiracy, homicide, white collar and drug offenses.
Municipal Court matters include DUI/DWI, motor vehicle violations and disorderly persons offenses.
Many of the appellate cases Ms. Kean has been involved in have resulted in the granting of new trials, the reversal of criminal convictions, and published decisions in several different areas of law. See Published Cases.
Sharon Bittner Kean
Criminal Law; Family Law; Appeals
Admitted: 1996, New Jersey, New York, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 2004 and U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Law School: Rutgers University, J.D.
Admitted to practice in:
State of New Jersey
State of New York
United States District Court of New Jersey
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims
Professional Activities And Memberships
Trustee, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (ACDL)
(Ms. Kean has represented the ACDL as amicus curiae on several cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court).
Member, Morris County Bar Association
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Co-author of amicus petition and brief to United States Supreme Court on behalf of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, May 1998.
Willard C. Heckel Inn of Court, Rutgers Law School 1996 – 1998
Law Firm of Sharon Bittner Kean, Madison, New Jersey established 2004;
Zegas & Kean, L.L.C., Chatham, New Jersey, 2003-2004
Law Offices of Alan L. Zegas, Chatham, New Jersey, 1996-2003
Law Clerk to the Honorable Sybil R. Moses, A.J.S.C., Superior Court, 1995-1996
United States Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, Intern 1994
Rutgers Constitutional Litigation Clinic 1993 to 1994
Bergen County Office of the Public Defender, Intern 1993 to 1994
Executive Editor, Women’s Rights Law Reporter, 1995 to 1996
Rutgers Law School Award for Commitment to Pro Bono Service, 1996
Davis Polk & Wardwell, Paralegal 1988-1992.
Rutgers University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1995
Northeastern University, Boston, M.A.
Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude
Law Office of Sharon Bittner Kean, Madison, New Jersey, 2004 to Present
Practice focuses on the defense of those charged with criminal offenses from minor motor vehicle violations to the most serious indictable offenses in Federal, State, and Municipal Court. Significant family practice representing individuals in all aspects of family court proceedings including, divorce, support, custody, termination of parental rights, grandparent visitation, domestic violence, and juvenile proceedings. Extensive experience representing clients on appeal before the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division, New Jersey Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Zegas & Kean, LLC, Chatham, New Jersey 2003-2004
Law Office of Alan L. Zegas, Chatham, New Jersey 1996-2003
Handled all aspects of representation of clients in Federal, State, Municipal and Administrative Courts, from initial client interview through trial or settlement. Areas of practice included criminal, civil, and family court litigation, as well as extensive appellate practice. Participated as network attorney for members of the New Jersey Education Association. Represented clients at evidentiary, plenary and pre-trial hearings. Handled numerous high-publicity cases.
The Honorable Sybil R. Moses, A.J.S.C., Hackensack, N.J. 1995-1996
Bergen County Superior Court, Criminal Division Judicial Law Clerk
Researched and wrote bench memoranda and letter opinions on various legal issues including, the use of foreign convictions to impose an extended sentence, (see State v. Williams, 284 N.J. Super. 142 Law Div. 1995), motions to dismiss, pre-trial intervention related motions and appeals, motions to suppress evidence, and post-sentencing motions, including motions to reconsider sentence and petitions for post conviction relief. Managed court?s motion calendar. Mediated special civil and small claims cases.
United State Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, New York, N.Y. 1994
Southern District of New York Intern
Researched and wrote legal memoranda on Title VII, tax and procedural issues. Wrote appellate brief supporting disability determination made under the Social Security Act. Drafted Complaints and various other pleadings.
Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, N.J. 1993-1994
Constitutional Litigation Clinic Staff Assistant
Researched and drafted memoranda on a variety of legal issues for cases in litigation. Implemented a settlement with New Jersey Bell concerning the use of Caller ID. Drafted a memorandum analyzing the impact of the ethical prohibition against fee sharing on public interest organizations. Participated in annual Voter Registration Assistance Project
Bergen County Office of the Public Defender, Hackensack, N.J. 1993-1994 Intern
Conducted client intake interviews at the Bergen County Detention Facility.
Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, N.Y., 1988-1992
Investment Management Group Current Trust Coordinator
Coordinated federal and state prospectus filings for the public offering of unit investment trusts. Managed and supervised the workload among five corporate paralegals. Monitored and implemented statutory changes in state regulations. Resolved compliance issues raised by state securities commissions. Advised clients on state registration and sales issues. Interviewed and selected new applicants. Paralegal Coordinator for firm’s high school mentor program.