About me

I am an experienced litigator, a family mediator, and a collaborative divorce attorney who brings more than 20 years of family and matrimonial law expertise to my work. My practice is exclusively devoted to resolving family law and matrimonial issues for clients so they can move on with their lives.  

As a Senior Staff Attorney at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), I  represented clients in custody, visitation, support, domestic violence and matrimonial matters.   There, I developed and implemented its Economic Empowerment Project.  Once promoted to Supervising Attorney, I supervised NYLAG’s Matrimonial Project.    Subsequently, I was an Associate at Levinson & Kaplan, a boutique Manhattan firm, and a Domestic Violence Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society’s Domestic Violence Project.

Most recently, I was the Supervising Attorney at Her Justice, (formerly inMotion Inc.), which provides legal services to families in crisis. In this position, I trained and mentored some of New York City’s leading law firm attorneys in their pro-bono representation on behalf of women confronting complex matrimonial and family law issues, including domestic violence, custody, support and more.

Currently I head the Law Offices of Rhonda J. Panken, Esq.   I am a member of the Essex County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJBSA), and the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York (FDMC).  I serve as a member of Essex County’s V-B Ethics Board in New Jersey.

Licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey, I received my Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 1993. I am deeply involved in the South Orange/Maplewood community, where I live with my family.  I serve as counsel to the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce  and have volunteered my legal services at Essex Newark Legal Services and for Partners for Women and Justice.  My success in reunifying a domestic violence survivor with her 5 children was recently featured on probononj.org.

I am a member of a local women’s Triathlon team, Team Triumph Tri-sports, and have completed 3 triathlons within the last year.