Matthew A. Smuro, Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C. Photo


Matthew Smuro is a Partner at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden and concentrates his practice on all issues related to family and matrimonial law. Matt represents clients in complex family and matrimonial matters from inception to conclusion, including divorce, child custody, alimony, child support, equitable distribution of diversified business interests and assets, and domestic violence issues. He makes frequent court appearances, representing clients in matrimonial and domestic violence matters. He also has extensive experience in drafting marital settlement agreements, pre-nuptial agreements, property settlement agreements, and shared parenting plans. Matt also has established himself as a trusted mediator both being retained privately by litigants and appointed by the court to help individuals resolve their disputes without litigation.  In addition, Mr. Smuro successfully has argued before the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division in a number of matters. 

Prior to joining the Firm, Matt was the Chair of the Matrimonial Department in a boutique Monmouth County law firm and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Eugene A. Iadanza, P.J.F.P., where he also became a Certified Mediator of Special Civil Part cases. While in law school, he served as a clerk for the South Carolina House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee, where he managed new legislation brought before the Family Law Subcommittee.

Matt was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and is a life-long resident of Monmouth County. He attended high school at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey. He presently resides in Monmouth County, New Jersey, with his wife and their two children. 

Matt is proud of the results he has achieved for clients, some of which are noted here.  Of course, each legal matter is unique on many levels, and past successes are not a guarantee of results in any other pending or future matters.

In Matt's Words:

"I have been practicing family and matrimonial law for the past twenty years, representing clients in all aspects of this area of the law including prenuptial and matrimonial settlement agreements, custody and parenting time disputes, child support, alimony, and equitable distribution/division of complex assets and liabilities. When clients first meet with me, they usually express their fear of the unknown and what their lives will look like after their divorce or separation. With my knowledge and experience, I can alleviate those fears and assist my clients with this transition in their lives. This area of the law requires a great deal of insight and sensitivity in the midst of high conflict and emotional turmoil. In this capacity, I serve clients as both a litigator, aggressively pursuing a desired outcome in Court when issues cannot be settled, and as a counselor, compassionately guiding them through the legal process during very difficult times in their lives."


Honors & Recognitions

  • Selected for inclusion in the list of Best Lawyers in America, 2024

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Community & Professional

  • Vice President, Legal Aid Society of Monmouth County
  • Member, Monmouth Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York


B.A., Clemson University, 1999

J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2002

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