Megan Hodes joined Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC as an associate in the summer of 2018. Megan was born and raised in Bergen County where she continues to reside today. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Boston University in 2007, her diploma in Paralegal Studies from New York University in 2009, her Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice in 2011 and her Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law (now known as Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University) in 2013.
Before attending law school, Megan worked as a Matrimonial Paralegal for two years. As a result of her experience, Megan knew she wanted to become an attorney and to help people struggling through difficult times.
During her first year of law school, Megan interned for Volunteer Lawyers for Justice/Newark Re-Entry Legal Services (VLJ/ReLeSe) where she utilized her knowledge of family law to prepare court filings for previously incarcerated individuals and to assist in the coordination and management of three (3) Pro Se Family Motion clinics.
While in law school, Megan received the Pro Bono Justice Award for Extraordinary Service due to her work at VLJ/ReLeSe, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the New York County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. Megan’s passion for public service and helping people has resulted in her receiving a Public Interest Law Center Fellowship for two consecutive years. Throughout her law school experience, Megan purposely obtained internships and externships that would yield as much courtroom experience as possible. As former President of the Boston University American Parliamentary Debate Association and participant of several moot court competitions in law school, Megan has devoted her life to being able to effectively argue her position. Megan believes this skill is of the utmost importance when handling sensitive and/or complex family law matters
In 2013, she was recognized as a Next Generation Leader by the national association of the American Constitution Society.
Upon graduating from law school, Megan completed a clerkship for the Honorable Teresa Kondrup Coyle, Superior Court Judge of Monmouth County. During her clerkship, Megan assisted Judge Kondrup Coyle with her DCPP matters (previously known as DYFS) and her post-judgment motion calendar. After finishing her clerkship, Megan worked in private practice in Monmouth County before returning to Bergen County, where she worked at Sherwood & Johnson in Wyckoff before joining the team at LML.
Megan practices exclusively in the field of family and matrimonial law. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and the District of New Jersey. Megan is a member of the Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Bergen County Bar Association, and Barry Croland Inns of Court.