About Blake W. Rush
- Family Law – Divorce, Child Custody, Alimony/Child Support, Domestic Violence, Pre-Nuptial Agreements
- Personal Injury – Auto Accidents, Slip & Fall Accidents, Construction Accidents, Sex Offenses, Burn Injuries, Dog Bites
- Civil Litigation
- Estate Planning – Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Directives
Mr. Rush has dedicated his professional career to providing exceptional legal services to his clients and has more than thirteen (13) years of experience successfully representing individuals and families in a variety of legal issues throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Prior to opening his own law office in 2016, Mr. Rush worked as an attorney for nine (9) years at Pfeiffer Bruno, a prominent PA/NJ law firm, where he was solely responsible for handling all family law matters for the firm as well as several substantial personal injury cases.
Throughout his career, Mr. Rush has developed a reputation as an aggressive, well-prepared, and trustworthy advocate who works tirelessly for his clients in order to effectively settle cases or obtain successful outcomes at trial.
FAMILY LAW EXPERIENCE
Mr. Rush devotes the majority of his legal practice to representing clients in all areas of family law throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Such family law matters include divorce, child custody and visitation disputes, alimony and child support issues, division of assets and debts, post-judgment enforcement and modification, domestic violence matters, and the preparation of pre-nuptial agreements.
Mr. Rush has significant experience handling complex matrimonial cases involving high-income parties and high-value assets, including family business ownerships, partnerships, professional practices, multiple real estate interests, pensions, profit-sharing plans, and stock options. He is also well versed in handling complex child custody issues involving changes in custody or contested custody, parental alienation, and child relocation.
In custody matters, Mr. Rush has obtained numerous judgments awarding or transferring primary custody of children to his clients, while also prohibiting various acts of parental alienation or compelling parties to undergo mental health treatment prior to exercising further visitation rights. In 2016, Mr. Rush successfully litigated a difficult custody case that originated in New Jersey and was later transferred to Pennsylvania where he ultimately obtained a Court Order transferring primary physical custody of a 9-year old child to the child’s mother. In 2015, Mr. Rush successfully obtained a Court Order in another custody case transferring primary physical custody of an 11-year old child to a foster father located in South Carolina away from the child’s mother in Pennsylvania.
In divorce matters, Mr. Rush has also successfully negotiated substantial settlement agreements in numerous high-asset & high-income divorce cases in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Previously, Mr. Rush has obtained several notable alimony/support awards, including a 2010 Warren County (NJ) divorce matter where he obtained over $90,000 per year in permanent alimony for his client. Conversely, Mr. Rush has also successfully excluded his clients’ businesses and other valuable assets from equitable distribution under certain circumstances. Mr. Rush has also successfully terminated or substantially reduced his clients’ alimony/support obligations in various post-judgment applications in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Rush has also been an invited lecturer for several family law presentations provided to fellow attorneys in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2012, Mr. Rush was one of the featured speakers for the Northampton County Bar Association’s “Domestic Violence Laws and Ethical Considerations in PA & NJ” CLE presentation. In 2013, Mr. Rush was a co-speaker for the “Discovery of Electronically Stored Information in a Divorce/Custody Action” CLE presentation before the Vicinage XIII Family Law Inn of Court (NJ).
PERSONAL INJURY EXPERIENCE
In addition to his family law achievements, Mr. Rush has also obtained noteworthy results in a variety of different personal injury matters. In 2014, Mr. Rush obtained a $772,800 recovery on behalf of a family of four (4) who were injured in a motor vehicle accident with an uninsured motorist. In 2010, Mr. Rush served as co-counsel in obtaining a $1,200,000 settlement on behalf of six (6) women who were sexually harassed for several years by a fellow employee at a prestigious local college.
In 2006, Mr. Rush served as co-counsel in a construction accident case situated in Oklahoma where he was instrumental in obtaining a $2,600,000 settlement for a New Jersey tractor-trailer driver who suffered numerous severe injuries at a construction site in Oklahoma. In this case, Mr. Rush traveled to Oklahoma on several occasions and was personally responsible for conducting 17 of 22 depositions and assembling an elite cast of various liability and medical expert witnesses to thoroughly establish the fault of the various defendants and the extent of his client’s physical and emotional injuries.
In 2012, Mr. Rush served as co-counsel in an extremely difficult civil rights case where he successfully obtained an $825,000 settlement on behalf of four (4) minor children who were sexually assaulted by a fellow student in an elementary school in Allentown (PA). Due to strict immunity laws in Pennsylvania, this complex sex abuse case against a public school district was passed over by several law firms before Mr. Rush agreed to represent the injured children and their families. Mr. Rush proceeded to obtain statements from critical teacher witnesses and coordinated an investigation that reached New York and Massachusetts to locate and obtain recorded statements from earlier child victims at the same school who had moved out of the area.
Mr. Rush subsequently initiated a federal civil rights action against Allentown School District that was featured on FOXNEWS, MSNBC, CNN, KYW3, FOX29, NBC10, and by the Associated Press and attracted the involvement of the U.S. Department of Justice who joined the case as a co-Plaintiff. Mr. Rush and his legal team withstood a hostile, vigorous defense from the Allentown School District throughout several years of litigation before being able to successfully obtain justice for the innocent minor children and substantial safety reforms throughout the school district.
Mr. Rush obtained a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University (Pa.) and a B.S. in Psychology from Moravian College (Pa.). In 2004, Mr. Rush received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from Villanova University School of Law and has been licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 2005. He is also admitted to practice law at the federal level in the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. Rush is a member of the Family Law Section for the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Bar Associations, and serves on the Family Law Committees for the Northampton County (PA) and Warren County (NJ) Bar Associations. He is also an active member of the Hunterdon County (NJ) Bar Association, the Vicinage XIII Family Law Inn of Court (NJ), and serves as a panelist for the Warren County (NJ) Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel Mediation Program.
In 2016 and 2017, Mr. Rush received the New Jersey “Top 10 Family Law Attorney” Award from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, as well as the New Jersey “10 Best Client Satisfaction Award” from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Mr. Rush has also been designated as a “Premier 100 Attorney” by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for his distinguished practice in the area of family law.
In regard to his personal injury experience, Mr. Rush has also been admitted as a Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is based upon strict and objective standards and each member must have previous experience obtaining verdicts/settlements in personal injury cases in the amount of one (1) Million dollars or more. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
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