Paris P. Eliades is an attorney with tremendous experience cultivated over a vast legal background. Mr. Eliades began his career decades ago as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald B. Graves, JSC. At that time in 1985, Judge Graves was the only judge sitting in the Family Part in Newton. In that year Mr. Eliades had the vantage point of working for an experienced trial attorney in his third year on the bench handling a very extensive caseload and an opportunity to watch some of the finest attorneys in the area.
After that year, Mr. Eliades joined the Sussex County Prosecutors Office as an Assistant Prosecutor where he headed up the entire Juvenile Division and handled select indictable matters. During these years, Mr. Eliades was the liaison to all law enforcement in Sussex County for matters involving juveniles. In that role, Mr. Eliades conducted dozens of bench trials and had his first criminal jury trial.
Upon leaving the Prosecutors office, Mr. Eliades began the next phase of his career in private practice which started with a prominent law firm in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. In that year, Mr. Eliades tried to conclude his first civil jury trial which resulted in a favorable verdict for his client.
In 1990 Mr. Eliades returned to Sussex County and joined another well-respected firm in Sparta where he soon became a partner and practiced for 18 years. During those years Mr. Eliades successfully handled personal injury matters, criminal cases, contract disputes, workers compensation cases, domestic violence cases, and a growing number of family law matters. These years were invaluable as Mr. Eliades had an opportunity to try many jury and bench trials in all these areas of the law. With the passage of time, however, Mr. Eliades developed an extensive following of clients.
In 2012 Mr. Eliades opened up his own firm and took over the Lakeland Bank building in Sparta. The former bank was completely remodeled and represents one of Sussex County’s premier office spaces. The office was built with an eye towards making the client feel at home in a professional environment and with ample conference rooms to be able to comfortably mediate and arbitrate cases to conclusion. Mr. Eliades works with a team of experienced attorneys as they too focus their energies on providing the best representation possible. In an act reflective of the firm’s excellent standing in the legal community, in April 2017, retired judge James A. Farber joined as council addressing the mediation and arbitration needs of our community.
Over the course of these many years, Mr. Eliades has developed a well-earned reputation as a worthy family law adversary. He is a skilled negotiator that brings to his cases an honest assessment, a unique perspective and philosophy. While vigorously advocating on behalf of his clients he strives to achieve a result that is fair and without incurring unnecessary attorney’s fees.
In May 2014 Mr. Eliades was installed as the 116th President of the New Jersey Bar Association. Mr. Eliades is only the second Sussex County attorney in the history of the association to achieve this honor. At the helm of the largest organized bar association in New Jersey Mr. Eliades crisscrossed the state attending county and specialty bar functions, appeared in Trenton to meet with Legislative leaders to address important legislation, testified before the Assembly and Senate Judiciary committees and argued the NJSBA’s amicus position before the Supreme Court in the matter of Gnall v. Gnall.
During his year Mr. Eliades asked the Board of Trustees to create the Lawyers in Transition Committee and the Unmet Legal Needs Committee. In its first year, the Lawyers in Transition Committee was wildly successful and assisted countless attorneys, helping them navigate their life’s changes. The Unmet Legal Needs Committee was a prestigious array of talented lawyers and scholars. Chaired by former Supreme Court Justices Virginia Long and Helen Hoens the committee was charged with evaluating whether it was possible to create a commercially viable business model that would help unemployed and underemployed lawyers earn a decent income while simultaneously serving a segment of our population that needs legal services at a reduced rate.
And finally, in an act characteristic of the good charitable work attorneys perform every day, Mr. Eliades successfully launched Lawyers Feeding New Jersey. Through the generosity of law firms, individual lawyers, judges, and their loved ones, over 300,000 meals were provided to people in our state who are hungry.
The experience as President of the New Jersey State Bar Association established Mr. Eliades as one of the preeminent attorneys in our state. As a result of his reputation, Mr. Eliades was appointed as the Municipal Court Judge for Hardyston Township and Sparta Township.
In May 2020, Mr. Eliades was appointed to the prestigious position as the Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee for a one-year term. JPAC reviews the qualifications of candidates to the Superior Court, prospective Prosecutors and Judicial candidates for reappointment. JPAC is comprised of 39 talented and diverse attorneys. It is the only non-partisan component of the appointments process.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Family Law
- Child Support
- Custody & Visitation
- Domestic Violence
- Real Estate
- New Jersey, 1986
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
HONORS AND AWARDS
- 2013 NJSBA Recipient of the Solo & Small Law Firm Practitioner of the Year Award
- Mosaic Award by Project Self-Sufficiency, 2003 – Present
- 2016 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award
- Pro Bono Service
- 2019 Sussex County Law Day Award
- 2021 Recipient of Saul Tischler Award by NJSBA Family Law Section
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- New Jersey State Bar Association, President – 2014
- NJSBA’s Family Law Executive Committee, Member
- NJSBA’s Municipal Court Practice Section, Trustee
- Former Member of NJSBA Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee
- Former Chair NJSBA Meetings and Arrangements Committee
- New Jersey Supreme Court, Member, Disciplinary Oversight Committee
- Former Sussex County, Board of Trustee, 1997 – 2003
- Former Sussex County, Board of Trustee, 2005 – 2007
- Hellenic American Bar Association, Past President
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
- Sussex County Bar Association, Member
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
- Frequent Lecturer for NJSBA
- Frequent Lecturer for SCBA
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