Archer & Greiner's Michael Weinberg has emerged as one of Southern New Jersey's leading young divorce lawyers, whose early record and unique background - you could even say lineage - set him apart from most of his peers coming up in the profession. For one thing, he's a key partner in Archer's matrimonial-law department, the largest and most influential in South Jersey today. (He is the firm's fourth family lawyer inducted into Ten Leaders.) Moreover, as the son of longtime Haddonfield divorce lawyer Joseph Weinberg, the younger Weinberg grew up as part of the South Jersey legal community, giving him a huge and important head start and insight on the profession. As a teen he was "social and outgoing, an athlete," and a good student. His younger brother Neil, however, was the family's standout student. "We had plenty of rivalry growing up, but our father helped keep us focused on our strengths as individuals." Weinberg worked weekends filing so-called "pocket parts" - updates of legal texts - in his father's Haddon Avenue office, and watched his father handle increasingly complex litigation. Still free-spirited, Weinberg thought he would venture off to the University of Arizona or some other sprawling, world-away experience. However, he ultimately decided to enroll at a smaller school to help him focus and concentrate on academics. He landed at 6,500-student Bentley College in Waltham, Mass. "I knew that I then needed some structure and a more close knit environment," he said. "I was right." It was later in law school that the Weinberg really proved himself academically.
He graduated at the very top of his class, Magna Cum Laude, after "the three most rewarding academic years of my life," as a published author for the school's Law Review. His first law job was as a summer associate with a sophisticated insurance defense firm, and he later did a clerkship in The Hon. Charles Little's civil court before joining fulltime a Cherry Hill firm that focused on complex civil litigation. Weinberg says he remained interested in divorce cases even then, while still in his 20s, but he realized broader courtroom experience would serve him well later on. "As a family lawyer, it is important that you have an understanding of many areas of the law. My experiences in litigating business and real estate issues helped me to become a more complete attorney." All along, his father and he kept a close relationship, and he subsequently joined his father's boutique law practice where he handled a steady flow of cases in many areas of the law in both state and federal courts. In addition to handling an array of matrimonial matters, Weinberg handled personal-injury and employment cases and thereby broadened his range of experience. "I have found that the only way to really learn is to go out and do it - do it yourself, learn from your successes and mistakes. I don't think that there is any substitute for hands-on experience." By the time Archer & Greiner's Lee Hymerling contacted Weinberg about joining the firm in 2005, the vast majority of his practice was devoted to family law. He joined Archer & Greiner, today with more than 200 lawyers, as an associate.
Over the years, Weinberg has carved out a respected place for himself at a competitive firm - Weinberg attracts most of his casework and still works with Hymerling and department head Bill Thompson (see profiles). He recently became one of approximately 65 shareholders in the firm. Still in his early 40s, Weinberg keeps an energetic pace, handling cases throughout Southern New Jersey: Camden and Burlington counties in particular, but also Gloucester and even as far south as Cape May and Atlantic counties. Weinberg met his future wife Nan down at the shore. They head back to Margate each summer to spend time on the beach and with family. They have three children (Ellie, Cole and Brad), and an English Bulldog named Bubba. They live in Cherry Hill.