Marisol I. Gonzalez joined Youman, Madeo and Fasano, LLP as an Associate in August 2021, after having taken a hiatus from the legal field to dedicate time to her family. Ms. Gonzalez earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law, and is licensed to practice in the state of New Jersey. Ms. Gonzalez is a graduate of the Minority Student Program, a nationally-acclaimed post-admissions program for underrepresented groups in the law. She completed her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University.
Ms. Gonzalez was born and raised in New York City, and is a proud alumna of the prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School, and had the unique opportunity to complete a major in Social Science Research. Prior to law school she worked for the Administration for Children's Services as a Child Protective Specialist, handling high volumes of child abuse and neglect investigations. Having witnessed the need for more trauma-informed attorneys as a result of her experience interacting with the N.Y. Family Court system, she decided on entering law school. After graduating with her J.D., Ms. Gonzalez served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Melvin L. Gelade, J.S.C. (retired, temporarily on recall) and several other judges in the Civil and Family Divisions of Middlesex County, providing legal analysis on issues in civil litigation and termination of parental rights trials. She later was a Law Clerk at a small boutique firm specializing in family law, drafting motions on the issues of custody/child support, spousal support, and appeals of administrative decisions.
Even while away from the legal field, Ms. Gonzalez maintained her passion for helping others by working for a small but impactful dual agency addressing domestic violence and sexual assault in Knox County, Ohio, supporting several advocates and their Executive Director. Ms. Gonzalez was exposed to immigration during her second and third year of law school, interning with a solo practitioner and assisting with defense in removal proceedings and other applications to immigration services. With her family hailing from Puerto Rico, Ms. Gonzalez is also able to connect with the immigrant community via the lens of culture and language. Ms. Gonzalez's return to the legal field is with the renewed passion and interest to utilize her legal skills as a zealous advocate for those seeking to improve their circumstances.
- New Jersey
- Rutgers School of Law - Camden, Camden, New Jersey
- J.D. - 2015
- Honors: Marie Slocum Scholarship recipient for students focused in public interest
- Honors: Minority Student Program graduate
- Honors: Association of Latin American Law Students Co-President
- Honors: Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Int.'l member
- Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
- B.A. – 2007
- Honors: James Dickenson Carr Scholar
- Honors: Dual major: Psychology/Criminal Justice, High honors
- Minor: Spanish
- Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York
- Major: Social Science Research