Attorneys Gary Borger, Bruce Matez, and Deena Betze Attend Collaborative Practice Growth and Excellence Seminar


The law firm of Borger Matez is pleased to announce that Gary L. Borger, Bruce P. Matez, and Deena L. Betze recently attended the Collaborative Practice Growth and Excellence seminar. The seminar was led by Loretta Gephart, a licensed psychologist and collaborative coach in Pittsburgh. Attendees were provided with information to help hone collaborative skills in the collaborative practice; professional and personal growth to avoid triggers that could derail the process, how to better deal with conflict, and how to be more self-aware in the process; assessing the viability of a potential collaborative case; pitfalls to avoid; building teamwork among the collaborative team; review of the role and benefits of the divorce coach in the collaborative process; and ethics in the collaborative practice.

Gary L. Borger has concentrated on family law since entering private practice in 1977, gaining substantial experience in handling complex divorces involving alimony claims, child custody and parenting issues, child support, relocation applications to the court for a parent to move out of state with children, property and debt distribution, and applications to the court for protection from domestic violence and abuse. Trained in mediation at Harvard Law School, Mr. Borger offers clients the option of mediating rather than litigating family law disputes between spouses, domestic partners, or significant others. He has been trained in and practices collaborative divorce, a gentler, less expensive, and quicker way to resolve divorces by agreement reached by the parties directly but in the presence of and with the assistance of their attorneys who commit to settlement rather than litigation of each aspect of ending the marital enterprise and beginning life anew on their own. Mr. Borger is an active and dedicated member of the Family Law Bar serving as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section member (former member of the Executive Committee), the Camden County (NJ) Bar Association, Family Law Bench-Bar Committee, the Burlington County (NJ) Bar Association, Family Law Bench-Bar Committee, the Gloucester County (NJ) Bar Association, Family Law Bench-Bar Committee, the Early Settlement Panel (ESP volunteer member) and the American Bar Association's Family Law Section. Mr. Borger also lectured in family law for 15 years as a guest lecturer in family law at Temple Law School, his alma mater (J.D. 1976) and at educational programs hosted by the American Bar Association, Family Law Section; NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE); the Burlington and Camden County Bar Associations; and The Sharper Lawyer. Mr. Borger is a member of the South Jersey Collaborative Law Group. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University (B.A. 1972).

Bruce P. Matez is one of the top divorce and family law lawyers and mediators in Southern New Jersey. Recognized by SJ Magazine as a "Top Attorney" for many years, as one of the “Super Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters, and as an Awesome Attorney by South Jersey Magazine, Bruce has over 26 years of experience handling all types of family law matters including but not limited to divorce (including complex divorce litigation), custody and parenting time (visitation), child support, alimony/spousal support, adoption, domestic violence, equitable distribution of marital property, equitable allocation of marital debt, child abuse and neglect (formerly DYFS) matters, and same sex Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships. Bruce is one of a handful of collaboratively trained attorneys in Southern New Jersey. He has also built a successful mediation practice to whom judges and his colleagues refer parties to resolve their marital and family disputes through mediation. A 1986 graduate of University of Maryland, College Park, Mr. Matez earned his law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1989.

Deena L. Betze, one of Southern New Jersey’s most widely respected family and matrimonial lawyers, is beloved by her clients and is known for making huge and positive changes in their lives. For over 24 years, she has represented men and women in divorce, mediation, custody, adoption (including agency, private placement, domestic, re-finalization of foreign adoptions and contested placements), domestic violence, pre-marital agreements, civil union agreements and other family law related matters. Ms. Betze is collaboratively trained, a mediator, and practices Collaborative Divorce. She is also a member of the South Jersey Collaborative Law Group and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, where she previously served on the Family Law Executive Committee, and serves on the Family Law Committees of the Camden County Bar Association, the Gloucester County Bar Association and the Burlington County Bar Association. Ms. Betze previously served as the President of the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court, one of only 20 Inns nationwide to achieve the Platinum level of Excellence. American Inns of Court are “designed to improve the skills, civility, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.” An American Inn of Court is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, and in some cases, law professors and law students. She is also a past volunteer of the Cape Atlantic Legal Services pro bono program. A graduate of S.U.N.Y. StonyBrook (B.A. 1987), Ms. Betze received her law degree in 1990 from Rutgers University School of Law, Camden.

The law firm of Borger Matez is one of Southern New Jersey’s top family law and divorce firms and is a leader in bringing Collaborative Divorce to the region. Located in Cherry Hill, NJ, Borger Matez, PA concentrates its practice in all aspects of divorce and family law, mediation, and Collaborative Divorce. For more information, call (856) 424-3444 or visit

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