Mia Cahill, Ph.D., Esq.
Dennigan Cahill Smith, LLC

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12 Roszel Road
Suite C205
Princeton, NJ 08540

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Description of Practice

Dr. Cahill is a founding member of the Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance and one of the first practicing collaborative lawyers in the greater Princeton Area. For the right couple, collaborative law is a way to bring a dignified end to a marriage, without fundamentally destroying the relationship in litigation. The success of collaborative law depends on the commitment of both couples to the process, a joint effort in prioritizing the children’s well-being, candor in the exchange of financial information and the ability of the trained collaborative attorneys to work together. Once a settlement is reached, it is finalized in a document called a Marital Settlement Agreement, which the couple signs. Confidentiality and privacy are priorities.

Professional Background

Dr. Cahill is a partner in the law firm Dennigan Cahill Smith, LLC, "DCS." The firm brings the experience and support needed to assist parties in mediation. DCS has experience with complex family cases, privacy concerns, high-asset clients and small businesses. Also available as a mediation-review attorney.


Dr. Cahill's dispute resolution experience is scholarly and practical. She was the Hewlett Fellow for Dispute Resolution at the University of Wisconsin, where she received her Ph.D. Prior to her family law practice, she worked in academia, and published on the scholarly issues of dispute resolution such as fairness, settlement and process. As a practicing attorney and mediator on the court-approved list since 2003, Dr. Cahill is mindful of the benefits- and the pitfalls- of mediation. She strives to help the couple achieve their goals in dispute resolution.


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin
J.D./M.A. University of Denver


Dr. Cahill is a trained and experienced lawyer and mediator, who is mindful of the distress divorce or separation can cause a couple to experience. Once size does not fit all. Mediation sessions are specifically designed to meet the needs of the couple where they are individually. Successful mediations involve the readiness of both parties to participate and communicate, and a transparency of information on key issues. Dr. Cahill faciliates this, and encourages the couple to get input from mediation-friendly attorneys during the mediation process. This helps to make the commitment to an ultimate settlement stronger. Her work in mediation and collaborative law is client-driven, and where applicable, child-centered.


$350 per hour, paid at the end of the session. Pay as you go.

Other Information

There is nothing more personal or important than your family, and your future.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Parenting Coordinator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.