Judge Michael Guadagno elevelated to Appellate Court

Photo credit: The Monmouth Journal

Judge Michael A. Guadagno, the presiding judge of the Monmouth County Court’s family division, has been elevated to the Appellate Division of the State Superior Court effective August 1, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced today.

Judge Guadangno is Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno’s husband.

The Appellate Division of the Superior Court is New Jersey’s intermediate appellate court. The 32 Appellate Division judges hear appeals from decisions of the trial courts, the Tax Court and state administrative agencies.  The Appellate Division decides approximately 6,500 appeals and 7,500 motions each year.

Judge Guadagno was appointed to the bench in 2005 by Gov. Richard Codey. He served in the family division in the Monmouth Vicinage until 2008, when his wife was elected Monmouth County Sheriff.  He was transferred to the Ocean Vicinage and continued to serve in the family division.  He returned to the Monmouth Vicinage in February 2010 and was named presiding judge of the family division in September 2010. Judge Guadagno served a temporary assignment to the Appellate Division earlier this year.

A graduate of Manhattan College and St. John’s University School of Law, Judge Guadagno began his legal career in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He then joined the U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime Strike Force in the Eastern District of New York. In 1989, he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, where he served as the chief of the frauds division from 1991 to 2002. He was serving as senior litigation counsel at the time of his appointment to the bench.

“I am honored to be able to serve in this new capacity and look forward to joining the esteemed judges of the Appellate Division,” said Judge Guadagno. “I have enjoyed working with the dedicated judges, staff and members of the bar in both Monmouth and Ocean counties.


Posted: July 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Court, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary | Tags: , , , , , | 6 Comments »

6 Comments on “Judge Michael Guadagno elevelated to Appellate Court”

  1. brian said at 7:31 pm on July 3rd, 2012:

    But we don’t have a Ruling Class………..
    Keep Your Powder Dry

  2. Greg Kelly said at 8:40 am on July 4th, 2012:

    Those Guadagnos sure know something about upward mobility. Congrats to the whole family in Monmmouth Beach.

  3. brian said at 10:12 am on July 4th, 2012:

    yeah—upward mobility with our money—-how many pensions for ONE family???
    Good luck paying your taxes……………

  4. TR said at 8:27 am on July 6th, 2012:

    Brian whats with the jealousy. What do you care if they both get pensions. Somebody has to do both those jobs. Your taxes are not effected because of the people who do the jobs. Are you saying judges should not get pensions? Maybe they should do the Job for free? Or maybe Kim should not be compensated for any of the FULL TIME jobs she has held. Thats it the solution is no government worker should get any benefit from any government job! What a great solution.

  5. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » Judge Escandon no longer ruling on divorces. said at 2:06 pm on July 24th, 2012:

    […] is the result of his reassigning Judges to cope with the Court’s four vacancies and the temporary elevation of Judge Michael Guadagno to the Appeals […]

  6. Joanne Fitzmaier said at 9:36 am on February 13th, 2014:

    This is becoming quite interesting. Judge Guadagno’s wife was the Monmoth County Sheriff a few yrs prior to her husband being appointed to replace Escandon. I was before Judge Justus, in family court, who violated my rights, who by the way was appointed by Christie. Now I am before Judge Escandon and receiving the same unfair/unethical treatment!