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.