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Brian Martinotti ’86 Confirmed to Federal Bench

Dean Boozang calls his achievement "a fitting capstone for a Seton Hall Law alum who has dedicated himself to public service."


On July 6, the U.S. Senate confirmed Superior Court Judge Brian Martinotti ’86 to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. 

The appointment recognizes Judge Martinotti’s 14-year tenure on the New Jersey Superior Court, where he ruled on cases in the Civil Division as one of three multi-county litigation judges who handled mass torts and assigned the special environmental, affordable housing, and family law dockets. Previously, Judge Martinotti was a council member for the Borough of Cliffside Park, while he also worked in private practice at the law firm, Beattie Padovano, LLC in Montvale. He also served in other towns as a municipal public defender, prosecutor and tax attorney. Judge Martinotti launched his legal career by clerking for the Hon. Roger M. Kahn in New Jersey’s Tax Court.

“Judge Martinotti’s appointment to the federal bench is a fitting capstone for a Seton Hall Law alum who has dedicated himself to public service,” said Kathleen M. Boozang, Dean and Professor of Law. “Like his fellow alums John Vasquez ’96, who was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey earlier this year, and Walter Timpone ’79, who was just sworn in as a Justice for the New Jersey State Supreme Court, Judge Martinotti reflects the finest qualities of the Seton Hall lawyer. We are proud of his accomplishment and know he will be successful in his new appointment.”