Justice Walter F. Timpone was nominated by Gov. Chris Christie and sworn in as an associate justice on May 2, 2016.
Born on Nov. 10, 1950, Justice Timpone received a bachelor's degree from St. Francis College in New York in 1972 and a master's degree in special education from New York University in 1974. He worked as a special education teacher before earning his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1979. He is the former law clerk to the late U.S. District Court Judge Vincent P. Biunno.
Justice Timpone worked in private practice before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in 1984, where he served as chief of special prosecutions. Justice Timpone returned to private practiced in 1995 as a partner at the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney and Carpenter, LLP. While at McElroy, he served as the first federal election monitor in Passaic County, where he was charged with ensuring the voting rights of the county's Hispanic citizens and the county's compliance with federal and state consent orders. He also served as a commissioner on the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission from 2010 to 2016.