Retired New Jersey Superior Court Judge Frank M. Ciuffani is General Counsel at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. and Chair of the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. Judge Ciuffani serves as the firm’s key advisor concerning the law governing lawyers, governance issues, risk management, and policy implementation. In addition to his role as General Counsel, Judge Ciuffani focuses his practice on mediating and arbitrating complex commercial, business, employment, probate and family disputes. He has also developed a special curriculum for lawyers aimed at trial preparedness.
Judge Ciuffani draws on over 40 years of experience on the bench and in private practice. Prior to rejoining the firm in April 2017, Judge Ciuffani served as the Presiding Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, General Equity Division, and Probate Judge of Middlesex County from 2008 to 2017. He also served as New Jersey Superior Court Judge, Civil and Family Divisions of Middlesex County from 2003 to 2008. During his tenure on the bench, Judge Ciuffani presided over numerous decisions of import that included the Archdiocese of Newark entering the tombstone business and health insurer Horizon’s tiered approach method to product billing. In 2008, he launched a pilot mediation program for home-mortgage foreclosures. Praised by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Rabner, the program became the model for a statewide foreclosure mediation program that has helped thousands of homeowners remain in their homes. In 2012, Judge Ciuffani presided over a complex, multiparty litigation which started with an emergent application that would have halted construction of the World Trade Center Freedom Tower. As a result of several marathon settlement conferences he facilitated, the construction continued and the case was quickly and efficiently resolved to the satisfaction of the litigants.
Prior to his judicial career, Judge Ciuffani was with Wilentz for almost 30 years, focusing on commercial litigation and employment law.
In 2009 and 2012, the New Jersey Law Journal Superior Court Judicial Survey ranked Judge Ciuffani as the top rated civil judge in Middlesex County. In 2017, the Middlesex Bar Association bestowed their highest honor on Judge Ciuffani with the Arthur H. Miller Lawyer Achievement Award in recognition of his committed and model professionalism.
Judge Ciuffani was appointed to the Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution for the 2017-2019 term. He is a former Assistant Prosecutor in Middlesex County. A member of the Middlesex County, New Jersey State and American Bar Association, he is also an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor bestowed upon only one percent of the bar whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.
Also of Interest
- November 9, 2020Wilentz General Counsel Frank M. Ciuffani Honored by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law as Professional Lawyer of the Year
- May 2, 2019Wilentz General Counsel Frank Ciuffani Honored at National Italian American Foundation Gala
- January 24, 2019Judge Frank M. Ciuffani (Ret.) to Present at New Jersey State Bar Association Health Law Section Meeting
- January 2, 2018Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. Names Retired New Jersey Superior Court Judge Frank Ciuffani as General Counsel