Brian R. Martinotti
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Assumed office
July 11, 2016
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byStanley R. Chesler
Personal details
Born (1961-02-02) February 2, 1961 (age 61)
Englewood, New Jersey
EducationFordham University (BS)
Seton Hall University School of Law (JD)

Brian R. Martinotti (born February 2, 1961) is a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and a former New Jersey state judge.


Martinotti was born in 1961 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 from Fordham University. He received a Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1986 from Seton Hall University School of Law. He began his legal career by serving as a law clerk to Judge Roger M. Kahn of the New Jersey Tax Court. From 1987 to 2002, he served at the law firm of Beattie Padovano, LLC., and was elevated to partner in 1994. Concurrently with his private practice, he served as a council member for the Borough of Cliffside Park and also served other towns in various roles as municipal public defender, prosecutor and tax attorney. From 2002–2016, he served as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, where he served in the civil division and was one of the state's three multi-county litigation judges handling mass torts. During his tenure on the state bench, he was assigned to preside over the special environmental, affordable housing and family law dockets.[1][2][3]


Martinotti married the former Dana M. Licameli, a grade school teacher, on March 23, 1991 in a Roman Catholic ceremony.[4]

Federal judicial service

On June 11, 2015, President Barack Obama nominated Martinotti to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, to the seat being vacated by Judge Stanley R. Chesler, who took senior status on June 15, 2015.[5][6] He received a hearing before the Judiciary Committee on September 30, 2015.[7] On October 29, 2015 his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote.[8] On July 6, 2016 the United States Senate voted 92–5 in favor of confirmation.[9] He received his judicial commission on July 11, 2016.[3] Martinotti was the last Obama-appointed judge to be confirmed.


  1. ^ "President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts". 11 June 2015 – via National Archives.
  2. ^ "New Jersey Judicial Biographies" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2014-05-07.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ a b "Martinotti, Brian R. – Federal Judicial Center".
  4. ^ "Dana M. Licameli and Brian R. Martinotti Marry". The New York Times. 24 March 1991.
  5. ^ "Congressional Record".
  6. ^ "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate". 11 June 2015 – via National Archives.
  7. ^ "United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary".
  8. ^ "United States Senate Judiciary Committee: Results of Executive Business Meeting – October 29, 2015" (PDF).
  9. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress – 2nd Session".
Legal offices Preceded byStanley R. Chesler Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey 2016–present Incumbent