Professional Bio


Judge Barnett E. Hoffman
I was appointed to the New Jersey bench in 1981 by then Governor Brendan Byrne, and was reappointed with tenure by Governor Thomas Kean. I served on the bench for approximately twenty years. During this time I presided over in excess of 325 trials including 10 capital murder trials, and over 90 serious sex crime trials. During the last several years I was the presiding judge. While on the bench, I was noted for my knowledge of the law, even demeanor and fair treatment to all litigants. I retired from the bench in 2002. Prior to becoming a judge, I was First Assistant Prosecutor of Middlesex County from 1978 to 1981.
As of January 2, 2015, I became associated “of counsel” with Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown and Schottland in Freehold, NJ, concentrating on alternate dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration services focusing on employment matters. My practice also includes criminal consultation to attorneys having criminal matters. I have also served as a hearing officer regarding police disciplinary matters. Initially, after retiring from the bench, I was “of counsel” with the law firm of Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman and Stahl from 2002 to 2014.
Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown and Schottland


Middlesex County Adult Substance Abuse Program
One of my special judicial achievements is that I was the founder of the Middlesex County Adult Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center. ASAP was the first licensed drug rehabilitation program in the State of New Jersey penal system. The program was established on October 1, 2001, and has many successful graduates. I have continued my involvement in the program as President of the Friends of ASAP. The program now has over 800 graduates, and the recidivism rate is 15 points lower than the national average. Most importantly, many lives have been saved by this program.
I have always had a love for teaching. I was a regular instructor at the New Jersey Judicial College for many years, and have taught at the National Judicial College. I was on the faculty of Rutgers University and was an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
New Jersey Judicial College

Authored by Hon. Barnett E. Hoffman, PJSC (Ret.) & Alison Stanton Perrone, Esq.
In addition to being a respected teacher, I am also a published author. My co-author and I have written the authoritative book on sex offenses in New Jersey. The book, "Sex Crimes in New Jersey" Understanding the Law and the Process" was published in 2011 by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. I have also authored a textbook “Sex, Crime and Justice.”
After my retirement, Governor James McGreevey appointed me to the New Jersey Commission to Review Criminal Sentencing, and was elected Chairman by the Commission members. The Commission studied various existing laws relating to controlled dangerous substances. The Commission recommended significant changes in the drug laws that were eventually adopted by the New Jersey Legislature. The position of Chairman required me to testify before both houses of the New Jersey Legislature regarding proposed legislation.

I am a member of the New Brunswick, Middlesex County, and New Jersey State Bar Associations. I was also a member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey District Ethics Committee 2003 to 2008.

I graduated from New Brunswick High School, Rutgers College in New Brunswick in 1962, and Rutgers Law School in Newark in 1965, and was admitted to the New Jersey and Federal Bars the same year. I served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968, and attained the rank of Captain.
U.S. Army Captain Barnett E. Hoffman

I have been active in the community serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Highland Park Temple-Congregation Anshe Emeth; President of the Jewish Social Service Committee of New Brunswick, NJ from 1969 to date; President of the Rutgers Alumni Association 1982; member of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees, 1981-1987; a member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ. 2008 to 2010; the President, Friends of Middlesex County Adult Substance Abuse Program 2001-to date; a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Peter’s University Hospital Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ 2010 to 2012, and a member of the Metuchen Diocesan Review Board, 2012 to the present.

I have been married to my wife for 52 years and have three children and seven grandchildren.