Walter Timpone, who retired last month as an associate justice with the New Jersey Supreme Court, was named senior counsel with Calcagni & Kanefsky in Newark.
Timpone served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Newark for more than a decade and spent two decades in private practice before joining the state’s top court.
He first worked with Thomas Calcagni, the firm’s co-founding senior partner, when Timpone served as the first federal election monitor in Passaic County. He was charged with ensuring the voting rights of the county’s Hispanic citizens.
“CK is a perfect fit for me,” said Timpone in a prepared statement. “With its unique makeup of former federal and state prosecutors and extraordinary litigators, it has swiftly risen to the top in terms of reputation and results. I am looking forward to my return to private practice, having found great synergy with the other attorneys at CK, many of whom I have known, worked with, and respected for years. I also relish the opportunity to help mentor the firm’s younger lawyers.”
Timpone was appointed to the top court by Gov. Chris Christie in 2016. He resigned his seat on Aug. 31, two months ahead of his mandatory retirement date, to allow his replacement Fabiana Pierre-Louis to be seated before the start of the court’s September term.
While associate justice on the Supreme Court, Timpone wrote 30 majority opinions. In one case between the City of Hoboken and Shipyard Associates, Timpone, writing for the majority, found that the city did not have a right to change zoning ordinances after a development project was approved.
In another case, Timpone led the court in upholding a guilty verdict against Bloomfield police officer Orlando Trinidad, who was caught on video beating a Black man during a police stop.
In a dissenting opinion in State v. Michael Ross II, Timpone wrote that a trial judge’s extensive cross examination of witnesses “crossed that fine line that separates advocacy from impartiality.”
He began his legal career as a law clerk for the late U.S. District Court Judge Vincent Biunno in New Jersey.
He spent 1984 to 1994 in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark and was elevated to chief of the special prosecutions division, leading the office’s investigations and prosecutions of public corruption and fraud. Many of CK’s attorneys also spent time in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including senior counsel Ralph Marra, who served with Timpone and eventually led the office as Acting U.S. Attorney.
As acting general counsel to University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2005, Timpone negotiated a deferred prosecution agreement for the institution and worked with the federal monitor to correct the school’s deficiencies in practices and procedures.
He also served on the state’s Election Law Enforcement Commission, overseeing breaches of campaign finance laws and regulations, for six years.
“Having had the privilege of serving on the Supreme Court was the highlight of my legal career,” Timpone said. “However, it’s not my last chapter.”