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Hon. Barnett E. Hoffman

New Brunswick, New Jersey

phone 732-422-1000
fax (732) 745-4662
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Barnett E. Hoffman is a retired New Jersey Superior Court Judge who sat in Middlesex County until 2002. After his retirement from the Bench, he joined Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman & Stahl, P.C. doing alternative dispute resolutions. He has over eleven years mediating and arbitrating civil matters. He has successfully achieved resolution in an overwhelming percentage of these cases. Judge Hoffman has significant experience in employment issues, contract matters, liability of law enforcement officers, personal injury cases, termination of professional practices and construction matters. 

Judge Hoffman has a low key style developed to bring adversaries together, diffuse volatile situations, open lines of communication and manage expectations of the parties. He has significant experience in evaluating potential witnesses as well as the value of a case. 

He has recently participated in a panel sponsored by the Morris County Bar Association regarding resolution of employment matters. 

Judge Hoffman is a graduate of Rutgers College and Rutgers Law School-Newark. He is an Army veteran, having been discharged in 1968 with the rank of Captain. He is the founder of the Middlesex County Adult Substance Program, and co-author of "Sex Crimes in New Jersey: Understanding the Law and the Process (NJICLE 2011). 

Judge Hoffman is a former member of the St. Peter's University Hospital Board of Trustees, a member fo the Diocesan Review Board of the Metuchen Diocese, a former member of the Highland Park Conservative Temple Board of Trustees, and president of the Middlesex County Jewish Social Service. He is a former president of the Rutgers Alumni Association and a former member of the Rutgers Board of Trustees. He is an avid Rutgers sports fan. 

Barnett Hoffman is married to Diane B. Hoffman and has three adult children and seven grandchildren.

Areas of Practice:

  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Commercial
  • Matrimonial Matters
  • Criminal Matters
  • Case Review
  • Pleas Agreements
  • Sentencing and Sentencing Alternatives

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey, 1965


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark, Newark, New Jersey, 1965
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1962
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Major: American Civilization

Representative Cases:

  • State v. Chew, 651 A.2d 124 (N.J.Super.L. 1994)
  • State v. Vickery, 646 A.2d 1159 (N.J.Super.L. 1994)
  • State v. Freeman, 496 A.2d 1140 (N.J.Super.L. 1985)

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • New Jersey Judicial College, New Jersey Administrative Office of Courts, 1985 - 1995
  • Vermont Judicial College, Vermont Supreme Court, 1995
  • Taught the Trial of Sexual Assault Crimes to Other Superior Court Judges, Statewide Judicial College
  • Teacher, National Judicial College
  • Teacher, Vermont Judicial College
  • Teacher, Florida Judicial College
  • Faculty, Teaches "Sex, Crime and Justice," Rutgers University
  • Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University

Honors and Awards:

  • "Loyal Son of Rutgers" Award

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Rutgers Alumni Association
    Former President
  • Rutgers University
    Former Member, Board of Trustees

Past Employment Positions:

  • Middlesex County, First Assistant County Prosecutor, 1978 - 1981
  • Hoffman & Cerminaro, Highland Park, New Jersey, 1973 - 1978
  • Criminal Division in Middlesex County, Superior Court Judge, 1981 - 2002
  • United States Army, Captain


  • Phi Epsilon Pi