Wilentz adds retired Judge Marlene Lynch Ford to its Alternate Dispute Resolution group

The Hon. Marlene Lynch Ford has joined Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A. as of counsel in its Red Bank office, according to a Tuesday announcement from the firm.

At Wilentz, Ford will join the Alternate Dispute Resolution practice, focusing on internal investigations and mediations for civil, commercial and family law matters, and will serve as a special master in complex litigation matters.

Angelo Cifaldi, president and managing director of Wilentz, said: “I have the utmost confidence Judge Ford’s decades of service to the bench, in addition to her experience as an attorney, legislator and prosecutor, will be an invaluable asset to all parties. We are thrilled to have her join the firm.”

A former assignment judge for the Superior Court of New Jersey in Ocean County, Ford draws on 24 years of experience on the bench. In 2007, she was appointed Ocean County prosecutor by Gov. Jon Corzine — a position she held until March 2013, when Gov. Chris Christie reappointed her to the Superior Court. Chief Justice Stuart Rabner appointed her assignment judge in July 2015, a position she held until her retirement in February 2023.

Prior to her service to the bench and prosecutor’s office, Ford’s career includes serving two terms as assemblywoman representing New Jersey’s 10th Legislative District. She also worked in private practice and founded her own law firm in Point Pleasant Beach. Later, she became general counsel to H. Hovnanian Industries and counsel to the Democratic Delegation for the New Jersey General Assembly.