Hon. Tonianne J. Bongiovanni
U.S. Dist. Ct., D.N.J.
The Honorable Tonianne J. Bongiovanni has presided in Trenton, New Jersey, as a United States Magistrate Judge since being sworn into the Court on April 14, 2003. Before becoming a Federal Magistrate Judge, Judge Bongiovanni worked in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Newark. Judge Bongiovanni rose through the ranks of the Federal Public Defender’s Office, initially being hired as an Investigator while attending Seton Hall University, School of Law as an evening student. Upon attaining her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University, School of Law, Judge Bongiovanni became an Assistant Federal Public Defender, and ultimately achieved the position of First Assistant Federal Public Defender. Judge Bongiovanni has been an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University, School of Law since 1998. She was recognized as “Adjunct Professor of the Year” in 2003 and again in 2013. Also, Judge Bongiovanni was awarded “Alumnus of the Year” in October, 2000 by the Peter W. Rodino Jr. Law Society and on March 4, 2008, she received the Chief Justice Richard J. Hughes award from the law school’s Public Interest organization. She has also received the Honorable Lawrence A. Whipple Memorial Award for Excellence and Devotion to the Law presented by the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the Woman of Achievement Award from the Woman Lawyers of Monmouth County; and the National Service to Youth Award from the Boys and Girls Club of America. Judge Bongiovanni has been affiliated with the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court (Intellectual Property) since 2003. She is a member of the District of New Jersey’s Patent Rules Committee and has also been a panelist at various conferences including: Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation; ERISA Litigation and the Hatch Waxman Series sponsored by the American Conference Institute. Lastly, Judge Bongiovanni shares an excerpt from her Kindergarten Report Card [date intentionally omitted] which suggests she was destined for a judgeship: Tonianne is a born leader but she sometimes has a little difficulty in working & playing with others because of a reluctance to relinquish the spotlight (at times) to other children. She is much more mature than most kindergarten age children which probably makes it hard for her not to direct & dominate her classmates at play.