Hon. Robert J. Gilson

Gilson headshotBob Gilson enjoys serving the people of New Jersey. As a judge on the New Jersey Appellate Division of the Superior Court, the state’s intermediate appellate court, he hears appeals from decisions of the trial courts, the tax court, and state administrative agencies. Bob says, “I enjoy being a judge because in small ways it gives me the chance to help people and make them feel that our system of justice can be fair.”

After graduating from BC Law, Bob served as a law clerk to Judge John J. Gibbons of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He then spent 20 years in private practice, concentrating on complex commercial litigation. He was a partner with the law firm of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, LLP, where he was chair of the firm’s appellate practice group and pro bono committee. In 2006, Bob joined the New Jersey’s Attorney General’s Office and became the director of its Division of Law, overseeing over 500 attorneys handling all civil legal matters for the state.

In 2009, Bob was appointed to the bench. He served as a trial judge in both the family and criminal divisions of the Superior Court. On the trial bench, he handled several high-profile murder cases, including the murder of a woman by her husband and his lover, a man who was convicted of stabbing his cousin to death, a man who fatally stabbed his ex-wife, and a woman found guilty of shooting her spouse to death.

After being on the bench for only six years, Bob was assigned in April 2015 to the Appellate Division on a temporary basis. Two months later, the assignment became permanent. Bob enjoys his experience on the bench and often thinks of the sage advice he received as a student at BC Law: “Sometimes when I am listening to a lawyer go on and on, I think about the good advice of Professor Upham: ‘Know the law, but use common sense’.”

Bob says not much has changed in his life outside of the courtroom. “I still run, play soccer, and do triathlons. Wendy and I just celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary! We have four wonderful children and consider ourselves very blessed.”

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