Born: Jan. 28, 1947, Orange, N.J.

Federal Judicial Service: Nominated by Bill Clinton, May 3, 2000, to seat vacated when Hon. Alfred Wolin took senior status; confirmed by Senate July 21, 2000; received commission Sept. 20, 2000

Education: Morehead State Univ., B.A., 1969; Seton Hall Univ. School of Law, J.D., 1972

Professional Career: Law clerk, Hon. Francis W. Hayden, Superior Court of New Jersey, 1972-73; assistant deputy public defender, 1973-77; associate, then partner, Lum, Biunno & Tompkins (later Tompkins, McGuire & Wachenfeld), Newark; partner, Whipple, Ross & Hirsch, Madison, 1984-92; partner, McCormack, Petrolle & Matthews, Roseland, 1992-93; borough prosecutor, Caldwell, 1988-89; U.S. magistrate judge, D.N.J., 1993-2000

Race or Ethnicity: White