Judge Admits Conflict Hiring Lawyer But Denies Knowledge of a Cover Up

, New Jersey Law Journal


Melanie Appleby
Melanie Appleby

Louis, of Louis & Judge, is a past chairman of the State Bar Association’s Family Law Section and a member of the Supreme Court Family Part Practice Committee from 1982 to 2011.

He referred a request for comment to his attorney, Justin Walder of Walder Hayden & Brogan in Roseland, who says, “Mr. Louis has and will continue to cooperate fully with the ethics authorities.”

Appleby's ethics counsel, Guy Ryan of Secare & Ryan in Toms River, declines comment.

Appleby was a Toms River councilwoman and practiced municipal law when appointed to the bench by Gov. Chris Christie in 2011.

What's being said

  • Ruby2008

    Isolated case? I think not.

  • Ruby2008

    How can an inexperienced judge make expert judicial decisions that affect families and lives forever? How can a family law attorney be so corrupt? Are you done snickering? The actions of Mr. Louis should not be tolerated. His opposition to reforming alimony should not be taken seriously for his intentions are obviously self-serving as is his opposition to guidelines that could limit litigation and the fees that line his pocket.

  • Ruby2008

    Isolated case? I think not.

  • not available

    The judiciary is well aware that Family Court is the training court for newly appointed Judges. As such they are on the Job trainees, upon their swearing in, they are given unfathomable power and authority to make decisions without prior review or approval of their superiors. The potential for errors and actual errors made by the trainees could and often wreck the lives of NJ families. In this case the Family Court Judge wish to site inexperience on the job as cause for her actions. I say if she is too inexperienced to make valid decisions on her own case, she is too inexperienced to make decisions on the lives of NJ citizens. She must be removed no second chance to destroy our citizens.

  • Tom Leustek

    Frank Louis is a vocal opponent of alimony reform and of the concept of statutory guidelines to help judges make fair alimony determinations. I wonder if there is a connection between his opposition to guidelines and his alleged attempt to curry favor with Judge Appleby?

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