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The Hon. Judge B. Theodore Bozonelis

CHATHAM, NEW JERSEY

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Mr. Bozonelis is a regional commander of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He is a member of the Order's Legal Committee and chairman of the Order's Patriarchal Properties Committee, which assists the Ecumenical Patriarchate on legal issues for the return of confiscated properties and developing a legal status and standing for the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey.

He received his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and his J.D, cum laude, from George Washington University. He was nominated by the governor of New Jersey and confirmed by the State Senate as a  judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey in 1990. He served all divisions of the state judiciary until 2011.  He was a presiding judge in the Criminal Court, Equity and Family Divisions. In 2003, he was appointed as the assignment (chief) judge for Northern New Jersey Counties,  where he oversaw the administration of the state courts and 56 municipal courts therein. In that capacity, Judge Bozonelis also served as a member and chairman of the State Judicial Council, which supervises the overall state judiciary.

He has served as a judicial master and instructor for Inns of Court, Institutes for Continuing Legal Education, and Judicial College retreats. Prior to his appointment as a state judge, he served as chairman of a State District Ethics Committee, a law clerk of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey. He presently serves as of counsel to the law firm of Graham Curtin in New Jersey, providing services in mediation, arbitration and special master matters.

He is married to Helen (Koutras) Bozonelis, an editor and author. They have two adult children, Justin and Lia.