Mark Fleming, a retired New Jersey State Superior Court judge who previously served as deputy counsel to two former New Jersey governors, has joined Genova Burns LLC as of counsel, the firm announced this week.

Fleming has more than 40 years’ experience in significant litigation, government, and judicial service. Most recently, Fleming served as general counsel to Montclair State University, where he provided legal advice to the university president, vice presidents and other leaders. He also served as a member of the President’s Executive Council.

Representing the university in federal and state administrative matters and investigations was a regular part of Judge Fleming’s duties.  He supervised all outside counsel representing the university in all legal matters and served as a liaison with the state Attorney General’s Office.

Prior to his work with Montclair State University, Fleming was a judge of the Superior Court from January 2006 to September 2014.  He was initially assigned to the Family Division and later transferred to the Criminal Division. He was reappointed with tenure in December 2013.  He was also appointed to serve on the Criminal Practice Committee.

From January 2002 to 2006, Fleming served as deputy chief counsel to Gov. Jim McGreevey and Gov. Richard Codey. An expert on the Open Public Meetings Act and public records issues, Fleming also previously served as a deputy attorney general and assistant attorney general.

He has handled major appellate and federal court cases, is counsel to more than 30 published opinions and has earned the Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Peer Rating, the highest rating for ethical and legal competence. Fleming earned his B.A. from La Salle University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he graduated cum laude.

James Burns, Genova Burns’ managing partner, said he was pleased to welcome Fleming to the firm.

“We are looking forward to tapping into Mark’s deep knowledge in many practice areas and his substantial experience to complement our team to the benefit all of our clients, public and private alike,” Burns said.