Meet The Municipal Judge

Lewis Korngut and his wife, Michelle have lived in Lawrence Township for over thirty-four years. They raised their two children in the Township who both graduated from Lawrence High School. His wife Michelle has an Occupational Therapy practice in the Township for ten years. They have enjoyed living in the township where they have been able to develop some lasting friendships within the community. 

Lew Korngut graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1982.  He was a member of the Government and Law Society and played Varsity Basketball.  He obtained his law degree from Seton Hall Law School, Newark, New Jersey in 1986. Lewis was admitted to the New Jersey bar and all the Federal Court bars.Lew began his legal career in 1986 as a law clerk for the Honorable Francis Cocchia, J.S.C. in Essex County Superior Court. In 1987 he commenced his lifetime career in public service as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. During his first tenure there,  he tried numerous jury trials including multiple capital murder cases.  One of those cases was the landmark trial of State v. Timmendequas, which generated what is known today as Megan's Law. He also tried State v. Loftin, a capital case that occurred in Lawrence Township.
His next position in public service was in 1998 as a Deputy Attorney General with the Division of Criminal Justice. He was hired as one of the supervisors with the newly formed Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.  He was later promoted to Assistant Attorney General where he ran the Statewide Corruption Unit.

In 2009 Lew returned to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office as Chief of the Homicide Task Force. In that position, he supervised twelve attorneys, fourteen detectives as well as tried numerous homicide cases. While at the Mercer County Prosecutor's office, Lew also taught for four years as an Adjunct Professor at the College of New Jersey in their Criminal Justice Department. In 2015, Lew retired from the Prosecutor's office and began a career in private practice with the firm of Kamensky, Cohen, and Richardson in Trenton, New Jersey. His practice focused on criminal defense and family court matters. In April of 2017, Lew was appointed as the Municipal Court Judge in Lawrence Township and was reappointed in February of 2018. He presides over all municipal court matters in the Township ranging from motor vehicle offenses to domestic violence crimes. He works with five other dedicated court staff professionals who make up the Lawrence Township Court system.  During his tenure as the Municipal Court Judge, besides enforcing the State and local laws, his focus has been on making a positive impact on peoples' lives. He is also the Municipal Court Judge in North Hanover Township in Burlington County. 

Over the years,  Lew has coached both basketball and soccer in the Township and was a member of the Lawrence Township Hamnett Soccer board for over 10 years. He has also been the head basketball coach at Foundations Academy Charter School in Trenton and assistant basketball coach of StemCivics Charter School in Ewing.  In his private time, Lew likes to play golf with his family and follow his favorite sports team, the New York Giants.