Hon. Tom Altobelli

After 25 years in legal practice, Dr. Tom Altobelli was appointed as a Federal Magistrate in 2006. When the Federal Circuit Court was established he became a Judge of that Court and then in 2020 was elevated to the Family Court of Australia (now known as the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Division 1).  He holds a Bachelor and Master of Laws and a Doctorate in Juridical Science. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, Western Sydney University. He has recently  completed a Graduate Diploma in Divinity and is currently undertaking Chaplaincy studies.  Before his appointment, Justice Altobelli was accredited as a specialist in the areas of Family Law, Children’s Law and Mediation. He was, formerly, Special Counsel at Watts McCray Lawyers, one of Australia’s largest family law firms, and an Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney. He was also a member of the Executive of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. He has authored four books on family law and dispute resolution as well as 50 articles in Australian and International Journals. Justice Altobelli is involved in a number of Court and external committees dealing with Judicial Wellbeing and Judicial Education and is the Case Management Judge for three registries of the Court in his state.  

Former Presidents

Matthew Sullivan, PhD (2019-2020)
Hon. Dianna Gould-Saltman (2018-2019)
Annette T. Burns, JD (2017-2018)
Marsha Kline Pruett, ABPP, PhD (2016-2017)
Hon. Peter Boshier (2015-2016)
Richard Altman, JD (2014-2015)
Nancy Ver Steegh, JD (2013-2014)
Arnold Shienvold, PhD (2012-2013)
Linda Fieldstone, MEd (2011-2012)
Robert Smith, JD, MDiv (2010-2011)
Hon. Emile Kruzick (2009-2010)
Robin Deutsch, PhD (2008-2009)
Hon. William Fee (2007-2008)
Mary Ferriter, MPA (2006-2007)
Hon. Hugh Starnes (2005-2006)
Leslye Hunter, MA LMFT (2004-2005)
Hon. George Czutrin (2003-2004)
Jan Shaw, MPA (2002-2003)
Hon. Denise McColley (2001-2002)
Hon. Arline Rotman (2000-2001)
Phil Bushard, DPA (1999-2000)
Christine Coates, MEd, JD (1998-1999)
Hon. Alastair Nicholson (1997-1998)
Linda Hahn, MS (1996-1997)
John Kydd, MSW, JD (1995-1996)
Hon. Douglas McNish (1994-1995)
Robert Tompkins, MA (1993-1994)
Gerald Lecovin, LLB (1992-1993)
Hon. Susan Snow (1991-1992)
Russell Schoeneman, PhD (1990-1991)
Hon. Thomas Bishop (1989-1990)
Hon. Lawrence Kaplan (1988-1989)
Hugh McIsaac, MSW (1987-1988)
Donald Moir (1986-1987)
Anthony "Tim" Salius (1984-1986)
Jay Folberg, Esq. (1983-1984)
Hon. John Van Duzer (1982-1983)
Hon. Frank Orlando (1981-1982)
Hon. Nancy Holman (1980-1981)
Hon. Betty Barteau (1979-1980)
Hon. Marvin Holz (1978-1979)
Hon. Irwin Cantor (1977-1978)
Meyer Elkin (1976-1977)
Hon. Norman Fenton (1975-1976)
Hon. Solie Ringold (1974-1975)
Hon. Betty Vitousek (1973-1974)
Hon. Robert Hunter (1972-1973)
Hon. Byron Lindsley (1971-1972)
Hon. Melvin Cohn (1970-1971)
Hon. Victor Baum (1969-1970)
Hon. William MacFaden (1968-1969)
Hon. Timothy O'Reilly (1967-1968)
Hon. Laurens Henderson (1966-1967)
Hon. James Cunningham Sr. (1965-1966)
Hon. Frank Blum (1964-1965)
Hon. Verne Warner (1963-1964)
Hon. Roger Alton Pfaff (1963)