Born: March 6, 1955
Birth Place: Orange, NJ
Judge Gambardella was born in Orange, New Jersey on March 6, 1955, a daughter to Benedict and Lucy Gambardella. She graduated from Rutgers University in 1976. She graduated from Rutgers School of Law in Newark in 1979, a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
In 1979-1980 she was a law clerk to Chief Judge Vince J. Commisa. In 1981 she became Senior Staff Counsel for the Office of the United States Trustee for the Districts of Delaware and New Jersey. In 1985 she was appointed a Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey. Judge Gambardella was only 30 years old at the time of her appointment.
Judge Gambardella is admitted to the bar of New Jersey and New York. She is a member of the Camden County Bar Association and the Historical Society for the District of New Jersey. Her publications include: Rutgers Law Reiew, "Standing to Challenger IRS Actions Benefitting Competitors."