attorney ethics, commercial litigation, corporate, employment, torts
New York, United States Supreme Court, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, J.D., 1984
Arizona State University, B.A., 1960
Judge Eileen (ret.) was elected to the New York City Civil Court in 2001. During her career as a judge, she presided in every borough of New York City. After her retirement, she presided as a Judicial Hearing Officer and on the mediation/arbitration panels for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and FINRA. After leaving the bench at the end of 2014, she launched a new venture counseling attorneys on how to make more effective arguments in court and at settlement conferences.
During her tenure as a jurist, Judge Eileen presented CLE seminars to the bar on contracts and civil practice, and participated regularly in the bridge-the-gap program at the New York County Bar Association. At the same time, she also began an outreach to the public, speaking at libraries and various organizations and entities on the subjects of contracts, court procedures, consumer/merchant disputes, and avoiding scams. Scores of her case decisions were selected and published in legal periodicals and references. Her accomplishments are recognized and listed in a number of prestigious registries including, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who Worldwide.
Judge Eileen brings a varied background to her legal career. After college, she worked as an educator before entering the commercial world and operating her own business. While working full time, she attended law school and was elected to Law Review, serving as a Senior Editor. After clerking with the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the Investor Protection and Securities Divisions for two years, she entered private practice, focusing on corporate and commercial matters, and representing both entrepreneurs and consumers. For nearly two years during her legal career, she developed and oversaw the curricula and course studies for New York University’s Law and Taxation Division. She also actively served as an arbitrator in the New York State Unified Court System and through the American Arbitration Association and provided services to the Pro Se Office for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.