Biography of Justice Anthony Cannataro

Justice CannataroHon. Anthony Cannataro is the Citywide Administrative Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York and a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court.

Justice Cannataro’s first judicial assignment after being elected to Civil Court in 2011 was as an Acting Judge of the Family Court in Kings County, where he sat from 2012 through 2013. He then sat in the Bronx County Civil Court from 2014 through 2015. In 2016, Judge Cannataro was appointed Supervising Judge of Civil Court in New York County. Justice Cannataro was elected to the Supreme Court in New York County in 2017 and, starting in 2018, was appointed Administrative Judge for the Civil Court of the City of New York.

Justice Cannataro serves as Co-Chair of the High-Volume Courts Subcommittee of the Chief Judge’s ADR Advisory Committee and is a member of the Plain Language Committee of the Permanent Commission on Access to Justice. He is Co-Chair the Richard C. Failla LGBT Commission of the New York State Courts and serves on committees in several bar associations, including the New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association. Justice Cannataro recently completed a Part 146 mediator training course.

Born to parents who emigrated from Italy, Justice Cannataro received his B.A. from Columbia University (1993) and his J.D. from New York Law School (1996). Before becoming a judge, Justice Cannataro served as a law clerk to the Hon. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, and law clerk to the Hon. Lottie E. Wilkins in Supreme Court, New York County. Prior to working in the courts, Justice Cannataro was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Manhattan Trial Unit of the New York City Law Department.

Justice Cannataro lives with his husband in Washington Heights.