Biography of Justice Marcy S. Friedman

Justice Marcy S. Friedman
Supreme Court Justice
Commercial Division, Supreme Court.
New York County, New York

Hon. Marcy S. Friedman has been named to succeed Hon. Bernard J. Fried as a Justice of the Commercial Division, Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County. Justice Friedman will take over Justice Fried’s inventory (Part 60), effective July 16, 2012.

Justice Friedman is a graduate of Smith College, magna cum laude, and of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude. She was an associate with Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP, a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society Civil Division, and a managing attorney at MFY Legal Services.

Justice Friedman was appointed a Judge of the Housing Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York in 1991. She was elected to the Civil Court in 1994. In 2000, she was named a Supreme Court Justice by designation and assigned to New York County Supreme Court, Civil Branch. She was re-elected in 2004.

Since 2000, Justice Friedman has presided over an Individual Assignment Part in New York County where she has handled torts, commercial cases pending outside the Commercial Division, and a wide variety of other cases, including employment discrimination, insurance, and real estate. As a long term member of the New York County’s Center for Complex Litigation, Justice Friedman has also handled mass torts, including pharmaceutical and asbestos cases.

Justice Friedman is a former member of the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) Board of Directors. Long committed to improving access to justice, she is a member of the NYCLA Justice Center under whose auspices she chaired a Task Force on Housing Court. Currently, she is working with NYCLA and other groups to organize a conference that will bring together a distinguished group of prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges, and scholars to address the racial impacts of criminal prosecutions from arraignments through sentencing. She has also lectured at the New York City Bar Association and at judicial seminars on various issues, including legal ethics and torts.