Justice Anthony J. Falanga was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Brooklyn Prep, Georgetown University and the Georgetown Law Center, Justice Falanga began his legal career in 1963 after several years as a Federal Narcotics Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department during which time he participated in the arrest and prosecution of an international drug smuggling enterprise and the seizure of 400 kilos of heroin. He was also involved in the investigation known as the "French Connection” case. Justice Falanga served in the Matrimonial Division of the Nassau County Supreme Court from 2000 through his retirement at the end of 2011. During this tenure, in January 2004, Justice Falanga was appointed Supervising Judge of the Nassau County District Court. Also notable was Justice Falanga’s induction to the Supreme Court which was highlighted by the administering of the oath of office on January 5, 2000 by a college classmate, United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Falanga’s scholarship includes an article he co-authored entitled "Intangible Assets and Avoiding Double Dipping”, New York Law Journal, March 16, 2007. In addition, he has had over 65 of his Decisions published in the New York Law Journal and the Official New York State Reporter.
Prior to his 1999 election to the New York State Supreme Court, Justice Falanga served as a District Court Judge for five years. During his tenure in District Court, Justice Falanga participated in the formation of Nassau County’s first community court and served as its first presiding Judge. In addition to his involvement with the Nassau County Bar Association, High School lecturing, Mock Trial competition and student mentoring programs, Justice Falanga has for many years served as an adjunct faculty member at Hofstra University Law Schools Trial Techniques Program.
Before becoming a judge, Justice Falanga was active in the private practice of law in Nassau County for over three decades. Justice Falanga’s practice encompassed both civil and criminal matters in State and Federal Courts. Justice Falanga’s firm had substantial involvement as lead counsel for veterans in the Agent Orange Class Action litigation. Among the many assigned counsel criminal cases handled by Justice Falanga as a defense attorney, was his assignment in 1993 to represent the defendant in the infamous Long Island Railroad murders, a case which received international notoriety.
After having completed his duties as President of the Columbian Lawyers’ Association of Nassau County, Justice Falanga continued to serve as a member of the Board of Directors and was recently elected to an additional three year term. He is also a Member and past Director of the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association and for many years, continuing to date, he has been a Director of the Nassau Lawyers’ Association of Long Island, Inc. Additionally, he has been Chairman and a fourteen year member of the Board of Directors of FOCUS (For Our Children and Us). Justice Falanga was most recently named to the Board of Directors of the Education and Assistance Corporation located in Hempstead, New York.
During the course of his career, Justice Falanga has received numerous awards from various civic, professional and fraternal organizations including the Fidelis Juris Award from the Court Officers Benevolent Association of Nassau County, the Norman F. Lent Award of the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau County, as well as being honored as Man of the Year by the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce. Justice Falanga has also been recognized for distinguished and dedicated service by the Italian Court Officers of Nassau, the Fraternal Order of the Sons of Italy, the Association of Former Federal Narcotic Agents, the Nassau Lawyers’ Association of Long Island, FOCUS and the New York District of Kiwanis International.
Justice Falanga has been a member of the East Meadow Kiwanis for over 30 years, serving as an officer and director of this community service organization. Community involvement has included his having served as President and Vice President of the East Meadow School Board and League President of the East Meadow Little League. Justice Falanga has also maintained long standing memberships with the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy Ed Speno Lodge and Association of Former Federal Narcotics Agents.