Jeffrey D. Lebowitz

Of Counsel

Judge Jeffrey D. Lebowitz is special counsel in the Firm’s Matrimonial and Family Law, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Practice Groups. He has recently retired as Justice of the New York State Supreme Court

During his more than twenty years on the bench, Judge Lebowitz served in numerous levels of the New York State Judicial System.

First appointed a judge by then Mayor David Dinkins, he was subsequently reappointed by Mayors Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. In 2009 he was appointed to the New York State Court of Claims by Governor David Paterson.

During his judicial career Judge Lebowitz has presided over cases in the New York City Criminal, Civil and Family Courts and for the last fourteen years in the New York State Supreme Court.

During this latter time, he spent six years presiding in the Matrimonial Part of the Queens County Supreme Court, and then presided over the first mixed Criminal/Civil hybrid court part in the Greater Metropolitan area. Thereafter, he presided over trials of complex tort litigation.

Judge Lebowitz brings a wealth of knowledge to the Firm’s Litigation and Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Groups, and has written extensively in the area of Family Law. He has spoken before the Association of Collaborative Family Law Practitioners, The Law Department of the City of New York and the Queens County District Attorney’s Office.

During his judicial tenure, Judge Lebowitz served as President of the State Wide Designated Justices’ Association, where he was active in the efforts to secure fair judicial compensation and benefits for his judicial colleagues.

Judge Lebowitz was Chair of The Brandeis Association representing Jewish lawyers and Judges practicing and or residing in Queens County, and is a member of the Board of Trustee of The Reform Temple of Forest Hills.

Judge Lebowitz has been appointed to the Executive Committee of The Family Law Section of the New York State Bar and elected to the Board of Managers of the Queens County Bar Association Board of Managers.

In addition, Judge Lebowitz was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to Chair the Second Department Judicial Screening Committee. As a member of the Committee, Judge Lebowitz will assist in evaluating the qualifications of candidates for appointments or designations to judicial office in New York State. This includes certification of judges who reach age 70 and wish to extend their time in office, interim appointments to vacate judicial offices, appointments to the Appellate Division, as well as a position on the statewide panel that recommends appointments to the Court of Claims. Based on a variety of considerations and thorough inquiries, the Committee will recommend to the Governor only those candidates who are highly qualified for judicial office.

Judge Lebowitz has been selected to serve on the Matrimonial Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association for a three year term beginning September 2017 and ending August 2020 (Class of 2020).

Judge Lebowitz has been appointed by the Appellate Division, Second Department, for a four-year term as a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Second, Tenth, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts.

Judge Lebowitz has been appointed as a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on the New York State Constitution as of June 1, 2018.

Judge Lebowitz has been selected by the Ten Leaders Cooperative to be a member of its Ten Leaders of Family Law group for the years 2017 and 2018. He has also been selected to be a member of the Lawyers of Distinction for 2018.

  • B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton – 1973
  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law – 1976

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