US District Court • Southern District of New York
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Judges of the Southern District of New York


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"The Courts are what the judges make them, and the District Court in New York, from the time of [District Judge] James Duane, [President] Washington’s first appointment, has had a special distinction by reason of the outstanding abilities of the men who have been called to its service."
- Former Chief Justice Hughes

Once a "leisurely one man court," the Southern District of New York currently has forty-four United States District Judges and fifteen United States Magistrate Judges presiding over the highest civil caseload in the country. These forty-six men and thirteen women determine matters ranging from admiralty business, the backbone of the Court’s work in early years, to anti-trust prosecutions, patent, copyright, trademark, anti-racketeering, income tax, and violations of Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) laws. Occasionally, one or more of the District (Article III) Judges of the Southern District of New York may sit by designation on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Currently, the Chief Judge is the Honorable Colleen McMahon The Honorable Gabriel W. Gorenstein sits as the Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge.

Prior to appearing before the Court, all parties should be familiar with the Individual Practices of the judge who has been assigned to their case.