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Appellate Division - First Department
Justices of the Court

Associate Justice Paul G. Feinman

Supreme Court, Appellate Division
First Department
27 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10010
(212) 340-0400

Paul G. Feinman was first elected to the Civil Court of the City of New York from the 1st Municipal Court District (lower Manhattan) in November 1996, and was re-elected in November 2006. He sat in both the Criminal Court and the Civil Court in New York County prior to his January 2004 designation by then-Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman to serve as an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Civil Term in New York County. He was elected a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York from the 1st Judicial District in November 2007. In October 2012, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Justice Feinman an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department.

Immediately before taking the bench, Justice Feinman served as Principal Court Attorney to the Hon. Angela M. Mazzarelli for seven and one-half years both at the Appellate Division, First Department and in trial courts. Prior to joining the court system, Justice Feinman was a Staff Attorney for The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division in New York County. He began his legal career as a Staff Attorney for the Appeals Bureau of the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, Long Island.

Justice Feinman received his J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1985 and his A.B. in French Literature and Language from Columbia College, Columbia University in 1981. He also studied at the Université de Paris VII (Jussieu), the Université de Paris II (Assas) and the Université de Lyon III in conjunction with his undergraduate and law school studies.


American Judges Association
• Formerly New York representative to Board of Governors
Association of Supreme Court Justices of the State of New York, Inc.
• 1st Vice President, 2013
Board of Justices, First Judicial District
• Treasurer, 2010-13
Citywide Association of Supreme Court Justices
• Corresponding Secretary, 2012-13
International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges
• Former President, 2008-11
New York State and City Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges


American Bar Association
American Constitution Society
Jewish Lawyers’ Guild
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association of Greater New York ["LeGaL"]
• Former President, 1996
National LGBT Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
New York County Lawyers’ Association
New York State Bar Association
• Judicial Section, Presiding Member, 2012-13
Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, New York County Chapter

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