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Biography of Justice Orin R. Kitzes

JUSTICE ORIN R. KITZES graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1964 receiving his LLB degree. In 1967 he received a LLM degree from Brooklyn Law School.

After law school he practiced law in Manhattan specializing in commercial matters and civil litigation. In 1973 he was appointed Law Secretary to Hon. Israel Rubin and held this position with Justice Rubin in the Civil and Supreme Courts in Bronx and New York Counties.

In 1987 Justice Kitzes was appointed as a Housing Court Judge of the Civil Court assigned to New York County. In 1989 he was elected to the Civil Court, Queens County.

From 1993 to 1994 he was appointed by the Chief Administrative Judge as an Acting Supreme Court Justice. He was thereafter elected to the Supreme Court, Queens County in 1995 .

Justice Kitzes is one of two Justices designated to preside over the Commercial Division in Queens County, which opened in 2005.