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Date: March 9, 2007

Seal of the Unified Court System

New Commercial Division Part Opens in Fifth Judicial District

NEW YORK—Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the opening of a new Commercial Division part in Onondaga County. The new court part is the first trial court dedicated exclusively to business litigation to open in the Fifth Judicial District.

“Onondaga County is a major metropolitan area and financial center that now has a Commercial Division to focus solely on business litigation,” said Judge Lippman. “This new specialized business court is the tenth of its kind in the state, and is the latest success in our effort to expand the Commercial Division throughout New York.”

The Hon. Deborah H. Karalunas will be the Presiding Justice of the new Commercial Division court. Judge Karalunas has been a Justice of the Supreme Court since 2003. After graduating from Syracuse University College of Law, she served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Howard G. Munson in the Northern District of New York. Subsequently, Justice Karalunas joined the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck and King, where she later became a partner. Since her election to the bench in 2002, Judge Karalunas has served in Onondaga County’s dedicated matrimonial part for two years and in a general civil part for two years. She has been an active member of various bar associations, and sat on the Board of Directors of the Onondaga County Bar Association and the Central New York Women’s Bar Association, where she also served as President. She lectures frequently for the New York State Bar Association and Onondaga County Bar Association and is a regular guest speaker, lecturer and moot court judge at Syracuse University College of Law.

The Onondaga County Commercial Division court is located at 401 Montgomery Street in Syracuse, New York. The new specialized business court will handle commercial litigation involving contracts, corporations, insurance, the Uniform Commercial Code, business torts, bank transactions, complex real estate matters and other commercial law issues.

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