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Hon. Madeleine A. Fitzgibbon

Judge Madeleine A. Fitzgibbon was appointed Supervising Judge of the Suffolk County District Court on January 1, 2000. She is a graduate of St. John’s University, having earned a B.S. in Education in 1967. In 1982 she received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

The Suffolk County District Court is comprised of the five western towns of Suffolk County. In 1994, Judge Fitzgibbon was elected from the Town of Babylon Second District and in 1997 and 2003 she ran successfully in the First District which includes all five towns and became the first woman President Judge of that District.

Before earning her law degree, Judge Fitzgibbon worked as a teacher, a land use planner in her home Town of Babylon, the executive assistant to the Town Supervisor, Legislative Aide to two Suffolk County Legislators and a Hearing Examiner in the Suffolk County Family Court.

She had her own law practice for several years in which she specialized in matrimonial and family law and real estate development.

In her years on the Bench, Judge Fitzgibbon has been recognized for her contributions to the Bench and Bar. She was named “Judge of the Year” by the Suffolk County Criminal Bar in 2000 and by the Columbian Lawyers in 2001.

In 2000, the Suffolk County Legislature and the Town of Islip acknowledged her contributions as the Presiding Judge in the first Domestic Violence Court in Suffolk County.

She was honored in 2002 by the New York State Senate with the “Woman of Distinction” award.

Judge Fitzgibbon has contributed her experience and expertise to the Suffolk County Bar, serving as a Director on the Board of Directors, Co-chair of the Professional Ethics and Civility Committee and member of the Nominating Committee.

Judge Madeline Fitzgibbon

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