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Justice Joseph J. Maltese

Joseph J. Maltese was elected as a Judge of Civil Court in 1991. From 1992 to 1996 he sat in both the New York City Criminal Court in Kings and Richmond Counties, as well as in the New York City Civil Court. In 1996 he was appointed by the Governor to act as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court pursuant to the Court of Claims Act. Judge Maltese now presides in Richmond County handling medical malpractice and product liability cases, as well as general civil matters. He serves on the Litigation Coordinating Panel, which oversees complex litigations, such as mass torts, pending in more than one judicial district of New York. Before coming to the bench, he was in the private practice of law for 15 years concentrating in civil and criminal litigation. Prior to entering private practice, he was a law clerk to a judge. He is a member of the bars of New York, New Jersey and Florida, as well as the federal courts. Joseph Maltese is also a Fellow of The American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree from the City University and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School, Justice Maltese has earned three Master’s degrees from: New York University, Touro College and the National Judicial College of the University of Nevada at Reno, where he is also a candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Justice Maltese teaches courses on scientific evidence to judges at the National Judicial College and teaches at the New York Judicial Seminars. He is a frequent lecturer to attorneys at continuing legal education seminars for the New York State Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Richmond County Bar Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Columbian Lawyers Association and St. John’s University School of Law. He teaches forensic scientists at Touro College and lectures law students at New York Law School and at Fordham University School of Law.

Joseph Maltese retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after more than 30 years of service in the active and reserve components, where he served as an Armor Officer, an Intelligence Officer and as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. During his last seven years in JAG, he served as a military judge for the U.S. Army Trial Judiciary, where he presided over active duty courts-martials in Germany, Panama and at several posts in the U.S. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, as well as numerous courses at The Judge Advocate General’s School and The Armor School. After retiring from the U.S. Army Reserve, he joined the New York Guard as a Colonel, where he served as Staff Judge Advocate to the Commanding General. Joseph Maltese is currently a Brigadier General and the Commander of the 54th Civil Affairs Brigade, which has assisted with the mobilization of thousands of soldiers, sailors and marines who participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.






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