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Biography of Justice Eileen Bransten

Justice BranstenJUSTICE EILEEN BRANSTEN was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in November 1999. In 2008, she was assigned to the Commercial Division after having spent seven years presiding over a Medical Malpractice Part. Before that, Justice Bransten was elected to the Civil Court in 1993 and was appointed an Acting Supreme Court Justice in 1996. As an Acting Justice, she presided over a General Trial and then a Matrimonial Part. During her tenure as a judge, hundreds of Justice Bransten’s decisions have been published in the Miscellaneous Reports and the New York Law Journal. In addition, over the course of her judicial career, Justice Bransten has issued thousands of orders and judgments.

Throughout her legal career, Justice Bransten has been active in numerous bar associations and organizations. Justice Bransten was Co-President of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA) from 2006 to 2008, and remains, to this day, on its Board of Directors. In 2013, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman appointed her to serve on the permanent Commercial Division Advisory Council.

Justice Bransten served as the Presiding Member of the New York State Bar Association’s Judicial Section in 2008. Justice Bransten is currently a member of the City Bar Association’s Council on Judicial Administration. She also previously served on the City Bar Association’s Committee on State Courts Of Superior Jurisdiction and on the City Bar Association’s Medical Malpractice Committee. From 1993-1994, Justice Bransten participated on the New York City Civil Court’s Anti-Gender Bias Committee. Justice Bransten has been a faculty member for continuing legal education programs conducted by the New York State Bar Association, the City Bar Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York County Lawyers Association and the Practising Law Institute and has lectured on varied topics including commercial division practice, state court practice, medical malpractice and ethics.

Justice Bransten served as the President of the Association of the Supreme Court Justices of the State of New York in 2012. She also served as an officer of the New York State Supreme Court Board of Justices and is currently a member of the Association of the Supreme Court Justices of the City of New York

Justice Bransten is a graduate of Hunter College (summa cum laude, 1975) and Fordham University School of Law (class of 1979). After law school, from 1979 to 1984, she served in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office and then worked as a solo practitioner for seven years. In 1992, she became the Principal Court Attorney and Law Secretary to Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline W. Silbermann (now retired) who at that time was also Administrative Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York.

In 2000, Justice Bransten was inducted into the Hunter College Alumni Hall of Fame and presently serves on the Board of Directors of Fordham University Law School. She has also volunteered as a judge for moot-court and mock-trial programs at Columbia Law School, Fordham University School of Law School, the City Bar Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Justice Bransten and her husband, John Simpson--former Director of Constituent Services and Senior Affairs to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer--are long-time residents of Manhattan. They thoroughly enjoy traveling, reading books, going to the theater and spending time with their family: their two sons Richard and John, Richard’s wife Sarah and their grandchildren Brendan and Erin. For over two decades, she and her husband have volunteered at the Blessed Sacrament Soup Kitchen.


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