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Biography of Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich


Justice KornreichJUSTICE SHIRLEY WERNER KORNREICH is a graduate of New York University (Phi Beta Kappa) and New York University School of Law (1975).

She worked as an appellate attorney for The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, in both Nassau County and New York County, arguing cases in the Appellate Divisions, First and Second Departments, and the New York Court of Appeals. From October 1986 to November 1987, she was a trial lawyer with The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, New York County and, subsequently, worked as Principal Law Assistant to Justice Ira R. Globerman in Bronx Supreme Court, Criminal Division.

Justice Kornreich was elected to the Civil Court in 1994, to a term beginning in January 1995. She was appointed as an Acting Supreme Court Justice in January 2002 and sat in an Individual Assignment Part until her appointment to the Commercial Division in March 2009. In addition to the IA Part, Justice Kornreich was appointed to Complex Litigation, overseeing and trying mass torts. She continues to oversee a mass tort docket.

Justice Kornreich is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association, the Jewish Lawyers Guild and Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA). She is a past officer and co-president of JALBCA and sits on its Board of Directors.

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