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Biography of Justice Lawrence K. Marks

Justice MarksJudge Lawrence K. Marks was appointed to the Court of Claims by then-Governor David Paterson in 2009; he was re-appointed to that position in 2015 by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Judge Marks has been a Commercial Division judge since January 2011, sitting first in Nassau County, and since 2012, in New York County.

In addition to presiding over an active commercial part, Judge Marks is the Chief Administrative Judge of the New York State court system. As Chief Administrative Judge, he oversees the day-to-day administration and operation of the statewide court system, with a budget of over $2.5 billion, 3,600 state and local judges and 15,000
nonjudicial employees in over 300 locations across the state. He previously served as the First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, Administrative Director of the Office of Court Administration, Special Counsel to the Chief Administrative Judge and OCA’s Deputy Counsel for Criminal Justice.

Prior to joining the court system, he was a senior supervising attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York City, a litigation associate with Hughes Hubbard & Reed and a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Thomas C. Platt.

Judge Marks is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany (magna cum laude) and Cornell Law School (cum laude), where he was an editor of the law review.

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