Judge Profile

H. Patrick Leis III

Judicial Experience:

  • District Administrative Judge, Suffolk County Administrative Judge's Office, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge, Jonathan Lippman, 2003 to 2011
  • Presiding Justice, Model Guardianship Part, Appointed by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, 2005 to Present
  • Presiding Justice, Integrated DV Court, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, 2002 to 2003
  • Supervising Justice, Dedicated Matrimonial Part, Appointed by District Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti, 2001 to 2003
  • Presiding Justice, Guardianship Part, Appointed by Hon. Guy Mangano, 1997 to 2000
  • Justice, Supreme Court, Suffolk County, Elected, 1996 to 2009; Re-elected, 2010 to 2023
  • Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Suffolk County, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge, 1988 to 1995
  • Judge, County Court, Suffolk County, Elected, 1988 to 1995
  • Judge, Family Court, Suffolk County, Elected, 1986 to 1987

Other Professional Experience:

  • Bureau Chief - District Court Bureau, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, 1975 to 1985
  • Assistant District Attorney, Kings County District Attorney's Office, 1971 to 1975
  • Deputy Bureau Chief, District Court & Rackets Bureaus
  • Principal Assistant District Attorney, District Court & Rackets Bureaus
  • Cross-Designated Assistant US Attorney, Eastern District Stike Force


  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1971
  • B.A., Wagner College, 1968

Admission to the Bar:

  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 1980
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1974
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 1974
  • NYS, Appellate Division, Second Department, 1972


  • Guardianship Practice in New York State, New York State Bar Association, Contributing Author
  • The Model Guardianship Part, New York State Bar Association Journal, June, 2006

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Co-Chair, Guardianship Task Force for the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department
  • Faculty Instructor, Hofstra Law School, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Adjunct Professor, Touro Law Center
  • Lecturer, Suffolk County Bar Association's Academy of Law
  • Former Co-Chair, Suffolk County Bar Association Bench Bar Committee and District Court Committee
  • Past Member, Board of Directors of Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Suffolk County Community Mediation
Profile provided by the New York State Office of Court Administration.