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Judge Profile

Valerie Brathwaite Nelson

Judicial Experience:

  • Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department, Appointed (Feb. 18, 2016) by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 2016 to Present
  • Justice, Supreme Court, Queens County, Elected, 2005 to 2018
  • Judge, New York City Civil Court, Queens County, Elected

Other Professional Experience:

  • Attorney, Private Practice of Law, 1989 to 1999
  • Attorney, NYS Senate Staff
  • Attorney, National Labor Relations Board
  • Law Clerk, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, U.S. House of Representatives


  • J.D., George Washington University
  • B.A., Syracuse University

Admission to the Bar:

  • NYS, Appellate Division, Second Department, 1979
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Member, Queens County Bar Association
  • Member, Queens County Women's Bar Association
  • Member, Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • Member, Judicial Friends
  • Member, National Association of Women Judges
Profile provided by the New York State Office of Court Administration.