Judge Profile

Debra A. James

Judicial Experience:

  • Acting Justice, Supreme Court, New York County, Civil, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, 2002 to Present
  • Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, New York County, first term, 1995-2004; present term, 2005 to 2014

Other Professional Experience:

  • General Counsel, Roosevelt Island Operating Corp., 1986 to 1994
  • Associate Counsel, State of N.Y. Mortgage Agency Loan Enforcement and Adm. Corp., 1985 to 1986
  • Associate Counsel, NYS Mortgage Loan, 1983 to 1985
  • Assistant. Corporation Counsel, Law Dept., City of New York, 1979 to 1983


  • JD, Cornell Law School, 1978
  • Cornell University, 1975

Admission to the Bar:

  • NYS, Appellate Division, First Department, 1979

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Chair, Minorities in the Courts Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2005 - 2008
  • Chair, Women in Prison Committee, National Association of Women Judges, (New York District 2), 2008 - present
  • Member, House of Delegates, New York State Bar Association (NYCBA Representative), 2008 - present
  • Member, Executive Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2010 - present

Judges Practice:

  • Individual Judges' Rules Non Commercial Division
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