Judge Profile

Jonathan Lippman

Judicial Experience:

  • Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals, Appointed (January 2009) by Governor David A. Paterson to 2015
  • Chief Administrative Judge, All New York State Courts, January 1996 to May 2007
  • Presiding Justice, Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Department, Appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer
  • Justice of the Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District, Elected (2005)
  • Judge, New York Court of Claims, Appointed (1995) by Governor George Pataki

Other Professional Experience:

  • Entry level court attorney, Supreme Court in Manhattan

Biographical Data:

  • Chief Judge Lippman was born in New York City in 1945. Chief Judge Lippman is a product of the New York City public school system. He and his wife, Amy, live in New York City and Rye Brook and have two children, both of whom are practicing attorneys.


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1968
  • B.A(Government and International Relations), New York University, 1965

Admission to the Bar:

  • 1968


  • Judicial branch leadership, independence and innovation

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Member, Conference of Chief Justices
  • Former President, Conference of State Court Administrators
  • Former Vice-Chair, Board of the National Center for State Courts
  • William H. Rehnquist Award, Judicial Excellence from the National Center for State Courts
  • Cyrus R. Vance Tribute, Fund for Modern Courts
  • Graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude, New York University

Individual Part Rules:

Judges Practice:

  • Rules of the Chief Judge