Judge Profile

Karen S. Smith

Judicial Experience:

  • Acting Justice, Supreme Court, New York County, Civil, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, 2004 to Present
  • Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, New York County, Elected, 1996 to 2016

Other Professional Experience:

  • Real Estate Finance Bureau-Enforcement, New York State Attorney General, 1984 to 1995
  • Associate General Counsel, District Council 37 AFSCME, 1976 to 1983


  • J.D., Catholic University Law School, 1975
  • B.A., Reed College, 1970

Admission to the Bar:

  • NYS, Appellate Division, First Department, 1977
  • District of Columbia, Court of Appeals, 1976

Judges Practice:

  • Individual Judges' Rules Non Commercial Division
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