Judge Profile

Bruce M. Balter

Judicial Experience:

  • Acting Surrogate, Kings County Surrogate's Court
  • Justice, Supreme Court, Elected, 2004 to 2018
  • Judge, Family Court of the City of New York, Appointed.
  • Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County, Elected.

Other Professional Experience:

  • Court Attorney-Referee, Surrogate's Court, Kings County


  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School
  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Brooklyn College

Admission to the Bar:

  • N.Y.S., Appellate Division, Second Department
  • United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • "Recent Estate Decisions", Brooklyn Barrister, Brooklyn Bar Association
  • "Comparing Two Opinions on Municipal Liability", New York Law Journal, "Outside Counsel"
  • "New Courthouse Helps Community", New York Law Journal, "Perspective"
  • "A Judge Reports on Jury Service", New York Law Journal, "Perspective"
  • "Article 4 and 5, Changes to the E.P.T.L., Brooklyn Barrister, Brooklyn Bar Association

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Chair, Surrogate's Court Committee, Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Chair, Criminal Court and Procedure Committee, Brooklyn Bar Association
Profile provided by the New York State Office of Court Administration.