Luis A. Gonzalez (judge)

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Luis A. Gonzalez
Presiding Justice of the First Judicial Department
Assumed office
2009
Appointed by David Paterson
Preceded by Peter Tom
Associate Justice of the First Judicial Department
In office
2002–2009
Appointed by George E. Pataki
Justice on the New York Supreme Court, 12th Judicial District
In office
1992–2002
Judge on the New York City Civil Court
In office
1985–1992
General Counsel for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
In office
1978–1980
Personal details
Born Manati, Puerto Rico
Alma mater Eastern Mennonite University
Columbia Law School

Luis A. Gonzalez is the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Manati, Puerto Rico and raised in Hell's Kitchen in a family of seven. His father had been a carpenter in Puerto Rico and worked in a candy factory in New York. His mother was a homemaker. He is a 1968 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and a 1975 graduate of Columbia Law School.

Legal career[edit]

He was General Counsel for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico from 1978 to 1980. He served on the New York City Civil Court as Housing Court Judge from 1985 to 1986 and a Civil Court Judge from 1987 to 1992. He was a New York Supreme Court Justice, 12th Judicial District, from 1992 to 2002. He was designated a Justice for the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department by Governor George E. Pataki in 2002 and Presiding Justice of that court in 2009 by Governor David Paterson. He was the first person of Puerto Rican descent to hold the position of Presiding Justice.[2] A NY Post investigation found Judge Gonzalez guilty of Nepotism and Bankrupting the appellate division but the committee on judicial conduct declined to prosecute

References[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Peter Tom
Presiding Justice of the First Judicial Department
2009–present
Incumbent