January 28, 2009


Well-respected judge honored for excellence in commercial law

NEW YORK-United States District Court Judge Loretta A. Preska will receive the Stanley H. Fuld Award today at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association. The award is an annual honor presented by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. Judge Preska is a judge in the Southern District of New York, and she is currently a nominee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

"Throughout her distinguished career, Judge Preska has made many valuable contributions to commercial law as both a litigator and jurist. Her record of excellence is one that all lawyers aspire to achieve," said Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Chair Peter Brown of New York(Baker & Hostetler LLP). "It is an honor to present this most prestigious award to her."

Preska has served as a United States District Court Judge since 1992. During her tenure, she has written opinions on a wide range of complex issues. Prior to her judicial appointment, she was a partner of Hertzog, Calamari & Gleason.

Preska currently chairs the Second Circuit Federal-State-Judicial Council. She previously served as a member of the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Preska received her undergraduate degree from the College of Saint Rose, and earned her law degree from the Fordham University School of Law. She received an LL.M. in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law.

The Fuld Award is named for the late Chief Judge Stanley H. Fuld, who also served on the New York State Court of Appeals from 1946 to 1973. The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the development of commercial law and jurisprudence in New York. Hon. P. Kevin Castel of New York(United States District Court for the Southern District of New York) will present the award to Judge Preska.

Previous award recipients include: Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt, Retired, Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals; Hon. Lewis A. Kaplan, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York; the New York State Commercial Division Judges; Hon. Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court Justice; and Hon. Judith S. Kaye, Retired, Chief Judge of the State of New York.

Founded in 1988, the 2,600-member Commercial & Federal Litigation Section strives to improve the quality of representation of commercial clients in litigation matters, provides a forum for the improvement of law and procedure in the areas of commercial and federal litigation, and enhances the administration of justice.

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New Yorkand the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.