Hon. Marsha L. Steinhardt is a graduate of Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Law School. Judge Steinhardt spent her formative years in Brooklyn. Her first full time employment was a thirteen year position in the Torts Division of the New York City Transit Authority. From there the Judge became a Law Secretary in the Civil Court, Kings County to the Hon. John R. Cannizzaro. After three and one half years later Judge Steinhardt took the position of Principal Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Vincent Pizzuto in a Medical Malpractice Part. Judge Steinhardt was one of three successful candidates for the position of Civil Court Judge in 1990. Her first three years in the Civil court were spent, by designation, as a Judge of the Criminal Court, excelling at disposing of cases. Elected as a Justice of the Supreme Court in 1994, the judge is currently serving her second term. She served in the Appellate Term, 2nd, 11th, and 13th Judicial Districts from 2008 until 2011 while continuing her duties on the trial bench.
Judge Steinhardt has served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Public Library (1997-2000), President of the Association of Supreme Court Judges of the State of New York (2007) and is presently the Presiding Member-Elect of the Judicial Section of the New York State Bar Association. She also serves as a Trustee of the Kings County Supreme Court Library and is a member of the Statewide Judges' Bench Book Committee. In June she will begin her role as President of the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association. Judge Steinhardt is pleased to be a Founding Master of the Nathan R. Sobel - Kings County American Inn of Court, and to have served as the groups' third president.
Judge Steinhardt is an author of several articles published in the New York Law Journal as well as a recipient of awards from the Jewish Lawyers Guild, Catholic Lawyer's Guild, Brooklyn Bar Association, Association of Law Secretaries and the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association.