Cadwalader’s Kathy Chin Named Candidate For New York Court of Appeals

Dec 10, 2014

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading counselor to global financial institutions and corporations, confirmed that Kathy H. Chin, a partner in the firm’s health care and litigation groups, is among seven candidates recommended by the State Commission on Judicial Nomination to Governor Cuomo for the opening that will occur when Associate Judge Robert S. Smith retires from the New York Court of Appeals at the end of the year. The governor is scheduled to select a nominee from the list between January 1 and January 5.

“We’re extremely proud of Kathy,” said Pat Quinn, Cadwalader’s Managing Partner-elect. “With her insight and experience, she would be an excellent choice for the court, and would continue Cadwalader’s long history of public service.”

Concentrating her practice in health care and real estate litigation, Chin has litigated cases involving air rights, zoning, leasehold valuation, mortgage foreclosure, employment discrimination, RICO claims and other commercial matters.

Chin is a member of the New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption, a position she has held since appointment by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in August of 2003. She is also a member of The Attorney Emeritus Advisory Council and The Commercial Division Advisory Council, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Medicare Rights Center, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing older adults and people with disabilities access to affordable health care.

Chin has been at Cadwalader since her graduation from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. She graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University. Chin is admitted to practice in the State of New York; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States. She has appeared on the list submitted to the governor by the Commission once before, in 2012.

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