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Hon. Melvin L. Schweitzer has joined Liddle & Robinson as Counsel after serving ten years on the New York State bench as Acting Supreme Court Justice (Commercial Division, Manhattan) handling complex commercial cases, and Judge of the New York State Court of Claims. Justice Schweitzer was appointed by Governor George E. Pataki and reappointed by Governor David Patterson. In both instances, he was confirmed by the New York State Senate.

Justice Schweitzer received his B.A. with Honors from New York University and his J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law where he was a member of the National Moot Court Team.

Prior to his judicial service, Justice Schweitzer was a lawyer in private practice for 35 years, 30 of them with the prominent law firm of Rogers & Wells in New York City, now known as Clifford Chance (USA). During that time his practice focused on corporate, public finance and securities law as a senior partner. He represented virtually all of the money center banks as underwriter’s counsel in bond offerings for such issuers as The City of New York (including the period 1975-1982 during the City’s fiscal crisis), the State of New York, New York colleges and universities, and other city and state issuers around the country. He acted as principal outside securities counsel for one of the largest advertising companies in the world. He also acted as counsel to the New York State Superintendent of Insurance in the liquidation a major property and casualty insurance company.

Throughout his years at Rogers & Wells he also was called upon for assignments in government and politics. He served as Counsel and Law Chairman of the New York State Democratic Party from 1975-1985 during which time he was a recognized expert on the Presidential nominating rules of the National Democratic Party and he represented Democratic Party Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine A. Ferraro, the first woman to run on a national party ticket in the 1984 presidential election.

In 1993, Governor Mario M. Cuomo appointed him to the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where he served a six-year term after being confirmed by the New York State Senate. He was Vice Chair of the Authority’s Audit Committee, and a member of the Finance and Operations Committees. Justice Schweitzer also was a member of the Governor’s Advisory Panel on New York’s Financial Services Industry, and Co-Chair of a Task Force on Pension Fund Obligations for the New York City Comptroller.

Justice Schweitzer currently serves on the Board of Trustees and as Vice President of the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City. He is also a long-standing member of the Metropolitan Opera Club. He is affiliated with the American Arbitration Association and is a member of the New York City and New York State Bar Associations.

Hon. Melvin L. Schweitzer


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