Former United States District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin is a member of the Litigation Practice Group at Stroock, Stroock & Lavan LLP and serves as an arbitrator/mediator under the auspices of JAMS. She was appointed to the bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton and has presided over numerous criminal and civil cases during her 22-year tenure with the Southern District of New York.
Judge Scheindlin presided over a number of high profile cases, many of which advanced important new positions in the common law. She is also known for presiding over complex and highly-publicized cases involving civil rights and public policy including Newton v. City of New York, Floyd v. City of New York, Peoples v. Fischer, Casale v. Kelly and Brown v. Kelly, Finch v. New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and many others. Among many important cases, her opinions in electronic case management are recognized as case law landmarks, and she is the coauthor of the first casebook on electronic discovery.
Judge Scheindlin previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York and General Counsel for the New York City Department of Investigation. Earlier in her career she spent many years in private practice.
Judge Scheindlin is a frequently published author and lecturer and has been an adjunct professor for more than 30 years, teaching at Brooklyn and Cardozo Law Schools. She has also served on several committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is a former chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.