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"Justice Douglas McKeon"


Justice Douglas McKeon is the Administrative Judge for Civil Matters for the 12th Judicial District (Bronx) and is the Statewide Coordinator for Medical Malpractice Matters. In 2013, he also served as Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, during which a Veterans Court was established and a significant reduction of aged cases was achieved.

Previously, Justice McKeon served as Presiding Justice of the Appellate Term for the First Department. Born, raised and living in the Bronx, Justice McKeon graduated from Lehman College and New York Law School, where he attended the evening division while working full time. He was a law clerk to United States District Judges Richard A. Levet and Charles Haight. His late father, Edwin McKeon, was Chief Clerk of the Bronx Civil Court.

As a New York State Supreme Court Justice, he has handled high profile cases, including, most recently, the resolution of the Alex Rodriguez medical malpractice action against the Yankees team doctor. He presided over the settlement of civil claims by Nafissatou Diallo against the former French diplomat, Dominique Strauss Kahn. He also negotiated the settlement of the Happy Land fire case, the single largest mass disaster suit resolved in a state court. Justice McKeon was named Winner of the Week by the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS for his compassionate handling of the Teron Francis case, the tragic story of a youngster on life support with whom Justice McKeon spent three nights at Montefiore Hospital. He helped to draft the successful application for an AHRQ grant from the Obama administration to expand the court system's judge, directed medical malpractice negotiation program in New York City.

Justice McKeon served as Associate Counsel to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, New York City Tax Commissioner and Judge of the Civil Court prior to his election as Justice of the Supreme Court in 1989. While a Justice, he served as a member of the New York State Judicial Conference and was Acting Surrogate of Bronx County.

Prior to his ascension to the bench, Justice McKeon enjoyed a distinguished career as a trial and appellate lawyer. He tried significant cases in the state and federal courts and argued before the New York State Court of Appeals, Appellate Division for the First and Second Departments and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating attainable by a lawyer. Justice McKeon is a frequent lecturer before bar associations and is the coauthor of a two-volume work entitled Personal Injury in New York for West Publications. Justice McKeon is an Adjunct Professor at the Fordham University School of Law.

Justice McKeon is married to Zalena McKeon. They have three daughters and two Granddaughters.