♦ SUNY at Stony Brook (B.A., 1972)
♦ Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1975)
Scott M. Karson graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook and Syracuse University College of Law (cum laude), where he was the Senior Survey Editor of the Syracuse Law Review. He served as an Assistant District Attorney of Suffolk County and, thereafter, as principal law clerk to Justice Lawrence J. Bracken of the Appellate Division, Second Department. Since joining our firm in 1987, Mr. Karson has concentrated his practice on appellate matters, and has argued in excess of 100 appeals in state and federal appellate courts. He also handles municipal, civil rights, commercial, land use and real property title and personal injury litigation. He is the Chair of the Firm’s Professional Ethics Committee and Litigation Committee. He is a sustaining member and past President of the Suffolk County Bar Association (2004-05). Mr. Karson previously served as Chair of the SCBA’s Appellate Practice, Judicial Screening, Bylaws Revision, Nominating and Legislative Review Committees. Mr. Karson is the recipient of the SCBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, President’s and Directors’ Awards and numerous SCBA Awards of Recognition. He served as Managing Director of the Suffolk County Bar Pro Bono Foundation and is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc. He is the former Vice President of the Suffolk Academy of Law and has frequently lectured for the Academy, as well as the New York State Bar Association, on appellate practice. Mr. Karson is the Treasurer of the New York State Bar Association and former Vice President of the NYSBA for the Tenth Judicial District. He is a member of the NYSBA Executive Committee and House of Delegates. He is former Chair of the NYSBA Audit Committee, a member and former Chair of the NYSBA Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction, a member of the NYSBA President’s Committee on Access to Justice, the NYSBA Finance Committee and the NYSBA Committee to Review Judicial Nominations. He was a member-at-large of the Executive Council of the former New York Conference of Bar Leaders. He is a Life Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. He is also a member of the ABA Judicial Division Appellate Judges Conference Council of Appellate Lawyers. Mr. Karson has received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was selected to appear in the New York Super Lawyers® Metro Edition in the area of Appellate Counsel from 2008-2018. Mr. Karson is admitted to the New York Bar, the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of the Armed Forces, U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Supreme Court.