Scott M. Karson

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PHONE:

631-694-2300

 

EMAIL:

smk@lambbarnosky.com

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EDUCATION:

♦  SUNY at Stony Brook (B.A., 1972)

♦  Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1975)

 

BAR ADMISSIONS:

New York

 

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • 2018 – Suffolk County Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2005-2018 – Super Lawyer
  • 2015 – Long Island Business News Leadership in Law Award
  • 2013 – Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center 2013 Long Island Public Interest & Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award
  • 1996, 2011 – Suffolk County Bar Association President’s Awards
  • 2014, 2009, 1989  – Suffolk County Bar Association Directors’ Awards
  • 2010-2013 – Long Island Pulse Magazine Legal Eagle
  • 2005 – Suffolk County Bar Association Leadership Award
  • 2005 – Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition Award of Recognition
  • 2004 – Touro Law Center Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • 2004 – Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee Partner in Justice Award
  • 1994 – Suffolk County Bar Association Presidential Award of Merit (as Chair of the Judicial Screening Task Force)
  • 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991 & 1992 – Suffolk County Bar Association Awards of Recognition

ORGANIZATIONS & COMMITTEES

  • 2019 President-Elect, New York Bar Association
  • 2016 – ___ – Treasurer, New York State Bar Association
  • 2004-2005 – Chair of the Firm’s Professional Ethics Committee and Litigation Committee
  • Sustaining member and past President of the Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Serves on the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Nominating Committee, Appellate Practice Committee and Leadership Development Committee.
  • Former Chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice, Judicial Screening, Bylaws Revision and Legislative Review Committees
  • Former Managing Director of the Suffolk County Bar Pro Bono Foundation
  • Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc. 
  • Former Vice President of the Suffolk Academy of Law
  • Treasurer-Elect, New York Bar Association
  • Former Vice President of the New York State Bar Association for the Tenth Judicial District
  • Member: New York State Bar Association Executive Committee and House of Delegates
  • Former Chair of the New York State Bar Association Audit Committee
  • Member and former Chair: New York State Bar Association Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction
  • Member: New York State Bar Association President’s Committee on Access to Justice
  • Member: New York State Bar Association Leadership Development Committee
  • Member: New York State Bar Association Committee to Review Judicial Nominations
  • Former member-at-large of the Executive Council of the New York Conference of Bar Leaders
  • Life Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Member: American Bar Association House of Delegates
  • Member: American Bar Association Judicial Division Appellate Judges Conference Council of Appellate Lawyers

PRESENTATIONS

  • 10.26.2105:  Host, Presentation by Hon. Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals
  • 04.24.2014:  Host, Perspectives on Lawyers & Lawyering with Hon. Eugene Pigott, Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals
  • 03.29.2014-04.02.2014:  Faculty, New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy 
  • 11.14.2013-11.17.2013:  Lecturer, Ethics on Appeal, 2013 ABA Appellate Judges Education Institute
  • 05.09.2013:  Lecturer, Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in New York State Courts
  • 03.20.2013-03.24.2013:  Faculty, New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy
  • 11.15.2012-11.18.2012:  Lecturer, Ethics on Appeal, 2012 ABA Appellate Judges Education Institute 
  • 11.10.2011-11.13.2011:  Lecturer, Ethics on Appeal, 2011 ABA Appellate Judges Education Institute 
  • 05.18.2010:  Moderator & Speaker, Meet the Justices of the Appellate Division, Second Department
  • 11.05.2009:  Lecturer, New York Appellate Practice
  • 11.08.2007:  Lecturer, New York Appellate Practice
  • 09.10.2004:  Host, Why Lincoln Matters by New York State Governor Mario M. Cuomo
  • 11.07.2003:  Moderator & Lecturer, New York Appellate Practice
  • 03.07.2002:  Lecturer, Article 78 Proceedings
  • 12.05.2001:  Moderator & Lecturer, New York Appellate Practice
  • 10.28.1999:  Moderator & Lecturer, New York Appellate Practice
  • 03.24.1999:  Lecturer, Appellate Practice (Preserving the Record, Brief Writing & Oral Argument)

PRACTICE AREAS:

Appellate Practice (Litigation)Education, Land Use, Planning and ZoningMunicipal

 

Scott M. Karson is the President Elect of the New York State Bar Association, and will become President of NYSBA on June 1, 2020.  Scott will be the fourth NYSBA President to have previously served as President of the Suffolk County Bar Association (the others being Bernard J. Reilly, John P. Bracken and Joshua M. Pruzansky).  Scott served as President of the SCBA in 2004-05.

 

Scott 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 the late Associate Justice Lawrence J. Bracken of the Appellate Division, Second Department.  Scott joined Lamb & Barnosky, LLP in 1987.  He concentrates his practice on appellate matters, and has argued more than 100 appeals in state and federal appellate courts. He also handles municipal, civil rights, commercial, personal injury defense, land use and real property title litigation. He is the Chair of the Firm’s Professional Ethics Committee and Litigation Committee.

 

Scott is a sustaining member of NYSBA, and his prior service to NYSBA includes three one-year terms as Treasurer, and one three-year term as Vice President for the Tenth Judicial District. He is a member of the NYSBA Executive Committee and Chair of the NYSBA 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, Co-Chair of the NYSBA President’s Committee on Access to Justice, Co-Chair of the NYSBA Task Force on Incarceration Release Planning and Programs, a member of 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.

 

Scott is also a sustaining member of the Suffolk County Bar Association.  In addition to being a former SCBA President, he served as Chair of the SCBA’s Appellate Practice, Judicial Screening, Bylaws Revision, Nominating and Legislative Review Committees. Scott 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 NYSBA, on appellate practice.

 

Scott 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.

 

Scott has earned 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 2008-2019.

 

He 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.

 

 

A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

 

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