Greenberg Traurig Welcomes Susan Phillips Read, Former Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals

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Former Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals Susan Phillips Read joined global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP following 12 years on the State’s highest court.

Former Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals Susan Phillips Read joined global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP following 12 years on the State’s highest court. She joins as of counsel in the firm’s Global Litigation Practice in the Albany and New York offices.

“Judge Read has written key opinions on a wide range of issues critical to our clients. When you combine this with her in-house and private practice experience, you have a winning combination that provides our team in New York, and firmwide, with focused insight to address key client needs,” said Alan Mansfield, who co-chairs Greenberg Traurig’s Global Litigation Practice.

“Judge Read is an important addition to our office. Her experience not only as a judge, but also in senior State government roles, reinforces our Albany office’s commitment to serving clients who interact with New York State. In addition, Judge Read maintains our strong tradition of giving back to the community. She has worked with many nonprofit organizations, most notably as chair of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center,” said Harold N. Iselin, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Albany office and co-chair of the firm’s Government Law & Policy Practice.

“Change is invigorating,” said Read. “Greenberg Traurig is my choice for a number of important reasons, including the firm’s outstanding reputation for delivering excellence to clients. I am thrilled to join my former colleague on the Court of Appeals, Judge Carmen Ciparick, and many other friends, and look forward to forging new relationships.”

From January 2003, when she was appointed by Governor George Pataki, until her retirement in August 2015, Read served as an Associate Judge in the New York State Court of Appeals. She was one of seven judges on New York's highest court. Read authored majority opinions addressing novel issues of employment and labor law; insurance law; tax law; toxic torts; environmental law; criminal law; and commercial law.

Earlier in her career, Read counseled clients on commercial matters and transactions and antitrust compliance; represented clients in grievance arbitrations and discrimination actions; conducted internal investigations; and, while in-house, supervised federal and state environmental litigation and negotiations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and various state environmental agencies.

From 1999 to 2002, Read was the Presiding Judge on the New York State Court of Claims. She had previously served as a Judge with the Court from 1998 to 1999, assigned to the New York City District. Read was Deputy Counsel to Governor George E. Pataki from 1995 through 1997. She was in private practice with Bond Schoeneck and King from 1988 to 1994, and previously, from 1997 to 1998, she was an in-house counsel at the General Electric Company in Schenectady and Waterford, NY, and Fairfield, CT.

Read is also experienced in not-for-profit governance. Since 2008, she has served as a director (and chair since 2012) of the board of directors of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the summer home of the New York City Ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and, since 2014, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Read is also a member of the board of trustees of The Historical Society of the New York Courts and Williamstown Theater Festival.

At Greenberg Traurig, Read joins former Senior Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, of counsel in the New York City office since 2013, after 19 years on the State’s highest court and 34 years on the bench. Greenberg Traurig is now the only firm in the State with two former judges from New York’s highest court.

Read received a J.D., having been named a Floyd R. Mechem Prize Scholar, from the University of Chicago Law School in 1972, and a B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board, from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, in 1969.

About Greenberg Traurig's Litigation Practice

Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Practice comprises more than 600 litigators across a global platform. The exceptionally broad practice serves both domestic and international clients in the following areas: antitrust and competition, appellate, commercial litigation, class actions, construction, eDiscovery and eRetention, environmental, FCPA and global anti-corruption, fiduciary litigation, financial services, IP litigation, international dispute resolution, labor and employment, media and entertainment, products liability including pharmaceutical and medical device and health care litigation, real estate litigation, securities and shareholder litigation, technology, trial practice, and white collar criminal defense.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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