Judge Nina Gershon entered on duty as a United Stated District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York in August 1996. From 1976 until her appointment to the Eastern District bench, Judge Gershon was a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York and served as that District's first Chief Magistrate Judge for a two-year term beginning in 1992. Judge Gershon received a B.A. degree with Honors in English from Cornell University in 1962 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1965. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics/Hampstead Clinic during 1965-66.
From 1966 to 1968, Judge Gershon was an attorney at the Appellate Division, First Department's Mental Health Information Service. From 1968 until 1976, with the exception of the academic year 1969-70, when she taught at the University of California, San Diego, she was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York. She served in the Appeals Division as an assistant and then Chief of Federal Appeals from 1968 through 1975, when she became Chief of the Consumer Protection Division. In 1995, she received the Corporation Counsel's Award for Distinguished Service. In 1997, she received the New York State Bar Association's Haig Award for Distinguished Public Service, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. In 2006, Judge Gershon received the Founders Award from the Federal Magistrate Judges Association.
From 1986 to 1988, Judge Gershon was an adjunct professor of law at Cardozo School of Law. Judge Gershon was Chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System.