William Francis Kuntz, II (born 1950) is a
United States District Judge on the United
States District Court for the Eastern
District of New York. The United States
Senate unanimously confirmed him on
October 3, 2011. He received his judicial
commission on October 4, 2011.
Early Life and Education
Born in New York, New York, Judge Kuntz earned an A.B. in 1972 from Harvard College.
He then earned an A.M. in 1974 and a Ph.D.
in 1979 from Harvard University and a law
degree in 1977 from Harvard Law School.
From 1978 until 1986, Judge Kuntz was an associate in the New York law firm Shearman & Sterling. From 1986 until 1994, Judge Kuntz was a partner in the New York law firm Milgrim Thomajan Jacobs & Lee, and from 1994 until 2001, Judge Kuntz was a partner in the New York law firm Seward & Kissel. From 2001 until 2004, he was a partner in the New York office of the Canadian law firm Torys LLP, and from 2004 until 2005, he was counsel at the New York law firm Constantine & Cannon.
From 2005 until becoming a federal judge, Judge Kuntz was a partner in the New York office of the law firm Baker Hostetler. His specialty is commercial and labor litigation. He was elected to the Practising Law Institute Board of Trustees in 1996, becoming Chair of the Executive committee in 2006. He has served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He was the longest standing member of the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
Nomination to Federal District Court
On March 9, 2011, President Obama nominated Judge Kuntz to fill a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, which became vacant when Judge Nina Gershon took senior status in 2008.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Assumed office October 4, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Nina Gershon
Born 1950, New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University
The United States Senate confirmed Judge Kuntz by unanimous
consent on October 3, 2011. He received his judicial commission
the following day.