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Hon. A. Kathleen Tomlinson

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States Magistrate Judge
Central Islip, NY, USA


Kathleen Tomlinson is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York, having been appointed to that position by the Eastern District Board of Judges in February 2006. She received a B.A. magna cum laude from Rutgers University and an M.A. in English and American Literature from Long Island University. Prior to receiving her law degree, Judge Tomlinson served L.I.U. for 14 years as an academic administrator and rose to the position of Assistant University Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences with responsibilities spanning the six campuses of L.I.U. While at L.I.U., Judge Tomlinson also served as an adjunct faculty member in the English Department.    

 Upon graduation from St. John's University Law School, Judge Tomlinson worked as a staff attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the Nassau County Legal Aid Society. She then served as a federal law clerk to United States District Judge Arthur D. Spatt. Thereafter, Judge Tomlinson entered private practice at Farrell Fritz, P.C. in Uniondale, New York and became a partner of the firm in 1998. Her practice concentrated in complex litigation, labor and employment law, white collar defense and civil rights litigation in the state and federal trial and appellate courts. Judge Tomlinson is a frequent author and lecturer on labor relations and employment matters as well as other federal practice issues. She has created and produced regional conferences dealing with cutting-edge workplace concerns such as multicultural diversity, glass ceiling and workplace violence issues.

 In addition to her prior service as a Director of the Nassau County Bar Association, Judge Tomlinson served on the board of directors of the Long Island Fund For Women and Girls. She previously served as counsel to the Eastern District's Board of Judges Grievance Committee and the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the District. Judge Tomlinson has been honored as one of the "Top 50 Women in Business" by Long Island Business News, was twice named as one of the "Top Ten Leaders in Employment Law" by Digital Press International and received the "Outstretched Hands of Justice" Award from the Suffolk County Bar Foundation and Nassau Suffolk Law Services for her pro bono work while at Farrell Fritz.

 Judge Tomlinson is a member of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, the Federal Bar Council, the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association and  the New York State Bar Association where she continues to serve on the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section's Committee on Professionalism. She has previously served as a member of the Labor and Employment Law and Federal Courts Committees of the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations.

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