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Hon. Allen Hurkin-Torres (Ret.)


New York, NY, USA

Hon. Allen Hurkin-Torres (Ret.) is one of the more prolific mediators in the United States. Since joining JAMS, he has served as a neutral in over 2,100 mediations with an estimated $3 billion dollars in settlements.  During his time as Justice of the Second Department of the Supreme Court, Kings County, he is credited with more than 15,000 settlements.

Justice Hurkin-Torres is frequently retained as a mediator in high profile cases in New York. He currently serves as Special Master for litigation generated by the 2007 steam pipe explosion in Midtown Manhattan, an event that generated hundreds of claims including subrogation, business interruption, and catastrophic personal injury claims.  He also served as the mediator for the 91st Street crane collapse cases in New York City.  As a result, he is consistently voted as one of the top mediators in New York by the New York Law Journal’s Reader Rankings Survey.

As a presiding Judge in Kings County, he was responsible for managing one of the largest and most diverse caseloads in the country, including: all civil cases against the City of New York, the New York City Transit Authority, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Justice Hurkin-Torres’ commitment to case resolution and mediation while on the bench led to his appointment by the Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, to the “Feerick Commission” whose goal was to restore public confidence in the Judiciary. As one of 29 distinguished Commissioners, he was tasked with formulating a blueprint for reforming the laws governing the election of Judges in the State of New York.

In addition to his extensive judicial experience, Justice Hurkin-Torres brings a wealth of practical experience to commercial litigation. For example, his time in the residential and commercial real estate business, as the Chairman of a government-sponsored nonprofit organization, and his service as a member of the Board of Directors of an organization that provided management and financial advice to both new and distressed businesses operating in the nonprofit sector.  As well, during the late 1970's and early 1980's, Justice Hurkin-Torres worked in the music industry writing, producing and performing music.  He has negotiated contracts with Hewlett Packard, NBC, and iTunes for the rights to his music, which has been used by the Jay Leno Show and various international marketing campaigns.

Background and Education

  • Justice, Second Judicial District, Supreme Court, Kings County, NY, 2002-2010
  • Principal Law Clerk, Appellate Division First Department, New York State Unified Court System, 1999-2001
  • Law Clerk, Supreme Court, Kings County, NY, 1993-1999
  • Law Clerk, Civil Court (civil, criminal, and medical malpractice parts), Kings County, NY, 1992-1993
  • J.D., cum laude, Brooklyn Law School, NY, 1991
  • B.A., St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, 1987

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