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Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis

Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis

United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
Senior United States District Judge
Brooklyn, NY, USA


Nicholas G. Garaufis is a Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Judge Garaufis took office on August 28, 2000 and sits in Brooklyn, New York. He was appointed by President Clinton on the recommendation of United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Immediately prior to his appointment, Judge Garaufis served for more than five years as the Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C., overseeing a staff of 200 attorneys.

Judge Garaufis began his legal career in 1974 as an associate of Chadbourne & Parke. In 1975, he was appointed as an Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Attorney General's office under Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz. From 1986 to 1995, Judge Garaufis served as Counsel to Queens Borough President Claire Shulman in New York City. He also has practiced law privately in Queens County, New York.

After receiving his B.A. from Columbia College in 1969, Judge Garaufis taught in the New York City public schools. In 1974, he received his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.
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