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Hon. P. Kevin Castel

United States District Court, Southern District of New York
District Judge
New York, NY, USA

P. Kevin Castel entered service as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York (“S.D.N.Y.”) on November 4, 2003, following nomination by President George W. Bush and confirmation by the Senate.

He received his B.S. and J.D. degrees from St. John’s University.  In law school, he was a St. Thomas More Scholar and Articles Editor of the Law Review.  Judge Castel served as law clerk to the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy, United States District Judge, S.D.N.Y.  Today, the two are colleagues on that court.

Following the clerkship, he began as an associate at the firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel and became a partner of that firm in 1983. He remained with the firm until taking the bench, serving for a time as the firm’s co-administrative partner.  He practiced in the field of commercial litigation, including securities, antitrust, employment and products liability law.

Judge Castel is former President of the Federal Bar Council. He also is a former Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association and a former member of that Association’s House of Delegates.  He served on the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics and its Council on Judicial Administration.

While in private practice, he served for twelve years as a Court-appointed member of the De-partmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department.  For nine years, he served as a volunteer mediator in the court-annexed program in the S.D.N.Y.  Presently, Judge Castel serves as Chair of the S.D.N.Y.’s Grievance Committee, its lawyer-disciplinary body.  He also teaches as an adjunct professor in the field of Professional Responsibility at NYU School of Law.

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society. He is a Fellow of the American and New York Bar Foundations and serves on the Board of Managers of the Havens So-ciety Relief Fund. He is a member of the American Law Institute.   Prior to taking the bench, he was listed in Best Lawyers in America (2001-2002) and the Chambers Directories (Global 2003) and (U.S. 2003-04).  He served as President of the St. John’s Law Alumni Association (2006-07).  St. John’s University has conferred upon him the President’s Medal (2000) and an honorary Doctor of Laws (2004).   He received the Robert L. Haig Award from the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association (2008) and the John E. Sprizzo Award from the Manhattan Chapter of the St. John’s Law Alumni.

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