Biography

Judge Czygier has been the Surrogate of Suffolk County since May 2001, after twenty-five years of trial practice in the New York metropolitan area.  He was awarded an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, has served as a Mental Hygiene Law Article 81 Court Examiner for New York and Suffolk Counties, and was counsel to the Public Administrator of Suffolk County. 

Judge Czygier is currently the only sitting Surrogate in New York State who is a Judicial Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  He is also a member and past president of the Surrogate’s Association of the State of New York.

In addition, Judge Czygier has served as a member of the Surrogate’s Court Advisory Committee to the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of the State of New York since 1999 and has been a member of the EPTL-SCPA Legislative Advisory Committee.  In 2009, he was appointed Chair of The Administrative Board for the Offices of the Public Administrator.  He has written for Warren’s Heaton on Surrogate’s Courts, the New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Newsletter, the New York Law Journal, and the New York State Bar Association Journal.