Rosalyn Richter

Rosalyn Richter

Senior Counsel

Judge Rosalyn Richter brings a wealth of experience to her practice. Prior to joining the firm, Judge Richter served as an Associate Justice in the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, First Department, a position to which she was appointed in 2009. She began her career as Executive Director for Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund before joining the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office in the Appeals Bureau. Judge Richter was appointed as Administrative Law Judge, New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. During the next two decades, she served on various courts in New York, including as Criminal Court Judge, New York County; Deputy Supervising Judge, Acting Supreme Court Judge, and Supervising Judge, Bronx Criminal Court; Supreme Court Judge, New York County, Criminal Term; and Supreme Court Judge, New York County, Civil Term.

In her roles on the bench and in academia, Judge Richter is regarded as a leader in the LGBTQ community and has been particularly involved in establishing equal protection and ensuring civil rights. Judge Richter has received the Dan Bradley Award, the national LGBT Bar Association's highest honor, in recognition of her pathbreaking legacy of service. She has received awards for her service, including the Diversity Champion Award from the New York City Bar Association and an award for Advancement of Judicial Diversity from the New York State Bar Association.

An Adjunct professor at Columbia Law School where she teaches a seminar titled "Access to Justice," Judge Richter has also established an externship through the law school in partnership with Sanctuary for Families to represent victims of domestic violence. She is a faculty member at the NYU Institute of Judicial Administration training program for new federal and state appellate judges. She has also taught at Brooklyn and New York Law School, and sat as judge in numerous national and local bar association moot courts.


Dan Bradley Award
The national LGBT Bar Association's highest honor
Benjamin Cardozo Award
Jewish Lawyers Guild
Ruth G. Schapiro Award

New York State Bar Association


  • JD, Brooklyn Law School
  • BA, Barnard College
  • New York
  • Member, New York Chief Judge’s Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children
  • Chair and Founding Member, New York State Courts Advisory Committee on Access for People with Disabilities
  • Former Member, New York Commercial Division Advisory Committee 
  • Northeastern Law School, Center for Health Policy & Law, Advisory Board Salus Populi: Educating the Judiciary about the Social Determinants of Health

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