Biography

The Hon. Erik S. Pitchal is a judge for the Family Court of the City of New York in Kings County. He was appointed to the bench by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2015 and re-appointed in 2017.

Pitchal was initially appointed to the Civil Court of the City of New York by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013 and Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014. Shortly after his first appointment, he was designated to the Family Court of the City of New York in Bronx County by Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti. He presided in that capacity until 2015.

Prior to his appointment, Pitchal began his legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Robert P. Patterson, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1998. The following year, after the conclusion of his clerkship, he joined the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society, where he worked as a staff attorney for three years.

Then, in 2002, Pitchal became a staff attorney for Children’s Rights. Three years later, Pitchal pursued a career in higher education. He worked as the Director of Fordham University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Family and Child Advocacy (2005 to 2007) and the Founder of the Suffolk University Child Advocacy Clinic (2007 to 2011). He then worked as a sole practitioner, specializing in child welfare matters from 2011 to 2013.

Pitchal earned a B.A. in public policy from Brown University in 1994. Four years later, he completed a J.D. at Yale Law School.

His memberships have included the Massachusetts Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers, the Legislative Committee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the Nominations and Governance Committee of Congregation Beth Elohim. He has also sat as a board member of the National Association of Counsel for Children and the New York State Family Court Judges Association.

He has served as vice president of the New York City Family Court Judges Association.

His step-father has owned Westchester Tennis, a club at the Rye Town Hilton.

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