The Hon. Juan Manuel Merchan is an Acting Justice of the New York County Supreme Court (Criminal Term) in the First Judicial District of New York. Merchan was designated to the bench by Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau in 2009.
He began his judicial career as a judge for the Family Court of the City of New York in Bronx County, a position to which he was appointed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2006. Three years later, former Governor David Paterson appointed him to the New York State Court of Claims.
Merchan earned a B.B.A. in marketing management from the City University of New York, Bernard M. Baruch College in 1990. Then, in 1994, he completed a J.D. at Hofstra University, Maurice A. Deane School of Law.
After graduating from law school, Merchan joined the Office of the District Attorney in New York County in 1994. He started as an assistant district attorney in its Trial Division before being assigned to the Special Prosecutions Bureau of the Investigations Division in 1998.
Merchan left the District Attorney’s Office in 1999. At that time, he joined the New York State Office of the Attorney General as a deputy assistant attorney general in-charge of the Nassau County region. During his tenure there, he rose through the ranks, becoming an assistant attorney general in-charge of affirmative litigation for Suffolk County (2001 to 2003) as well as an assistant attorney general in-charge of the Nassau County region (2003 to 2006).
He has taught as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University, Maurice A. Deane School of Law.
His memberships have included the Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage and the Hispanic National Bar Association.
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