The Honorable Melvin L. Schweitzer

New York State Court of Claims, Department retired

Appointed By: Gov. George E. Pataki

Biography

The Hon. Melvin L. Schweitzer (Ret.) was a judge for the New York State Court of Claims. He was appointed to the Court of Claims by former Governor George Pataki in 2005. He was confirmed to the seat by the New York State Senate later that same year.

Schweitzer retired in 2014. He then joined Liddle & Robinson as counsel after leaving the judiciary. He also served as an arbitrator and mediator at NAM.

During his tenure on the Court of Claims, he was appointed to serve as an acting justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, First Judicial Department in 2009. As such, Schweitzer presided over complex commercial cases including domestic and multinational business claims and disputes.

Schweitzer received a B.A. in political science and government from New York University in 1966. He went on to complete a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1969. While in law school, he was a Loyal League Philanthropies Scholar and was a member of the National Moot Court Team.

After law school, Schweitzer joined Roger & Wells as an associate in 1969. Over the course of his thirty-year tenure with the firm, he would become a senior partner and his practice included corporate and securities law, public finance, and insurer insolvency.

In 1984, Schweitzer served as counsel to Geraldine Ferraro’s Vice Presidential campaign and in 1993 he was appointed by former Governor Mario Cuomo to serve on the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Then, in 2000, Schweitzer entered into solo practice at his own law firm (2000 to 2005). In addition to his solo practice, he served as a consultant on crisis management issues at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery (2000 to 2001).

He was a member of the New York City Bar Association.

Schweitzer grew up in the Bronx, where his family attended Temple Adath Israel. As a boy, he became a cantorial soloist at the Temple. Later, after joining Park Avenue Synagogue as an adult, he became active in the synagogue’s Music Center as well as with its cantors. Schweitzer also served as a vice president of the congregation and was chair of the Music Committee.

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