Biography

The Hon. Peter M. Forman is an Acting Justice of the Dutchess County Supreme Court in the Ninth Judicial District of New York. He was appointed to the Supreme Court bench in 2001 by the Hon. Jonathan Lippman, former Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York. He has also served as a judge for the Dutchess County Court since being elected to the seat in 2011.

Justice Forman’s judicial career began in 1999 when he was first elected to serve as a judge for the Dutchess County Family Court. He was subsequently re-elected to the Family Court in 2000 and 2010. During his tenure on the Family Court bench, Justice Forman served as the presiding judge for the Family Treatment Court and the Juvenile Treatment Court, both of which he helped establish in Dutchess County.

He received his B.A. from LeMoyne College in 1977. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1981.

Prior to his election to the bench, Forman had served as a confidential law secretary to the Hon. Thomas J. Dolan with the Dutchess County Family Court from 1993 to 1999.

While serving in that capacity, he also practiced as a named partner at Pisanelli and Forman from 1994 to 1999 and was a city attorney with the City of Beacon in New York from 1990 to 1999.

Forman began his legal career as an assistant district attorney with the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office in 1982. He remained with the D.A.’s office until 1986.

He has also taught family law and criminal justice as an adjunct professor at Marist College and Dutchess Community College.

Justice Forman has served as president of the Dutchess County Bar Association, the Exchange Club of Southern Dutchess, and of the Parish Council of St. Joachim-St.John the Evangelist Church.

His other memberships have included Vassar Brothers Hospital Affiliate Board of Trustees, the Hudson Valley Home Care, the Dutchess County Child Services Council, and the Dutchess County Sex Offender Management Committee.

He is a lifelong resident of Beacon, New York, where he graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School. At the time of his election to the bench, he resided in Beacon with his wife Anne.

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