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Hancock Estabrook is pleased to announce that recently retired New York State Fourth Department Appellate Division Justice Edward D. Carni is re-entering private practice as a partner in the Firm’s Appellate and Litigation practices after more than 25 years on the bench.

Judge Carni became an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department in 2009. He previously served on the Appellate Division, Second Department and at the trial level as a Supreme Court Justice and a Syracuse City Court Judge. As a judge, he presided over many complex cases including commercial, construction, insurance, municipal, products liability, professional liability and serious personal injury matters. He also has served as Chairman of the Judicial Hearing Officer Selection Advisory Committee – Fourth Department and liaison for the Fifth Judicial District Article 81 Committee.

Prior to serving as a judge, he was a member of the Syracuse Common Council and was a practicing attorney.  Judge Carni graduated from SUNY Cortland and Whittier College School of Law.

“We are honored to have a former jurist and lawyer with Ed Carni’s talents and legal acumen join our team,” said Managing Partner Timothy Murphy. “He was an excellent trial and appellate judge and, before that, an outstanding attorney. He brings to the Firm unique and invaluable experience and legal knowledge and our clients will benefit greatly from his insight and advice.”

Carni will represent clients in commercial and personal injury litigation and appellate matters and serve as an arbitrator, mediator and expert witness in litigated disputes. “I am very much looking forward to working with the excellent attorneys at Hancock Estabrook and to utilizing my prior experience to help clients succeed and meet any challenges they are facing,” said Carni.

He resides in Fayetteville with his wife, Soula, and they have 3 adult children.

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