Nassau County Supreme Court
MINEOLA, NEW YORK
The Nasaau County Supreme Court holds jurisdiction over various types of civil cases involving claims for money damages exceeding $25,000. Its caseload includes tort claims, personal injury claims, contract disputes, and real property matters, including actions in ejectment. It also hears cases where a party seeks to enjoin or stop certain actions by another party. The Nassau County Supreme Court is also the court with jurisdiction for Nassau County, NY residents to address matters related to the termination of a marriage, including separation, annulment, and divorce.
(The Nassau County District Court generally handles civil matters seeking monetary damages up to $15,000, small claims matters with monetary damages up to $5,000, commercial small claims matters with monetary damages up to $5,000, and landlord tenant matters concerning housing proceedings and evictions.)
Nassau County Jury Duty
Jury Duty Service Phone #: (516) 493-3334
If you have been called for jury duty in Nassau County, you will be reporting to the main jury room on the first floor of the 100 Supreme Court Drive building. Bring a fully charged phone or something to read, as you may be there a while.
When you arrive, you’ll find parking easier on the south-side of the building. The North side closer to Old Country Road has employee-only parking, and you will get an expensive ticket if you park in the wrong place. The lot behind the courthouse (on the south side of the building) has plenty of free parking open to the public.
When you enter the building for jury duty, you’ll pass through metal detectors. You’ll then be directed to the main jury room where a lovely yet powerful Irish woman will tell you that you’re not special (everyone has to serve for jury duty). You will then be shown a video presentation about your responsibilities as a juror, and you’ll wait for your name to be called to a smaller room. There, you will be asked some unassuming questions by lawyers in expensive suits who have waited many years for this trial date, and will be excited to meet you. If you give the magic answers, you may just find yourself serving on a jury. Trials can last anywhere from a day to 3 months. You’ll be told approximately how long each trial will be, and you will be asked the maximum time period you can reasonably serve if chosen.
If you have some sort of issue where you can’t serve, you will have the opportunity to let them know. But chances are, you’ll be waiting around for a while.
If you’re given a break while waiting to be called, there’s a small room next door to this room with couches, a TV and vending machines. Go exploring. This room also has a row of old fashioned phone booths, with phone books from the 1990s still inside. Come to think of it, the snacks in the vending machine may also be from the 1990s. So you may want to bring your own snack.
There’s lots of great corners of this courthouse that have been untouched for decades. And for better or worse, you may uncover them during jury duty. Good luck, and thanks for serving!
The Nassau County Supreme Court Building
100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola - 1960s
The Nassau County Supreme Court building at 100 Supreme Court Drive in Mineola, New York, was originally built in the 1960s to accommodate the growing number of cases in Nassau County and has since been expanded and renovated several times. This is the “functional” courthouse in the complex, and is where most of the day-to-day Supreme Court operations take place.
In addition to its use as a courthouse, the Nassau County Supreme Court building has also been used as a filming location for several movies and television shows, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the film Reversal of Fortune.
The courthouse underwent a major renovation in 2005, which included the installation of new security measures such as metal detectors and X-ray machines. In 2013, the building was renamed the “Peter T. Farrell Judicial Complex” in honor of the late Nassau County legislator who was instrumental in securing funding for the renovation.
The Nassau County Courthouse
Old Country Road, Mineola - 1930s
Across the parking lot on the other side of the courthouse square sits the old Nassau County Court building. This older, more adorned “historical” courthouse used to be the main courthouse before the building on 100 Supreme Court Drive was constructed. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2021, and is now a national landmark.
In the past this building has been the site of a ton of sensational trials such as the Weinstein kidnapping, the Colin Ferguson LIRR shooting trial, the Amy Fisher trial (known as the “Long Island Lolita” involving Joey Buttafuco), and serial killer Joel Rifkin. It’s hosted happier moments as well, with both actor Henry Fonda and singer Bob Dylan getting married to their wives here.
But perhaps this building is best known for its architecture. The beautiful sandstone building on Old Country Road was built in the 1930s, and based on a design for the Lincoln Memorial. Bronze torchieres adorn the outside entranceways. Sculptures and gargoyles adorn the outside. Scenes of judicial life play out around the overhead, leaving no doubt this is a place to be judged.
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But the inside is just as impressive. The awe-inspiring Roman-esque interior showcases adorned roman-style columns and limestone walls with visible embedded fossils. Sold marble steps leads you to the courtroom entranceway. You can feel the history of this building with every step.
Overall, these Nassau County Supreme Court buildings have such a rich history and play an important role in the legal system of Nassau County and beyond.
Other Notable Facts about Nassau County Supreme Court
In the legal community, Moe Levine was perhaps one of the greatest trial lawyers of all time. He conducted over 2,000 civil jury trials, most of them in Nassau County Supreme Court.
His lectures and books on trial advocacy and litigation techniques inspired generations of trial lawyers. Many of America’s leading trial lawyers credit Moe Levine for their ability to work a courtroom and advocate their personal injury cases to a jury. And Moe developed those skills and concepts right here in Nassau County Supreme Court. No self-respecting trial lawyer would write about this courthouse without giving a professional nod to the contributions and genius of Mr. Levine.
Current Justices of the Nassau County Supreme Court
Hon. Vito DeStefano, Administrative Judge
Madeleine Petrara, Esq., Law Clerk
Rosanne Reddy, Secretary
Hon. Stacy D. Bennett
Lisa J Silverman, Esq., Law Clerk
Danielle Esposito, Secretary
Hon. Lisa A. Cairo
Lisa K Butler, Esq., Law Clerk
Christine Conlon, Secretary
Hon. Joseph R. Conway
Dana Grossblatt, Esq., Law Clerk
Ruth Ann Dalia, Secretary
Hon. R. Bruce Cozzens, Jr.
Kathryn D. Hopkins, Esq., Law Clerk
Layne Lew, Secretary
Hon. Eileen Daly-Sapraicone
Marissa Pullano, Esq., Law Clerk
Danielle Cipolla, Secretary
Hon. Edmund Dane
Michael R. Gionesi, Esq., Law Clerk
Elaine Belitsis, Secretary
Hon. Timothy S. Driscoll
Kristin Seibert, Esq., Law Clerk
Kemely Weiss, Secretary
Hon. Rhonda E. Fischer (AJSC)
Leigh Neren, Esq., Law Clerk
Lisa Carlisi, Secretary
Hon. Elizabeth Fox-McDonough
Allison Warga, Esq., Law Clerk
Bonnie Meyerrose, Secretary
Hon. Sharon Gianelli
Veronica Renta Irwin, Esq., Law Clerk
Priscilla Quansah, Esq., Assistant Law Clerk
Hon. Jeffrey A. Goodstein
Supervising Judge, Matrimonial Center
Court Of Claims, (AJSC)
Steven Maffei, Esq., Law Clerk
Gabrielle Pullo, Esq., Assistant Law Clerk
Hon. David J Gugerty
Eric Milgrim, Esq., Law Clerk
Kathleen Ferrandino, Secretary
Hon. Dawn M. Jimenez
Joseph Lorenzo, Esq., Law Clerk
Paul Jordonne, Esq. Assistant Law Clerk
Hon. Sarika Kapoor
Court Of Claims, (AJSC)
Danielle Silas, Esq., Law Clerk
Kaitlyn McCracken, Esq., Assistant Law Clerk
Hon. Gary F. Knobel
Alexander Mangano, Esq., Law Clerk
Kathleen Nolan, Secretary
Hon. Joseph Lorintz
Ian Steinberg, Esq., Law Clerk
Hon. Randy Sue Marber
Mili Makhijani, Esq., Law Clerk
Rebecca Paredes, Esq., Assistant Law Clerk
Hon. James McCormack
Greg Roth, Esq., Law Clerk
Margaret Ward, Secretary
Hon. Felice J. Muraca
Lisa Corso, Esq., Law Clerk
Elizabeth Hildebrandt, Secretary
Hon. Jerome C. Murphy
Nancy Nicotra, Esq., Law Clerk
Jane Voltz, Secretary
Hon. Danielle Peterson
Jeremy Jorgensen, Esq., Law Clerk
Rosemarie Licameli, Secretary
Hon. Diccia Pineda-Kirwan
Andrew Piddoubny, Esq., Law Clerk
Zainab Karim, Esq., Assistant Law Clerk
Hon. Erica L. Prager
Rachel Zampino, Esq., Law Clerk
Corrine Glanzman, Secretary
Hon. Christopher G. Quinn
Stephanie Rafalowski, Esq., Law Clerk
Lisa Garry, Secretary
Hon. Thomas Rademaker
Daniel McLane, Esq., Law Clerk
Marilyn McIntosh, Secretary
Hon. Francis Ricigliano
Steven Dalton, Esq., Law Clerk
Gina Marie Boyce, Secretary
Hon. Catherine Rizzo
Lauren Reber, Esq., Law Clerk
Beatriz Fuschetto, Secretary
Hon. Denise Sher
Court of Claims, (AJSC)
Cara Anne Patton, Esq., Law Clerk
Hon. Conrad Singer
Jennifer Ferraro, Esq., Law Clerk
Lynell Giovannello, Secretary
Hon. Leonard Steinman
Danielle Medeiros,Esq.,Law Clerk
Laureen DeLay, Secretary
Hon. David P. Sullivan
Lawrence Schaeffer, Esq., Law Clerk
Kathleen Ciotti, Secretary
Nassau County Supreme Court Department Phone Numbers:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Attorney Client Fee Dispute Program (Part 137)
Case Mgmt & Trial Operations
Court Information Center
District Administration Office
Electronic Filing Office
Foreclosure Settlement Conf. / Auction Conf. Calendar
Foreclosure Motions & Info Fax
Foreclosure Covid-19 Motion Conf.
Foreclosure Auction Information
Foreclosure Surplus Monies / Status Conference Part
Hospital Hearings / Infant Comp.
Intake / Preliminary Conf. Desk
Judgments & Orders
Jury Duty Service
Jury Selection Coordinator
Matrimonial Clerk’s Office
Matrimonial Orders/ Judgments
SCAR/ Tax Certiorari
Security/ Supreme Operations
Security/ Mat Center Operations
Tech Help Desk
Nassau County Free Law Library
The Nassau County Supreme Court contains one of New York State’s Court Information Centers, located on the second floor. The Court Information Center is available to provide free general information about court procedures. The Center can provide information on which court can hear your case. Many sample court forms and informational brochures are available. You may be able to obtain phone numbers of agencies which may be able to assist in your particular situation. Lawyer referral numbers are also available. If more detailed information is needed to research your case, the Supreme Court Law Library is located adjacent to the Court Information Center. The library has computers with internet access and printers available for public use. Library personnel can assist you in finding the legal resources available.