Elected Member

The Hon. Shirley Werner Kornreich

New York, NY
New York University
New York University School of Law

Shirley Werner Kornreich is a Justice of the Supreme Court of New York County and sits in the Commercial Division of that court. She has been a judge since 1995.

Previously, she sat in an Individual Assignment Part, where she oversaw and tried a diverse caseload, which included coordination of all of the New York State cases in the Bextra/Celebrex litigation and the Bausch & Lomb Renu litigation with the federal Multi-District Litigations being handled in California and South Carolina, respectively.

While sitting in Supreme Court as an Acting Justice, she presided over Criminal Arraignments on a number of weekends a year.  Prior to presiding in Supreme Court, Justice Kornreich sat in Civil Court, New York County and Bronx County.

Justice Kornreich began her career as an appellate and, later, trial attorney with The Legal Aid Society. She has lectured at The New York City Bar Association, The New York State Bar Association, The New York County Lawyers Association, The New York State Judicial College and The Practicing Law Institute, and has participated in moot court and other programs at NYU, Columbia, Brooklyn and Cardozo law schools.

She has been a speaker at the Commercial Litigation Academy, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association and its Labor and Employment annual meeting, and on the business court panel at a conference focusing on the Delaware Chancery Court, sponsored by Columbia University. She has also lectured on criminal identification testimony with New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

She is a member of the Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions of the Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and has contributed to West Publication’s Third Edition of “Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts” and the report on “Faster-Cheaper-Smarter Litigation” of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the State Bar.

Justice Kornreich is a past co-president of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, is on its Board of Directors, has been both a panel member of its Annual Symposium and co-chair of that Symposium, has been involved in organizing the Harlem mammography van and has co-captained the JALBCA team in the Komen Race for the Cure since the mid-1990s.

EDUCATION: New York University, B.A.; New York University School of Law, J.D.

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Areas of Expertise
Tort Law
Criminal Law
Commercial Law