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Biography of Justice Deborah H. Karalunas


Justice KaralunasJUSTICE DEBORAH H. KARALUNAS obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1978 and graduated cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1982. At the College of Law, Karalunas was a member of the International Law Review, Moot Court and the Justinian Honor Society.

Following law school, Karalunas clerked for United States District Court Judge Howard G. Munson in the Northern District of New York. In 1983, Karalunas joined the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, New York where she later became a partner. During her 20 years in the litigation department of that firm, Ms. Karalunas represented a variety of corporate, municipal and individual clients in the state and federal courts of New York and other states. Her practice included intellectual property, commercial, employment, antitrust, ERISA, environmental and personal injury litigation.

In 2002 Karalunas was elected to serve as a Supreme Court Justice in the 5th Judicial District. She presides over a panoply of civil cases including personal injury, commercial, intellectual property, constitutional and environmental. In 2007 Karalunas was appointed presiding justice of Supreme Court, Commercial Division, Onondaga County.

Justice Karalunas has been an active member of various bar associations. In addition to serving as chair of several committees and sections, she served on the Board of Directors of the Onondaga County Bar Association and the Central New York Women’s Bar Association. Justice Karalunas also was the President of the Central New York Women’s Bar Association. She currently serves as Secretary of the Judicial Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Karalunas lectures frequently for state and local bar associations on many substantive law and trial practice topics. She also is a regular guest speaker, lecturer and moot court judge at Syracuse University College of Law.

Justice Karalunas and George, her husband of 30 years, have three children: Sarah (27), Evan (24) and Brian (20).

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