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Biography of Justice Elizabeth Hazlitt Emerson


JUSTICE ELIZABETH HAZLITT EMERSON graduated magna cum laude from Boston College and magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law. She has served as a Supreme Court Judge since 1996.Justice Emerson

Justice Emerson has been assigned to the Commercial Division since 2002 when the Division was first established in Suffolk County. Prior to that time she spent four years in a general civil part and two years in a dedicated matrimonial part.

Before coming to the Bench, Justice Emerson was a partner of Shearman & Sterling. Her practice included the representation of domestic and foreign commercial banks, investment banks and corporations in the structuring, negotiating and documentation of complex financing transactions. A representative sample of these transactions included acquisition financings, leveraged buyouts, restructurings, project finance and public offerings.

Justice Emerson began her practice as an associate at White & Case, where, in addition to handling the types of transactions referred to above, she represented corporate clients in a variety of securities litigation, general commercial litigation and complex proceedings.

She is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association, The New York State Bar Association and The New York State Bar Commercial and Federal Litigation Section.

She recently served as a member of The Chief Judge’s Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21St Century.