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Retired Housing Court Judge, Civil Court, City of New York

Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award

2015

Bio:

A distinguished and highly respected jurist, The Honorable Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. ’61, ’66 served as a Judge of the Housing Court in the Civil Court of the City of New York from 1988 until his retirement in 2013. Recognized for his notable decisions in a wide variety of civil cases concerning landlord and tenant issues, he is a strong advocate for the establishment and maintenance of housing standards. More than 85 of his judicial decisions have been published in the New York Law Journal.

After graduation from Fordham Preparatory School, a Jesuit college prep school in New York City, Judge Fiorella attended University of Detroit on a football scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in political science in 1961. He then served two years in the U.S. Army before returning to University of Detroit Law School, where he earned his law degree in 1966. He went on to earn a post graduate law degree (LL.M.) from New York University School of Law in 1978.

Judge Fiorella worked in the private sector of the legal field until 1975 when he joined the Civil Court of the City of New York as a law secretary to two judges. Six years later, he was promoted to Chief of the Law Department, a position he held until his appointment in 1988 to Judge of the Housing Court.

Honored for his integrity, intelligence, fairness and commitment to Jesuit education and his Italian heredity, Judge Fiorella has received a Judiciary Award of Merit, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kings County Appreciation Award and the Italian American Columbus Alliance Award. He is currently a member of the UDM School of Law Alumni Board.

Distinguished graduate of the College of Liberal Arts & Education and the School of Law, the Honorable Fiorella, Jr. was honored with the Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award on April 17, 2015.

Citation:

A distinguished and highly respected jurist, Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr., is recognized for his mastery of the law and commitment to equality and justice.  He has served with distinction in the New York City Civil Court for more than 38 years, the last 25 years as Housing Court Judge until his retirement in 2013.

He is a strong advocate for the establishment and maintenance of housing standards and is recognized for his notable decisions in numerous civil cases involving landlord and tenant issues, more than 85 of which were published in the New York Law Journal.

Honored for his integrity, intelligence, fairness and dedication to Jesuit education and his Italian heritage, he has received a Judiciary Award of Merit, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kings County Appreciation Award and the Italian American Columbus Alliance Award.

He generously contributes his time and talents to supporting future law school graduates and serves as a member of the UDM School of Law Alumni Board.

 

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