James McGuire

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This page is about the New York Supreme Court justice, Appellate Division. If you are looking for the California Superior Court judge in San Bernardino County, please see James C. McGuire
James M. McGuire
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Current Court Information:
New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   First Department
Salary:  $167,000
Appointed by:   George Pataki
Active:   2008-2011
Past post:   Supreme Court of the State of New York, 11th Judicial District
Past term:   2005-2008
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Fordham College
Law School:   Cornell Law School

James M. McGuire was a judge on the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department. He was elected to the State Supreme Court, 11th Judicial District in November 2004, effective the following January. He was appointed to the Appellate Division by Governor George Pataki in 2008.[1][2] He resigned his position on the Appellate Division in June 2011, citing the fact that New York state judges had not been given a pay raise for 12 years as the reason for his resignation.[3]


Judge McGuire was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Long Island, New York. He received a B.A. degree in philosophy from Fordham College in 1975 and a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1980.[2]


After law school, Judge McGuire worked at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. In September of 1985, he joined the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP as a litigation associate. Two years later, he began working as Deputy Counsel to the New York State Commission on Government Integrity. He served on this commission until July of 1989, when he became a senior member of the New York County District Attorney's prosecutorial staff. In 1995, he was named First Assistant Counsel to Governor Pataki and in 1997, he became the Governor's chief legal adviser. In 2003, he began working as counsel to the law firm White & Case, LLP. He held this position until his election to the Supreme Court in 2004.[2]

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