NEW YORK, September 19, 2006 – LAWFUEL – Legal News, Legal Jobs – …

NEW YORK, September 19, 2006 – LAWFUEL – Legal News, Legal Jobs – Former New York County Surrogate Eve Preminger will join Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel as Counsel, the firm announced today. Judge Preminger retired from the Bench in December 2005.

At Kramer Levin, Judge Preminger will focus her practice on litigation and appellate advocacy and on representing individuals and organizations — for profit and not-for-profit — in all aspects of trusts and estates law. She will be an invaluable resource to the firm’s general litigation practice and to its Surrogate’s Court practice and will assist in expanding the firm’s fiduciary litigation practice involving trustees, executors, beneficiaries and other interested parties.

“Judge Preminger will be a great complement to our firm,” said Paul Pearlman, the firm’s managing partner. “Her expertise regarding complex litigation and trusts and estates matters and Surrogate’s Court practice are an asset to both the firm and our clients, who will strongly benefit from her counsel.”

Before serving as Surrogate for New York County from 1991 to 2005, Judge Preminger was a Justice of the Supreme Court in New York County presiding over a civil commercial and complex and protracted litigation trial part from 1987 to 1990, and prior to that presided over major criminal trials in the Criminal Branch of the Supreme Court.

Previously, Judge Preminger worked in private practice where she specialized in commercial litigation before becoming the Director of Legal Services, and later President, of the Correctional Association of New York (CANY). In 1975-76 she also served as Special Assistant Attorney General in the inquiry on the Attica Prosecution.

Judge Preminger was a member of the Founding Board of Advisors of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the Board of Directors of Project Green Hope, and numerous other community organizations. She has served on numerous Supreme Court Committees and bar association committees. She is a member of the American Law Institute and the National Association of Women Judges.

Judge Preminger received an LL.B from Columbia Law School in 1960, where she was an editor of the Columbia Law Review and later served on the law school faculty. She was selected by representatives of the faculty, students, and administration of Columbia University to serve as the Presiding Officer of all intra-university trials involving the student sit-ins, strikes, and other disturbances.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, with approximately 325 attorneys, is premier full-service law firm with offices in New York and Paris, and an alliance with UK-based Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. The firm represents clients worldwide, from the Global 1000 to entrepreneurial start-up concerns and individuals. Additional information about the firm is available on the firm’s website: www.kramerlevin.com.

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