Kenneth L. Gartner is a commercial trial and appellate litigator with the law firm of Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello, LLP, where his practice includes commercial real property, corporate derivative, and business contract, tort and fraud cases, the representation of judges, lawyers and law firms in criminal, civil and disciplinary matters, and serving as an expert witness or special counsel on legal ethics issues.
For seven years, until 2006, he was a civil and criminal trial judge in the Nassau County District Court, where he earned the distinction of being the most published judge in the history of the New York State District Court. Judge Gartner has served as a Special Professor of Legal Ethics at Hofstra Law School; and an Adjunct Professor at Touro Law School, overseeing the Judicial Externship program, and teaching a seminar for judicial externs examining the judge's role, in theory and practice. Judge Gartner has for over a decade been the Chair of a national committee of judges, law professors, and practicing attorneys which annually chooses a law school Moot Court brief for recognition by Scribes - the American Association of Legal Writers. Scribes recently selected Judge Gartner as the inaugural recipient of its newly established 2017 Service Award, to be conferred in April 2017 in Oklahoma City. Judge Gartner has served as a Referee by appointment of Justices of the New York State Supreme Court, and has spoken on professional ethics and civil practice for various groups, including the Federal Bar Council, and the New York State Office of Court Administration. He has for years chaired an annual CLE program sponsored by the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) Committee on Professional Ethics.
Judge Gartner is a member of the New York City Bar Association (“City Bar”) Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction. He is a past Chair and continuing member of the NYSBA Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct (“COSAC”), and has been a two-term Chair of the Nassau County Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee. He has been a member of the City Bar Committees on Professional Ethics, Professional Discipline, and Professional Responsibility, as well as the NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics. He served on the NYSBA Statewide Task Force on Non-Lawyer Ownership of Law Firms. Judge Gartner is a member of the Federalist Society Professional Responsibility Practice Group. Judge Gartner’s publications include “Electronic Communications and the Ethical Obligation to Preserve Confidentiality,” Nassau Lawyer, December 2011, at 3, col. 2; and “Admission by Motion Rule Distorted by ABA’s Interest in Monopoly,” N.Y. Law Journal, September 16, 2011, at 6, col. 4. Judge Gartner is a member of the Lawyers for Israel division of the Jewish National Fund, and of the Diocesan Review Board of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York.
Judge Gartner received both his B.A., and his J.D., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review. Prior to his election as a judge, he served as an antitrust/litigation associate of the Manhattan law firm of Breed, Abbott & Morgan, and, subsequently, 17 years as first an associate and then a partner, in the law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Judge Gartner previously attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where, as was subsequently the case at Buffalo, he was a member of the school’s NCAA varsity soccer team.