NEWS - Press Release

JANUARY 06, 2006


Hon. Joseph J. Risi GARDEN CITY, NY - Honorable Joseph J. Risi, former Queens County Supreme Court Justice and former Supervising Judge of the Civil Court in Queens, has joined NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) to hear cases throughout the New York metropolitan area and on Long Island.

Justice Risi was first elected as a Civil Court Judge in Queens County in 1988. He became the Supervising Judge of the Civil Court in 1992, before being elected as Supreme Court Justice in Queens County in 1998.

Roy Israel, President & CEO of NAM stated “in light of Justice Risi's extensive knowledge and outstanding reputation while presiding over medical malpractice and 'high-stakes' complex matters, we are very pleased to have his services now available to our clients. We constantly strive to present the most knowledgeable and well-respected roster of Arbitrators in the nation and the addition of Justice Risi is consistent with this effort. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Justice Risi.”

Prior to his election to the bench, Justice Risi served as Counsel to the Appeals Board Department of Labor Division of Employment. He was an Instructor in Legal Education at Brooklyn College's Adult Education Division. He also served as a Law Secretary to Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Carrillo. In addition, Justice Risi was the Director of Community Planning Boards for Queens County and an Aviation Sub-Committee Chairman of the Tri-State Metropolitan Regional Council. He returned to private practice in 1977 for the firm of Risi, Merrill & Santospirito.

Justice Risi prides himself on being a native New Yorker. Born in Long Island City, Queens, he graduated from St. Agnes High School in New York City and received a B.S. degree from St. John's University in 1950 and an L.L.B. degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1953.

Headquartered in Garden City, New York, National Arbitration and Mediation, Inc. (NAM) is one of the nation's leading dispute resolution institutions, offering cost-effective alternatives to expensive and often time-consuming litigation. Founded in 1992, NAM has a nationwide panel of nearly 2,500 top-tier former judges and practicing specialists uniquely qualified to resolve legal matters in a private forum.

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