2006-02-01 / Features

Justice Risi Retires From Bench

After 17 years on the bench, state Supreme Court Justice Joseph J. Risi, has announced he is resigning his judicial position and will join his son, Joseph Risi Jr., in private practice as counsel to the firm of Risi & Associates at 23-19 31st St., Long Island City.

In all, Justice Risi has had a 52-year career as a private practitioner, Civil Court judge, Supreme Court Justice and Administrative Judge.

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

Prior to his election as judge, Risi served as counsel to the Appeals Board, Department of Labor, Division of Employment. He was also an instructor in legal education at Brooklyn College and also served as law secretary to Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Cariello.

Risi also served as Director of Community Planning Boards for Queens County and also chairman of the Aviation Sub-Committee for the Tri-State Metropolitan Regional Council.

Risi said he was retiring from the bench in order to work with his son’s firm.

—John Toscano

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