Hon. Anthony Scarpino, Jr.

Commercial Litigation Department
Group Head, Trusts and Estates Litigation Group
Hon. Anthony Scarpino, Jr.

“Is my philosophy that a great attorney must be honest, confident, analytical, attentive, trustworthy, responsive and have a great work ethic. I bring these qualities to each case and work toward solutions in a timely and economical fashion. Additionally, my time spent on various business and charitable boards ”




  • The New York State Bar (1977)
  • The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1984)
  • The United States Supreme Court (1991)


  • Syracuse University College of Law (1976)
  • University of Connecticut (1973)


  • Pace Law School Board of Visitors
  • Columbian Lawyer’s Association Board of Directors
  • Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • Beta Gama Sigma Business Fraternity

The Hon. Anthony Scarpino, Jr., Westchester County’s former District Attorney,  is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department.

Born and raised in Mount Vernon, NY Judge Scarpino attended Mount Vernon High School and graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Syracuse University College of Law where he was selected the Dean’s Outstanding Student, was President of the Law Student Senate, and was elected to Who’s Who among students in American Universities and Colleges.

Judge Scarpino started his career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Mount Vernon. In 1977, he became a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At the age of thirty-two, he became the youngest Judge in Mount Vernon’s history, appointed by the late Mayer Thomas E. Sharpe. He was elected City Judge in 1985. Judge Scarpino became Senior City Judge in 1986 and in 1988 he was elected Westchester County Judge. He was appointed Acting Supreme Court Justice and was assigned to expand the Special Narcotics Part in the Westchester County Courthouse. In 1993, Judge Scarpino was elected to the New York State Supreme Court for the Ninth Judicial District, covering Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam and Orange counties. He was first assigned to Rockland County and Westchester County to handle Civil parts. Then, in 1998, he was assigned to the Special Matrimonial Part and in 1999 was reassigned to handle criminal and civil cases.

In 2000, he was elected Westchester County Surrogate, and in 2006 he was appointed Supervising Judge of the Matrimonial Part of Westchester County.

In 2016, Judge Scarpino was elected District Attorney of Westchester County, supervising a staff of over 240 attorneys, investigators, and support staff. As Westchester County D.A., Judge Scarpino enacted sweeping criminal justice reform, including putting in place the Discovery statute, ending cash-bail and pre-trial detention for non-qualifying cases, and “Raising the Age” for teen offenders. In 2021, Judge Scarpino joined Dorf Nelson & Zauderer.

Judge Scarpino had a 20-year career as an adjunct professor at Long Island University, Mercy, College, Iona College, Westchester Community College and Pace Law School where he mentored hundreds of students and interns.

  • 2022 New York Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2022 The Exchange Club of Yonkers Distinguished Service Award
  • 2015 Legal Services of the Hudson Valley “Access to Justice” Award
  • 2012 Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission “Highly Qualified” determination as a judge
  • 2012 The Rev. Joseph A. DeSanto, PhD ’66 Criminal Justice Award – lona College
  • 2010 Westchester County Bar Association “Well Qualified” as a judge
  • 2010 Westchester Women’s Bar Association “Outstanding” as a judge
  • 2009 Honoree, Distinguished Service Award – Columbian Lawyers Association
  • 2007 Honoree, Justice for All Award – Westchester Women’s Bar Association
  • 2006 Recognition by Lawdragon Magazine as one of the top 500 judges in the United States
  • 2006 Honoree – Westchester County Bar Association; 1991 – Columbia Police Association Man of the Year
  • 1991 Columbia Police Association Man of the Year
  • Co-Chair – State of New York Unified Court System, Simplification Committee, Miscellaneous Issues
  • Chair – Ninth Judicial District Pro Bono Committee
  • Faculty Member – NYS Trial Lawyers Association
  • Faculty Member – NYS Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section
  • Faculty Member – NYS Bar Association Elder Law Section (2012)
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • Westchester County Women’s Bar Association
  • Mount Vernon Bar Association Board of Governors
  • New York State Association of Surrogate Court Judges
  • Office of Court Administration’s Guardianship Advisory Committee

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