Hon. Jeffrey S. Sunshine




Jeffrey Sunshine is an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court presently assigned to the matrimonial part in Kings County Supreme Court.  In March of 2007, Judge Sunshine was appointed the first Supervising Judge for Matrimonial Matters for Kings County.  He sat in the matrimonial part in Richmond County Supreme Court from January 2001 - February 2003.  Prior to sitting in Supreme Court, Justice Sunshine sat in Kings County Family Court in a hybrid custody /child protective part.


Originally appointed to the bench by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in July 1998, Judge Sunshine was reappointed on December 16, 2003, to a ten-year term by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He was designated as Acting Supreme Court Justice in January 2001.  He is a former President of the Brooklyn Bar Association and served as Chair of the Family Law Section for over ten years.  He had been involved in the matrimonial field extensively for nearly 18 years before becoming a judge.  He was a member of the House of Delegates of The New York State Bar Association for 12 years and served as Chair of the Special Committee on Judicial Discipline.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of Brooklyn College and received his J.D. degree from Hofstra Law School.


As a practicing attorney, Judge Sunshine was a member of the Grievance Committee for the Second and Eleventh Judicial Districts and continues to serve as a member of the Statewide Committee on Matrimonial Practice chaired by Justice Jacqueline Silbermann, and as a member of the Statewide Domestic Violence Task Force.  He has served as a member of the “Matrimonial Commission” established by Chief Judge Judith Kaye.  Judge Sunshine was the co-chair of the Commission’s subcommittee--“The Role & Function of the Judiciary and Court Administration”.  He also served as a member of the “Best Practices Committee for Matrimonial Judges.”


His opinions are published by the New York Law Journal and State Reporter and he frequently lectures at judicial training seminars and for bar associations.  In 2003 Judge Sunshine received the Ecumenical Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild, Kings County, and in December 2005 he received the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Annual Award for outstanding achievement in the science of jurisprudence and public service.



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