New York State Bar Association Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Honor Two Judges with its Highest Award
The New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section honored Senior U.S. District Judge of the Southern District of New York P. Kevin Castel with its Stanley H. Fuld award during the association’s Annual Meeting.
Judge Castel received the honor along with retired Justice Leonard B. Austin, the 2022 recipient of the award who elected to wait until this year’s in-person Annual Meeting to receive his award.
“We are delighted this year to present the Stanley H. Fuld Award to Hon. Leonard B. Austin and Hon. P. Kevin Castel. Both of our recipients are well deserving of this honor, and we truly appreciate their contributions to commercial law and jurisprudence over the course of their careers,” said Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Chair Ignatius Grande.
Justice Austin was appointed to the Appellate Division, Second Department, in 2009. He retired in 2022. Prior to his elevation to the appellate court, he was a judge in the Commercial Division in Nassau County where he had a significant impact on banking and forfeiture law.
Prior to his nomination to the federal bench, Judge Castel practiced for many years in commercial litigation and was the chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Since 1995, the section has presented the award for outstanding contributions to commercial law and jurisprudence. The award is named after one of the most distinguished judges ever to sit on the New York State Court of Appeals, Stanley H. Fuld, who was the first recipient of the award.
Other recipients of the Stanley H. Fuld award include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former New York State Chief Judges Jonathan Lippman and Judith S. Kaye and former state Chief Administrative Judge Ann T. Pfau.