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Phillips Nizer Press Release

June 10, 2005

State of New York
Executive Chamber
George E. Pataki, Governor
Press Office
(518) 474-8418
(212) 681-4640


Vikki Grodner
(212) 841-0703

Veteran Judge and Attorney Brings More than 30 Years of Experience to Position

Governor George E. Pataki today appointed Alfred D. Lerner - a long-standing judge and attorney - as Chairman of the New York State Commission of Investigation.  Judge Lerner replaces Dineen Riviezzo, who today was named State Inspector General by Governor Pataki.

"Judge Lerner's wide range of legal and judicial experience makes him extremely qualified to serve in this important position," Governor Pataki said.  "I am confident that he will serve the people of New York with distinction as Chairman of the Commission."

For 32 years, Judge Lerner served on the bench in various capacities including as a Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division in the First Department.  Prior to that, he served as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division within the Second Department.  Most recently, he served as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division in the First Department.

Prior to serving in the Appellate Division, Judge Lerner served as a Trial Justice in Queens County where he also served as the Administrative Judge and as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Term.  He presided over commercial, tort and matrimonial cases, as well as criminal matters.

Prior to his judicial service, Judge Lerner was a member of the New York State Assembly for 14 years.  He served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Insurance and the Select Committee on Child Abuse.  He was also a member of the Rules Committee and was Vice-Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Interstate Cooperation.  He was Ranking Member of both the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on the City of New York.

During his career in the Judiciary and in the Legislature, Judge Lerner served as an Adjunct Professor at St. John's University lecturing on the Uniform Commercial Code for four years.  He served in the United States Army, receiving an Honorable Discharge.  A licensed pilot, he continues to serve in the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxillary) where he holds the
rank of Colonel.

Judge Lerner currently serves as Counsel at Phillips Nizer LLP where he specializes in appellate matters, and works in tandem with the firm's Alternative Dispute Resolution practice.

Judge Lerner attended Hunter College and New York Law School, and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Des Moines University in 1998.

The State Commission of Investigation (SIC) is charged with conducting investigations into matters concerning the public peace, public safety and public justice, including the faithful execution of and effective enforcement of the laws of the State, as well as the conduct of public officers, employees and corporations/authorities.

The appointment of Judge Lerner to the Commission of Investigation does not require the confirmation of the New York State Senate.

About Phillips Nizer LLP:
Phillips Nizer LLP has been engaged in a wide-ranging practice of domestic and international law for over 75 years.  Established by world-renowned trial attorney Louis Nizer, the firm today consists of lawyers who are well-respected and recognized in their fields.  The firm’s principal office is in New York City, with additional offices in Garden City, Long Island and Hackensack, New Jersey.