Barry Kamins, a retired New York State Supreme Court Justice, has joined veteran trial attorney Arthur L. Aidala and Marianne E. Bertuna to create the firm of Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, P.C. The ten-attorney boutique firm, with offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn, will concentrate on civil litigation, real estate matters and commercial matters as well as criminal defense and attorney disciplinary cases.

Prior to his retirement, Judge Kamins was Administrative Judge of the Criminal Court of New York City, Administrative Judge for the Second Judicial District and Chief of Policy and Planning for the New York Court System. Judge Kamins was the former President of both the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Brooklyn Bar Association. He is past-Chairman of the Grievance Committee of the 2nd and 11th Judicial Districts and a former member of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board.

Before his appointment to the Supreme Court bench in 2008, Judge Kamins was in private practice for 35 years. Prior to that, he was a prosecutor in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. He will focus on attorney disciplinary matters and criminal defense with an emphasis on motion and appellate matters.

Judge Kamins will remain an adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches New York Criminal Practice. He is the author of New York Search and Seizure and writes the Criminal Law and Practice column for the New York Law Journal. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Historical Society of the Courts of New York State, as well as the Board of Editors of the New York Law Journal and the New York State Bar Journal.

Judge Kamins’ upcoming lectures:

  • July 27th- New York State Defenders Association–Saratoga, NY
  • Sept 16th–Queens Law Associates- Kew Gardens, NY
  • Oct. 20th–Court Attorneys of the Unified Court System–Judicial Institute- White Plains, NY


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