Justice Elena Goldberg Velazquez was elected to the New York State Supreme Court, 9th Judicial District in November 2022. Justice Goldberg Velazquez is assigned to an IAS Part in Orange County Supreme Court where she presides over matrimonial matters, personal injury matters, Article 78s, wrongful death matters, foreclosures and contractual disputes. Prior to being elected to the New York State Supreme Court, Justice Goldberg Velazquez was a Yonkers City Court Judge, where she was elected in November 2019. As a Judge in Yonkers City Court Justice Goldberg Velazquez handled criminal (felony and misdemeanor), civil, landlord/tenant and small claims matters. Additionally, while a Yonkers City Court Judge, the Justice was appointed to preside over the Integrated Domestic Violence Court.
Prior to being elected to the Bench, Justice Goldberg Velazquez worked at the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division First Department (“Appellate Division”) for nearly a decade. Prior to working at the Appellate Division, she worked at private law firms handling primarily civil matters.
Justice Goldberg Velazquez is an active member of the community she resides in having founded and served as President of her local neighborhood association. She is also active in the legal community serving as a Board Director of the Latino Judges Association, a Committee Member of the Association of Judges of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and various committees of the New York State Bar Association. The Justice has served as the President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association (“PRBA”), Treasurer of the PRBA, Chair of the Women’s Committee and Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee. Justice Goldberg Velazquez is on the Board of Visitors of her law school alma mater, CUNY School of Law.
Justice Goldberg Velazquez has been published in the New York Law Journal and the Official Reporter and has been a speaker at Continuing Legal Education classes on various matters. Justice Goldberg Velazquez has been a panel speaker on various Bar Associations throughout her career as well as she commits many hours a year to speak to local high school students about her career path and journey.
Justice Goldberg Velazquez is a graduate of CUNY School of Law, where she was the managing editor of the New York City Law Review. The Justice earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Syracuse University where she graduated Pi Sigma Alpha. While at Syracuse the Justice was on the Dean’s List, a member of the nationally ranked Mock Trial Team.
Justice Goldberg Velazquez resides in Yonkers with her husband, two young daughters, and the family dog, Ziggy.