Justice Brigantti graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx in 1981. She served as a legislative intern to the Assembly Majority Whip during Governor Hugh Carey’s tenure. As a Council on Legal Education Opportunity fellow she attended Suffolk Law School in Boston, Mass. She received her J.D. from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1985 and participated in a study abroad program at TelAviv University Law School in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is a scholarship recipient of the Columbia Law School Mediation Training program under Part 146 of the Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge.
Justice Brigantti served as a Senior Court Attorney to Administrative Justices Israel Rubin and Jacqueline Silbermann of the Civil Court of New York City; she served as a Court Attorney to Judges Carol Huff, Peter Tom and as Pro Se Attorney for the NYC Housing Court. Justice Brigantti was thereafter appointed as Bureau Chief/Executive Board Member with the NYS Attorney General; and thereafter as Counsel to the Bronx Borough President. By gubernatorial appointment, she served as Board Member to the Commission on NYS Constitutional Revision and Panel Member of the NYS Task Force: Minority Representation on the Bench. By mayoral appointment, Justice Brigantti served as Commissioner to the Equal Employment Practices Commission, Board Member of the NYC Districting Commission and as Board Member of the NYC Health and HospitalCorporation.
In 1997, she was elected Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York and in 2001 was assigned to the Criminal Court of the City of New York for 3 years. In 2005, she was elected as Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, where she presided over hundreds of labor law, premise liability and medical malpractice trials until she was appointed to manage a specially designated high-volume Motor Vehicle Part from preliminary to pretrial conferences. Justice Brigantti has successfully settled a high percentage of trial ready cases in the blockbuster parts. She now serves in her dual capacity as a SupremeCourt Justice, re-elected for a second term in 2018 and as Associate Justice of the Appellate Term, First Department appointed in 2021. Justice Brigantti has further stepped up her duties to assist in the pandemic created backlog in the NYC Family Court by volunteering to adjudicate Family Court Custody and Visitation cases.
Justice Brigantti is the 1st Vice President of the Supreme Court Justices Association of the City of New York, 12th Judicial District Representative of the Supreme CourtJustices Association of theState of NewYork, Chair of the 12th Judicial District Law Library, Board Member of the Gender Fairness Committee of the 12th Judicial District, Board Member of the Latino Judges Association, Co-Chair Advisory member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and a member of the Judiciary Committee of the New York State Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, Women’s Bar Association and Bronx County Bar Association. She is a faculty speaker for several CLE classes for the NYS Trial Lawyers Association and the NYS Bar Association. She is a participating judge of the Thurgood Marshall Program and Fordham Law School, Moore Advocacy Center, Moot Court Program and a speaker/mentor with the National Association of Women Judges/ St. Barnabas Internship Project. As a Bronx resident, she volunteers with the American Red Cross of Greater NY, NYS Chaplaincy Task Force and with the NYC Office of Emergency Management as a Community Emergency Response Team member. Justice Brigantti has received numerous awards, proclamations and citations for her community service.