Hon. Nelson S. Roman was born July 29, 1960 in New York City with Puerto Rican ancestry. He was raised in the Bronx and attended Cardinal Hayes High School. In 1982, he became a New York City Police Officer and served for nearly eight years while attending school. He attended Fordham University and graduated cum laude in 1984. He pursued his law degree at Brooklyn Law School and graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1989. Shortly after he became an Assistant District Attorney and joined the Kings County Office. Then he served as a Special Narcotics Prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney’s Office until 1995. In 1995, he became a law clerk to Hon. Jose A. Padilla, Jr., of the New York City Civil Court.
In 1998, he began his judicial career as the Chief Administrative Judge appointed to the Housing Court bench of Civil Court. He was then elected to New York Civil Court, Bronx County two years later. In 2002, he was elected to the Supreme Court, Bronx County. In 2009, he was appointed as an Associate Justice to the Appellate Division, First Department. On September 20, 2012, he was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
He is the past president of Puerto Rican Bar Association and a founding member of the Cervantes Society. He earned a reputation as a fair, knowledgeable and just jurist for discharging his duties diligently and faithfully.