Judge Nichelle Johnson has been a Judge since April of 2016 in the Mount Vernon City Court. She is the first Muslim and Latino judge in the City of Mount Vernon (Judge Johnson is half Puerto Rican). Prior to becoming a Judge, she was a practicing attorney for more than 20 years which includes 14 years or so in the areas of municipal defense, family, matrimonial, and criminal matters. Her legal knowledge is in both prosecution and defense litigation. She spent more than a decade representing the citizens of Mount Vernon as Corporation Counsel, Deputy Corporation Counsel and a trial attorney. When she was an attorney she litigated in Federal, Supreme, City and Family Courts throughout the State of New York, won prevailing decisions in the 2nd Department Appellate Division and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Johnson has argued before U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Judge Johnson graduated from C.W. Post College of Long Island University and then from Brooklyn Law School in 1994 with awards for outstanding trial skills. She was admitted to practice law in 1995 after passing the New York State Bar exam on her first try. Judge Johnson lives with her husband Arthur and four daughters, Najah, Mecca, Isha and Amira in the City of Mount Vernon.