Honorable Allen Hurkin Torres
Honorable Allen Hurkin Torres graduated with honors from Brooklyn Law School in 1991, and was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 2001. Following his election, he served in the Criminal Term, presiding over felony trials, and the Civil Term, trying civil cases and maintaining an inventory of cases in an IAS part. Since 2002, Justice Hurkin-Torres has alternately been the presiding judge of the Jury Coordinating Part and the City Trial Readiness Part. In that capacity, he has been responsible for managing the Supreme Court’s general inventory of trial-ready civil cases, all of the trial-ready cases against the New York City Transit Authority, the City of New York and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Before taking the bench, Justice Hurkin-Torres served as a law clerk in the Civil and Supreme Courts, and, for the three years prior to his election he served as a principal law clerk for the Appellate Division, First Department.
In addition to coordinating trial schedules while presiding over Jury coordinating parts and trial readiness parts, Justice Hurkin Torres mediates all genres of civil cases, handles all aspects of jury selection and presides over an extensive motion calendar each day.
Justice Hurkin Torres is a frequent lecturer on civil law and trial practice for organizations such the New York State Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York Academy of Trial Lawyers, and Brooklyn Bar Association, among others. He also regularly teaches settlement and mediation skills at the New York State Judicial Institute.
Justice Hurkin Torres has received multiple awards for his skills as a jurist. In 2005 the Catholic Lawyers Guild awarded him the Distinguished Jurist award. In 2006 the New York City Trial Lawyers Association presented him with the Harlan Fiske Stone award for excellence in judicial service, and in 2008 he received the Charles C. Pinckney award from the Defense Association of New York. The Jewish Lawyers Guild presented Justice Hurkin Torres with the Golda Meir award in 2009.