Judge P. Kevin Castel
P. Kevin Castel entered service as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York on November 4, 2003 and today serves as a Senior Judge of that Court.
Prior to the bench, Judge Castel practiced in the field of commercial litigation, including securities, antitrust, employment and products liability law. He was a partner in a major national law firm for twenty years, and served as the firm’s co-administrative partner. Prior to entering private practice, he served as law clerk to a judge on the Court he now serves.
Judge Castel presently serves as Chair of the New York State-Federal Judicial Council which facilitates coordination and cooperation between the federal and state judicial systems. He has taught as an adjunct professor in the field of Professional Responsibility at NYU School of Law and has served as Chair of the Court’s Grievance Committee, its lawyer-disciplinary body. While in private practice, he served for twelve years as a Court-appointed member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department.
Judge Castel is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He is former President of the Federal Bar Council and also is a former Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.
He received his B.S. and J.D. degrees from St. John’s University. In law school, he was articles editor of the law review and a St. Thomas More Scholar.