Columbia High grad, Colonie resident, sworn in as federal judge; Local federal bench now majority women

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Judge Anne Nardacci with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer Friday

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ALBANY – A Columbia High School graduate and Colonie resident was sworn in Friday as the newest federal district court judge.

Anne Nardacci was sworn in to the Northern District of New York judgeship Friday at an event in Albany and comes with a background of litigating complex commercial and antitrust cases, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s office said.

“I am truly elated that Anne Nardacci, one of the Capital Region’s own, will finally get to bring her tremendous expertise, integrity, and intelligence to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District, which receives such a wide breadth and volume of cases,” Schumer said in a statement. “I truly can’t think of a better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than to make the NDNY a majority female bench for the first time in history. I am confident that Judge Nardacci– both as a brilliant and skilled jurist and an accomplished lawyer with the wisdom accumulated from her life’s experiences — will bring all of her talents, attributes, and common sense to the Northern District bench, which is so grateful to finally have her.”

Nardacci was recommended to President Joe Biden for the nomination by Schumer. Schumer served as the event’s keynote speaker.

Nardacci, 44, most recently served as a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Albany, serving with them since 2005. She began her legal career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City, serving as an associate there from 2002 to 2005.

She’s a 2002 graduate of Cornell Law School and 1998 grad of Georgetown University.

Nardacci (Torrey), grew up in East Greenbush and graduated from Columbia High School. She lives in Colonie with her husband and two children.

Nardacci is the third woman Schumer has recommended for nomination to serve on the NDNY bench, following Judge Mae D’Agostino and Chief Judge Brenda Sannes.

The Northern District of New York covers much of eastern Upstate New York, including Albany and Schenectady, west to Syracuse, Watertown and Binghamton and north to Plattsburgh and the Canadian boarder.

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