Biography

Stephen P. Younger, Past President of the New York State Bar Association, is a leading commercial litigator who is also well-known for his alternative dispute resolution work. Having been with Patterson Belknap since 1985, Mr. Younger has more than 35 years of experience as a business litigator. As a seasoned trial lawyer, he has tried many cases in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels. He also frequently argues appeals, particularly in the appellate courts of New York. Based on his significant ADR experience, he is often called on to serve as an arbitrator or mediator in high-stakes matters. Mr. Younger serves as Editor of the New York Commercial Division Practice Guide, which is part of Bloomberg Law's Litigation Practice Portfolio Series and is Editor of the firm’s Commercial Division Blog.

Mr. Younger’s clients include financial institutions, mutual funds, hedge funds, pension funds and venture capital firms, and also multi-national conglomerates, who become involved in commercial, securities, insurance and real estate disputes. He has an extensive practice representing European and Latin American companies in U.S.-related matters. He regularly handles trusts and estates litigations. In addition, he often practices before the New York State Attorney General’s office.

Mr. Younger served as the Transition Director for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo when he was elected to serve as the New York State Attorney General. He also was a member of Governor Cuomo's Transition Committee following his election as Governor. He has advised Gov. Cuomo’s successors as Attorney General on their transitions. In addition, he served on the Transition Committee for New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

In addition to his previous role as State Bar President, Mr. Younger has sat on numerous New York State Bar Association committees. He is Past Chair of the State Bar's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, having previously served as Chair of its Securities Litigation Committee and of its ADR Committee. Mr. Younger served as Chair of the State Bar’s Task Force on Nonlawyer Ownership of Law Firms. He also chaired the State Bar's Subcommittee on the Judiciary Article of its Constitutional Convention Committee.

Mr. Younger is the State Delegate for New York to the ABA’s House of Delegates where he chairs the New York delegation. He chairs the ABA’s Issues of Concern to the Profession Committee. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the ABA's Nominating Committee. He serves on the ABA's Committee on the American Judicial System. He is Past Chair of the ABA’s International Mediation Committee and its Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services. He previously served as the ABA’s representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. He chaired the ABA's 2017 summer meeting in New York City. He is also a member of SCG Legal’s COVID-19 Task Force.

Mr. Younger was Counsel to the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination, which nominates New York’s Court of Appeals Judges. He is also a member of the Governor's First Department Judicial Screening Committee which screens judges for appointment to the Appellate Division of New York’s Supreme Court.

Mr. Younger is Chair of the Board of the Historical Society of the New York Courts. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Modern Courts and received the Fund’s John J. McCloy Award. He served on the Chief Judge's Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century, and currently serves on the Chief Judge’s Commercial Division Advisory Council. He was formerly a member of the Chief Judge’s Advisory Committee on New York State Pro Bono Bar Admission Requirements. He is a co-editor of Patterson Belknap’s Commercial Division Blog.

Mr. Younger serves on the Board of Directors of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. He chairs CPR’s International Committee, and previously served as Chair of its Executive Advisory Committee. He is a founding Board member and Vice Chair of the New York International Arbitration Center. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He also served on the ADR Advisory Committee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

A long-time Trustee of Albany Law School, Mr. Younger is Past President of its National Alumni Council and is a recipient of the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He is also Vice President of the Harvard Club of New York City and previously served on the Club’s Audit Committee.

Mr. Younger is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law where he teaches commercial litigation.

Mr. Younger has spoken at more than 200 seminars and written over 30 articles in the fields of securities litigation, commercial arbitration, international dispute resolution, the legal profession, and COVID-19 litigation.

Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Mr. Younger served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Hugh R. Jones, Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • New York
Professional Activities

HONORS: The Citizens Union of the City of New York Civic Leadership Award; Volunteer Lawyers Project Dedication to Justice Award; Fund for Modern Courts John J. McCloy Award; Albany Law School Distinguished Alumni Award; Puerto Rican Bar's Advancement of Justice Award; Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention Champion for Change Award; Exodus Transitional Community’s Social Justice Award; Listed as a "Litigation Star" for New York in Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s Benchmark: America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys; Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Alternate Dispute Resolution and Appellate Law; Named to Top 100 New York City attorneys in Super Lawyers; Received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating of "AV Preeminent".

MEMBERSHIPS: Past President, New York State Bar Association (Chair, Judiciary Article Subcommittee of the Constitutional Convention Committee; Past Chair, Nominating Committee; Past Chair, Court Operations Committee; Past Chair, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section; Past Chair, Task Force on Nonlawyer Ownership of Law Firms; Past Chair, ADR Committee; Past Chair, Securities Litigation Committee); Past Chair, Mid-Atlantic Bar Conference; N.Y.S. Delegate, ABA House of Delegates; Member, Steering Committee, ABA Nominating Committee; Member, ABA Committee on the American Judicial System; Past Chair, ABA International Trade in Legal Services Committee; Past Chair, ABA International Mediation Committee; Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Past Member, Committee on Arbitration; Past Secretary, Task Force on Civil Courts); Former Counsel, New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination; Member, Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee, First Department; Member, Chief Judge's Commercial Division Advisory Council; Member, Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century; Past Member, Chief Judge's Advisory Committee on New York State Pro Bono Bar Admission Requirements; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Past Member, ADR Advisory Committee, Eastern District of New York; Mediator, United States District Court, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York; Advisory Board, Financial Markets Regulatory Institute; Board of Directors, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution (Past Chair, Executive Advisory Committee; Chair, International Committee); Board of Directors, Fund for Modern Courts; Founding Board Member and Vice Chair, New York International Arbitration Center; Advisory Council, Brooklyn Legal Services; Chair of the Board, Historical Society of the N.Y.S. Courts; Congress of Fellows, Center for International Legal Studies; Fellow, The New York Bar Foundation; Fellow, the American Bar Foundation; Trustee Emeritus, Albany Law School; Past President, National Alumni Council, Albany Law School; Vice Presdent, Harvard Club of New York City.

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