Eugene M. Fahey



Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, 2006-2015


In 2015, Judge Fahey was appointed to the Court of Appeals. See his full biography HERE.

Eugene M. Fahey earned three degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo: a B.A. in political science in 1974 (cum laude); a J.D. in 1984; and an M.A. in European History in 1998. Justice Fahey served on the Buffalo Common Council from 1978 to 1984 and again from 1988 to 1994. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Edgar C. NeMoyer before entering private practice in 1985, where he worked as house counsel for Kemper Insurance Company until 1993. In 1994, Justice Fahey was elected to Buffalo City Court and on that bench had a yearly workload of 3,500 cases, most of which were criminal matters. In 1996, Justice Fahey was elected to serve as a Supreme Court Justice in the Eighth Judicial District. Once on that bench, Justice Fahey handled both civil and criminal calendars, and presided over cases in Erie County and throughout the Eighth Judicial District. Justice Fahey continued in that role until 2005, at which point he was selected to preside in the Eighth Judicial District Commercial Division. In 2006, Governor George E. Pataki appointed Justice Fahey as an additional justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. Justice Fahey served in that capacity until Governor David A. Paterson designated him as an associate justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department in December 2009. After his re-election in 2010, Justice Fahey was redesignated as an associate justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Justice Fahey is a member of various state and local professional organizations, and is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education Programs. He has also written instructional materials on a variety of topics, including medical malpractice litigation, the use of expert witnesses, negotiation and commercial litigation. Off the bench, Justice Fahey has been involved in a variety of community organizations, including Deaf Adult Services of Western New York, Inc., Buffalo Neighborhood Housing Services and Fillmore-Leroy Area Residents, Inc. Justice Fahey, however, takes great pride in his family, which consists of his wife, Colleen Maroney-Fahey, his daughter, Ann B.D. Fahey, and his loyal dog, Holly. On January 15, 2015, he was nominated by Governor Cuomo to the Court of Appeals. His nomination was confirmed by the New York State Senate on February 9, 2015.

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