Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University alumnus Philip Halpern '80 confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the federal bench for the SDNY

February 13, 2020
Philip Halpern '80

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University alumnus Philip Halpern '80 confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the federal bench for the SDNY

Halpern, an Adjunct Professor at Haub Law, is also Member of the School’s Board of Visitors

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (February 13, 2020) -- Philip M. Halpern, graduate of the class of 1980 from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, has been confirmed by the United States Senate to serve on the federal bench for the Southern District of New York. He was nominated by President Trump. In a bipartisan vote, the Senate approved Halpern’s nomination on February 12.

Prior to his nomination, Mr. Halpern was the Managing Partner at Collier Halpern & Newberg, LLP in White Plains and has been a member of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University’s Board of Visitors for more than two decades.

“Congratulations to our alumnus, Phil Halpern,” said Horace Anderson, Dean of Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. “Phil is a shining example of how far you can go with a Haub Law degree and his steadfast leadership and support as a member of our Board of Visitors has been invaluable. We are tremendously proud of Phil and his appointment to serve as a federal judge in the Southern District of New York.”  

Upon learning of his nomination last year, Professor Jay Carlisle noted: “Phil was an outstanding student in the first class I taught at Pace during the spring semester of 1978. He impressed me so much that I hired him as my first research assistant. Phil’s research and writing skills were superb and he worked harder than any assistant I have had in my 40 years at the Law School. Phil will be an excellent federal district court judge.”

With more than 90 reported decisions and more than three and a half decades of experience in representing individuals, corporations and Fortune 500 companies, Philip M. Halpern has extensive trial and appellate experience and a strong commitment to client advocacy. While he was a partner with Collier Halpern & Newberg, LLP, his practice focused on commercial litigation, estates, employment litigation, real estate litigation, and securities litigation. He has been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial advocate and a civil pretrial advocate, and has been selected as a Super Lawyer every year since 2007. In addition, Mr. Halpern is an Adjunct Professor at The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University where he teaches a class entitled, "The Anatomy of a Trial: The Burden of Proof," which deals exclusively with trial skills. He is also writing a textbook for the class.

Mr. Halpern graduated magna cum laude graduate of Fordham University, where he majored in economics and is a graduate of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University where he obtained his juris doctor. He began his legal career in 1980 as a law clerk to Federal Judge Irving Ben Cooper in the Southern District of New York. He is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and Connecticut and has regularly appeared in the federal and state courts in those jurisdictions as well as nation-wide. He has taken cases to successful verdict in more than a dozen states.

Mr. Halpern’s numerous accomplishments have been recognized with awards from the Westchester County Business Journal, American Diabetes Association and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. In 2006, he was presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law’s annual Law Leadership Dinner.


About the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University: Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law (Pace Law) offers J.D. and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, NY, opened its doors in 1976 and has over 8,500 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory.

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University launched its Environmental Law Program in 1978; it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs. Pace’s doctoral graduates teach environmental law at universities around the world. Pace’s J.D. alumni are prominent in environmental law firms, agencies and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, the Law School received a transformational gift from the family of Elisabeth Haub, in recognition of its outstanding environmental law programs. For more information visit http://law.pace.edu.

About Pace University: Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains.

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