The Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo served as a judge for 14 years on the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the New York state court system. Her experience on the Court of Appeals bench affords Judge Graffeo a unique ability to assist litigants in New York state. Judge Graffeo draws on that experience to develop appellate litigation strategy, expert witness testimony and opinions to help guide domestic and international law firms handling business and contract disputes governed by New York law.
During her tenure on the Court of Appeals, Judge Graffeo authored hundreds of majority opinions —many involving international commercial and financial disputes. Earlier in her career, Judge Graffeo served as a trial judge on the New York State Supreme Court and as an appellate judge on an intermediate appellate court, the Appellate Division, Third Department.
Before her judicial service, Judge Graffeo was Solicitor General for the State of New York and Counsel to the New York Attorney General. As head of the Appeals and Opinions Bureau at the Office of the Attorney General, she had responsibility for the review and approval of hundreds of briefs and motions to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the New York Court of Appeals and the four Departments of the New York Appellate Division.
Judge Graffeo is the chair of the Harris Beach Alternative Dispute Resolution and Appellate Practice Groups at Harris Beach. She is also a member of the Business and Commercial Litigation Practice Group and the Government Compliance and Investigations Practice Group.