Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York / New York State Judiciary
The Honorable Anar Rathod Patel was appointed on June 3, 2022, to the New York State Court of Claims by New York Governor Kathy Hochul and confirmed by the New York State Senate in a unanimous vote. Upon her appointment, Judge Patel was designated as an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
Prior to ascending to the judiciary, Judge Patel was Counsel in the Litigation Department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York (2010 to 2022), where she practiced in the areas of complex commercial litigation and government and internal investigations. She represented and advised corporate clients in connection with contract disputes, securities laws, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as multinational corporations, boards, and individuals in connection with matters of global compliance, anti-corruption, internal investigations, criminal prosecutions, regulatory enforcement actions, and related civil litigation. Judge Patel was actively involved in the Firm’s pro bono efforts, with experience working on federal criminal cases, as well as immigration, asylum, and removal proceedings. Judge Patel also served as an adjunct law professor at Columbia University Law School, where she taught Legal Writing.
Judge Patel received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 2010, where she was the Associate Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. She earned her Bachelor of Science, with honors and distinction from Cornell University in 2004. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable William F. Kuntz, II of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She also served a summer law clerk to the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn of the Northern District of Texas. Prior to entering law school, Judge Patel worked in the investment banking industry at Lehman Brothers and Rothschild, Inc.
Judge Patel is an active member of the Federal Bar Council, New York City Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of New York, Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and the Bronxville Police & Community Relations Committee. Judge Patel was raised in Sherman, Texas and graduated from The Hockaday School in 2000. Her parents are Drs. Kamal and Minaxi Rathod, both of whom remain active in the Hockaday community. She lives with her husband, Sanil Patel, and their three children, Lyla (age 9), Zane (age 7), and Shay (age 5) in Bronxville, New York.