Born and raised in Syracuse, Ann was instilled at a very young age with the belief in the power of public service. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University’s College of Law while also obtaining a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ann discovered her passion for litigation while working as a term clerk for the New York State Appellate Division in Albany. During her tenure, she was exposed to a wide variety of cases. Ann’s introduction to the judicial system was inspiring, as she observed how a decision issued by the Court affected the lives of the parties involved.
After working in private practice for five years, Ann was thankful for the opportunity to return to public service as an Assistant Corporation Counsel. As an attorney for the city, she was responsible for representing the City of Syracuse and its employees in a wide range of litigation matters. Ann worked on constitutional and civil rights cases, and successfully argued motions and appeals before almost every court in New York, including the New York State Court of Appeals and Federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
When Ann was offered a position in the Federal District Court in Syracuse in 2015, she jumped at the chance to expand her practice into the criminal law field. She was exclusively responsible for drafting decisions in habeas corpus petitions filed in federal court. This work taught her that it is imperative that judges demonstrate integrity and fairness throughout the legal process for victims, as well as criminal defendants. It cemented Ann’s belief that listening to all sides of an issue, searching out the opinion of experts, researching the facts, and not allowing quick judgment to cloud a decision is critically important for any judge.
For over two decades Ann has actively participated in the Onondaga County Democratic Committee, and she has volunteered on numerous political campaigns. She resides in Syracuse with her two young children, Eloise and Wesley. Ann takes great pride in her record of public service and believes her temperament, professional and personal experiences have made her uniquely qualified for the position of City Court Judge.