The Honorable Gary F. Knobel

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Special Professor of Law

B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
J.D., DePaul University
LL.M., New York University

Phone: 516-463-5878


Judge Knobel was elected to the Nassau County District Court in November, 2005. He is assigned to hear and determine civil cases exclusively from their commencement to their conclusion; he also periodically conducts arraignments. The average daily civil caseload consists of at least 20 motions and 10 trials. Judge Knobel has had several opinions published in the official reporter and the New York Law Journal. He has taught New York Civil Procedure at Hofstra Law since 2003.

For the past 16 years, Judge Knobel has delivered food every Monday to senior citizens of behalf of Island Harvest.

Prior to being elected to the District Court, Judge Knobel served as a law clerk for 24 years for judges serving in the United States Bankruptcy Court (Southern District), the New York City Civil Court (New York County) and the New York State Supreme Court (Nassau County). During that period of time, Judge Knobel drafted thousands of decisions and conferenced thousands of cases on behalf of these judges. In addition to his public service, Judge Knobel was an attorney in New York University’s Office of Legal Counsel. Judge Knobel has also lectured on aspects of New York civil litigation before judges state-wide on behalf of the Judicial Institute, as well as the Nassau County Bar Association and the New York State Trial Lawyer’s Association. He is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Jewish Lawyers Association and the Nassau County District Court Judges Association.

Judge Knobel is married to Ilene Fern, law clerk to the Honorable Martin Schulman, Supreme Court, Queens County, and has two beautiful children: Laurence, who graduated from Hofstra [as an undergrad] in January, hopes to attend the sports management MBA program at Hofstra and is presently a visiting team batboy for the New York Mets, and Lily, who will be 5 years old in November and knows the lyrics to “Mamma Mia,” and “Dancing in the Dark” and “Surprise, Surprise” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Judge Knobel loves baseball, the New York Yankees and the E Street Band, and reluctantly roots for the New York Mets.