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Honorable Shahabuddeen A. Ally


Judge Shahabuddeen A. Ally is an elected Civil Court Judge in New York County. Judge Ally was elected in November 2018. Judge Ally is the only candidate to ever be reported as “Most Highly Qualified” from three separate screening panels in one year. Judge Ally is the first Muslim male Judge elected in New York State history! Judge Ally has been appointed as Supervising Judge to New York County Civil Court – making him the first South Asian Supervising Judge in New York State history. Judge Ally began his judicial career in the Bronx Criminal Court.

Judge Ally is a member of the 2001 graduating class of Hofstra University School of Law. Judge Ally began his legal career as a staff attorney with the New York City
Administration for Children’s Services. As a staff attorney, Judge Ally litigated cases involving child abuse and neglect. Judge Ally appeared as lead counsel on hundreds of cases and at various stages of litigation including settlement conferences, discovery, compliance conferences, and trial.

Judge Ally then went to work for the New York City Law Department as an Assistant Corporation Counsel. Judge Ally was assigned to the Family Law bureau where he prosecuted juvenile delinquency matters. Judge Ally started in the Bronx division where he prosecuted a range of cases from misdemeanors to serious felony cases. Judge Ally’s practice grew when he was appointed to the sex crimes prosecution unit, where he was solely responsible for the prosecution of all sex crimes in New York County.

For a decade prior to his time on the bench, Judge Ally operated his own law practice specializing in Family and Criminal law. Judge Ally was a member of the 18b panel where he provided indigent legal services to litigants in Family, Criminal and Supreme courts.


Judge Ally is a firm believer in public service and community service. Judge Ally was the Chairman of Manhattan Community Board 12, Washington Heights and Inwood. Judge Ally was appointed by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, as a Commissioner, to the Franklin H. Williams Commission to address racial equality in the court system. Judge Ally currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Armory Foundation, Row New York and the Fort Tryon Park Trust. Judge Ally resides in Upper Manhattan with his wife, a Family Court Judge, his son and

Supervising Judge/Acting Justice of Supreme Court, New York County Civil Court

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