District Attorney Melinda Katz Biography


Melinda Katz was born and raised in Forest Hills, and is a product of our public school system. She has been a public servant for over 20 years.

After graduating with honors from the University of Massachusetts, District Attorney Katz attended St. John’s School of Law. Upon earning her law degree, she interned for future US Attorney General Michael Mukasey in the Southern District of NY and the Legal Aid Society.

District Attorney Katz served in private practice until she was elected to serve in the Assembly in 1994. As an Assemblymember, she authored and passed crucial legislation to protect the most vulnerable in our community. Her efforts resulted in laws that extended the Statute of Limitations for victims of child sexual abuse, provided women direct access to gynecologists and increased to a felony certain classes of endangerment of the welfare of a child. She also co-sponsored and fought for laws to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and to establish and strengthen hate crime legislation.

As a member of the New York City Council from 2002 to 2009, District Attorney Katz served as Chair of the influential Land Use Committee, using her legal background and community ties to steward major projects that helped pull New York City out of the 2001 recession. Under her leadership, the Committee championed zoning measures that paved the way for redevelopment projects in all five boroughs, while safeguarding communities from overdevelopment.

District Attorney Katz has extensive experience in private practice, working as a litigator for Weil Gotshal and as a shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, a position she held until her election as the 19th Borough President of Queens.

As Queens Borough President, she worked to seal certain misdemeanor and non-violent felony convictions and grant warrant forgiveness to promote second chances in the communities most affected by mass incarceration.

Her father, David, was the founder and conductor of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and her mother, Jeanne, was the founder of the Queens Council for the Arts.

District Attorney Katz is raising her two children, Carter and Hunter, in the same Forest Hills home in which she grew up.






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