Justice Eng Breaks Barriers, Offers Insightful Counsel
Justice Randall T. Eng taps into his vast legal and judicial experience to provide unique and insightful counsel and advice to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.’s (Meyer Suozzi) clients. His areas of practice include all matters of business affairs, litigation, appeals and dispute resolution. Of counsel to the firm and a member of its Litigation Department, including the Appellate Practice and Criminal Defense groups, Justice Eng also serves within the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution practice.
Justice Eng has spent his career gaining extensive legal knowledge and breaking barriers. He began in public service as an assistant district attorney in Queens County. At the time, he became the first Asian American appointed as an assistant prosecutor in New York history. He then served as the deputy inspector general of the New York City Correction Department and later became the inspector general.
Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Justice Eng served as the presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department — the busiest and largest Judicial Department in the State of New York, covering Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester, handling over 9,000 appeals per year. The presiding justice is the highest-ranking judge in the appellate division, in charge of all of its operations, as well as a sitting practicing judge on panels of appeal.
In 1983, Justice Eng became the first Asian American to become a judge in the state of New York when he was appointed to the Criminal Court of the City of New York by then-Mayor Edward Koch. He sat in the Criminal Court until 1988 when he was designated an Acting Justice of the New York State Supreme Court. In 1990 and 2004, Justice Eng was elected and re-elected to full 14-year terms on that bench.
Following these terms, he was appointed administrative judge of the criminal term of Queens County Supreme Court in 2007 and served in that role until 2008. In 2012, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Justice Eng to lead the Second Department, where he became the first Asian American to serve as presiding justice in New York’s history.