Hon. Melanie Cyganowski

Adjunct Professor
J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law (magna cum laude)

Judge Cyganowski is a member of the firm of Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, P.C. in New York City. Prior to this, she served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York from 1993-2007 and as Chief Judge from 2005-2007. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. Following graduation from law school, Judge Cyganowski served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles L. Brieant, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Following her clerkship, she was a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell (1982-1989) and a senior attorney in litigation at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (1989-1993).

Judge Cyganowski has written numerous articles concerning pressing issues in bankruptcy and frequently appears as a commentator on Fox Business News. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and also an active member of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association, the ABI, the Federal Bar Council, the Bar of the City of New York, and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

Judge Cyganowski teaches Bankruptcy Ethics, Fraud and Malpractice with Judge Morris and has, in the past, also taught Domestic Relations in Bankruptcy and Chapter 11 Reorganization.