Norman L. Greene


Location: New York, New York
Phone: 212-257-8750
Fax: 212-687-2123
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Norman L. Greene has extensive experience in a wide-range of litigation, such as commercial litigation, real estate (including cooperatives and condominiums, discrimination, and zoning), construction, product liability, securities, breach of contract, including government contracting and insurance, unfair competition and professional liability, including professional malpractice. He has handled cases in trial and appellate courts (including the United States Supreme Court), mediation and arbitration, and has engaged in general problem-solving short of litigation.In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Greene consults on, among other things, government relations and public policy.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Public Policy

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Columbia University, New York, New York
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts

Published Works

  • Judiciary:
  • – How Great Is America’s Tolerance for Judicial Bias? An Inquiry into the Supreme Court’s Decisions in Caperton and Citizens United, Their Implications for Judicial Elections, and Their Effect on the Rule of Law in the United States, 112 W. Va. L. Rev. 873 (2010)
  • – Advancing the Rule of Law through Judicial Selection Reform: Is the New York Court of Appeals Judicial Selection Process the Least of Our Concerns in New York, 72 Albany L. Rev. 633 (2009)
  • – Perspectives from the Study of International Development and the Rule of Law: Are There Lessons for the Reform of Judicial Selection in the United States? 86 Denv. U. L. Rev. 53 (2009)
  • – Appointive Selection of Judges, Limited Jurisdiction Courts with Non-Lawyer Judiciaries, and Judicial Independence, 43 Court Review 80 (Court Review is a publication of the American Judges Association (2007))
  • – The Judicial Independence Through Fair Appointments Act, 34 Fordham Urb. L. J. 13 (2007)
  • – What Makes A Good Appointive System for the Selection of State Court Judges: The Vision of the Symposium, 34 Fordham Urb. L. J. 35 (2007)
  • – Reflections on the Appointment and Election of State Court Judges: A Response to Adumbrations on Judicial Campaign Speech and a Model for a Response to Similar Advocacy Articles, 43 Idaho L. Rev. 601 (2007)
  • – Perspectives on Judicial Selection, 56 Mercer L. Rev. 949 (2005)
  • – Perspectives on Judicial Selection Reform: The Need to Develop a Model Appointive Selection Plan for Judges in Light of Experience, 68 Albany L. Rev. 597 (2005)
  • – The Governor’s Power to Appoint Judges: New York Should Have the Best Available Appointment System, 7 NYSBA Government, Law and Policy Journal 46 (2005)
  • – Preface, Executioners, Jailers, Slavetrappers, and the Law: What Role Should Morality Play in Judging, 19 Cardozo L.Rev. 963 (1997)
  • – Introduction, Politicians on Judges: Fair Criticism or Intimidation, 72 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 294 (1997)
  • – A Perspective on Temper in the Court: A Forum on Judicial Civility, 23 Fordham Urb. L. J. 709 (1996)
  • A Perspective on Nazis in the Courtroom, Lessons From the Conduct of Lawyers and Judges under Laws of the Third Reich and Vichy, France, 61 Brook. L. Rev. 1122 (1996)
  • Capital Punishment:
  • – Introduction, The Art of Execution, 15 Law & Literature 229 (2003)
  • – Preface, Rethinking the Death Penalty: Can We Define Who Deserves Death, 24 Pace Law Review 107 (2003)
  • – Introduction, Dying Twice: Incarceration on Death Row, 31 Capital University Law Review 853 (2003)
  • – A Perspective on The Condemned, the Tinkerers, and the Machinery of Death: Capital Punishment in New York Before 1965, 38 Criminal Law Bulletin 510 (2002)
  • – Introduction, Governor Ryan’s Capital Punishment Moratorium and The Executioner’s Confession: Views From the Governor’s Mansion to Death Row, 75 St. John’s Law Review 401 (2001)
  • – The Context of Executive Clemency: Reflections on the Literature of Capital Punishment, 28 Capital University Law Review 513 (2000)
  • – Clemency and the Capital Offender: An Introduction to the Power and the Punishment, 28 Capital University Law Review 557 (2000)
  • Book Reviews:
  • – Within These Walls: Memoirs of a Death House Chaplain, New York Law Journal, April 1, 2003
  • – The Last Face You’ll Ever See: The Private Life of the American Death Penalty, New York Law Journal, February 22, 2002
  • – The Last-Gasp World (review of Habeas Corpus: Rethinking the Great Writ of Liberty), Legal Times, July 15, 2002
  • – Who Owns Death? Capital Punishment, The American Conscience,
  • – Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America’s Future, New York Law Journal, December 14, 2001
  • – Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House, New York Law Journal, August 1, 2000
  • – Proximity to Death, New York Law Journal, March 10, 2000
  • – Just Revenge: Costs and Consequences of the Death Penalty, New York Law Journal, January 30, 1998
  • Product Liability and General Litigation:
  • – Civil Conspiracy and the Rule of Law: A Proposal for Reappraisal and Reform, 64 Arkansas Law Review 301 (2011)
  • – Away from Ideology: A Review of Products Liability Defenses in the Era of Tort Reform, 13 Pace L. Rev. 43 (Winter 1993)
  • – Product Liability Reform: The Governor’s Proposal, New York Law Journal, June 22, 1993
  • – Cigarette Warning Labels – The Real Issue for the Supreme Court, Business Insurance (November, 1991)
  • – Rabies and the Researcher: Andrulonis v. United States, New York Negligence Reporter (June, 1991)
  • – Enright v. Eli Lilly : A Retreat from Deterrence, New York Law Journal, March 20, 1991
  • – The Law of Successor Liability in New York Products Liability Cases, New York Negligence Reporter (April 1990)
  • – Successor Liability, New York Law Journal, February 28, 1990
  • Book Review:
  • – Galileo’s Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom, New York Law Journal, December 23, 1991
  • General Litigation:
  • – Settlement Strategy, New York Law Journal, November 3, 1989
  • – Document Discovery, Strategy and Practice, New York Law Journal, July 19, 1989
  • International:
  • – Norman L. Greene and Eric Beinhart, Combating Human Trafficking – The U.S. Government’s Response: A Panel and A Perspective on Counter-Trafficking in Persons, 20 ILSA J. of Intern & Comp. L. 49 (2013)
  • – Why Nations Fail: 2012 International Law Weekend Panel Addresses Law and Development Movement, Underlying Assumptions, and Challenges, 19 ILSA J. of Intern. & Comp. L 419 (2013) (co- authored).
  • – Towards More Effective Foreign Assistance: ABA 2013 Spring Meeting Panel Analyzes Best Practices and Misconceptions in Rule of Law Reform, Africa Law Today, Issue 2 (2013) (co-authored).
  • – Norman L. Greene and Lara Goldmark, New York International Law Panel Addresses Law and Development Movement, Underlying Assumptions and Challenges, Africa Law Today, Volume 4, Issue 4 (2012)
  • – Rule of Law in Morocco: A Journey Towards a Better Judiciary Through the Implementation of the 2011 Constitutional Reforms, 18 ILSA J. of Intern. & Comp. L 455 (2012)
  • – International Law Weekend Panel Examines Access to Justice in the Middle East and North Africa Before and After the Arab Spring, 20 ILSA Quarterly 22 (2011)
  • Professionalism:
  • – The Lawyer’s Myth: Reviving Ideals in the Legal Profession, New York Law Journal, July 12, 2002
  • – The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America, New York Law Journal, February 9, 1999
  • – The Tough Litigator, New York State Bar Journal, February 1990
  • Uniform State Laws:
  • – Symposium on Uniform State Laws, 22 Okla. City Univ. Law Review 257, 286 (1997)
  • Other Book Reviews:
  • – Augusta Gone: A True Story, New York Law Journal, July 20, 2001


  • Mr. Greene has made many presentations on legal and public policy topics, including judicial selection reform to law schools, bar conventions and business groups, including two full-day programs at Fordham Law School; criminal justice reform (particularly on capital punishment); rule of law reform; effective foreign assistance; counter- human trafficking; and litigation and related topics, including product liability. One of the Fordham programs, entitled Enhancing Judicial Independence, Accountability, and Selection for the State Court Judiciary: A Program for Reform, included presentations by Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen Breyer, as part of Justice O’Connor’s overall project on the independence of the judiciary.

Honors and Awards

  • New York, Super Lawyers, 2009-2011 and 2013-2015
  • New York Metro, Super Lawyers, General Litigation, 2015 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

Commissioner, New York State Commission on Uniform State Laws, Member Uniform Law Commission (Past: Member, Drafting Committee on Model Punitive Damages Act; Chair, Study Committee on Regulation of Medical Examiners; Member, Drafting Committee on Electronic Recording of Custodial Investigations Current: Member, Drafting Committee on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking)

  • New York City Bar Association (Past service (selective): Chair, Committee on Uniform State Laws; Chair, Committee on Lectures and Continuing Education; Chair, Committee on Capital Punishment; Member: Executive Committee; Product Liability Committee; Current: Council on International Affairs; Committee on Capital Punishment
  • New York State Bar Association (Member, Section of Commercial and Federal Litigation; Section of International Law); New York County Lawyers Association (Past Member, Task Force on Judicial Selection)
  • American Bar Association (Advisory Group, Center for Human Rights; Board Member, ABA Rule of Law Initiative; Member, Section of International Law and following Section committees: Vice Chair, International Corporate Counsel and Anti-Corruption Committees; Steering Committee, Africa Committee; and Section of International Law Liaison to ABA Human Trafficking Task Force and Co-Liaison to Trace International; and Member, Litigation Section; State and Local Government Section (State Attorney General Committee)
  • Member of American Law Institute (including Member Consultative Group on Restatement Third, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration, Restatement Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States)
  • Member of American Society of International Law (various interest groups)
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation
  • Director, Center for Family Support, New York, New York
  • Board Member, Law Alumni Association, New York University School of Law