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Aulisi will join Belluck & Fox 

Former state Supreme Court Justice Richard T. Aulisi relaxes in his chambers at the County Office Building in Johnstown in January. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Belluck & Fox, LLP, one of New York’s preeminent asbestos, mesothelioma and personal injury firms in New York State, recently announced that former New York State Judge Richard T. Aulisi is joining the firm as trial counsel to lead the expansion of the firm’s Upstate New York personal injury practice.  

The firm, which already has offices in Albany, Woodstock, Rochester and New York City, will be opening an additional office in Fulton County.

Judge Aulisi was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice on January 1, 2000.

In addition to handling his assigned calendars in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and Warren Counties, he handled all of the asbestos litigation in the 29 counties of the Third Judicial Department.

He participated as a guest speaker at a number of national asbestos conferences, and served as a speaker and panel member at a number of other litigation conferences and seminars. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics, the New York State Judicial Advisory Council and the New York State Unified Court System’s Litigation Coordinating Panel.

He is a member of the Fulton County Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association and The New York Italian American Bar Association.

Prior to becoming a judge, he handled personal injury cases at all levels of New York State’s trial and appellate courts.   He is widely regarded as one of the best trial lawyers in New York State.

“Judge Aulisi is a distinguished jurist who was assigned complex civil litigations across Upstate New York. His reputation as a trial lawyer prior to becoming a judge is the stuff of legend in the New York legal community. We are thrilled he is joining Belluck & Fox, and leading the expansion of our personal injury practice in Fulton County and the Capital Region of New York,” said Joseph Belluck, founding partner of Belluck & Fox, LLP, in a news release.

Aulisi graduated from Hartwick College in 1966 and Albany Law School in 1969. He practiced law for 30 years in Gloversville and was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 1999.

He is the former President of the Fulton County Bar Association; a former member of the New York State Committee on Professional Standards and served as its Chairman.

He was a member of the Capital Defenders Panel, a sixteen-member statewide group created to review applications by attorneys who applied for appointment to capital murder cases.

The Panel was also charged with the duty of setting fees for such cases.

As a former partner in the firm of Caputo, Aulisi and Skoda and, later, Aulisi and Skoda, Judge Aulisi was actively engaged in an extensive civil and criminal trial practice. He handled cases at all levels of trial and Appellate Courts in the State of New York and tried criminal and civil cases in other states and in many of the counties across the State of New York, as well as in Federal Court.

He served as a Special Prosecutor for Fulton County and for 21 years served as an assistant County Attorney.

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