No announcement has been made as to who will become the next attorney ethics chief white-washer. In theory, the Presiding Judge of the 1st Department, Luis A. Gonzalez, chooses a new chairman; in practice, corrupt insiders direct who will next fill the roll of Chairman of the DDC.
Mr. Reardon joined Simpson Thacher in 1954 after graduating St.John’s Law School, and was appointed Chairman of the DDC in December of 2007 by then-presiding 1st Department Presiding Justice Jonathan Lippman. Jonathan Lippman called Reardon a “stellar appointee” adding, “Roy L. Reardon brings to his new role invaluable credibility and expertise as well as more than five decades experience as a litigator, arbitrator and mediator. The range and depth of his experience gained during his distinguished legal career make him the ideal candidate for this position and the court is so pleased that he has accepted this appointment. He has been a stalwart on the DDC for many years and I am certain that under his leadership, the Committee will continue to thrive.”