During his career, Judge Leavitt has been both in front of and behind the bench, having worked in the Brooklyn and Westchester County District Attorney’s Offices, as a private practice defense attorney, a Town Judge, a County Court Judge, and an Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice.

​In addition to his work in the courtroom, Leavitt served for ten years as a volunteer firefighter, where he retired as a captain, and ten years as a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He was also activated as a Red Cross volunteer at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and has served as a Red Cross hurricane shelter chairman in Florida. You can read more about his community involvement here or by ordering his book.


2003 to present: Lecturer at Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach Community College,

and ​neighborhood organizations throughout South Florida

2008 to 2009: Adjunct Professor Pace University Law School, White Plains, NY

2006: Lecturer at Palm Beach County Bar Association

2003 to 2007: Certified County and Circuit Court Mediator State of Florida

1994 to 2002: County Court Judge for the County of Westchester, NY
​ Acting Supreme Court Justice for the Ninth Judicial District, NY

​​1984 to 1993: New Castle Town Justice; Chappaqua, NY


​1976 to 1993:  Attorney-at-Law. Private practice; Chappaqua, NY

1975 to 1976:  Attorney-at-Law. Bacharach, Green, & Bass, P.C.; White Plains, NY

1972 to 1975:  Assistant District Attorney, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. Served as County Court Trial Assistant in County Court Bureau

1970 to 1972:  Assistant District Attorney, Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn, NY; Supreme Court Bureau: Served as trial attorney on all types of felonies; Grand Jury Bureau: Prepared and presented more than 2,000 felony indictments, including homicide and narcotics cases

​1969 to 1970: Criminal Law Investigator, Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn, NY

Admitted to practice law: 

       New York - 1970

       U.S. Eastern District - 1972
       U.S. Southern District - 1972
       U.S. Court of Appeals - 1975
       U.S. Supreme Court - 1975
Florida Academy of Professional Mediators - Present

New York University. Bachelor of Arts, 1961
Fordham University School of Law. Doctor of Law, 1969

Lt. Col., New York State Guard, 1997 to 2003
United States Army Reserves, 1956 to 1964


People v. John Morris, 160 Misc 2d 648

People v. Jermaine King, 161 Misc 2d 448

People v. Shariff and Greenfield, 165 Misc 2d 598

People v. Theodore Davis, 169 Misc 2d 977

People v. Robert J. Green, 170 Misc 2d 301

People v. Hopeton Minott, 172 Misc 2d 916

People v. Claudia Santiago, 175 Misc 2d 268

County Tennis v. Assessor/Scarsdale, 176 Misc 2d 865

People v. Curtis Wilson, 177 Misc 2d 340

United Water v. Village of Briarcliff, 180 Misc 2d 241

Al Turi Landfill, Inc. v. NYS/D.E.C., 183 Misc 2d 787 

Pelham Council of Governing Boards v. Mount Vernon

186 Misc. 2d 301; 187 Misc. 2d 444

Matter of Gormanly v. Andrew Shiff, Zoning Board, 188 Misc. 2d 873

Bonnie Briar v. Town of Mamaroneck,242 App. Div. 2d 356