Scott M. Karson - President-Elect

Scott M. Karson

Scott M. Karson of Stony Brook, a partner at Lamb & Barnosky, is president-elect of the New York State Bar Association.

Karson is a commercial and municipal litigator with a concentration in appellate work and has argued more than 100 appeals in the state and federal appellate courts. He also chairs his firm’s Professional Ethics Committee and its Litigation Committee.

A NYSBA member for 31 years, Karson has served on the Executive Committee as vice president for the Tenth Judicial District (Nassau and Suffolk counties), and still serves on the House of Delegates. He is a member and former chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee, the President’s Committee on Access to Justice and the Committee to Review Judicial Nominations. A longtime member of the Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction, Karson worked during his time as chair to clarify court rules to create a standard price that could be charged for court transcripts. 

A past president of the Suffolk County Bar Association, Karson was the county bar’s delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates. As president-elect, he will be a NYSBA delegate to the ABA. He still serves on the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. Karson is vice chair of the board of directors of Nassau Suffolk Law Services, the principal provider of civil legal services to Long Island’s indigent population. He has twice received the Suffolk County Bar Association President’s Award, in 1996 and 2011, and received the bar’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Karson earned his law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law, cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.