Fordham Law


Fordham Law Mourns Passing of Hon. Dennis E. Milton '76

June 04, 2010

Fordham Law is saddened by the death of alumnus Hon. Dennis E. Milton '76. Judge Milton served at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of New York for nine years.

Before joining the bench in 2001, Judge Milton spent more than 25 years as a prosecutor, municipal attorney, and a litigator in private practice. After graduating from Fordham Law, he joined the white-collar defense firm of McGuire & Lawler. In 1985, as an assistant attorney general for the Eastern District, he became one of three attorneys who established the prosecutor's Long Island satellite office.

"Judge Milton's career embodied the highest ideals of Fordham Law School," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "He was deeply dedicated to the service of others, and he was an extraordinary lawyer and judge. He was also a wonderful person, and his death is a great loss to us all."

Judge Milton served as chief deputy attorney for Suffolk County from 1988 – 1991. In 1992, he became special counsel to the now-defunct firm of Bryan Levitin Franzino & Rosenberg.

For five years before his judicial appointment, Judge Milton was special counsel to the chief investigator of an independent review board overseeing the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

"Judge Milton was a great mentor in the field of bankruptcy and a true example of someone who has dedicated himself to the law," said Fordham Law alumna Chrystal Puleo '06, who clerked for Judge Milton. "He had high standards that he kept in both the courtroom and in life. It was a great pleasure to have known and worked for him."

In 2009, Judge Milton was awarded Regis High School's Deo et Patriae Award, presented to an alumnus of the high school whose record of service exemplifies what it means to be 'a man for others.'

The wake will be held at M.A. Connell Funeral Home, 934 New York Avenue, Huntington Station, New York at the following times: Thursday, 6/17 and Friday, 6/18 from 7-9pm.

The funeral will be held at the Church of Saint Patrick, 400 Main Street, Huntington, New York on Saturday, 6/19 at 10:00am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Development Office at Fordham Law School, 140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023.