Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll appointed Theodore Limpert, Esq. for Judge of Syracuse City Court due to the vacancy created by the death of long-time City Court Judge Thomas W. Higgins Jr. on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.
"I am deeply saddened with the passing of Judge Higgins today and wish to extend my personal sympathies to his family," Mayor Driscoll said, "Judge Higgins served our community with honor and distinction for 28 years. His service was most noted for his breadth of judicial knowledge and his firm but fair hearing of cases."
Driscoll continued, "In appointing Ted Limpert to fill this vacancy, I believe that his 20 years of experience in handling thousands of cases in City Court, his commitment to the quality of life issues in our neighborhoods as a 30 year resident, raising four children all attending city schools and his exemplary leadership in serving our country in the Air National Guard, indicates a person of fair and balanced judicial demeanor."
The 5th Judicial District City Court's Supervising Judge Honorable Jeffrey R. Merrill spoke with Mayor Driscoll regarding the vacancy and appointment over last weekend. Syracuse City Court is comprised of eight judges who hear cases involving civil, commercial, small claims, criminal, drug treatment, community and traffic.
Ted Limpert is a graduate of Bucknell University and Syracuse University College of Law, magna cum laude. He received the Order of the Coif and distinction in Professional Responsibility upon graduation. He was admitted to practice in New York in 1989 and is a partner in the Syracuse litigation firm Cote, Limpert & VanDyke, LLP. He has handled thousands of cases in Syracuse City Court, representing both private clients and the Syracuse Housing Authority. He began his legal career with Bond, Schoeneck and King as an associate in the Environmental Law Group. He was later hired by Blasland, Bouck and Lee, consulting engineers, as associate general counsel.