ATTORNEY AT LAW                  

Professional  Writing


As a Family Court Judge, Daniel Leddy authored forty opinions that were published in the “Official Reports” , many of which have also appeared on the front page of the New York Law Journal and been cited in McKinney’s Practice Commentaries, and in “Judicial Highlights”, a national publication of the West Publishing Company.


Mr. Leddy has otherwise been published extensively on issue of concern to the public and the profession. Here are a few examples:


  • Juvenile Justice - Mandate for Change”, New York Law Journal (Three part series on the Juvenile Justice System Co-Authored with the Hon. Vito J. Titone, Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals) -


  • “Families in Need of Supervision”, Criminal Justice Ethics (Utilizing several cases over which he presided, this article recommends a major revamping of New York law governing so-called “status offenders” -


  • "Problems of Family Court Framed by Pathetic Waif”,New York Law Journal, (This article, the headline for which was supplied by the publisher, details Mr. Leddy's efforts to establish a meaningful relationship with the children who appeared before me in Family Court) -


  • “Help! They’ve Arrested My Child!”, Today’s Family Magazine, - Numerous feature articles published by the Staten Island Advance

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Speaking Engagements


Because of his interesting legal background as a Family Court Judge, Criminal Defense Attorney, and Defender of Children's Rights, Daniel Leddy is  an in-demand public speaker. He has had innumerable speaking engagements before groups ranging from law school professors and their students, to grade school kids, to medical professionals. Here are a few examples:


  •  “Special Needs Youth in the New York State Criminal Justice System” (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) -


  • “Children’s Rights in Foster Care” (Fordham University) - (Juvenile Justice Administrators Association)


  • “A View from the Bench”, Grand Rounds, Staten Island Mental Health Society -


  • “The Pediatrician as a Witness in Child Abuse Cases”, Grand Rounds, St. Vincent’s Hospital, New York, New York -


  • Staten Island Youth - Is there a Crisis?”, The Children’s Aid Society -


  • Child Protective Systems: Do They Work”, Staten Island Teen Pregnancy Network -


  • “Family Court Practice”, Staten Island Women’s Bar Association - 


  • New York City Board of Education Teachers’ Program on Child Abuse and Neglect




Television and Radio


It is hardly surprising that Daniel Leddy has made innumerable appearances on Television and Radio, including commentary for several trials televised live by the Court Television Network.  The celebrated trials for which he provided viewers with his professional insights include California v. Menendez, (the well-to-do Menendez brothers accused of killing their parents) and Florida v. Ferrell (the vampire-cultmurders).


Other media outlets where Mr. Leddy has appeared include:


  • Dateline NBC - Menendez Murder Case


  • CBS, NBC, ABC Evening News - Various topics


  • WWOR-TV - Family Law Issues


  • WPIX - TV - Juvenile Justice


  • BBC            - Morning Rush Hour Radio program


  • KMOX  Radio  - Paglia v. Little League


  • Bob Grant Show