Kathleen Tomlinson was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge on February 24, 2006. She received a B.A. in English and Sociology magna cum laude from Rutgers University in 1972 and an M.A. in English and American Literature from Long Island University in 1975. For 14 years, Judge Tomlinson served L.I.U. as an academic administrator and rose to the position of Assistant University Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences with responsibilities spanning the six campuses of L.I.U. She was also an adjunct faculty member in the English Department.
After graduating from St. John's University Law School in 1987, Judge Tomlinson joined the Appeals Bureau of the Nassau County Legal Aid Society. She then served as a federal law clerk to United States District Judge Arthur D. Spatt. In 1991, Judge Tomlinson entered private practice at Farrell Fritz, P.C. in Uniondale, New York where she became a partner in 1998 and served as Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Her practice concentrated in complex litigation, labor and employment law, white collar defense and civil rights litigation in the state and federal trial and appellate courts.
In addition to her prior work as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Eastern District, Judge Tomlinson previously served as counsel to the Eastern District's Board of Judges Grievance Committee and the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the District. She is a past Director of the Nassau County Bar Association and served as a board member of the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls from 1999 through 2005. Prior to taking the bench in 2006, Judge Tomlinson received the Suffolk County Bar Foundation/Nassau Suffolk Law Services “Outstretched Hands of Justice” Award for her pro bono endeavors.
Judge Tomlinson is a member of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, the Federal Bar Council, the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association where she has served for many years on the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section’s Committee on Ethics and Professionalism. She is also a member of the Nassau County Bar Associations where she has served on the Labor and Employment Law and Federal Courts Committees.