Magistrate Judge Viktor V. Pohorelsky
Viktor V. Pohorelsky is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York. At the time of his appointment in 1995 he was a partner in the New York law firm of Gold & Wachtel.
Judge Pohorelsky earned his B.A. degree from Tulane University in 1971, and his J.D. degree summa cum laude from Tulane Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review, in 1980.
In the summer of 1980 he was law clerk to United States District Judge Earl Veron of the Western District of Louisiana, immediately thereafter serving a one-year law clerkship for United States Circuit Judge John Minor Wisdom of the Fifth Circuit. From 1981 until 1984 he was an associate with the New York law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton. From 1984 until 1991 he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division in 1989. While in private practice at Gold & Wachtel from 1991 until his judicial appointment in 1995, he specialized in civil and criminal litigation.