Leading boutique law firm Kase & Druker announced that
Hon. John L. Kase has rejoined the firm as partner as of Jan. 2, 2013. Judge
Kase, supervising judge of the criminal courts in Nassau County, co-founded the
firm in 1978 with partner James O. Druker. Judge Kase and Mr. Druker were
colleagues at the Nassau County District Attorney's Office where they served as
chiefs of the Narcotics, District Court, Rackets and Frauds Bureaus.
Judge Kase was senior partner at Kase & Druker for 26
years before being elected to the Nassau County Criminal Court, beginning his
term in January 2005. He was appointed supervising judge in January 2012 by
Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti. He stepped down from the bench on
Dec. 31, 2012, at age 70 due to the state’s mandatory retirement law.
At Kase & Druker, he intends to resume representing
clients in criminal and other matters, and further expand the firm’s federal
“I’ve had the unique opportunity in my career to see the
practice of criminal law from all three sides – prosecution, defense and now
the bench – and I am thrilled to be returning to criminal defense, the work I
find the most rewarding,” said Judge Kase. “I am particularly pleased to have
the opportunity to work alongside my daughter, who has established herself in
the legal community as an exceptional advocate.”
Elizabeth Kase, Judge Kase’s daughter and former Assistant
District Attorney in New York County, has been a partner at the firm since
2004. Mr. Druker’s son, Scott Druker, joined the firm in 2009.
“I am excited to have my friend and colleague back at the
firm we had founded together,” said Mr. Druker. “I am certain that the wisdom
he has gained from his eight years on the bench will provide an incomparable
benefit to our clients and our entire firm. We have a strong, committed team of
litigants at Kase & Druker, and I am eager for us to build our practice
Judge Kase began his legal career as an Assistant District
Attorney in Bronx County in 1967. He then served as a Special Attorney for the
U.S. Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike
Force. He was an Assistant Attorney General for the New York State
Organized Crime Task Force and was appointed Assistant District Attorney in
Nassau County, where he was Chief of the District Court Bureau, Narcotics
Bureau and the Rackets Bureau.
In addition to local, state and federal courts in the U.S.,
Judge Kase’s career has brought him to the World Court in The Hague; European
Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France; and courts in Israel, Bermuda and
Austria, to name a few.
He continues to be involved with various professional and
community organizations including the American Inns of Court, Theodore
Roosevelt Chapter, where he is a past President of the Board of Directors.
Previous positions include: President, Temple Emanuel of Great Neck; Secretary,
Board of Directors, Nassau County Bar Association; President, Former District
Attorney’s Association; and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Nassau County
He has also been recognized by many groups as an
accomplished trial attorney and a respected jurist. He also writes and lectures
frequently on matters of criminal procedure and jurisprudence. Judge Kase, a
graduate of New York University and St. John's School of Law, resides in
& Druker, with offices in Garden City, NY, Mamaroneck, NY and Longboat Key,
Fla., is a boutique law firm that provides the highest quality legal counsel on
a broad variety of legal matters. Since 1978, the firm has provided clients
with top notch representation in federal and state courts specializing in
criminal and civil litigation, tax matters, commercial litigation, wills,
trusts and estates, and appeals. With more than 100 years of combined legal
experience, Kase & Druker is committed to securing the best possible
results for clients. More information can be found at www.kaseanddruker.com
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