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Milton Pollack, American federal judge. Bar: New York 1930. Decorated chevalier Legion of Honor (France); recipient Learned Hand award American Jewish Committee, 1967, Proskauer medal lawyers division Federation Jewish Philanthropies, 1968, Distinguished Service medal New York County Lawyers Association, 1991, Fordham-Stein Prize award, 1994, Devitt award Distinguished Service to Justice, 1995.


Pollack was born in New York and obtained his bachelors and law degrees from Columbia University and Columbia Law School.


Bachelor of Arts, Columbia University, 1927; Juris Doctor, Columbia University, 1929.


In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson named Pollack as a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Pollack took senior status in 1983 but never fully retired, presiding over cases for the rest of his life. Pollack was known for enforcing strict deadlines on counsel, forcing cases either to settle or to go to trial, and other judges sometimes referred cases to him for this purpose.

He was the oldest federal judge still sitting when he died in 2004 at the age of 97. Pollack's docket included a wide variety of civil and criminal cases, although as a senior judge Pollack had greater control over the selection of cases assigned to him, choosing to specialize in cases involving finance issues, as he had in private practice. Pollack presided over several high-profile securities cases, including the litigation arising from the failure of Drexel Burnham Lambert and cases arising from sales of internet related stocks by Merrill Lynch.


  • Bar: New York 1930.


Member Prospect Park Southern Association, Brooklyn, president, 1948-1950, counsel, 1950-1960, board directors, 1945-1960. Member local Selective Service System, 1952-1960. Chairman lawyers division Federation Jewish Philanthropies, 1957-1961, vice chairman, 1954-1957.

Chairman lawyers division American Jewish Committee, 1964-1966, board directors, from 1967. Honorary director Beth Isreal Hospital. Trustee Temple Emanu-El, from 1977, vice president, from 1978.

Member American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Association of Bar of City of New York, Columbia Law School Alumni Association (president 1970-1972), Harmonie Club (past board trustees).


Married Lillian Klein, December 18, 1932 (deceased July 1967). Children: Stephanie Pollack Miller, Daniel A. Married Moselle Baum Erlich, October 24, 1971 (deceased February 2004).

Julius Pollack

Betty (Schwartz) Pollack

Lillian Klein

Moselle Baum Erlich

Stephanie Pollack Miller Pollack

Daniel A. Pollack