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Hon. C. Randall Hinrichs (Ret.)

Hon. C. Randall Hinrichs joins Mediation Solutions after a long career as both a jurist and a practicing lawyer. He served as a Justice of the Supreme Court in Suffolk County from 2010-2020. For the majority of that time, he served as the District Administrative Judge of Suffolk County.

As District Administrative Judge, he was responsible for the operation of the Suffolk County trial courts, serving the needs of approximately 1.5 million citizens, and including the oversight of nearly 1,000 employees and more than 70 judges.

In addition, while serving as the District Administrative Judge, Justice Hinrichs was instrumental in negotiating a settlement of the decade-long tax certiorari dispute between the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), National Grid, the Town of Huntington and the Northport-East Northport School District regarding LIPA’s annual tax payment on the Northport power plant. Town of Huntington town board acknowledged the “extraordinary decision of then Suffolk County District Administrative Judge C. Randall Hinrichs to intervene in a last-ditch attempt to mediate a settlement,” and recognized that he rallied the parties to come together and continue to negotiate after other mediation sessions had failed. Then Supervisor Chad Lupinacci called the issue perhaps the most financially impactful since the Town’s founding in 1653, and involved a multi-million dollar settlement.

During his tenure on the bench, Justice Hinrichs worked closely with the legal community to devise innovative solutions to address a number of issues, including improving operations in the Suffolk County Supreme, Family, and County Courts, and expanding specialty and treatment courts to serve the varied population of Suffolk County. Judge Hinrichs also presided over a large foreclosure calendar successfully settling simple and extremely complex actions.

Justice Hinrichs previously served on the County Court in Suffolk County beginning in 2002, including as the Supervising Judge of the County Court from 2008-2011. Before ascending to the bench, Justice Hinrichs served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office from 1982-2001, where he was recognized as an outstanding trial attorney, where he successfully tried many homicide cases. He also taught as an adjunct professor with Suffolk Community College’s Criminal Justice Program from 1999-2020.

Since his retirement from the bench, Justice Hinrichs has entered private practice as Of Counsel to Lite and Russell, where he handles personal injury matters. In August 2021, he joined the firm of Reilly, Like, Tenety and Hinrichs as a tax certiorari partner.

Mediating/Arbitrating Cases In:

  • Commercial disputes, including foreclosures
  • Tax certiorari
  • Personal injury

Professional Experience

Partner, Reilly, Like, Tenety and Hinrichs, Tax Certiorari, (August 2021- present)

Of Counsel, Lite and Russell, Personal Injury, (October 2020 - present)

District Administrative Judge, Suffolk County (2011 - 2020)

Supervising Judge, County Court, Suffolk County, (2008 – 2011)

Justice, Supreme Court, Suffolk County, (Jan 2010 - July 2020)

Judge, County Court, Suffolk County, Elected – (Jan 2002 - Dec 2009)

Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, (1982 - 2001)

Adjunct Professor, Suffolk Community College, Criminal Justice Program (1999 – 2020)


State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D. 1981

Bucknell University, B.A. 1978


Suffolk County Court Officers Benevolent Association Judge of the Year (2021)

Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association, President’s Award (2019)

Touro Law School Black Law Students Association Courage Award (2016)

Long Island Hispanic Bar Association Honoree (2015)

Suffolk County Bar Association Lawyer’s Assistance Foundation Honoree (2012)

Suffolk County Bar Association President’s Award (2011)

Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association Judge of the Year (2007)

Memberships and Professional Activities

New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (2021-2022)

Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics for New York (2017-2020)

New York State Bar Association

Suffolk County Bar Association