Judge Rolf M. Thorsen has 15 years of judicial experience. He is currently serving as an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court for the Ninth Judicial District, which encompasses Rockland, Orange, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. In that capacity, Judge Thorsen presides over a variety of civil litigation matters, which include personal injury, medical malpractice, commercial, matrimonial, labor law, foreclosure, zoning and land use.
In November 2014, Judge Thorsen was elected as County Court Judge for the County of Rockland. As County Court Judge, he heard serious criminal matters in both Rockland and Westchester Counties, including murder, rape, drug trafficking, burglary and other felonies.
Judge Thorsen began his judicial career in 2008 when he was elected Town Justice of the Town of Clarkstown, where he presided over thousands of civil and criminal cases in one of the busiest courts in New York State. He was re-elected to that position in 2012.
Prior to his judicial career, Judge Thorsen was an experienced trial attorney, having appeared in all levels of courts in the State of New York since 1988. In addition, he served as part-time law clerk to the Hon. William P. Warren, in the Rockland County Family Court from 1997 to 2014.
Outside of his professional career, Judge Thorsen has been actively involved in numerous professional, charitable and civic organizations, including the New York State Bar Association, the Rockland County Women’s Bar Association, New City Rotary, Meals on Wheels, Keep Rockland Beautiful, New City Little League, Jewish Community Center (JCC) Flag Football, Rockland Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Rockland Community College (RCC) Paralegal Program Advisory Board.