While Judge Kimmel has 20 years of experience as a litigator specializing in family law, it is her invaluable experience as a Town Justice that has best prepared her for New York State Supreme Court. Town Justices handle all types of cases, from parking to felonies.
They decide motions; conduct hearings and trials in civil and criminal matters; handle arraignments; conduct attorney conferences; assess fines; and, as department heads, they manage the court staff. One of Judge Kimmel’s opinions was published in the New York Official Reports in her first year on the bench.
The Town of Bedford has a very busy court: on average, 40 criminal cases each week in addition to 150 to 200 traffic cases; small claims; landlord-tenant; building and dog violations; and parking. The Town Justices are on call 24/7 to handle arraignments, search warrants, and whatever might come up after hours for Bedford and adjacent towns.
Judge Kimmel volunteered to become an Accessible Magistrate immediately upon taking the bench to gain as much experience as possible. In addition to this role, Judge Kimmel is also an Acting City Court Judge in White Plains, NY.
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP/VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
From the beginning of her career, Jodi has been interested in the judicial system. Jodi's first job after graduating from law school was clerking for a New Jersey Superior Court Judge. She sought this highly competitive position because she wanted to experience the courtroom from the jurist's side of the bench.
Following her clerkship, Jodi became a litigator and has spent almost 20 years in courtrooms. Jodi first worked for a celebrity divorce lawyer, Raoul Lionel Felder, and then in 2004, Jodi and her husband started their own family law practice. Judge Kimmel is currently a Town Justice in Bedford. She also volunteers to be an Accessible Magistrate to cover for the Westchester County Family Court when court is not in session.
In her private practice, Jodi has had the opportunity to appear in many different courts (Supreme Court, Family Court, Surrogate’s Court) in various counties of the Ninth District.
Jodi and Brett moved to Bedford Hills in 2008, where they live with their two daughters.
Jodi is very involved in many different areas of the community. She volunteers wherever she can at her children’s school, for example as yearbook editor and parent liaison. Jodi chaired the Town of Bedford's Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. She volunteers for Bedford's Meals on Wheels program, and she was part of Bedford's COVID-19 volunteer program.
Jodi is a past president of Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford Corners. In 2018, Jodi was named part of The Bedford 25: the Most Dedicated, Most Creative, Most Influential.
LEGAL EXPERIENCE & BAR ADMISSIONS
Bedford Justice Court
Judge and Accessible Magistrate, January 2022 - present
[Acting White Plains City Court Judge]
Law Firm of Brett Kimmel, P.C.
Partner, September 2004 - present
Law Firm of Raoul Lionel Felder, P.C.
Associate Attorney, September 2002 - June 2004
The Honorable Lee B. Laskin, Superior Court
Law Clerk, August 2001 - September 2002
Supreme Court, Appellate Division of New York, Third Department, May 2002
Southern District of New York, November 2002
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Moot Court Honor Society: Member, Editorial Board Member
Charles H. Revson Law Student Public Interest Fellowship
Honors Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honors
Golden Key Honor Society; Dean’s Honor List
Bedford Democratic Committee
Bedford Historical Society
Bedford Riding Lanes Association
Bedford Hills Neighborhood Association
Bedford Hills Woman’s Club
Friends of John Jay Homestead
Justice Brandeis Law Society
Katonah Museum of Art
Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
New York State Bar Association
Westchester County Magistrates’ Association
Northern Westchester Bar Association
Westchester Women’s Bar Association
(Chair of Judiciary Committee; Member of the Domestic Violence Committee)
Westchester County Bar Association
Westchester Domestic Violence Council
Fox Lane High School
Parent Liaison for the Class of 2025
Bedford Central School District Secondary Task Force | Summer 2020
Member of the task force responsible for helping to structure the academic aspect of re-entry for the 2020-21 school year.
Town of Bedford Meals on Wheels Program | Spring 2020 - Present Volunteer
New York State Bar Association | Spring 2020 - Winter 2020
COVID-19 Pro Bono Network
Assisted with Unemployment Insurance/Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims and was part of a group of lawyers who worked with Governor Cuomo’s office to effect changes to the claims system.
Bedford COVID-19 Volunteer Effort | Spring - Fall 2020
Assisted homebound residents with obtaining groceries, prescription medications, etc.
SPCA of Westchester
Canine Companion | Fall 2019 - Spring 2020
The Bedford 25
Most Dedicated, Most Creative, Most Influential | 2018 Honoree
The Hon. Samuel G. Fredman Leadership Development Institute
Westchester Jewish Council
The Institute biennially trains the next generation of Jewish leaders in Westchester County.
Selected to be part of the 2017-18 class
Fox Lane Middle School
Co-President, Fox Lane Middle School Association: June 2019 - June 2022 | Member, BCSD’s Parent President Committee: June 2019 - June 2023 | 8th Grade Committee Co-Chair: September 2022 - June 2023 | Yearbook Co-Editor: June 2020 - June 2023 |
Member of the Fox Lane Middle School Association: September 2018 - Present | Enrichment Coordinator: Fall 2018 - June 2022
West Patent Elementary School
Member of West Patent Elementary School Association | Fall 2012 - Spring 2020
Class Parent | Fall 2012 - Spring 2020
Yearbook Co-Editor and School Photographer | Fall 2014 - Spring 2020
Fifth Grade Coordinator | June 2019 - June 2020
Temple Shaaray Tefila
Temple President | May 2018 - June 2019
Officer on Board of Trustees (VP of Education) | June 2016 - June 2019
Trustee on Board of Trustees | June 2015 - June 2019
Book Fair Chair | 2015 - Present
Purim Carnival Co-Chair | 2014 - 2020
Chair of the Education Committee | June 2013 - May 2018
Class Parent | 2009 - 2020