The U.S. Senate voted on December 19, 2019 to confirm alumna Mary Kay Vyskocil, ’80, as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Vyskoscil has served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge since 2016.
Prior to being appointed as a judge, Vyskocil was a partner in the New York Law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP. During her 33-year career at Simpson Thacher, Vyskocil litigated some of the most significant insurance and reinsurance cases, representing major domestic and foreign insurers in complex coverage litigations, including numerous arbitrations, jury trials, and appellate arguments. She represented Swiss RE Ltd. In litigation arising from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and has also represented JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Travelers Cos. Inc.
Vyskocil graduated summa cum laude from Dominican College and attended St. John’s University Law School. At Dominican College, she was the first recipient of the prestigious Badami Outstanding Alumna Award, was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Achievement, and was named an Alumni of Distinction.
After serving two 15-year terms on the Dominican College Board of Trustees, Vyskocil was named a Trustee Emeritus in 2018.