GREENWICH, Conn. -- Edward Krumeich II jokes that he will have to forgo one of his two favorite pastimes after his nomination to be a Superior Court judge by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
"I have two hobbies: politics and singing, and I will have to give up one," Krumeich said with a laugh Tuesday.
He was one of four lawyers nominated to the state's Superior Court on Tuesday. Proudly noting his deep roots in Greenwich, Krumeich said it is the "culmination" of his career.
"In the back of my mind I always imagined becoming a judge would be the culmination of my legal career," he said.
He is a member of the Greenwich-based law firm of Ivey, Barnum and O’Mara, where he has worked in commercial, construction and real estate litigation in both state and federal courts.
Krumeich praised his firm for their support as he threw himself into community activities and local politics.
"I am very grateful to Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, with whom I have practiced for 32 years, for their support both in the practice of law and also in allowing me to serve in public offices in Greenwich government," he said. "I was able to have a parallel career in law and local government because Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara supported my wish to serve the community."
Krumeich served seven terms as a member of the Board of Estimate and Taxation. He has also been chairman of the Board of Social Services and a member of the Representative Town Meeting.
He applied to become a judge four years ago.
"You have to apply and be reviewed by the Judicial Review Commission. And if they recommend you to the governor, then you are placed on a list," Krumeich said. "It's a process that in my case took several years."
He is the fourth judge in his family. His uncle, Tom Lauricella, was the last Greenwich town judge.
"I remember as a young boy he took me for a tour of the town's courthouse that used to be in the old Town Hall. And he took me to the police station that was right beside it to show me the cells," Krumeich said.
His aunt, Irene Duffy, is a retired family court judge in the Bronx, while her husband, Kevin Duffy, is a federal judge in the Southern District of New York.
"There certainly were judicial role models in the family," he said.
He and his wife, Elizabeth, a corporate lawyer, have two children, Sarah and Katie, who are both studying to be teachers.
His father, Edward, a doctor, died a few years ago. His mother, Marie, still lives in Greenwich. He and his mother were raised on Milbank Avenue, and his law office is a block away from Milbank Avenue.
He has two brothers, Chris, a special education teacher at Central Middle School, and Jonathan, a doctor who lives in Avon.
Krumeich will be 65 in June and the mandatory retirement age for judges is 70.
For the record, he will be giving up politics.
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