Judge Judy Sheindlin Has Five Children And Three Of Them Are Also Lawyers

Jan 13, 2020

Judith Susan Sheindlin, best known as TV personality Judge Judy from the hit reality courtroom series, is mother to five children. Children often follow in their parents' footsteps or go into the family business, and three of Judy's children have done just that by taking on careers in the legal industry.

77-year-old Judy Sheindlin, from New York, rose to fame through her popular courtroom TV series "Judge Judy." Her first marriage was to Ronald Levy, a juvenile court prosecutor. They were married in 1964, but divorced 12 years later, states WomenWorking. They had two children together, Jamie and Adam.


Not long after, Judy married Judge Jerry Sheindlin, who went on to become an arbitrator in the TV show "The People's Court." Their marriage also ended in divorce in 1990, but their separation only lasted one year as they remarried in 1991, reports the Daily Mail. From this marriage she has three stepchildren, Gregory, Jonathan, and Nicole.

It won't come as a surprise to hear that three of her children pursued a career in the legal sector. According to The New York Times, Adam Levy worked as district attorney for Putnam County, New York, and Gregory and Nicole are also both lawyers. Nicole even co-founded "Her Honor Mentoring" with her mom; a program which aims to match female high school seniors with successful female career mentors to give them future career guidance.

Judy passed her New York State bar exams in 1965. Her roles after that included working as a corporate lawyer, and then becoming a family court prosecutor in New York. She became a criminal court judge in 1982, and moved up the ranks to serve at Manhattan’s division of the family court.

She is known for her signature strict character, and witty remarks during court hearings, something that has been her trademark throughout her career. It was this reputation that propelled her to stardom when she was approached for the reality courtroom series which features real cases with real rulings.

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The show began in September 1996, and is still going strong as it is on its 24th season. Judy told The New York Times that the main aim of the show is to motivate the public to make the right choices, and to demonstrate that everyone should do the right thing and take responsibilty for their actions.

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What do you think about Judge Judy's children also joining the legal profession? They certainly had a good teacher in their mom. Do you know someone who followed the same career path as their parents?