Justice Helen Voutsinas made history in 2011 when she was the first female of Hispanic descent ever elected Judge in Nassau County. Justice Voutsinas again made history in 2018 when she was the first female of Hispanic descent elected to the Supreme Court on Long Island. During her tenure in the District Court she presided over criminal cases and served as the Presiding Judge of the DWI and Domestic Violence Misdemeanor parts.
Justice Voutsinas began her career at a private law firm handling various cases including, personal injury and commercial litigation from inception to trial. She decided to devote her life to public service and began her career in government as an Assistant Town Attorney and Counsel to the Board of Zoning and Appeals for the Town of North Hempstead handling all types of litigation. She later served as Deputy Majority Counsel to the Nassau County Legislature. She served as Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Steven M. Jaeger from 2005-2011, in the County, Family, and Supreme Court. In her role as law secretary she handled serious criminal felony cases and other specialized cases including Domestic Violence and Drug Diversion.
In addition to being an active trial judge, Justice Voutsinas is an active leader in her community and amongst her peers. Justice Voutsinas currently serves as President of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association, (LIHBA). She has served in various positions on the Board of the LIHBA throughout the years. She is Past President of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association (NCWBA) (2006-2007), where she advocated for women’s rights, pay equity and work/life balance. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and held the officer positions of Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and Delegate to the New York State Women’s Bar Association. During her tenure as President of the NCWBA she co- founded the Nassau County Women’s Bar Foundation in furtherance of her desire to help women advance in both their professional and personal lives. She also served as President of the Nassau County District Court Judge’s Association and on the Board of the NYS Latino Judges Association (2015-2017). She currently serves on the Board of Directors to the Theodore Roosevelt INNS of Court and is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association.
In 2014 Justice Voutsinas received the “Virginia Duncombe, Esq.” award from the NCWBA for her work and commitment to enhancing legal education. In 2013, she was recognized by the Consulate General of the Dominican Republic for her achievements as a Judge of Dominican Heritage in the United States. She has also received numerous citations from the County of Nassau and Villages of Freeport and Hempstead for her contributions to the community.
Both of Justice Voutsinas’ parents immigrated to the United States in the 1970’s. She is the eldest of three siblings and is fluent in both Spanish and Greek. Justice Voutsinas is happily married to Antonio and is a proud and devoted mother to her son, Dean and daughter, Daphne Ana.