Loretta Preska is a U.S. District judge for the Southern District of New York. She was nominated to the bench in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush, was Chief Judge from 2009 to 2016, and took senior status in 2017. President George W. Bush nominated her to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, but the Senate took no action.

Preska has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the College of St. Rose, a JD from Fordham Law School, and an LLM from New York University School of Law. She was interviewed by Steve Cohen, a name partner at Pollock Cohen LLP.