When the New York state Constitution decided that a vibrant jurist named Alfred D. Lerner was too old to sit on the bench, the former appellate and trial judge, assemblyman, professor and still-active pilot figured he would rather switch careers than fly off into the sunset.

But one job was not enough for the former Appellate Division, 1st Department presiding justice, so he took two: counsel to Phillips Nizer, where he handles appellate law and works on alternative dispute resolution, and chairman of the State Commission of Investigation, known as SIC.