Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, the former Court of Appeals judge, is set to join Greenberg Traurig on Jan. 14 as of counsel in the firm’s New York litigation and appellate practices. Ciparick, 71, stepped down on Dec. 31 after 18 years on the court due to mandatory retirement rules. She was the only Hispanic to have served there. “As a firm known for being a trailblazer, where women and Hispanics have long been successful developing their practices and leading our firm, she is a natural for us and us for her,” Greenberg Traurig CEO Richard Rosenbaum said yesterday in a statement.

Ciparick will work in Greenberg Traurig’s midtown offices. She said in an interview last month that in addition to her duties at her new firm, she wants to continue performing public service on commissions for the courts and on other government assignments (NYLJ, Dec. 26). “I am excited about the next chapter of my career and looking forward to working with the talented attorneys at Greenberg Traurig, where I will have the opportunity to work on and develop complex legal matters and mentor many junior lawyers,” Ciparick said in a statement.