Brooklyn Surrogate's Court
Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court (NYLJ/Rick Kopstein)

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Ingram has been named acting surrogate in Brooklyn while Surrogate Diana Johnson is on leave for health-related reasons, court officials said.

John Ingram was appointed to fill the position temporarily, effective May 1, by Fern Fisher, the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge For Courts in New York City.

Ingram has been an acting justice since 2013, after 10 years as a Court of Claims judge, following his appointment to the bench by Gov. George Pataki.

Before joining the bench, Ingram was a partner at Healy & Baillie from 1996-03, at Martocci & Ingram from 1995-96 and at Burlingham Underwood from 1976-95. He also served as commissioner of the state Board of Pilot Commissioners.

He started his career as an associate at Burlingham Underwood Wright White & Lord in 1969, the year he received his J.D from St. John’s University School of Law.

Johnson was elected to the Surrogate’s Court in 2008; her tem ends in 2021. She previously served as a Brooklyn Supreme Court justice from 2001 to 2007.