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Bradley L. Gerstman

Partner


Brad Gerstman, a former Bronx County Assistant District Attorney, is a leading New York State attorney with unique public relations skills. His aggressive approach is well known throughout NYS. His diverse background and extensive experience in law, business, government relations, education, and the not-for-profit community places him in a unique position to represent and advocate for those facing harassment or any wrongdoing at the hands of their employer.

Most recently honored with the Leadership in Law award by Long Island Business News. Prior to that, in his previous role as prosecutor, Brad faithfully served New Yorkers through his investigation of corporate fraud and corruption cases, as well as his tenacity in prosecuting violent criminals. From the DA’s office, Mr. Gerstman went on to head a law firm that focused on government relations, criminal defense and of course employment law. During this period he handled numerous high-profile cases that included the protection of individuals and children against large corporate and government interests. One of his strongest skills was developed in the DA’s office and necessary in employment law cases, to investigate the matter thoroughly to obtain the necessary facts to piece together the strongest possible case for our clients.

Mr. Gerstman is also a strong advocate for children with special needs. He currently acts as both co-founder and board member of the Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation, a family foundation that provides summer camp experiences to children with physical and developmental disabilities. In the past, Brad has also served as the Long Island Advocacy Chair for Autism Speaks, one of the nation’s largest autism advocacy organizations, as well as Advocacy Chair on the 2007 Long Island Walk Now for Autism Planning Committee. In 2008, Brad was appointed by former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi to chair his Autism Coalition. In addition, Mr. Gerstman was elected by the Long Island Autism Coalition Board to serve as Counsel to their organization.

Active in both his professional life and community, Mr. Gerstman has been appointed by the Nassau County Legislature to act as a member of the Board of Directors for the Nassau Health Care Corporation. As chairman of the Facility Committee, Brad spearheaded a $750 million makeover of the hospital, clinics, and senior living facility. In addition, Brad served on the executive committee for the hospital, and acted as Vice Chair and Board Member of the Long Island Medical Foundation. Mr. Gerstman was appointed by Governor Patterson to the Governor’s Council on Interactive Media and Child Violence. In the past, Brad has been named Honoree at the Child Abuse Prevention Services yearly Gala for his work in protecting children. Additionally, Mr. Gerstman holds memberships on various political committees and is currently a Board member of the Holocaust and Tolerance Center of Nassau County and the Adelphi President’s Council. Mr. Gerstman is an active member of SuperLawyers, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), NELA/NY National Employment Lawyers Association - Advocates for Employee Rights, The American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA), American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Labor and Employment Law, New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section (LERA), Long Island Labor and Employment Relations Association.

At his alma mater Hofstra University, Brad played 4 years of varsity football. In his spare time, he enjoys competitive boxing and supporting all New York professional sports teams except for the Jets.

David M. Schwartz

Partner


David Schwartz has spent his entire career practicing law as a litigator and for the past decade as a lobbyist and advocate on behalf of businesses, trade associations, not-for-profits and individuals. Whether it is in the courtroom defending and advocating on behalf of litigants in high profile criminal and civil cases or in the halls of the Capital, the same philosophy and attitude exists which is to advocate as aggressively and passionately for the client. Mr. Schwartz has represented clients at all ends of the spectrum including some of the largest companies in America to some of the least fortunate in our society on criminal matters. Every client gets the energy and attention needed to achieve positive results. It is this training as a trial attorney, trying dozens of felony cases and handling thousands, that makes him extremely effective in navigating the political process for his clients.

David Schwartz 2015 AV Rated PreeminentHe lobbies for a wide variety of large corporations, not-for-profits, trade associations and individuals. He is also a prolific political fund raiser, having raised hundreds of thousands of dollars nationally. Mr. Schwartz uses his trial skills in the halls of Albany as a fierce advocate for his clients. Mr. Schwartz has been a regular guest legal and political commentator for the Fox News Channel, NBC Today Show, MSNBC, Headline News, CNN, WABC News, Fox & Friends, WPIX, Court TV and for the ESPN morning show. Mr. Schwartz has been asked by these television networks to give legal and political analysis and his expert opinion on criminal cases, constitutional legal issues, political issues, civil cases, cases in front of the Supreme Court and local Political figures. He has also been quoted frequently on cases and political matters in the NY Post, NY Times, Daily News, Wall street Journal and NY Law Journal and hundreds of other periodicals nationally. Mr. Schwartz was appointed by the New York State Senate as a Commissioner on the Commission on Judicial Nomination which nominates Justices to the NYS Court of Appeals and also served as a Trustee of the Brooklyn Bar Association. Mr. Schwartz was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of the NY Javits Convention Center. Mr. Schwartz is able to bring together for our clients, his vast experience in law, business, media and politics and uses every advocacy tool available in order to achieve results for our clients. When direct lobbying is not effective, you will see Mr. Schwartz using the media, grass roots campaigns, television and radio advocacy in order to get the point home and educate the public and government officials.

David Schwartz served the People of the State of New York as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County from 1993 through 1997. As an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Schwartz handled hundreds of criminal prosecutions. He successfully tried numerous felonies and misdemeanor cases which lead to the conviction and incarceration of many criminals. David Schwartz has been engaged in the private practice of law and government relations from 1997 to present. He has handled hundreds of criminal cases in private practice and has tried many of those cases. Mr. Schwartz presently concentrates his practice on lobbying and Government Relations. Mr. Schwartz also represents various businesses and counsels them on all legal issues and political issues. Mr. Schwartz is admitted and appears in the United States Supreme Court, United States District Court of New York, Eastern and Southern Districts, United States Tax Court, New York State Supreme Court, New York City Criminal and Civil Court, and Nassau County District Court.

Mr. Schwartz has worked tirelessly in; keeping Walmart out of NYC; stopping No Fault Insurance fraud; stopping illegal cigarettes in entering the market place; fighting government agencies in stopping progress; vigorous representation of supermarkets; campaign to change the standard of care in the reprocessing of endoscopes; Hedge Funds, Insurance Companies, special needs schools, major research institutes, towns and municipalities and many others.

Active in his profession and community, Mr. Schwartz has served as a board member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Inspector General Management Advisory Board; a Board member of the New York Javits Center Convention Center Operating Corporation; Commissioner to the Commission on Judicial Nomination; The American Bar Association; Commissioner of the NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination; The New York State Bar Association, Board member of the Criminal Section representing the Second Judicial Department; Brooklyn Bar Association; Board Member and has served as Vice-Chairman to the Criminal Courts Committee and Criminal Justice Committee; Nassau County Bar Association; Respect for Law Alliance; District Attorney Alumni Association; Government Affairs Professionals; Temple Sinai, President; Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, Past Regional Governor; Senate Republican Roundtable; Senate Republican Club; Seneca Club, Man of the Year; Southern Poverty Law Center.

Peter M. Rivera

Partner


Peter Rivera was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and represented District 76 in the New York State Assembly, which comprises of West Farms, Van Nest, Castle Hill and Parkchester. He also served as New York State Commissioner of Labor under Governor Andrew Cuomo. After a long and distinguished career in public service, Peter Rivera brings extensive experience as a politician and advocate for the Gotham team.

Rivera began his career as a patrolman and detective with the New York Police Department in the South Bronx. He later became a detective where he served as the NYPD's radio and television spokesperson on issues relevant to the Hispanic community. Before obtaining his law degree, he worked as an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where he played a key role in Operation Eagle, the largest federal narcotics operation in the United States at the time.

After graduating from St. Johns Law School, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Homicide Bureau of the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. Rivera has also had a storied career in the private practice of law since 1978. He has tried and handled many high profile cases both as a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. First elected to the New York Assembly in 1992, Rivera was the Chairman of the New York Assembly’s Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task force and the Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, where he convened the Mental Hygiene Work group to reorganize the Mental Health system in New York State. He also sat on the New York State Assembly Committee on Rules and the Judiciary Committee, as well as the committees on Agriculture, and Consumer Affairs and Protection.

As the highest-ranking Latino in the Assembly, he fought important issues in the Hispanic community such as improved quality in education, the strengthening of bilingual education, increased access to healthcare and AIDS-related funding, and the establishment of a Puerto Rican heritage center at the renovated Bronx office of the New York Public Library.

Prior to his election into the Assembly, Peter was the President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association. During his tenure, he successfully doubled the number of Hispanic judges in New York.

Assemblyman Rivera earned his Baccalaureate degree in Business Administration from Pace College. Today, Peter lives in the Bronx and has two children.

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