Alan J. GersonOf Counsel
Alan J. Gerson is Of Counsel to Gleason & Koatz, LLP and he is a former New York City Councilmember, who graduated from Stuyvesant High School. Alan obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College (Columbia University) in 1979, as Phi Bet Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and he obtained his Juris Doctor from the Columbia University Law School in 1982, as a Justice Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He pursued and received top honors for First Amendment Free Speech Law. Alan was admitted to the New York Bar in 1983.
Alan then practiced law for 18 years with the Litigation Department of Kelley Drye & Warren. He specialized in Anti-Trust, Products Liability, and Regulatory (Environmental and Safety) Compliance. Alan served as a Litigation Manager for the Union Carbide Corporation, in which capacity he developed and managed a nation wide network of attorneys. Alan maintains this network to serve the needs of Gleason & Koatz’ clients in other states of our nation.
During this time Alan also served as a Board Member and Officer of many non-profit community, civic, cultural, philanthropic, political, religious, and educational organizations. Alan served as an advisor and Aide to Sophie Gerson in her capacity as an elected Member and President of Community School Board 2, Manhattan. Alan served our country for ten years as an officer in the Judge Advocate Generals (JAG) Corps of the United States Army, Reserve Component. In that capacity, Alan practiced military law under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice and advised soldiers on a range of civilian and family law matters. Alan was honorably dischared with the rank of Captain.
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver appointed Alan to the New York State Committee on Open Government. In that capacity Alan for years continued his interest in and contributed to the advancement of the law of Free Speech and Open Government in New York State. Alan also served as a Member, Vice-Chair and Chairperson of Community Board 2, representing Greenwich Village, Little Italy, SoHo, NoHo, Hudson Square and Chinatown.
In those capacities Alan was steeped in the City’s administrative processes relating to small business and development permits and licenses, including construction permits, liquor licenses, cabaret licenses, sidewalk cafe permits, and street event permits.
In 2001, Alan was elected to represent Lower Manhattan on the City Council. This was the district which included the World Trade Center site.
The community has recognized him for his great individual efforts in assisting individuals and neighborhoods during the aftermath. On the Council, Alan Chaired the Lower Manhattan Revitalization Committee. He was steeped in all facets of the rebuilding and recovery process. Alan’s leadership and hearings expedited progress and promoted recovery in many ways. In particular, Alan received acclaim for assuring that initially overlooked needs in the revitalization process received their due attention, including small business needs, environmental clean-up needs, school and elderly concerns, the Borough of Manhattan Community College, the destroyed St. Greek Orthodox Church, damaged or destroyed cultural facilities, lower income resident needs, and other community concerns. Alan also received acclaim for his skill at mediating and helping to resolve the thorniest of disputes pertaining the rebuilding, including disagreements between area residents and victims’ family members. Alan became known for apply his mediation capability to a range of community issues, including disputes between businesses and residents.
On the Council, Alan developed a well deserved reputation as a hard working, prodigious and effective legislator. He drafted, initiated, and implemented path breaking legislation, policy, and public projects in many areas including the following: noise reduction, air quality, veterans support, small business assistance, cultural facilities, landmarking, schools and youth, housing, anti-crime measures and economic development.
He and his office were also recognized for their responsiveness to individual and business constituent needs and requests.
Alan as Of Counsel to Gleason & Koatz, working with the experienced and expert Gleason & Koatz team, will continue his experience and expertise to practice in the areas of Government and Community Relations, Mediation, Administrative Law, and General Litigation. Alan along with Michael Harvey will lead a unique unit to provide advice and full service to meet the range of governmental and legal needs of start-up and existing non-profit and cultural organizations and small and midsized businesses.
The service will encompass and range from, but not be limited to incorporation and tax status, , licenses and permits, securities and investment structure employee and customer matters, and any litigation avoidance or litigation needs. Alan and Michael will also head up and provide a mediation service, applying Alan’s proven conflict resolution skills, to resolve business disputes, disputes between communities and businesses, individual disputes, and disputes among individuals and business.
Alan J. Gerson can be contacted at:
Fax: (212) 986-1379
- Government & Community Relations
- Administrative Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Bachelors: Columbia College (Columbia University)
- Juris Doctor: Columbia University Law School
- New York Bar Association