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Robert Abrams' 28-year career in public life was marked by achievement, independence and integrity. He was elected to three terms in the New York State Assembly, three terms as Borough President of the Bronx and four terms as Attorney General of New York State. He joined Stroock in 1994 following 15 years of distinguished service as Attorney General of the State of New York.
At Stroock, Mr. Abrams advises a diverse range of clients including individuals and companies that are subject to civil and criminal investigations. Mr. Abrams has been of particular value to corporations that have been the subject of an investigation by a state attorney general or by multi-state investigations by numerous state attorneys general. He has also been retained to conduct internal investigations where there has been suspicion or an allegation of wrongdoing within the corporation or not-for-profit organization. Mr. Abrams has been part of the Stroock team advising the Commissioner of Insurance in Massachusetts on the demutualization of the John Hancock Life Insurance Company. Mr. Abrams has also served as an arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations.
During his tenure as Attorney General, Mr. Abrams received numerous awards and honors and earned national prominence rarely achieved by a state-level official. He was widely heralded as a champion and protector of consumer rights. He served as president of the National Association of Attorneys General and was selected by his colleagues to receive the coveted Wyman Award as Outstanding Attorney General in the Nation. At its June 2005 meeting, the National Association of Attorneys General presented Bob with The Bellotti Award, given to a former attorney general who "has served NAAG and worked diligently to further its vision and mission and who exhibits outstanding leadership abilities and high moral character."
As Attorney General, Mr. Abrams was the head of one of the largest law offices in the nation supervising the work of 1,200 employees, including 475 attorneys in 14 different locations throughout New York State.
He managed an office which in any given year handled 20,000 litigated cases covering subject areas including health and hospitals, personal injury, construction and contract disputes, environment, securities, labor/employment, not-for-profit organizations, civil rights, antitrust, real estate and consumer issues. Through vigorous recruitment and merit hiring, Mr. Abrams assembled an outstanding staff that enabled him to launch pioneering efforts in the areas of environment, consumer and civil rights protection and criminal prosecutions. More than 250 of his legislative proposals were passed and signed into law.
In 1996, the New York University School of Law established an annual lecture program, the Attorney General Robert Abrams Public Service Lecture, whereby each year a prominent public figure who has performed exemplary public services addresses the students, faculty and alumni of the law school to urge students to consider all or a portion of their career to be dedicated to public service.
Mayor Bloomberg appointed Mr. Abrams in 2005 to serve on the New York City Charter Revision Commission. In 2006, New York Governor Elect Eliot Spitzer appointed Mr. Abrams to serve as Co-Chair of his Policy Advisory Committee on Governmental Reform for his Transition, and New York Attorney General Elect Andrew Cuomo appointed him Executive Chair of his Transition Committee. In 2008, New York Governor David Paterson appointed Mr. Abrams to serve on the Board of the United Nations Development Corporation.
In August 2009, Governor David Paterson issued an Executive Order renaming the Albany Justice Building as the Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice, in recognition of Robert Abrams' extraordinary services to the people of the state of New York.
In 2010, New York's Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman appointed him to be a member of the Advisory Council for the Retired Attorney Pro Bono Program. Also in 2010, Attorney General Elect Eric Schneiderman appointed Mr. Abrams to serve as Honorary Co-Chair of his transition committee.
In 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Mr. Abrams as co-chairman of a Moreland Commission to investigate the preparedness and response of the utilities in New York State to Superstorm Sandy which took the lives of numerous New Yorkers and caused billions of dollars of damage.
- Director, Sterling Bancorp, Sterling National Bank
- Director, Committee for Modern Courts
- Director, Citizens Union
- President, Citizens Union Foundation
- Director, America-Israel Friendship League
- Director, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
- Director, Fund for The City of New York
- Member, Advisory Board, Environmental Advocates
- Member, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- Member, Special Commission on Campaign Finance Reform
- New York University School of Law
- Convener, Attorney General Robert Abrams Annual Public Service Lecture
- Member, Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship Panel
- Chairman, Committee on Ethics, Standards and Conflicts, UJA Federation of New York
- Steward, New York State Archives Partnership Trust
SPEECHES & EVENTSMr. Abrams moderates programs in Stroock's Government Relations Leadership Forum Series. These events focus on public policy issues and interactions with city, state and federal officials and agencies.
PUBLICATIONSMr. Abrams is the author of numerous articles in publications including the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New York University Law Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law and The New York Times.
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
New York, 1964
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
Honorary LL.D., Hofstra University School of Law
Honorary LL.D., Long Island University
Honorary LL.D., Pace University School of Law
Honorary LL.D., Yeshiva University
LL.B., New York University School of Law, 1963
A.B., Columbia College, 1960
NEWSBack To Full Bio
Stroock Hosts Forum on Voter Turnout: Is New York Still A Democracy?
May 6, 2015
Stroock Hosts Forum on Asian Investments in New York City
March 3, 2015
Stroock Hosts Forum on 21st Century Technology and the Economy of New York City
September 18, 2014
35 Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers for 2015
August 18, 2014
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, DC announced that 35 attorneys across 25 practice areas have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® ("Best Lawyers®").
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Stroock Hosts New York City's Five Borough District Attorneys
June 18, 2014
Stroock Hosts New York City’s Five Borough Presidents
March 6, 2014
Stroock Hosts Forum on Impact of Professional Sports with Randy Levine and Jonathan Tisch
November 19, 2013
Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers for 2014
November 6, 2013
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, DC announced that nearly 30 attorneys across 24 practice areas have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® ("Best Lawyers®").
Stroock Hosts Infrastructure Forum with Kyle Kimball, Daniel Tishman and Christopher Ward
October 17, 2013
Stroock Hosts Forum: Is Affordable Housing in New York Possible?
June 4, 2013
31 Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers for 2013
November 9, 2012
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, announced that 31 attorneys across 22 practice areas have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® ("Best Lawyers®").
Stroock Welcomes Consul General of Israel Ido Aharoni
June 7, 2012
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Addresses Stroock Forum
October 12, 2011
New York State Comptroller DiNapoli at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
May 11, 2011
Governor Renames Albany Justice Building the Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice
June 2, 2009
On August 26, 2009, New York’s Governor David Paterson renamed the Justice Building on the Mall in Albany as the Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice to honor Stroock Partner Bob Abrams’ career in public service.
Stroock’s Robert Abrams Appointed as Member of the NYS Court System Advisory Council for the Attorney Emeritus Program
May 26, 2010
Robert Abrams Appointed To United Nations Development Corporation By Governor Paterson
November 12, 2008
Jerry H. Goldfeder Joins Stroock’s Litigation and Government Relations Practice
July 22, 2008
Robert Abrams quoted extensively in Global Competition Review regarding the rise of state antitrust enforcement.
July 18, 2008
Capital Markets Crisis Group Expansion
April 3, 2008
Annual Attorney General Robert Abrams Public Service Lecture at NYU School of Law
January 14, 2008
Tenth Annual Attorney General Robert Abrams Public Service Lecture
January 10, 2007
Robert Abrams appointed by Attorney General-elect Andrew Cuomo and Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer.
November 21, 2006
Former New York Attorney General Robert Abrams Receives the Francis X. Bellatti Award
June 28, 2005
PUBLICATIONSBack To Full Bio
"Abrams: Senate gun vote shows impact of special interests on Washington"
April 18, 2013|Newsday
- NY's Attorney General Will be Your DefenderOctober 28, 2010|Newsday
- “Anticipating the Regulators: Obama and Congress Give Regulators Their Marching Orders”February 24, 2009|Stroock Special Bulletin
- “Needed now: campaign finance reform”December 26, 2008|Albany Times Union
- "Explaining Eliot Spitzer: The New York State Attorney General Understands How to Use Power"March 22, 2004|Barron's
EVENTSBack To Full Bio
Is New York Still A Democracy?
May 6, 2015
Human Trafficking Discussion with Anne Milgram
April 30, 2015
2014 Emerging Energy Industry Developments
November 18, 2014
21st Century Technology and the Economy of New York
September 18, 2014
Meet the District Attorneys from All Five New York City Boroughs
June 17, 2014
What's going on at the World Trade Center?
April 3, 2014
Stroock Breakfast Forum
See the Five Borough Presidents in Action: What is their Agenda for 2014?March 6, 2014
Impact of Professional Sports on New York's Economy
November 19, 2013
Infrastructure Investment – Is New York Doing Enough?
October 17, 2013
Is Affordable Housing in New York Possible?
June 4, 2013
The Rise of the Role of Lieutenant Governor in New York
May 1, 2013
Cultural Institutions as Economic Engines for New York City
March 6, 2013
Women In Our Economy – Does the Glass Ceiling Still Exist?
October 24, 2012
Urban America: Halting Recidivism; Prisoner Re-Entry Into Society
September 25, 2012
Meet Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel
June 7, 2012
The Billion Dollar Presidential Campaign: How Money is Undermining Our Democracy
April 20, 2012
The Future of Mass Transportation in NYC
March 1, 2012
Meet New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
January 18, 2012
The Future of New York City
November 2, 2011
Meet Attorney General Pam Bondi - Stroock Breakfast Forum
October 12, 2011
Weeden & Co. Fracking: Regulatory Environment & Investment Theme
October 4, 2011
Meet New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli
May 11, 2011
Meet Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - Stroock Breakfast Forum
March 16, 2011
Breakfast with Eric Schneiderman
October 8, 2010
UJA - Federation of New York ’s Lawyers Division, Healthcare Division, and
Emerging Leaders and Philanthropists: An Evening on Legal, Medical and Jewish Ethics
Thursday, February 4, 2010
New York University School of Law 13th Annual Attorney General Robert Abrams Public Service Lecture: Andrew Cuomo, New York State Attorney General
Monday, September 14, 2009
Columbia Law School's National State Attorneys General Program: Robert Abrams Lecture
Stroock Event - 2009 Power Industry Developments
Friday, May 8, 2009
Stroock Event - The Undiscovered Country: Views of Insurance Regulation for the 2009 Economy
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
New York University School of Law's Attorney General Robert Abrams Public Interest Forum: Anne Milgram '96
Monday, September 8, 2008
Stroock and Ernst & Young Event: The Credit Crisis: How to Fend Against the Investigation/Litigation Onslaught
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
State Attorneys General- Who Are They and What Is Their Agenda?
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
- NY's Attorney General Will be Your Defender