ATTORNEYS:

David S. Shaw
Margo L. May
Michael K. Lambert
Marc E. Sharff
Beth L. Sims
Steven M. Latino
Julie M. Shaw

 

     Garrett L. Silveira
     Elizabeth A. Ledkovsky
      Jennifer A. Gemmell


 

     Mark C. Rushfield
     Of Counsel
      Lisa S. Rusk
     Of Counsel
     Maria D. Gill
     Of Counsel


 

DAVID S. SHAW:
Partner

Cornell University, B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations; Albany Law School of Union University, J.D.; Mr. Shaw is a Past President of the New York State Association of School Attorneys, Inc.  He serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, instructing in School Law, School Finance Law and Labor Relations for Administrators, as well as Manhattanville College and Pace University, instructing in School Law.  For the past 39 years he has represented more than 50 Hudson Valley region school districts as General Counsel and Labor Relations Counsel.  He also represents several Hudson Valley region municipalities as Labor Relations Counsel.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, including Charter Member of Labor Law Section, Dutchess County Bar Association,  New York State Association of School Attorneys and Hudson Valley Industrial Relations Research Association.  He has lectured for the New York State School Boards Association, Labor Law Section of New York State Bar Association, American Arbitration Association and Mid-Hudson School Study Council.
MARGO L. MAY:
Partner

Vassar College, A.B.; Albany Law School of Union University, J.D.;  She served as a Senior Associate Counsel and Program Coordinator to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly for more than 11 years, in the areas of public and private sector labor law, local governments, governmental operations and consumer affairs.  She has provided general counsel services, municipal finance services (TAN's, RAN's, SIB's, BAN's), real property services and real property tax related services for school districts for the past 25 years.  She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Municipal Law Section, the New York State Association of School Attorneys and National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.  She lectures for the New York State School Boards Association, New York State Association of Business Officials in the District Clerk strand, the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association and the Mid-Hudson School Study Council.
MICHAEL K. LAMBERT:
Partner

State University of New York at Plattsburgh, B.A.; Western New England Law School, J.D.; Pace University, L.L.M. in Environmental Law; After serving in the Marine Corps, he practiced for five years in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in the General Trial Bureau, then served as House Counsel to the Wappingers Central School District for five years, representing the school district in all aspects of general counsel and labor relations services, including special education impartial hearings, negotiations, arbitrations, PERB proceedings, Section 3020-a Education Law proceedings, Section 75 Civil Service Law proceedings, Section 3214 Education Law student disciplinary proceedings and litigation.  For the past 14 years, he has been a member of Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, during which time he has continued his extensive involvment in all aspects of public school district representation.  He is a Director of the New York State Association of School Attorneys, and a member of the New York State Bar Association and the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.  He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve.  He is a frequent lecturer for the New York State School Boards Association, New York State Council of School Superintendents and National Business Institute.
MARC E. SHARFF:
Partner

Clark University, B.A.; Pace University M.A. in Educational Administration & Supervision, Permanent New York State certification as School Administrator and Supervisor; Pace University School of Law, J.D.; Mr. Sharff represents school districts in all phases of tax certiorari proceedings.  In the past, he has represented school districts as general counsel; labor relations and all other aspects of litigation, including special education impartial hearings, administrative proceedings, §3020-a Education Law hearings, §75 Civil Service Law hearings, grievances and appeals to the Commissioner.  He is a member of the New York State Association of School Attorneys, Inc.; Westchester County Bar Association; White Plains Bar Association; Former Elected Member and Vice-President, White Plains Board of Education.  He has lectured for the New York State School Boards Association and the New York State Bar Association.
BETH L. SIMS:
Partner

Cornell University, B.S. Fordham University School of Law, J.D.  Mrs. Sims has over 15 years of experience providing general counsel services to school districts.  Mrs. Sims represents school district clients in federal and State litigation matters, special education matters, including impartial hearings and appeals to the State Review Officer, negotiations, labor arbitrations, Education Law Section 3020-a proceedings, Section 75 Civil Service law proceedings, PINS proceedings, State Division of Human Rights/EEOC proceedings, Section 3214 student discipline hearings and appeals before the Commissioner of Education. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Dutchess County Bar Association, New York State School Boards Association, the National School Boards Association and lectures for the New York State School Boards Association.  Mrs. Sims is presently serving as the Secretary of the New York State Association of School Attorneys.
STEVEN M. LATINO:
Partner

State University of New York at New Paltz, B.A.; New England School of Law, J.D.  Mr. Latino has 19 years of experience representing public and private sector employers in labor and employment matters and is a past President and current Advisory Board Member of the New York City Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association.  He regularly advises clients in many aspects of the employment relationship, including employee termination and discrimination, sexual harassment, labor relations, and compliance with federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws. Mr. Latino represents school districts in New York State Education Law 3020-a disciplinary proceedings, and New York State Civil Service Law, Section 75 disciplinary proceedings. He advises school districts regarding compliance with the New York State Civil Service Law and local personnel rules. Mr. Latino has extensive experience defending employers in actions brought pursuant to federal and state discrimination laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the New York State Human Rights Law.  He regularly defends employers in labor arbitration matters, matters before the New York State Division of Human Rights, Westchester County Commission on Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Public Employment Relations Board, and the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board.
JULIE M. SHAW:
Partner

Cornell University, B.S.; Brooklyn Law School, J.D.; Prior to joining the law firm, Ms. Shaw worked for the Mayor's Office of Labor Relations of the City of New York.  She currently serves as chief negotiations spokesperson in numerous collective negotiations for school districts and municipalities, including myriad APPR negotiations.  She provides representation in labor arbitration proceedings, improper practice and representation proceedings at PERB, employee discipline matters and litigation.  She also provides general counsel advice to clients on a regular basis on the many legal issues that arise in the educational setting, including student discipline, open meetings law, freedom of information law, student privacy and student health issues.   Ms. Shaw lectures for the New York State School Boards Association, New York State Association of School Business Officials, New York State Association of School Attorneys,  Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association and the Mid-Hudson School Study Council.  Ms. Shaw serves as an Adjunct Professor to graduate students at Pace University where she instructs in Education Law and School Leadership.
GARRETT L. SILVEIRA:
Senior Associate

Skidmore College, B.A., Case Western Reserve University Law School, J.D. Mr. Silveira has more than 30 years of experience providing general counsel services to school districts, with emphasis in special education representation, and  student discipline.  Mr. Silveira is frequently requested to give presentations to administrators, teachers and support staff on legal issues.

Associate
Cornell University, B.S.; Ithaca College, M.S.; Fordham University School of Law, J.D.  Ms. Ledkovsky's experience includes representing clients in federal and state court for employment and civil rights actions brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, Section 1983 civil actions for the deprivation of rights, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, New York Labor Law, contract law, and at special proceedings brought pursuant to Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules.  She has also served as counsel in contract grievance arbitrations and disciplinary hearings pursuant to New York Civil Service Law, at administrative law hearings in matters of Workers' Compensation discrimination and before the New York Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, and in mediation, including sessions at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in mediation mandated by United States District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of New York.  In addition to her admission to those bars and that of the Eastern District of New York, Ms. Ledkovsky is admitted to practice in the States of Illinois and New York.  She is a member of the American Bar Association and New York State Bard Association Labor and Employment Law Sections, an alumna of the New York State Bar Association's Trial Academy, and a member of the Westchester Chapter of the New York State Women's Bar Association.
Associate
Cornell University, B.A.; Fordham University School of Law, J.D.  Prior to joining Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, while attending Fordham University School of Law, Ms. Gemmell was an intern for the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District as well as an intern in the Fordham Family Advocacy Clinic.  Additionally, while attending Fordham University School of Law, Ms. Gemmell was a member of the Fordham Environmental Law Review for two years as a staff member in the first year and then an associate editor in the second year.  Ms. Gemmell received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award upon graduation from Fordham University School of Law.  Ms. Gemmell is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association.
MARK C. RUSHFIELD:
Of Counsel
State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A.; New York University School of Law, J.D. Mr. Rushfield has been actively engaged in the practice of law in both the private and public sectors for approximately 40 years. Mr. Rushfield's expertise extends to all facets of public and private sector labor relations and employment issues, as well as to addressing the myriad constitutional and statutory issues faced by public entities. Mr. Rushfield has extensive experience in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the New York Public Employment Relations Board, the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights and grievance and interest arbitrators. Mr. Rushfield's practice is heavily involved in representing public-sector entities and other litigants in the litigation of federal and state court actions involving discrimination claims under Title VI, VII and IX of the Civil Rights Act and other federal anti-discrimination laws (e.g., the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act), federal overtime compensation claims, claims under the New York Human Rights Law, claims of deprivation of constitutional rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, claims under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act and proceedings under Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules. Mr. Rushfield also represents clients in construction litigation, employment litigation and other litigation in the federal and state courts on behalf of the firm.
LISA S. RUSK:
Of Counsel

Ursinus College, B.A.; Albany Law School of Union University, J.D.  She has more than 21 years of experience providing general counsel services.  She specializes in representing school districts in special education impartial hearings and appeals to the State Review Officer, special education federal litigations, Section 3214 Education Law student disciplinary proceedings, appeals to the Commissioner of Education and discrimination claims before the U. S. Office for Civil Rights. She has also served as chief negotiations spokesperson for non-instructional units.  She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and New York State Association of School Attorneys and National Boards Association.  She has lectured for the New York State School Boards Association and Mid-Hudson School Study Council on special education and general counsel issues.
MARIA D. GILL:
Of Counsel

St. Bonaventure University, B.A.; St. John's University, M.S. Education; Pace University of Law, J.D.  Mrs. Gill has represented school districts and BOCES for 21 years.  She provides guidance with respect to construction and facilities improvement projects including review of contracts for architectural, engineering, and construction management services, assisting with SEQRA process and mitigation of environmental issues and dispute resolution.  She also provides general counsel services to school districts.

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