Brad Gerstman is a leading New York State attorney, special education advocate, and civil rights champion. Mr. Gerstman’s diverse background and extensive experience in law, business, government, education, and the not-for-profit community places him in a unique position to represent and advocate for the autism community and for civil rights causes. Mr. Gerstman has represented dozens of individuals with autism as a spokesman, a staunch defender of their civil rights, and an attorney.
With both a personal stake in the fight for those with a developmental disability and more than two decades of professional experience championing their civil rights, Mr. Gerstman firmly recognizes that disabled rights are civil rights. It is this unwavering responsibility to the autism community that has allowed Brad to create an incomparable reputation state-wide.
Mr. Gerstman has an exceptional track record in constructing and guiding essential legislation through the New York legislature on behalf of the autism community. He has worked tirelessly to strengthen the position of those within the autism community in the school environment, the work place, at home, and elsewhere. Through years of experience bringing attention to the inequality that has disparaged so many in the autism community, Mr. Gerstman has developed the skills necessary to steer his clients through complex difficulties such as in reacquiring lost civil rights.
Mr. Gerstman is a particularly 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, he 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 Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi to chair his Autism Coalition. In addition, Mr. Gerstman was in 2010 elected by the Long Island Autism Coalition Board to serve as Counsel to their organization.
Most recently honored with the Leadership in Law award by Long Island Business News in the Partners category, Brad has been celebrated for his ability to provide clients with a unique blend of legal, political, and business experience. As a member of the New York State Bar since 1994, Brad developed a remarkable reputation as a defense attorney, prosecutor and general corporate counsel. His distinguished career as a litigator began when Brad was appointed as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx. In this role, Brad faithfully served New Yorkers through his investigation of corporate fraud and corruption cases, as well as his tenacity in persecuting violent criminals. From the DA’s office, Mr. Gerstman went on to head a law firm that focused on criminal defense and general litigation. During this period he handled numerous high-profile cases that included the protection of children from lead-based paint, and advocating for the rights of senior citizens. Currently, Brad is a partner in Gerstman, Schwartz & Malito LLP and Gotham Government Relations & Communications, based in Garden City, with offices in New York City and Albany. In addition, Brad is a member of the Education Law Association and the Nassau County Bar Association’s Education Law Committee.
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 dollar 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. Recently, Brad was appointed by Governor Paterson through the nomination of Senate majority leader Dean Skelos, 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.
At his alma mater Hofstra University, Brad played 4 years of varsity football. In his spare time, Brad enjoys competitive boxing and supporting all New York professional sports teams except for the Jets.