Andrew Rotstein

Background and Practice

Andrew Rotstein has been practicing 
commercial and general civil litigation in 
New York for twenty years.  From 1994   
to 1998 he was associated with the firm 
of Sullivan & Cromwell and from 1998 to  
2001 with the New York office of Gibson,   
Dunn & Crutcher.  Since 2001 he has 
been a solo practitioner, of counsel to a    
Manhattan firm specializing in  
representation of startup and emerging   
companies, and an administrative law     
judge for two governmental agencies.     
In addition, Rotstein has prepared motions,     
appeals and research memorandums, 
including on novel and complex     
issues of law, for a score of other law    
firms.  He is also counsel to Scarola
Zubatov Schaffzin PLLC.


B.A., Columbia University, 1973 
         -- Chanler Historical Prize, 1973
         -- President, Columbia-Barnard Citizenship Council
J.D., Columbia Law School, 1994
         -- Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar 
         -- Editor, Columbia Law Review

Bar Admissions

New York State Courts
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuits

Community Service

Rotstein has enjoyed an active public-interest litigation practice, representing a host of advocacy and nonprofit organizations on a pro bono basis.  Among many other matters, he has:

■  represented a coalition opposing the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s plan to shut down a subway line serving a predominantly minority community in Brooklyn

■  asserted the ballot access rights of the campaign-finance reform initiative petition sponsored by the New York City Clean Money, Clean Elections Coalition

■  litigated the Voting Rights Act claims of African-American voters in Mount Vernon

■  litigated the claims of labor union members respecting the notification duties of their union under the Landrum-Griffin Act, a case of first impression in the federal courts in which he secured a favorable decision from a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, reversing the district court

■  assisted plaintiffs' counsel in the lawsuit that successfully challenged the Giuliani administration’s attempt to privatize New York City's municipal hospital system

■  provided advice on IRC Section 501(c) to various tax-exempt organizations respecting political and lobbying activities; legal and policy advice to Office of the New York City Public Advocate; and legislative drafting assistance on progressive economic issues to national and state activist groups.

Reported cases

■  Thomas v. Grand Lodge of Int'l Ass'n of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, 201
F.3d 517 (4th Cir. 2000)
■  AD/SAT v. Associated Press, 181 F.3d 216 (2d Cir. 1999)

■  EEOC v. Johnson & Higgins, Inc., 91 F.3d 1529 (2d Cir. 1996)

■  Coleman v. Board of Ed. Of Mount Vernon, 990 F. Supp. 221 (S.D.N.Y. 1997)

■  Hoffeld v. Lindholm, 85 A.D.3d 635, 925 N.Y.S.2d 819 (1st Dep't 2011)

■  Schrader v. Cuevas, 254 A.D.2d 290, 679 N.Y.S.2d 290 (1st Dep't 1998)

​■  Cortes v. 3A North Park Ave. Rest Corp., 46 Misc.3d 670, 998 N.Y.S.2d 797 (2014)
Representing businesses and individuals in 
commercial and general civil legal matters

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