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Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal services to Yeshiva University and its affiliates.

We have created this page to educate the Yeshiva University community about our office and its functions and operations, as well as to inform faculty, students and staff of legal developments and issues of importance impacting them and the University.

Please take a moment to become familiar with:

  • Who we are
  • When to call us
  • Important University rules and procedures
  • General legal issues
  • Current legal news and information

We are available to facilitate and assist with the business needs of the University within the confines of the law and to ensure that the University is in compliance with its legal responsibilities and obligations.

Please contact us for assistance with legal matters affecting the University. We do not provide personal legal services to employees, students or members of the Yeshiva University community.

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The Office of the General Counsel supports Yeshiva University and its affiliates by providing legal counsel and representation to support all areas of operation, instruction, research and administration.

The vice president of legal affairs, secretary and general counsel is responsible for all legal matters pertaining to the University and its affiliates.

Yeshiva University and its affiliates are the clients of the Office of the General Counsel, whose function is to provide, manage and coordinate quality legal services including:

  • Legal counsel and representation
  • Litigation and legal risk management
  • Contracts and affiliation agreements
  • Compliance oversight
  • Other services and counsel to all constituent schools of the University

As part of these services, the Office of the General Counsel provides counsel to the Board of Trustees, the President, the President's Cabinet, deans and directors, faculty, supervisors and other employees acting on behalf of the University.

We provide advice on the legal implications of policy and other decisions under applicable law, regulations and policies, in addition to representing the University in litigation matters, administrative and regulatory hearings and significant business transactions. We also oversee outside counsel retained to provide legal services and representation for the University.

Our goal is to provide counsel and advice to minimize legal risks and costs, reduce litigation exposure, ensure legal compliance and to do so reliably and professionally.

We strive to provide quality legal services, prompt and courteous attention and exceptional representation in connection with legal matters pertaining to the University.

Andrew J. Lauer, JD, LLM
Andrew J. Lauer


Andrew (Avi) J. Lauer, Esq.
Vice President for Legal Affairs, Secretary and General Counsel
646.592.4410  andrewlauer@yu.edu

 

 

Debbie Freeman
Debbie Freeman


Debbie Freeman, JD
Associate General Counsel
debbie.freeman@yu.edu
646.592.4408

 

 

Esther K. Sasson, JD
Esther K. Sasson


Esther K. Sasson, JD
Associate General Counsel
eksasson@yu.edu
646.592.4407

 

 

Sam A. Yospe
Sam A. Yospe

Sam A. Yospe, JD
Assistant General Counsel
sam.yospe@yu.edu
646.592.4405

 

 

 

 

Jon Greenfield
Director of Government Relations
Jon.Greenfield@yu.edu
646.592.4414

Julia Lestch
Executive Assistant to the General Counsel
lestch@yu.edu
646.592.4400 

Deidra Gorgos
Legal Secretary
gorgos@yu.edu
646.592.4400

In April 2008, the General Counsel formed the Yeshiva University General Counsel's Council, which comprises attorneys from outside law firms and corporate legal departments who believe in the mission of the University and would like to assist through the provisions of pro bono services.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, skills and resources and offering pro bono services to the University, please contact the Office of the General Counsel at 646.592.4400 or GC@yu.edu.

Yeshiva University General Counsel's Council Member Directory

The Office of the General Counsel would like to thank the following law firms and/or attorneys for agreeing to participate as members of the Yeshiva University General Counsel's Council:

  • Emanuel Adler, Esq.
    Partner
    Blank Rome LLP
  • Jonathan S. Adler, Esq.
    Partner
    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP
  • Bryan Alter
    Director
    Barclays
  • Karen Bitar, Esq.
    Partner
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Martin H. Bockstein
    Former General Counsel
    Yeshiva University 
  • Emil Buchman
    Partner
    Fried Frank LLP 
  • Lawrence J. Burian
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
    Madison Square Garden 
  • David Butler
    Partner
    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Ivan Deutsch
    Partner
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Nathan Diament
    Director of Public Policy
    Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America 
  • Michael Friedman
    Partner
    Chapman and Cutler LLP
  • David W. Garland, Esq.
    Partner
    Epstein Becker Green
  • Louis Goldberg
    Partner
    Herrick, Feinstein LLP
  • Steve R. Graber
    Partner
    Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck PC
  • Howard Jacobs
    General Counsel
    Krasdale Foods, Inc.
  • Benjamin Kaminetzky
    Partner
    Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Dov Kesselman
    Partner
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Nat Lewin
    Partner
    Lewin & Lewin, LLP
  • Martin Luskin
    Partner
    Blank Rome LLP
  • Maryrose Maness
    Vice President & Chief Employment Counsel
    Warner Music Group
  • Ted Mirvis
    Partner
    Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Steven B. Nadel
    Partner
    Seward & Kissel LLP
  • Paul J. Neale
    President & Managing Director
    DOAR Litigation Consulting
  • Terry Novetsky
    Partner
    Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Amanda Nussbaum
    Partner
    Proskauer Rose LLP
  • David Z. Ottensoser
  • David Perl
    Crédit Agricole
  • J. Philip Rosen
    Partner
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Lesley Friedman Rosenthal
    Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
    Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Murray D. Sacks
    Of Counsel
    Miller Friel, PLLC
  • Sylvan Schaefer
    Of Counsel
    Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • David Schapiro
    Partner
    Yigal Arnon & Co
  • Joel B. Strauss
    Partner
    Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP
  • Terry Umans-Gough
    Former Deputy General Counsel
    Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Stephen Wagner
    Partner
    Cohen Tauber Spievack & Wagner LLP
  • David M. Warburg
    Partner
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Benjamin Weinstock
    Partner
    Ruskin Moscou Faltischek PC
  • Michael J. Wildes
    Managing Partner
    Wildes & Weinberg, PC
  • Perry Wildes
    Partner
    Gross Kleinhendler Hodak Halevy Greenberg & Co.
  • Jan S. Wimpfheimer
    Managing Partner
    Schwell Wimpfheimer & Associates LLP
  • Harris A. Wolin
    Partner
    Myers Wolin, LLC
  • Howard Zauderer
    General Counsel
    40 North LLC

Jon Greenfield
Jon Greenfield

Jon Greenfield is the Director of Government Relations at Yeshiva University. In this capacity, Jon serves as the principle liaison between the university and local government officials at the city, state, and federal levels. Among his primary responsibilities is the procurement and management of programmatic and capital funding from the university’s public partners. In addition to this role, Jon is an adjunct professor of community organizing and politics at YU’s Wurzweiler Graduate School of Social Work.

Jon comes to YU with nearly a decade of experience working in the political sphere. Most recently, Jon was Managing Director of Communications for a major political consulting firm, acting as chief spokesperson and advisor to dozens of political campaigns in the New York metropolitan region. Previously, Jon served as spokesperson and policy advisor to former New York State Assembly Member Phil Goldfeder. He provides English and-Spanish language political commentary to major print and broadcast outlets, and was recognized as a rising star in New York City politics by City & State magazine.

Yeshiva University Government Relations
Office of the General Counsel

2495 Amsterdam Avenue, Belfer Hall 1001
New York, NY 10033

Telephone: 646.592.4414
E-mail: Jon.Greenfield@yu.edu

FAQs

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice and representation to Yeshiva University and its affiliates. In that capacity, Office of the General Counsel attorneys advise the trustees, officers, faculty and staff, all in their official capacities, on various issues impacting the University.

The Office of the General Counsel is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to the University. Areas in which Office of the General Counsel attorneys provide legal advice include, but are not limited to: labor and employment, benefits, business matters, contract review, litigation, government investigation, environmental, copyright, patents, immigration, construction, property acquisition, student and faculty issues and clinical research and regulatory compliance.

The main office of the Office of the General Counsel is located on the Wilf Campus in Belfer Hall, Suite 1001. Our telephone number is 646.592.4400, our facsimile number is 212.960.5346 and our general e-mail address is GC@YU.edu.

Yeshiva University
Office of the General Counsel
2495 Amsterdam Avenue
Belfer Hall, Suite BH 1001
New York, NY 10033

Only authorized members of the Office of the General Counsel may accept service on behalf of the University.

No. Only the Office of the General Counsel can retain outside counsel on behalf of the University and its affiliates. If you believe legal counsel and/or representation is needed for a University matter, you should contact an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel who will determine whether outside counsel is necessary and appropriate; if so, the Office of the General Counsel attorney will retain an appropriate outside attorney for the matter.

The President, vice presidents and certain other senior administrators of the University are authorized to sign contracts and other documents on behalf of the University. Generally, this authority is limited to a specific area of responsibility. Please check with the Office of the General Counsel to determine who has the authority to sign a particular document on behalf of the University.

No. The Office of the General Counsel represents the University and its affiliates in connection with University-related matters. In a matter related to the University, the Office of the General Counsel may represent a University employee as well.

Communications with the Office of the General Counsel are generally privileged as to third parties, but may not be as to other University officials. Nevertheless, we will generally strive to keep matters confidential to the extent practicable.

Normally, no. While a school official, including a member of the faculty, may have access to and obtain a copy of a student's education record for a legitimate educational interest, ordinarily the student's education record is confidential and cannot be viewed, accessed or released without the student's explicit permission.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as the FERPA or Buckley Amendment, is a federal law that limits the disclosure of a student's education record in order to safeguard the privacy of such information.

Please consult with an Office of the General Counsel attorney before sending any confidential document to any outside party.

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Contact Us

Yeshiva University
Office of the General Counsel
2495 Amsterdam Avenue, Belfer Hall 1001
New York, NY 10033

Telephone: 646.592.4400
Fax: 212.960.5346
E-mail: GC@yu.edu

If you have a question that has not been answered, please send an e-mail to GC@YU.edu, and we will make every effort to respond in a timely manner.

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