Location: Garden City, NY
Industry: Communications, law
Brad Gerstman and David M. Schwartz
Brad Gerstman and David M. Schwartz, founding partners of Gerstman Schwartz & Malito LLP, have a background as trial attorneys. Eventually, their work in the courtroom evolved into a lobbying firm — Gotham Government Relations & Communications LLC. That firm provides advocacy for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to special-needs schools, nonprofits and individuals. Gotham blocks or puts forth legislation for its clients, and also functions as a mouthpiece in administrative agencies under the executive branch of government.
Quick Tip: “Leadership is motivating the team to do the very best job they can do every single day.”
In their work for Gotham, Gerstman and Schwartz apply some of the key skills they have honed in their careers as trial attorneys, such as outspokenness, the ability to put together strategic relationships and the ability to advocate on behalf of clients. Those skills also serve them well in dealing with their industry’s aggressive competition and preference for insiders. Another valuable lesson Gerstman and Schwartz have learned is the importance of perseverance, which can turn failures into victories.