2012 BACKGROUND-SETUP

tn_ABRAMS, ROBERTRobert Abrams (born July 4, 1938 in Pelham Parkway,The Bronx, New York City) is an American lawyer and politician.Robert Abrams 28-year career in public life was marked by achievement,  independence and integrity. He was elected to three terms in the New  York State Assembly, three terms as Borough President of the Bronx and  four terms as Attorney General of New York State. He joined Stroock in  1994 following 15 years of distinguished service as Attorney General of  the State of New York. As Attorney General, Mr. Abrams received  numerous awards and honors and earned national prominence rarely  achieved by a state-level official. He was widely heralded as a  champion and protector of consumer rights. He served as president of  the National Association of Attorneys General and was selected by his  colleagues to receive the coveted WYMAN AWARD as Outstanding Attorney  General in the Nation. At its June 2005 meeting, the National  Association of Attorneys General presented Bob with The Bellotti Award,  given to a former attorney general who has served NAAG and worked  diligently to further its vision and mission and who exhibits  outstanding leadership abilities and high moral character.
 In August 2009, Governor David Patterson issued an Executive Order  renaming the Albany Justice Building as the Robert Abrams Building for  Law and Justice.
As Attorney General, Mr. Abrams was the head of one of the largest law  offices in the nation supervising the work of 1,200 employees, including 475 attorneys in 14 different locations throughout New York State.
 He managed an office which in any given year handled 20,000 litigated  cases covering subject areas including, health and hospitals, personal  injury, construction and contract disputes, environment, securities,  labor/employment, not-for-profit organizations, civil rights, antitrust, real estate and consumer issues. Through vigorous recruitment and  merit hiring, Mr. Abrams assembled an outstanding staff that enabled him to launch pioneering efforts in the areas of environment, consumer and  civil rights protection and criminal prosecutions. More than 250 of his legislative proposals were passed and signed into law.
At Stroock, Mr. Abrams advises a diverse range of clients including  individuals and companies that are subject to civil and criminal  investigations. Mr. Abrams has been of particular value to corporations that have been the subject of an investigation by a state attorney  general or by multi-state investigations by numerous state attorneys  general. He has also been retained to conduct internal investigations  where there has been suspicion or an allegation of wrongdoing within the corporation or not-for-profit organization. Mr. Abrams has been part  of the Stroock team advising the Commissioner of Insurance in  Massachusetts on the demutualization of the John Hancock Life Insurance  Company. Mr. Abrams has also served as an arbitrator in domestic and  international arbitrations.
 Mayor Bloomberg appointed Mr. Abrams in 2005 to serve on the New York  City Charter Revision Commission. In 2006, New York Governor Elect  Eliot Spitzer appointed Mr. Abrams to serve as Co-Chair of his Policy  Advisory Committee on Governmental Reform for his Transition, and New  York Attorney General Elect Andrew Cuomo appointed him Executive Chair  of his Transition Committee. In 2008, New York Governor David Paterson  appointed Mr. Abrams to serve on the Board of the United Nations  Development Corporation. In 2010, New York’s Chief Judge Jonathan  Lippman appointed him to be a member of the Advisory Council for the  Retired Attorney Pro Bono Program.
 In 2010, Attorney General elect Eric Schneiderman appointed Mr. Abrams  to serve as Honorary Co-Chair of his transition committee.

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