Giving back is a fundamental part of who we are.

At Jaspan Schlesinger, our attorneys believe in giving back to the local community and that it’s important to both “count your blessings and make your blessings count.”

We act on this commitment in several ways, including serving on the boards of not-for-profit and religious corporations, participating in and sponsoring events that these organizations host, and providing pro bono legal services to those in need.

Presently, our attorneys serve as officers and directors of not-for-profit institutions such as the EAC Network, Spectrum Designs, Family Service League, the Scarsdale Foundation, the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County and the Pat Cairo Family Foundation. Some of our lawyers also serve on boards of educational institutions, including the advisory boards of the Adelphi University Business School, the Suffern Free Library Association, the Real Estate Institute (REI) at Stony Brook University and the Touro College Board of Governors. Others serve on the boards of their local temples and synagogues.

We also participate in a number of charitable events. We are a proud sponsor of—and boast an exceptional team presence at—the Marcum Workplace Challenge, a 3.5-mile run-walk for the benefit of local Long Island not-for-profits. We also have taken part in EAC Network’s “Over the Edge” event, in which participants rappel down the Tower at Nassau Community College to raise money for Long Island children in foster care, senior citizens, and individuals dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. The firm was proud to recently support Tower Climb NYC.  Each year, at he Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb NYC event, one thousand participants climb 104 stories, symbolizing strength, hope and the resiliency of the American spirit. The firm also participates annually in AHA’s Wear Red Day when the nation comes together in support of the fight against heart disease and has supported the United Way’s Stuff-a-Bus, collecting and donating much-needed school supplies to children of low-income families on Long Island.

Pro bono services and giving back

  • In April 2020, the attorneys and staff Jaspan Schlesinger LLP pitched in to purchase 1,500 gowns, personal protective equipment and much needed supplies for the ICU of a local hospital in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.  We are grateful for the brave Long Island healthcare workers and are in awe of their dedication.
  • For over 20 years, Michael P. Ryan, chair of the firm’s trust and estates and estate litigation practice groups, has been a pro bono attorney panel member for the Surrogate decision-making committee. The panel hears applications for the use of non-emergency but invasive medical treatment for people with disabilities and who are institutionalized and have no guardian or family member to make a decision on their behalf.
  • Hon. Anthony J. Falanga (Ret.), chair of our ADR and matrimonial and family law practice groups, was honored as Nassau county pro bono attorney for his services in matrimonial and domestic violence cases (2017). 
  • For over 10 years, we have served as counsel to the guardian of a Nassau county police officer who was critically injured after his cruiser was struck by a drunk driver.
  • The firm regularly helps not-for-profit corporations draft their organizational documents, comply with the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act, and address issues concerning corporate governance. We have represented not-for-profit corporations in all aspects of their operations, including real estate acquisitions, guidance on succession issues, drafting and review of internal policies and procedures, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Each year, our attorneys provide pro bono services on Election Day to voters seeking ballot access.
  • In honor of Veteran’s Day, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP employees selected Paws of War as the beneficiary of a Veteran’s Day donation drive. With generous employee donations, the firm collected just over $2,700. Attorney Sophia Perna-Plank used the funds to purchase pet related items such as dog crates, food, toys and much more. Paws of War rescues, trains and places shelter dogs to serve and provide independence to veterans and first responders who suffer from traumatic effects sustained while serving their country & community.
  • The firm is a proud annual sponsor of the Marcum Workplace Challenge. The Challenge is a 3.5 Mile run/walk which benefits 4 local charities: Long Island Children’s Museum, Long Island Cares, Inc | The Harry Chapin Food Bank, Children’s Medical Fund of NY and the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

    Below are additional community programs and events supported by the firm.