James L. Ansorge

Principal, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Recent Publication:

New York State Passes FY25 Budget [Alert]

This weekend, New York state lawmakers passed the $237B FY25 state budget, reflecting an increase of $8B from FY24.

Jamie focuses on legislative campaigns, budget advocacy, and regulatory approvals within New York City and state government on behalf of firm clients. These clients include companies, institutions, trade associations, and nonprofits. Jamie has extensive experience as a government affairs attorney and political aide.

Prior to joining the firm, Jamie was an attorney in the New York office of an international law firm with an active New York state and city government affairs practice. In that role, he worked with for-profit clients ranging from transportation and telecommunications providers to app-based technology companies and entertainment producers. He also serviced nonprofit clients including one of NYC's largest hospitals and various social service organizations that focused on issues ranging from domestic violence, women's health, and elder abuse to educational enrichment for under-served youth and technology empowerment services for seniors. Preceding that experience, Jamie was an attorney in the government affairs practice of New York state’s top-grossing lobbying firm, where he coordinated New York City legislative, budgetary, and legislative affairs. Jamie has led many legislative advocacy campaigns and secured millions of dollars in discretionary and capital awards for deserving nonprofit clients.

Jamie has a strong background in local government, politics, and policy. Before law school, he served as the finance director for Maloney for Congress. In this role, he was a top adviser to the congresswoman while raising more than $3 million in a nationally covered successful reelection battle. He has also served as a consultant to numerous candidates for public office, political organizations, and nonprofits. Jamie is an active fundraiser for political candidates and civic causes in New York and across the nation. He was recently one of the youngest members of Hillary for America's National Finance Committee.

Jamie has completed internships with the New York City Council, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, British Parliament, and the Coro Center for Leadership in Public Affairs.

Jamie earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where he was an editor of the Journal of Law & Policy, a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and assisted numerous startup companies and nonprofits as a member of the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (BLIP) Clinic. He earned his undergraduate degree in politics, social justice & social policy from Brandeis University, where he served as the director of communications for the Student Union and chief justice of the Student Judiciary. He also studied politics abroad at the London School of Economics and law at Hong Kong University. 

News

Super Lawyers Recognizes 27 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

September 22, 2023

Thirteen attorneys were recognized as Super Lawyers and 14 were named “Rising Stars.”

New York Governor's Office Halts Plans for Farmers Market-Style Events This Summer

July 06, 2023

Jamie Ansorge was quoted in Cannabis Business Times discussing New York slowing down new retail opportunities for cannabis products.

‘The Lost Year’: New York’s Adult-Use Cannabis Industry Grapples With Sluggish Rollout

June 14, 2023

Jamie Ansorge was quoted in Cannabis Business Times discussing New York's legislation that allows hemp farmers to grow cannabis for the state's adult-use market.

Jamie Ansorge Named Among 2023 Cannabis Industry Power Players in New York

May 17, 2023

Jamie Ansorge, principal at Cozen O’Connor New Public Strategies, has been recognized by PoliticsNY among the 2023 Cannabis Industry Power Players.

21 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 03, 2022

Super Lawyers has named 21 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2022 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Jamie Ansorge Named One of Cannabis Industry Power Players by PoliticsNY

January 24, 2022

Jamie Ansorge, Principal in Cozen O’Connor New Public Strategies group, has been recognized by PoliticsNY as one of the Power Players in the Cannabis industry.

Super Lawyers Recognizes 17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

October 04, 2021

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers Recognizes 21 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

September 29, 2020

Super Lawyers has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 27, 2019

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2019 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

18 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 21, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Twelve were recognized as Super Lawyers and five were named "Rising Stars."

Publications

New York State Passes FY25 Budget [Alert]

April 22, 2024

This weekend, New York state lawmakers passed the $237B FY25 state budget, reflecting an increase of $8B from FY24.

FY25 New York State Budget Update [Alert]

April 16, 2024

On April 15, New York Governor Hochul announced the parameters of a 2025 state budget. Rose Christ, Katie Schwab, James Ansorge, and Katrell Lewis review the highlights of the announced $237B budget.

NYS FY25 Budget Alert: Assembly and Senate Release One-House Budgets [Alert]

March 12, 2024

Katie Schwab, Rose Christ, Jamie Ansorge, and Katrell Lewis discuss the New York State Assembly and Senate's recently released one-house budgets for Fiscal Year 2025.

New York State Legalizes Adult-Use Cannabis Through Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act [Alert]

April 01, 2021

James Ansorge discusses New York's legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

The American Rescue Plan’s Impact on New York State and City Government, Businesses, and Nonprofits

March 26, 2021

Jamie Ansorge, Rose Christ, and Michael Bain discuss how the American Rescue Plan will impact New York City and state, as well as small businesses and nonprofits.

New York City Council to Consider Legislation Impacting Employers

April 29, 2020

Katie Schwab & Jamie Ansorge discuss three new bills introduced in New York City City Council that would impact employers in the city.

NYS DFS Releases Emergency COVID-19 Regulation on Mortgage Forbearances and Financial Fee Waivers [Alert]

March 26, 2020

Stuart Shorenstein, Katie Schwab, Jamie Ansorge, and Evan Preminger discuss EC 202.9, requiring New York state-regulated financial institutions to provide mortgage forbearance for residential properties located in New York for 90 days and to eliminate ATM fees, overdraft fees, and credit card late payment fees.

NYC Council Considers Legislation to End At-Will Employment in the Fast Food Industry [Alert]

February 11, 2020

Katie Schwab discusses two new bills in New York City impacting fast food employers and employees. A hearing on the bills is scheduled for February 13.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

A Quarter for Your Thoughts: New York Employment Law Q2 2024 Developments and Trends

June 25, 2024 - Webinar

Join Michael Schmidt, Janice Sued Agresti, and Jamie Ansorge as they host the latest installment in this quarterly webinar series.

Past Events

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2014
  • Brandeis University, B.A., 2009

Awards & Honors

City and State New York City Rising Stars – Top 40 Under 40, 2018

2017-2020 Rising Star, Super Lawyers

David Alexander Award for Social Consciousness and Activism, Brandeis University, 2009

PoliticsNY’s Cannabis Industry Power Player (2023, 2022)

  • New York

YP Steering Committee Member, The Association for a Better New York

Executive Committee Member, The New Leaders Council – NYC

Co-Founder, The International Youth Council

National Finance Committee Member and Co-Chair of Young Professional Leadership Council, Democratic National Committee

Former Member, Community Board 2