Cozen O’Connor: Shorenstein, Stuart A.

Stuart A. Shorenstein


New York

(212) 883-4923

(866) 316-9689

Stuart is a founder of the firm's Public Strategies Group and co-heads the New York public strategies team, where he advocates on behalf of clients with decision makers in all branches of local, state, and federal government. He is respected by his colleagues and clients for his resourcefulness, creativity, intellect, and passion.

Over the past three decades, Stuart has been actively involved in national, local, and state politics. He has represented colleges, ports, major insurance companies, industry associations, not-for-profit organizations, and a host of companies and entrepreneurs seeking change in government policy or an opportunity to present their positions and have their voices heard. He has served on transition teams at the national level for President Clinton, as well as statewide officeholders. He has provided strategic advice to literally hundreds of candidates, including senators, governors, congressmen, and local and state officeholders, and office seekers in New York. Stuart is a member of the Advisory Board of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, and was a recipient of their 2017 Distinguished Service Award.

Stuart’s legal career has been spent in the areas of communications and corporate law, where he has represented a wide range of clients in the broadcast, cable, broadband, new media, and publishing industries, serving as regulatory and licensing counsel before the Federal Communications Commission and representing clients in hundreds of transactions, including sales, acquisitions and financings, and operational matters.

In January 2017, Stuart was named to City & State’s annual 50 Over 50 Awards, which honors New York’s prominent leaders in government, business, and media over the age of 50. Additionally, Stuart earned the prestigious recognition as one of the 10 Lifetime Award winners, joining the ranks of the most notable public servants in New York City who have committed decades of their lives to making the city a better place. 

Stuart was the first member from outside of Washington, D.C., to serve on the Executive Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA). He has served as an officer of the FCBA and has co-chaired its law journal, membership, and mass media committees, and is chair of its Transactional Practice Committee and co-chair of its New York Chapter. In 1995, he received that association's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. He is also general counsel and a member of the board of directors of the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS). He has served as a member of the Subcommittee on Communications Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and as a director of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System and taught communications law on an adjunct basis at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. He has lectured frequently at national conventions and has authored numerous articles on communications law issues. His case, Steele v. FCC, established a landmark constitutional precedent in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Stuart is an avid Blue Devils fan having earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He is a graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he was named a University Scholar. 


Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies New York Post 2018 Midterm Election Debrief

November 07, 2018

Stuart Shorenstein, Katie Schwab, Ken Fisher, and Rose Christ from Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies New York host a special conference call to debrief on the New York general election results and the implications of the results in terms of policy for the next term.

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."

Stuart Shorenstein Receives Distinguished Service Award from Citizens Crime Commission of New York City

December 04, 2017

Stuart Shorenstein, chair of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ New York practice, was the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Citizen’s Crime Commission of New York City, an award that recognizes individuals who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to criminal justice innovation.

Cozen O'Connor Member Recognized for Contributions to New York by City & State

January 16, 2017

Stuart Shorenstein, the co-head of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ New York Practice, has been named to City & State’s annual 50 Over Fifty Awards, which recognizes New York’s most prominent leaders in government, business and media over the age of fifty.

Cozen O’Connor Member Named Manhattan Democrat of the Year

July 16, 2013

Stuart Shorenstein, of the firm’s Business Law Department and head of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ New York team, has been named “Manhattan Democrat of the Year” by the New York County Democratic Committee at its first Annual Demmy Award Ceremony Monday, July 15. Among the nominees for the award were New York state district leaders and committee members.

Cozen O’Connor Cybersecurity Conference Highlighted in The Wall Street Journal

May 09, 2013

In an article titled, "FBI: Delete Passwords of Ex-Employees," The Wall Street Journal highlights the firm's Cybersecurity Conference, held on Wednesday, May 8, at the W Hotel. Trevor Cloak, Joe Dever, Greg Fliszar, Brian Gillam, Steven Haas, Mike Schmidt, Stuart Shorenstein, Matthew Siegel, Ahren Tryon and Dave Walton presented during the seminar, along with Richard Aborn, President, Citizens Crime Commission of New York City and Austin P. Berglas, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Cyber, FBI New York Field Office. To read the WSJ article, click here.

Cozen O’Connor Launches Public Strategies LLC - New Entity Offers Enhanced Government Relations Assistance in Public Policy Advocacy, Regulatory Compliance and Contract Procurement

September 22, 2009

Cozen O’Connor Launches Public Strategies LLC - New Entity Offers Enhanced Government Relations Assistance in Public Policy Advocacy, Regulatory Compliance and Contract Procurement


Public Strategies New York Post-Primary Client Call

September 14, 2018

On today’s New York Client Call, Stuart Shorenstein, Katie Schwab, Rose Christ and Ken Fisher of our New York City team debrief on last night’s New York primary election results and analyze the results of several heavily contested New York State Senate races that could potentially impact control of the chamber.

IRS Begins Major Initiative to Audit 6,000 Companies [Labor and Employment Alert!]

November 23, 2009

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has determined to perform its most expansive and widespread audit initiative in recent history. Beginning in early 2010, the IRS will audit the federal tax returns of 6,000 companies to assess compliance with tax and labor regulations. This new audit initiative will be conducted in three phases, with the IRS studying the tax returns of 2,000 companies in each of 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Advocacy Round Table

June 06, 2019 - New York, NY

Public Strategies New York Post-Election Client Call

November 07, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Public Strategies New York Post-Primary Client Call

September 14, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

A Breakfast Conversation With Patrick J. Foye

May 29, 2014 - New York, NY

Briefing Conference Call On The Newly Elected

November 06, 2013 - Conference Call

Briefing Conference Call On New York City Primary Election

September 11, 2013 - Toll-Free Dial-in Number

New York: Tech City

May 16, 2012 - New York, NY

Albany 2011: What Needs To Be Done?

December 03, 2010 - New York, NY


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1971
  • Duke University, B.A., 1968

Awards & Honors

Distinguished Service Award 2017

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Citizens Crime Commission of New York City Board Member