Stuart A. Shorenstein

Member

New York

(212) 883-4923

(866) 316-9689

As co-founder of the firm’s practice group Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies (CPS) and chair of the New York City and state practice, Stuart offers clients comprehensive government relations and advocacy services. Combining substantive experience and strong relationships with decision makers in all branches of local, state, and federal government, Stuart provides customized strategic advice that enables clients to advance their agendas before legislators, administrations, regulatory policymakers, members of the media, or third-party interest groups in New York, Washington, D.C., and beyond, with an approach that is persuasive, effective, and politically salient. He is highly respected by his colleagues and clients for his resourcefulness, creativity, intellect, and passion.

Stuart has experience in a broad range of areas, including gaming and sports betting, media, education, finance, insurance, retail, technology, and telecommunications. He works to build innovative solutions to solve client problems and organize effective strategies tailored to each client’s specific needs. Over the past four decades, Stuart has represented colleges, sports, industry and trade associations, not-for-profit organizations, major insurance companies, and a host of other companies and entrepreneurs seeking change in government policy or an opportunity to present their positions and have their voices heard. He has served on the Clinton Presidential Transition Team and on transition teams for statewide officeholders. He has provided strategic advice to numerous public-office candidates, including senators, governors, congressmen, and local and state officeholders.

Throughout his legal career he has been looked to as a trusted counselor to clients in high profile matters. In 2019, Stuart was at the counsel’s table before the U.S. Supreme Court on a precedent setting First Amendment case involving cable TV public access channels where his client not only prevailed but set out important new precedents that will determine First Amendment obligations for public forum platforms operated by social media companies. Stuart negotiated directly with the Attorney General of the State of New York in a case that was front page news involving GNC and the DNA of supplements. He has led negotiations on the purchase, sale and financing of numerous corporate clients in the media space and he has been appointed by the courts as a guardian ad litem in probate proceedings, receiver in real estate proceedings, and has served as a fiduciary to numerous high net worth clients whose trust he has gained. Stuart sits on the board of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York and was a recipient of its 2017 Distinguished Service Award.

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

Stuart served for many years as regulatory and licensing counsel for clients appearing before the Federal Communications Commission, where he represented a wide spectrum of companies in the broadcast, cable, broadband, new media, and publishing industries. He was the first member from outside of Washington, D.C., to serve on the Executive Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA). He founded the FCBA’s New York Chapter and has served as chair of the FCBA’s Transactional Practice Committee. 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 lectured frequently at national conventions and has authored numerous articles on communications law issues. He was an adjunct professor of communications law at Hofstra University Law School. His case, Steele v. FCC, established a landmark constitutional precedent on gender preferences in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Stuart 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.

 

Awards & Honors

Distinguished Service Award, Citizens Crime Commission, New York City (2017)

City & State’s Fifty Over Fifty (2017)

City & State’s Lifetime Award

FCBA’s Distinguished Service Award (1995)

 

Professional Memberships

Member, Advisory Board, Citizens Crime Commission, New York City

General Counsel and Members, Board of Directors, International Radio & Television Society

Former Member, Subcommittee on Communications Law, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Former Director, Intercollegiate Broadcasting System

Former Adjunct Professor, Maurice E. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University

News

Kenneth Fisher and Stuart Shorenstein Named to City & State New York’s Law Power 100

March 11, 2020

Kenneth K. Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, and Stuart A. Shorenstein, a member of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies and chair of the New York City and state practice, were named to City & State New York’s 2020 Law Power 100.

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.

Cozen O’Connor Team Wins Landmark First Amendment Ruling

June 21, 2019

The team includes Michael de Leeuw, Stuart Shorenstein, Tamar Wise, Stephen Miller, Jesse Loffler, William Lesser, and Anna Hanke.

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

Publications

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.

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

Education

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

Awards & Honors

City & State New York’s 2020 Law Power 100

Distinguished Service Award, Citizens Crime Commission, New York City (2017)

City & State’s Fifty Over Fifty (2017)

City & State’s Lifetime Award

FCBA’s Distinguished Service Award (1995)

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

• Board Member, Citizens Crime Commission, New York City

• Executive Committee of Firm’s Award Winning Women’s Initiative

• General Counsel, International Radio and Television Society Foundation