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 2021 and 2020, Stuart was named to City & State New York’s Law Power 100 list. The list is based on “who’s having an impact in New York’s political and government spheres” and features prominent public officials, top legal advisers, and powerful prosecutors at the local, state and federal level. Stuart is also one of City & State's 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.

News

Lobbying Firm Co-Founder Expecting ‘Frenzy’ For NY Downstate Casino Licenses

April 12, 2022

Stuart Shorenstein is quoted in an article published in PlayNY. Stuart discusses why he thinks the most prominent casino operators will express interest in the New York City casino gaming market.

Cozen O’Connor Announces Changes to Firm Management 2022

March 23, 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the following changes in firm leadership positions for the 2022 year.

Ken Fisher and Stuart Shorenstein Recognized Among City & State New York’s 2022 Law Power 100

March 07, 2022

Ken Fisher, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Business Law Department, and Stuart Shorenstein, Managing Director of Cozen O’Connor New York Public Strategies, have been named to City & State New York’s 2022 Law Power 100.

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.

Ken Fisher and Stuart Shorenstein Recognized Among City & State New York’s Law Power 100

March 22, 2021

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 Law Power 100.

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.

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.

Publications

The Beltway Briefing - Return of the Old-School Political Scandal

February 21, 2021

Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Patrick Martin, and Stuart Shorenstein discuss the impact of the current scandals and whether they seem to indicate the return to old-school, rough-and-tumble, hardball-style politics.

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

Education

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

Awards & Honors

City & State New York’s 2020 & 2022 Law Power 100

City & State New York’s 2022 Power 100

Marquis Who's Who (2021)

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
  • 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