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April 22, 2019

Islip, N.Y., lawyer James F. Gesualdi to receive Animal Law award from American Bar Association

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2019— The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will honor Islip, N.Y., lawyer James F. Gesualdi with its 2019 Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Leadership Award, which recognizes exceptional work by an Animal Law Committee member who, through commitment and leadership, has advanced the humane treatment of animals through the law. The award will be presented at the TIPS Section Conference Animal Law Awards Reception on Friday, May 3, at the Westin New York at Times Square in New York City.

Gesualdi, who owns his own law firm, works extensively with the U.S. Animal Welfare Act and champions ways to improve its administration and enforcement, as well as engages in consensus-building on related policy issues. He has dedicated himself to his work on legal, regulatory and strategic matters regarding animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

His leadership experience includes serving as chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law and founding co-chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association Animal Law Committee. He has served as special professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law, where he has taught Animal Law, and on the faculty of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums “Zoo School” for zoological professionals, where he taught courses on ethical considerations relating to animals.

Gesualdi participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Marine Mammal Negotiated Rulemaking, completing a voluminous “Analysis and Commentary” on this subject, and was special counsel to the marine mammal community’s Working Group on the Reintroduction of Marine Mammals to the Wild.

Author of the book “Excellence Beyond Compliance,” Gesualdi is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law. At the ABA, he has served as vice chair of the former Young Lawyers Division Animal Protection Committee. He is also a member of the Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice and has served as a deputy managing editor of the Administrative & Regulatory Law News. Gesualdi’s work has been profiled in the ABA Journal, The New York Times, The New York Law Journal, Newsday, Long Island Business News and in Yolanda Einstein’s book “Careers in Animal Law.”

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There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Robert Robinson at 202-662-1097 or [email protected].

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