Michael W. Schwartz, Esq. (Chairman of the Board)
Michael currently serves as Of Counsel to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and was previously a litigation partner in that firm.
Before practicing law, Michael was a professor of law at New York University School of Law.
He is a former President, Congregation Or Zarua, a Conservative synagogue in New York, and presently a member of its Executive Committee. He is also the former Chairman, Commentary Inc., which publishes Commentary Magazine, and remains a member of its Board of Directors.
Educated at Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Michael graduated magna cum laude from both. He also served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and held the Harvard fellowship at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, between college and law school.
Michael is the father of Rabbi Joseph Schwartz, rabbi of the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, New York. He is also the proud father of Elizabeth Lauber, a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, and grandfather of Lily, Isaiah and Zev. Michael was married for 45 years to the former Ellen Rubenstein Lauber, who passed away in 2013.
Our Fractured Supreme Court, Policy Review, February 2008
“A Great Compliment Paid the Jews,” Commentary, July 2012
Campbell, Iridium and the Future of Valuation Litigation, 67 Business Lawyer 939 (2012)
The Discomfiting but Urgent Message of the Prophet Nahum, Mosaic, March 10, 2016
Richard Stone, Esq.
B.A, Harvard College, I 963 (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1967 (Magna Cum Laude, Law Review Editor)
Professional Background: After two years of private practice in Washington, D.C, Richard joined the staff of the Solicitor General of the United States, where from 1969 to 1973 he served as Assistant to the Solicitor General under Irwin Griswold and then under Robert Bork. Richard argued ten cases in the Supreme Court of the United States (including the winning defense of the United States Patent Office’s first case involving intellectual property protection for computer programs), and wrote a major section of the Government brief in the Pentagon Papers Case. For the last two years he was in charge of all tax cases.
In 1974, Richard joined the faculty of Columbia Law School, where he held the Wilbur Friedman Chair in Tax Law for twenty years. In addition to basic and advanced tax courses, Richard has taught contracts, business planning, and real estate planning. He has received the award given (by the students) to the best teacher in the Law School, and he continues to teach corporate tax.
Business Background: Richard has been active in venture capital and startups for twenty-five years and has cofounded six technology and biotechnology companies that became public. One of these companies, Lev Pharmaceuticals, was founded in 2003 by Richard and his two partners, and received FDA approval in 2008 for what is now the leading treatment for patients with hereditary angioedema.
Richard’s current focus is on Israeli technology companies. He served for ten years as Chairman of the Board of Espro¬ Accoustiguide Group, the second largest supplier of museum audio guides and content, and he also serves on the boards of seven other Israeli companies. The most mature of these is Powermat Ltd, the leading player in the emerging wireless charging market. Richard is also a Director of Wellsense Technologies Ltd which has a system for monitoring pressure points for bedridden patients prone to bedsores, NanoX Imaging Ltd, which is developing imaging systems for medical use, and LabStyle Innovations, which markets monitoring systems for diabetic patients.
Not for Profit Activities: In 1995, Major Giuliani appointed Richard as his Manhattan representative to the Board of CUNY, the City University of New York, where he served as a Trustee until 2000.
Richard has been active in leadership roles in many Jewish organizations. For ten years he was chairman of the Institute for Public Affairs, the public policy arm of the Orthodox Union. From 2008-2012 he was Chairman of NCSJ, the national Jewish community’s watch group with respect to Jews in the former Soviet Union and the governments of the 15 republics that emerged from the Soviet Union. From 2011-2013, he served as Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the umbrella for Israel related and international issues representing more than 50 American Jewish organizations.
Personal Background: Richard was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has lived in New York since 1974. He has four children, ages 25 to 34.
Henry A. Shiner is a Toronto, Canada based strategic management consultant, investor and international investment banker, focusing on the high tech, cleantech and alternative energy spaces.
After assisting in transforming Shiner Investments, his family’s 50 year old holding company, from its core operations in the footwear manufacturing, fur cleaning and fur storage businesses, into a real estate and money management entity, Henry founded and became the Managing Director of The Aeon Group. Aeon is a privately held investment and strategic management consulting company which provides ongoing advisory services to Shiner Investments and the broader market. Over the past 15+ years, The Aeon Group, both on its own and in conjunction with its international network of strategic partners, has advised over 100 companies from a broad range of industries on capital market and other strategic management issues.
In June of 2013, Henry lead a consortium of partners that successfully won the court-supervised auction of Israeli start up BetterPlace EV Co., one of the most recognized cleantech VC ventures in the world that had attempted to transform the automobile industry behind a record $850MM of venture capital financing.
In the fall of 2009, Henry was invited to join the high tech, cleantech and energy (traditional and alternative) investment banking group at D&D Securities Inc., a full service investment dealer with offices in Toronto, Montreal & Calgary. D&D is part of the 145-year-old Dominick & Dickerman LLC.
Henry is currently a Director of Toronto-based technology company Gesturetek Inc., the inventor and world leading pioneer of 2D & 3D camera-based video gesture control, whose technology is used for the XBox Kinnect. Henry also sits on the Business Advisory Board of Hubbli.com, a social media platform catering to the needs of schools, and is an Executive Producer involved in the film, TV, fashion and music spaces. Henry currently works with some of Canada’s fashion designers, international music awards and fashion shows, as well as other well-known entertainment & media personalities.
Roy Kozupsky, Esq.
Roy P. Kozupsky is a Trusts and Estates partner at Moses & Singer LLP. He previously led the Private Client Department in the New York City office of Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP. Roy has concentrated his work exclusively in trusts and estates, for over 30 years.
Roy’s practice encompasses strategic governance planning for large families and their business enterprises, including private wealth planning in intergenerational wealth transfer planning; philanthropic planning; complex multi-jurisdictional estate; trust and fiduciary accounting litigation; and administration of decedent estates.
Roy is a distinguished member of both the Family Firm Institute and Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises.
Since being admitted to practice in 1985, Mr. Kozupsky has worked exclusively as a trusts & estate practitioner. His work encompasses strategic governance planning for large families and their business enterprises and the private wealth planning for these clients and their extended families in the following areas:
- Intergenerational wealth transfer planning for families and business owners,
- Philanthropic planning,
- Complex multi-jurisdictional estate, trust and fiduciary accounting litigation, and
- Administration of decedent estates.
A significant component to Mr. Kozupsky’s practice is family legacy planning for families whose wealth is aligned with their family businesses and provides for strategic planning, consulting, management and administration for wealth creators and their families.
This area of legacy planning for large and complex families and their family enterprises is achieved through extensive collaborative work with other non-lawyer professionals who specialize in family business planning, and is tailored to comprehensive long-range plans which includes mentoring, education and training of family members on how their wealth can both be effectively protected and deployed.
Mr. Kozupsky received his B.A. degree from University of Colorado in 1978. In 1985, he received his J.D. degree from the Antioch School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of New York.
Lawrence Hill, Esq.
Lawrence M. Hill is a partner in the Tax Group of Shearman & Sterling. He is Global Head of the Tax Controversy and Litigation Group and Global Head of Financial Institutions for the firm.
The New York Times calls Mr. Hill “a leading member of the American tax bar.” The Legal 500 writes that Mr. Hill “stands out as one of the country’s pre-eminent advisors in tax controversy, procedure and administration” and Chambers USA reports that Mr. Hill is “winning acclaim from all corners. He is prominent in major controversy matters, with a focus on litigation, IRS controversy and white collar investigations. He is also appreciated for his skills in significant financial product tax disputes.” Mr. Hill has also been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America, as a preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and as a leader in tax controversy by the International Tax Review.
Mr. Hill was formerly a Trial Attorney and National Tax Shelter Project Attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service and a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC. He was twice awarded Special Achievement Awards from the IRS for being one of the top trial attorneys in the country. He also served as Assistant General Counsel to a “Big Four” accounting firm.
Brooke Goldstein, Esq. (Director)
Brooke Goldstein is a New York City-based human rights attorney, author, and award-winning filmmaker. She serves as director of The Lawfare Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about and facilitating a response to the abuse of Western legal systems and human rights law. Brooke is also the founder and director of the Children’s Rights Institute (CRI), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to track, spotlight, and legally combat violations of children’s basic human rights around the world. CRI has a special focus on the state-sponsored indoctrination and recruitment of children to become suicide-homicide bombers, child soldiers, and human shields.
Brooke’s first book, co-authored with Aaron Eitan Meyer and entitled Lawfare: The War Against Free Speech: A First Amendment Guide For Reporting in an Age of Islamist Lawfare, gives practical guidance to journalists who wish to speak truthfully about the national security threats faced by liberal democracies. The book is available here.
Brooke’s award-winning documentary film, The Making of a Martyr, uncovers the illegal, state-sponsored indoctrination and recruitment of Palestinian children for suicide-homicide attacks. Filming Martyr, Brooke secured firsthand interviews with active and armed members of the Al-Aqsa, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, and Hamas terrorist groups as well as with families of suicide bombers, children imprisoned for attempting to blow themselves up, teachers at terrorist-run schools, and others involved in the phenomenon of child suicide bombing. Martyr is currently broadcast on television stations throughout the globe and is ranked as IMDb’s seventh most popular title on the West Bank.
Brooke is a regular commentator on FOX News and has been featured in several media, including CNN, The New York Sun, Swindle Magazine, Defense Technology International, and on WABC News Talk Radio, and has been published in a variety of sources, including The New York Daily News, Commentary Magazine, The American Spectator, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, Special Ops Magazine, and others.
Brooke is a seasoned public speaker and has lectured and taught seminars at numerous schools, including the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York University, Berkeley University, Stanford University, and others. Brooke has also been invited to brief government officials at the U.S. State Department, the White House, the Pentagon, the U.K. Parliament, and U.S. Central Command on issues of asymmetric warfare and human rights.
Brooke is the 2007 recipient of the E. Nathaniel Gates Award for Outstanding Public Advocacy and the 2009 Inspire! Award bestowed by the Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law, was listed in 2009 as one of “36 Under 36 Young Innovators” by the Jewish Week, formerly served as an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute, and is currently an associate fellow at the Henry Jackson Society and a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute.
From 2007-2009, Brooke served as director of the Legal Project at the Middle East Forum, an organization that arranges financial support for and pro-bono legal representation of persons wrongfully sued for exercising their right to free speech on issues of national security and public concern.
Additionally, Brooke is the co-founder of A2B Film Productions, Inc., a Canada-based independent documentary film production company focused on creating films that explore issues ignored by the mainstream media.
Canadian born, Brooke earned her B.A. from McGill University and received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She also attended Columbia University and University of Toronto’s exchange programs.