Attorney Herbert Teitelbaum builds on a significant history of success as he moves through his fifth decade as a civil litigator. Presently, Mr. Teitelbaum is representing clients in both commercial and public interest litigation.
In the past, Herbert Teitelbaum enjoyed impressive successes as an advocate for civil rights. From 1972 until 1977, Herbert Teitelbaum functioned as the Legal Director for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund. There, he secured numerous victories in the public interest. His first-ever constitutional challenges to English-only voting ballots and unreasonably long durational voter residency requirements, represented groundbreaking advancements for the voting rights citizens nationwide. Mr. Teitelbaum also successfully ended race-based housing practices in New York communities. Additionally, he successfully challenged discriminatory practices in fire departments throughout the state of New York, in the State’s Department of Law, and in New York City’s Board of Education.
After stepping down in 1977 from his position at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund, Herbert Teitelbaum opened his own firm, which grew steadily to approximately 20 lawyers specializing in complex cases. After 20 years, Mr. Teitelbaum and his other colleagues joined the law firm of Robinson, Silverman, Pearce, Aronsohn & Berman LLP. In 2002, Mr. Teitelbaum helped merge that firm with the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP where he helped to initiate the combined firm’s pro bono practices. Before opening his current law office, Herbert Teitelbaum spent two years as Executive Director for the New York State Commission on Public Integrity.
Herbert Teitelbaum has consulted for a number of organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has also lectured for the New York State Bar Association and the Practicing Law Institute’s program on Federal Civil Rights Litigation. His work has appeared in several high-profile publications, including the New York Law Journal, The New York Times, and the Harvard Educational Review. He has participated in numerous organizations, such as the New York State Judicial Screening Committee, the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Civil Rights, and the New York Civil Liberties Union.