Congratulations to Orrick senior associate Steve Lessard
, who was recently sworn in as President of the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA). Steve is the first openly LGBTQ president of a major bar association in New York.
Steve will assume presidential responsibilities immediately. The focus for his term will be to ensure the NYCLA has a smooth transition to their new headquarters at 28 Liberty Street upon approval from the NYS Office of the Attorney General while ensuring that the NYCLA continues to support the rule of law and serve its members. NYCLA has pioneered some of the most far-reaching and tangible reforms to improve the rule of law and one of Steve’s first actions as President will be the formation of a task force to examine fees paid to counsel assigned to indigent defendants in New York.
Steve, a member of Orrick’s New York Tax Group, focuses his practice on the taxation of debt and equity offerings, cross-border transactions, tax controversy, and municipal finance. He also has experience counseling nonprofit organizations on federal tax law and corporate governance. Steve helped set up the NYCLA U.S. Tax Court calendar call pro bono program – the first of its kind in New York State – where he oversees a group of volunteer tax attorneys who help unrepresented taxpayers with navigating the unfamiliar process of calendar calls, settlement negotiations and final trial preparation. A former U.S. Navy officer, Steve serves in leadership roles on Orrick’s New York diversity committee and LGBTQ and veterans affinity groups.
NYCLA was founded in 1908 as one of the first major bar associations in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or gender. NYCLA has historically been one of the largest and most influential county bar associations in the country.