FRANKLYN H. SNITOW, the Senior Member of the firm, originally co-founded the firm of Snitow & Pauley in 1985 and prior to that was a partner at Orenstein Snitow & Pauley. Mr. Snitow also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Rackets Bureau of the New York County District Attorney's Office under District Attorneys Frank S. Hogan and Robert M. Morgenthau from 1970 to 1976. Since 1976, Mr. Snitow has been engaged in private practice concentrating in complex commercial, real estate, labor/employment and corporate matters as well as family and matrimonial law.
In 1985, Mr. Snitow successfully argued the landmark RICO case of Sedima v. Imrex before the United States Supreme Court. Thereafter, Mr. Snitow served as counsel in a number of high profile complex litigations, including the federal civil rights class action suit filed by the residents of Crown Heights against the City of New York for damages sustained during the racial violence that occurred in August 1991. He has represented the Office of the New York State Attorney General and Department of Law in significant First Amendment employment cases. He also represented members of the clergy in litigation from inception of the case through New York State Court of Appeals in Lightman v. Flaum which involved First Amendment issues as applicable to the clergy-penitent privilege.
Mr. Snitow has served as President of Bris Avrohom, President of the Queens Jewish Center and a member of its Executive Board, and Vice President of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations. He is also a member of the Federal Bar Council and New York State Bar Associations.
Mr. Snitow received his Bachelor of Arts degree from American University in 1967 and graduated from New York Law School in 1970 as a member of Phi Delta Phi. He is admitted to practice in New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York, the United States Supreme Court, the District of Columbia, and the United States Tax Court.
* New York Law School, J.D., 1970
* American University, B.A., 1967