John M. Brickman, head of litigation in the Firm's Long Island office, practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation and trust and estates disputes. He has tried more than 100 cases before federal and state courts and arbitration tribunals, and has argued more than 100 appeals. He devotes particular attention to contract, corporate, partnership, employment, trusts and estates, intellectual property, unfair competition, civil racketeering, franchise, real estate, and construction cases, and frequently represents parties in disputes between principals of professional practices and substantial closely-held businesses.
Mr. Brickman combines legal practice with public service. From 2007 until 2011, he was a Commissioner of the New York State Commission on Public Integrity, the agency that enforced state lobbying and public employee ethics laws and regulations. He was a Director of the Nassau Health Care Corporation, which operates the Nassau University Medical Center, from 2005 to 2009. From 2005 to 2008, he served as Chairman of the Correctional Association of New York, an organization founded in 1844 that visits prisons and does research and advocacy in criminal justice issues. He remains a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Brickman serves as a Director of several charitable foundations, including The Levitt Foundation (from 2011 to 2014 he was also its President) and the Long Island Medical Foundation, and was a Director of the Nassau Health Care Foundation. From 1992 to 1994 he served as a Trustee of The Johns Hopkins University and President of The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. Since 2006, he has been a member of the National Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitrators Association, and regularly serves as Arbitrator in AAA cases.
Mr. Brickman is pro bono legal counsel to the Manhasset-Great Neck Community Service Center, and is active in bar association, educational, and community activities. Annually, he chairs a Continuing Legal Education program on lawyers' ethics and civility, presented by the New York State Bar Association. From 1991 to 2006, he was Adjunct Professor of Law at Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where he taught the course in Pre-Trial Litigation to senior law students. He writes and speaks regularly on public issues, including government and legal ethics and the administration of correctional and criminal justice agencies.
Mr. Brickman received his undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. degree cum laude in 1969 from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Dean's List Scholar and served as Revision Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. From 1971 to 1975, he served as Executive Director of the New York City Board of Correction, the agency of New York City government that oversees the operation of the New York City jail system and issues reports and recommendations for change.