Henry M. “Hank”
Greenberg of Albany, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, became president
of the New York State Bar Association on June 1, 2019. He spent the previous
year as president-elect and chair of the House of Delegates.
his practice on civil litigation, criminal and civil investigations, and
regulatory and administrative law. He is a former counsel to then-New York
State Attorney General (now Governor) Andrew M. Cuomo, general counsel for the
New York State Department of Health, and a federal prosecutor. Among other
government posts, he also served as a law clerk to then-Associate Judge (later
Chief Judge) Judith S. Kaye of the New York. Court of Appeals.
Previously, he served
in NYSBA’s House of Delegates as vice-president of the Third Judicial District,
and chaired the Committee on the New York State Constitution, the Committee on
Court Structure and Operations, the Legislative Policy Committee, the Steven C.
Krane Special Committee on Law School Loan Assistance for Public Interest, and
the Committee on Attorneys in Public Service. He chairs the New York State
Third Department Judicial Screening Committee, serves on the statewide Judicial
Screening Committee, and is counsel to the New York State Commission on
Judicial Nomination, which nominates New York’s Court of Appeals judges.
He is a vice chair of
the Historical Society of the New York Courts, a life fellow of the New York
Bar Foundation, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the
New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law and the
Advisory Group of the New York State and Federal Judicial Council.
A frequent lecturer,
Greenberg has been published numerous times on a wide range of legal subjects. He
is a co-editor of the book Judith S. Kaye
in Her Own Words: Reflections on Life and the Law, with Selected Judicial
Opinions and Articles. In April 2019, Greenberg joined an impressive group
of individuals from the highest levels of the profession who have delivered the
Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Lecture, the annual event that honors Hughes’s
service to the nation and devotion to the law. Greenberg’s lecture was titled
“Charles Evans Hughes & The Role of New York’s Organized Bar at a Time of
Crisis for the Rule of Law.”
Greenberg earned his
law degree from Syracuse University College of Law, cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from the University of
Chicago, with honors.