Deborah G. Rosenthal, Immediate Past President, is the owner of Rosenthal, Attorneys at Law, P.C., located in Great Neck, New York. She lives in Manhattan and represents clients in the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. Her practice focuses on estate planning, probate and administration of estates, estate litigation, guardianship and special needs planning, corporate and contract law, real estate and representation of closely-held businesses.
Ms. Rosenthal obtained her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Cornell Law School, where she was a member of the honorary society, Order of the Coif. She also has an L.L.M degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law. She is a graduate of Wellesley College (A.B., economics, cum laude). Ms. Rosenthal has earned Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review AV® Rating, Preeminent, 5.0 out of 5.0. In 2020, she was named as a recipient of an Outstanding Woman in Law award from Hofstra University, and in 2022, and 2023, she was named as one of the Law Power 100 by City & State New York. In 2023, she was named a Herald Top Lawyer of Long Island award winner.
Ms. Rosenthal is certified as a court-appointed Court Evaluator, Guardian ad Litem, Counsel to Guardian, Attorney for Alleged Incapacitated Person, Trustee of Supplemental Needs Trusts and Guardian. Ms. Rosenthal also volunteers her time as an arbitrator of attorney-client fee disputes under Part 137 of the Rules of the Chief Judge.
As President of WBASNY, Ms. Rosenthal was instrumental in increasing membership to pre-Covid-19 levels and achieving record fundraising success. In addition, we had a robust year of Continuing Legal Education programming, which educated and engaged WBASNY members. On the legislative front, after many years, the New York legislature passed the Equal Rights Amendment for the second legislative session, and this important legislation will be on the ballot in November, 2024. We fought vigorously to increase assigned counsel rates and to ensure that New Yorkers and those travelling to New York will continue to be able to obtain reproductive health services in New York. In addition, WBASNY supported legislation to increase judicial security and the Grieving Families Act.
We created three new WBASNY Committees: the Social Action Committee, which devised meaningful social action projects; the Business Development Committee, which launched our first listserv; and the Torts Committee, which is a committee dedicated to the interests of the many members who practice in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice. I am proud of WBASNY’s many accomplishments this year and hope that future leaders will continue the progress that has been made.