John E. Schaefer, Jr.
Mr. Schaefer became counsel to the firm on June 1, 2000. He is a cum laude graduate of Marist College and New York Law School. Mr. Schaefer was admitted to the New York Bar in 1973 and to the U. S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1975. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Schaefer was an officer of a New York City based money center banking institution and then a member of the real estate loan and investment committee of a respected mutual life insurance company. He was previously a partner at an A.V. rated law firm founded in 1937 and a member of the New York County Lawyers Association. Mr. Schaefer handles matters involving real estate, banking, insurance, corporate, partnership and commercial law issues. He has successfully represented clients who have been involved in major real estate developments with new projects and structured investments utilizing construction and mortgage financing, joint ventures, bond issues, lender participations and tax deferred exchanges.
Mr. Gulotta graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College and with honors from Columbia Law School. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1969, and is also admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Supreme Court. Upon graduation, Mr. Gulotta was appointed as a Nassau County Assistant District Attorney. In 1971, he joined the law firm of Gulotta, Tully and Clavin and served as counsel to various State Legislative Committees before launching a distinguished career in elective office that spanned 24 years. He served as a member of the New York State Assembly, Town of Hempstead Presiding Supervisor and County Executive of Nassau County, a county larger than 15 states in the nation. As an elected official, Mr. Gulotta recorded the largest vote plurality in Nassau County’s history. Mr. Gulotta retired from elective office to undertake new career challenges. He has extensive experience in governmental law; land use and zoning; trusts and estates; workers compensation; corporate mergers and dissolutions; and labor, criminal, matrimonial and real estate matters. In 2002, Mr. Gulotta was appointed and continues to serve as a Director of the United Nations Development Corporation. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Executive Strategies Consulting, LLC and serves as a Director of Flushing Bank.