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Nathan J. Robfogel

Retired Partner
  • Rochester
  • 585-232-6500
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For over 25 years, Mr. Robfogel concentrated his law practice in the corporate and securities fields. In the area of corporate law, Mr. Robfogel has been cited in “The Best Lawyers in America”. For over 10 years he also engaged in his firm’s Government Affairs practice providing legislative and other representation. Mr. Robfogel is a member of the American Arbitration Association serving on its Commercial, Securities & Large Complex Case Panels. He was Managing Partner of the Firm from 1982-1984 and headed the firm’s Business and Corporate Department for several years. He is currently an arbitrator and mediator serving as a third-party neutral in disputes arising in Upstate New York and in the Metropolitan New York City area.

Other Career Experience:

  • Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Max and Marian Farash Foundation (2009- )
  • Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer; Facilities Development Corporation (1989-1995)
  • Vice President for University Relations (1996-1999) and Senior Counselor to the President of Rochester Institute of Technology (1999-2001)
  • Chairman of the Board and CEO of the New York State Facilities Development Corporation (1989-1995} appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Special Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Chair, Past Presidents’ Council
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee
  • President’s Commission on Access to Justice
  • National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators of American Arbitration Association
  • National Panel of Securities Arbitrators of American Arbitration Association
  • Large Complex Case Panel, American Arbitration Association
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 2007 - Center for Dispute Settlement Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1998 - Lifespan “Second Half Hero” Award
  • 1992- Americanism Award of Anti-Defamation League
  • 1989 - SUNY Brockport College Foundation Community Award
  • 1988 - Adolph J. Rodenbeck Award presented by Monroe County Bar Association
  • 1986 - Community Service Award presented by Monroe County Human Relations Commission

Interests and Other Activities

Past:

  • Member, Board of Directors, Jewish Family Service of Rochester, Inc. (2000-2011); Vice President (2002 - 2007)Member, Board of Directors, Rochester Area Hillel Foundation (2001- 2007)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (2001- 2007); Treasurer (2002 - 2004); Vice Chair (2004 - 2007)
  • Member, Stewardship Council, Rochester 2010 - The Renaissance Plan (2000- 2006)
  • Member, Leadership Council, Common Good Planning Center (2000- 2007)
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Genesee Valley Trust Company (1998-2007  )
  • Member, Board of Directors, Genesee Waterways Center, Inc. (1999-2001)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Monroe County Sports Development Corporation (1997- 2007)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (1990-2000)
  • Member, Rochester Institute of Technology Board of Trustees (1985-1996)
  • Member, Monroe Community College Foundation Board of Directors (1983-1996)
  • Member, Monroe Community College Board of Trustees (1982-1994)
  • Member, Board of Directors (1969-1989), Jewish Community Federation of Rochester, Inc.
  • Chairman, Monroe County Democratic Committee (1983-1986)
  • Member, Executive Committee of New York State Democratic Committee (1981-1986)
  • Member, Executive Committee of Monroe County Democratic Committee (1981-1986
  • Alternate Delegate (1984) National Democratic Convention
  • Chairman, Finance Committee and Deputy Vice Chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee (1981-1983)
  • Member (1982-1986) Business Committee for Our Community’s Future
  • Vice Chairman, Cultural Center Commission (1980-1981)
  • Member, Cultural Center Committee (1978-1980)
  • Member of the Corporation, United Way of Greater Rochester, Inc. (1974-1989)
  • Member, Advisory Council of Women’s Career Center (1979-1991)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Center for Dispute  (1983-1991)
  • Member, Executive Committee (1972-1974, 1975-1978) and Board of Directors (1971-1974, 1975-1978) and Chairman of the Board (1975-1978) Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.
  • President (1979) and Member, Board of Trustees (1975-1976, 1978-1980), Monroe County Bar Association
  • Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Member, Board of Directors (1978-1986) Foundation of the Monroe County Bar
  • Member, Special Committee on Alternate Dispute Resolution, New York State Bar Association (1992-1996)
  • Member, House of Delegates, New York State Bar Association (1979-1985)
  • Chairman, Constitution and By-laws Committee, New York State Bar Association (1979-1982)
  • Member, Board of Directors (1980-1985) The Center for Dispute Settlement, Inc.
  • Chairman, (1973) Constitution and By-laws Committee, Monroe County Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors (1978) Monroe County Bar Association Pre-Trail Services Corporation
  • Member, Board of Directors (1969-1972) Monroe County Pre-Trial Release Corporation
  • Panelist and Lecturer on corporate and securities laws subjects
  • General Chairman (1976-1978), (1989-1991) State of Israel Bonds Rochester Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors (1973-1978) Rochester Area Foundation
  • Chairman (1974) and Member (1970-1971, 1973-1974) Rochester City Planning Commission
  • Member (1974-1975) Monroe County Planning Board
  • Member (1974-1975) Genesee Transportation Study Policy Committee
  • Member (1974-1975) Greater Rochester Intergovernmental Panel
  • Member (1970-1971) Monroe County Planning Council
  • Vice President (1973-1975, 1980-1985); Treasurer (1977); Assistant
  • Treasurer (1976); Member, Executive Committee (1970-1978), Jewish Community Federation of Rochester, Inc.
  • Moderator/Co-Producer (1970-1976), “Out in the Open” TV Series WROC-TV Channel 8
  • Oberlin College Local Admissions Representative (1971-1973)
  • Chairman (1965-1966) and Member of the Executive Board (1964-1967)
  • Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Assistant to the President (1964) and Member, Board of Directors Rochester Jaycees
  • President and Member, Executive Board (1962-1964) Oberlin Club of Rochester
  • Executive Committeeman (1962), 12th Ward, Monroe County Democratic Committee
  • Alternate Delegate (1962) State Democratic Convention
  • United States Marine Corps Reserve (1956-1962); honorably discharged as CPL (E-4)

ADMISSIONS

  • New York

EDUCATION

  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1959
  • Oberlin College, B.A., 1956
HSE Law
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Nathan J. Robfogel
Retired Partner
nrobfogel@hselaw.com
tel: 585-232-6500
fax: 585-232-2152

For over 25 years, Mr. Robfogel concentrated his law practice in the corporate and securities fields. In the area of corporate law, Mr. Robfogel has been cited in “The Best Lawyers in America”. For over 10 years he also engaged in his firm’s Government Affairs practice providing legislative and other representation. Mr. Robfogel is a member of the American Arbitration Association serving on its Commercial, Securities & Large Complex Case Panels. He was Managing Partner of the Firm from 1982-1984 and headed the firm’s Business and Corporate Department for several years. He is currently an arbitrator and mediator serving as a third-party neutral in disputes arising in Upstate New York and in the Metropolitan New York City area.

Other Career Experience:

  • Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Max and Marian Farash Foundation (2009- )
  • Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer; Facilities Development Corporation (1989-1995)
  • Vice President for University Relations (1996-1999) and Senior Counselor to the President of Rochester Institute of Technology (1999-2001)
  • Chairman of the Board and CEO of the New York State Facilities Development Corporation (1989-1995} appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Special Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Chair, Past Presidents’ Council
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee
  • President’s Commission on Access to Justice
  • National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators of American Arbitration Association
  • National Panel of Securities Arbitrators of American Arbitration Association
  • Large Complex Case Panel, American Arbitration Association
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals

Honors & Awards

  • 2007 - Center for Dispute Settlement Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1998 - Lifespan “Second Half Hero” Award
  • 1992- Americanism Award of Anti-Defamation League
  • 1989 - SUNY Brockport College Foundation Community Award
  • 1988 - Adolph J. Rodenbeck Award presented by Monroe County Bar Association
  • 1986 - Community Service Award presented by Monroe County Human Relations Commission

Admissions

  • New York

Education

  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1959
  • Oberlin College, B.A., 1956

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