Patrick Lespinasse joined the firm following a more than 10-year career with Verizon Communications where he served as Director of Government and External Affairs responsible for representing the interests of the company on a broad range of public policy, legislative, regulatory and corporate responsibility matters across New York State.
Following several years as a Legislative Aide in the Assembly to Thomas P. DiNapoli, Patrick served in the Office of the New York State Comptroller assisting with various transition-related projects. He has also enjoyed the privilege of serving as an Adjunct Professor and guest speaker at leading universities in the region.
Patrick’s community service includes the position of Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the York College Foundation (CUNY) and member of NYU Winthrop Hospital Board of Regents and Quality Improvement & Risk Management Committee.
Patrick holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in Government & Politics from St. John’s University and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. He is a proud graduate of competitive college internship programs sponsored by the Ronald H. Brown Center for Politics & Commercial Diplomacy and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Patrick has been recognized by City & State as a “40 Under 40 Rising Star”. As a delegate for the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) – a Washington-based nonprofit organization – Patrick participated in a political and cultural exchange program in Ghana and South Africa. He subsequently represented ACYPL as a delegate to the Philippines, where he was a guest speaker at Far Eastern University in Manila.