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Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Joshua Oppenheimer

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Joshua Oppenheimer Age: 30 Associate, Greenberg Traurig LLP Even back when he was a student at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens, Joshua Oppenheimer knew he wanted to go into politics. After years learning the ropes in and around government, he established himself as an associate with the international law and lobbying firm Greenberg Traurig. “In our Albany office we have a small-firm feel with huge-firm resources,” says Oppenheimer. “We’re lawyers, not just lobbyists, so we’re able to… [More]

Rising Stars 40 Under 40: LaShaun Lesley

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LaShaun Lesley Age: 37 Legislative Coordinator, SEIU Local 32BJ Long before becoming a rising star in the New York political scene, LaShaun Lesley hoped to dance her way to the top. A trained dancer in a wide variety of forms, from ballet to jazz, Lesley took a leap of faith moving from her native Oklahoma to the big city to pursue her passion. “Dance in New York is very competitive, so sometimes I got a gig and sometimes I didn’t—so… [More]

Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Patrick A. Lespinasse

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Patrick A. Lespinasse Age: 33 Director of Government Affairs, Verizon At the tender age of 33, Patrick A. Lespinasse can rattle off impressive accomplishments: lawyer, St. John’s University adjunct professor, York College trustee, and former staffer to then Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli. But Lespinasse says that to really understand him, it is necessary to understand his family. Growing up, initially in Laurelton, Queens and later in Brentwood, Long Island, in a structured and religious household with an extensive library of reading… [More]