Meet the President

John GrossJohn H. Gross of Hauppauge has been elected president of The New York Bar Foundation.

Gross is a partner of Ingerman Smith, LLP.  He is a graduate of Cornell School of Industrial Labor Relations and Cornell Law School. He has been actively involved in representing public and private schools and school districts, colleges and municipalities in matters involving education law, public sector labor law, employment law and corporate matters as general and labor counsel for more than 40 years. In addition to an active court litigation and appellate practice, Mr. Gross frequently litigates before labor and commercial arbitration panels and the New York State Public Employment Relations Board.  He is a former president of the Suffolk County Bar Association and a former vice president of the New York State Bar Association for the 10th District.

Current officers also include Lesley Rosenthal of New York City (The Lincoln Center), vice president; David R. Watson of Albany (NYSBA), secretary; Lucia B. Whisenand of Syracuse, assistant secretary; Richard Raysman of New York City (Holland & Knight), treasurer and Cristine Cioffi of Niskayuna (Cioffi Slezak Wildgrube), immediate past president.

The Foundation is the charitable arm of the New York State Bar Association. Founded in 1950, The Bar Foundation supports legal research and education; provides funding for legal assistance, particularly to the poor; and works to ensure high standards of professional ethics and enhance the public’s understanding of legal heritage. 

A philanthropic organization, The New York Bar Foundation directs grant money toward legal service agencies, not-for-profit organizations, local bar associations, elementary and high schools and other organizations that assist children and adults. Grants are awarded for legal services, representation and advocacy; technology and innovation; aid to disabled veterans; and education, scholarship and fellowships. Amounts generally range from about $5,000 to $10,000.