About the Founder
A Family History of Representation
A "legacy" is something that is handed down from one period of time to another period of time. Some people or families pass objects, ideas or principles down from generation to generation. I have had the distinct honor of being born into a family name known for not only its strongly held principles, but one of strong advocacy in favor of the ability to make change.
My cousin was Albert Shanker, the outspoken president of the UFT (United Federation of Teachers) known as a strong and courageous advocate for labor. In the 1960's, Albert Shanker became outraged at the working conditions for teachers. What struck him most was the basic unfairness to teachers—the low pay, lack of dignity, and lack of voice. Albert Shanker’s efforts at unionizing teachers, his ability to lead his members and his skills at negotiating with city officials, gave rise to the country’s and the world’s largest local union. This union became a political force that greatly improved the wages and benefits for teachers. In 1967, the UFT demanded changes and Shanker led a series of strikes that lasted 36 days and caused the New York City school system to shut down. While the strikes landed my cousin in jail for a total of 15 days, it did have the effect of transforming the UFT into a preeminent voice on education issues.
This is the family to which I was born into. My principles, goals and standards have been shaped by the legacies passed along from one generation to another. This legacy places a huge responsibility upon me, but it is one that I have gratefully accepted. I am keenly aware that people and companies are often given poor legal advice. I am also mindful that people and companies are often unable to effectively represent themselves and are virtually powerless to obtain quality legal representation when they need it the most. I make sure that The Shanker Law Firm, P.C. meets the utmost professional standards so that we not only maximize the results for our clients, but so we can effectuate change for the benefit of the industries that our clients work in.
HIGH School: the peddie school
College: Lehigh University
Law School: Western New England UNIVERSITY School of Law
STATE OF NEW YORK
State of new jersey
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
suprEme court of the UNITED STATES of America
U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT
u.s. district court for the southern district of new york
U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE eastern DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
Steven J. Shanker, Esq. testifying before the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.