Two attorneys who left their marks in very different ways on New York state government and public policy, lobbyist Lester Shulklapper and civil rights lawyer Robert Isseks, have died.
Shulklapper died Sunday at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was 82.
Isseks died Monday in Middletown. He was 65.
Shulklapper rose to prominence among Albany lobbyists at a time when their industry expanded exponentially, with spending on lobbying state government and the Legislature increasing to $243.1 million in 2015 from $5.7 million in 1978, according to the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics. His clients at the leading lobbying firms of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker and at Shulklapper & Vacek included, at varying times in the 1970s through the 2000s, the New York Bankers Association, the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the Healthcare Association of New York State, Consolidated Edison, Morgan Stanley and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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Source: New York Law Journal (via The Empire Report)