Gabriel Taussig ’74, Chief of the New York City Law Department’s Administrative Law Division, recently received the 2011 Mary C. Lawton Outstanding Government Service Award, a prestigious honor given by the American Bar Association (ABA). Each year the ABA’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice honors one attorney nationwide for outstanding contributions to the development and implementation of administrative law and regulatory practice.
Taussig has worked at the Law Department for over 37 years. As chief of the Administrative Law Division, he oversees a wide range of City regulations and litigates on behalf of the City.
“Gabe is one of the City’s unsung heroes,” said Corporation Counsel Michael A. Cardozo. “The impact he’s had on our lives can be seen all around the City—his efforts keep us safe, improve our quality of life, and affect the lives of everyone who lives in and visits New York.”
The New York City Law Department is one of the oldest, largest and most dynamic law offices in the world, ranking among the top three largest law offices in New York City and one of the largest public law offices in the country. It has an active caseload of 90,000 matters, transactions in 17 legal divisions, and 650 attorneys who represent the City on a vast array of legal issues.
"Because my entire professional career has involved working for the City of New York, the Mary C. Lawton Award, based as it is upon the values of public service, is an especially meaningful honor," said Taussig.