2023 Brooklyn Legal Services Champion of Justice Awards

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Jeffrey B. Gewirtz
Executive Vice President of Business Affairs
     and Chief Legal Officer
BSE Global
Association for Neighborhood
      & Housing Development (ANHD)
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Our HonoreeS
Jeff GewirtzJEFFREY B. GEWIRTZ is the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer of BSE Global (BSE), a role he also held from 2010 through 2020. In 2021 he served as BSE's Chief Operating Officer, where he led the efforts around re-opening Barclays Center in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and had general oversight for arena operations and its health and safety protocols. Jeff joined BSE in May 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

Jeff was a key member of the negotiating team for BSE's most significant commercial initiatives over the past several years, such as: the 2012 relocation of the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn; development of the $1 billion Barclays Center; the 2015 relocation of the New York Islanders to Barclays Center and oversight of all legal affairs for the Islanders' business operations through 2019; team and arena ownership transfer transactions in 2010, 2016, 2018, and 2019; re-development of NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; development of the Brooklyn Nets' state-of-the-art practice facility, the HSS Training Center; acquisition of the Webster Hall business; and the Brooklyn Nets' media rights alliance with YES Network.

Jeff was named to the 2019 United States GC Powerlist by The Legal 500 and in 2015 his legal department was named one of the top 50 in-house legal departments in the United States by The Legal 500. In addition, Jeff was named 2014 Sports Counsel of the Year by the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel, and in 2009 he was selected to the prestigious "Forty Under 40" by Sports Business Journal as one of the 40 top sports executives under the age of 40 in the United States.

Jeff is a Board of Directors emeritus member of the Sports Lawyers Association and he is a past Sports Committee Chair of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. In 2017 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Access Justice Brooklyn and in 2018 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Women's Sports Foundation. Jeff also previously served as pro bono General Counsel to the Eastern Section of the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

A native of Baldwin Harbour, New York, Jeff is a graduate of Tufts University, where he was a four-year member and Captain of the Tufts Varsity Tennis Team his senior year, as well as a member of its New England Championship team. Jeff received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He lives in Fayetteville, New York with his wife, Brooke Raphael, and their two children, Eton and Dalia.
ANHD logoASSOCIATION FOR NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT (ANHD) builds community power to win affordable housing and thriving, equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers. As a member organization of community groups across New York City, ANHD uses research, advocacy, and grassroots organizing to support its members in their work to build equity and justice in their neighborhoods and city-wide. ANHD believes housing justice is economic justice is racial justice.

Since its founding in 1974, ANHD has been helping to make New York City's community development and grassroots neighborhood-based groups among the most effective in the country by providing comprehensive training, robust capacity-building and apprenticeship programs, and high-impact policy research.

ANHD's non-profit members have built over 123,000 units of affordable housing in our city's most distressed neighborhoods; worked directly with tenants and homeowners to save thousands of at-risk affordable apartments and homes; and consistently shaped the housing and economic development policy landscape to better meet the needs of low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.

Today, ANHD is committed to serving its member organizations and the causes they fight for, as they work in some of New York City's most marginalized, distressed, and struggling neighborhoods, directly touching the lives of approximately 450,000 low- and middle-income New Yorkers annually.
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