Alexander Rabb’s career as a lawyer began at a small legal aid office, where he represented tenants in housing court and assisted clients who had lost welfare benefits or who had been denied disability claims. Then George W. Bush took office in 2000, and Alex saw the devastating impact Bush policies had on the neighborhoods he served. “I knew I wanted to work for broader change,” Alex says, “and when the next presidential election came around, I left my job to volunteer for a campaign.” Although the 2004 election didn’t go the way he had hoped, Alex continued his political work. He joined the staff of the New York State Working Families Party, where he worked on and managed several campaigns in the New York City area and where, “once they realized they had a lawyer on staff,” he found himself asked to resolve questions of election law. It was that work that led Alex to Levy Ratner.
At Levy Ratner, Alex’s clients include political committees, labor unions and advocacy groups, which he guides through the complex and changing world of campaign finance, election, nonprofit and lobbying law. “My work at the firm allows me to work with the most effective and cutting-edge political campaigns in the progressive world,” Alex notes. “I help clients comply with the law, so they can concentrate on running successful campaigns.”
Alex’s background in structuring and managing coalitions and campaigns now equips him to provide step-by-step counsel on legal compliance and best practices throughout his clients’ operations. “People don’t have to explain to me what they’re doing,” comments Alex. “I’m already familiar with the technical part of campaigning.” Alex’s experience has helped position him as General Counsel to the Working Families Party and as counsel to 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Transport Workers Union Local 100, New York Communities for Change and other progressive organizations, as well as to several candidates for local and statewide office. In the context of Levy Ratner’s general labor practice, Alex represents unions in internal matters, arbitrations, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and other agencies.
Before coming to Levy Ratner in 2009, Alex was a staff attorney for the Change to Win labor federation and served as legal coordinator for the Working Families Party.
Admitted to practice in New York