In Memoriam: Joseph Forstadt '64, 1940-2017

Joseph Forstadt ’64, a long-serving member of the Law Alumni Association Board and a Weinfeld Fellow, passed away on March 23 at age 77. A prominent gure in New York City government, Forstadt began his career with positions such as staff counsel to Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s Citizen’s Commission on Reapportionment of the New York State Legislature and deputy commissioner of the Department of Licenses under Mayor John Lindsay.

In 1969, Forstadt joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, where he spent 45 years as a litigator specializing in real estate, insurance, and commercial interests. While at the rm, Forstadt continued to work in city govern- ment, serving as the owners’ representative on the New York City Rent Guidelines Board under Mayors Ed Koch, David Dinkins, and Rudolph Giuliani ’68. He also founded the Association of Law Secretaries to the Justices of the Supreme and Surrogate’s Courts in the City of New York—and in 2015, the group created an award in his honor. 

Posted September 1, 2017