Domenick Napoletano To Take Over as President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association on June 1

By Jennifer Andrus

February 8, 2023

Domenick Napoletano To Take Over as President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association on June 1


By Jennifer Andrus

Domenick Napoletano will become the president-elect of the New York State Bar Association on June 1.

Napoletano, who has been the association’s treasurer for almost four years,  is chairing the association’s Working Group on Facial Recognition Software and Access to Legal Representation.  The working group is researching the implications of facial recognition software on civil liberties.  When Napoletano takes over as president-elect on June 1, he will become the chair of the association’s Committee on Access to Justice. He will take over as president on June 1, 2024.

“I am excited to take on this new leadership role and continue to work hard for our members on behalf of our profession,” he said “We can accomplish so much when we work together tackling the tough issues we are facing as lawyers today.”

In 2020,  Napoletano co-chaired the association’s Emergency Task Force for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners. As a solo practitioner, he knows the challenges of running a small business and worked hard to serve fellow members who were struggling during the pandemic.

Napoletano was a former chair of the association’s General Practice Section and co-chair of the Civil Practice Law and Rules Committee.  He has worked in the  association on a variety of issues from animal rights to gun violence to citizens rights in Puerto Rico.

In his legal practice, Napoletano focuses on complex commercial litigation and appellate work. A number of his cases have appeared in published decisions, most involving real property, and tenancy and occupancy issues. He has also spearheaded various state and federal class action lawsuits, including one against the New York City Department of Finance for its imposition of ‘vault taxes.’ Those are levied on spaces beneath city sidewalks that are connected to private buildings.

He is a past president of the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn, the Confederation of Columbian Lawyers of the State of New York and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kings County.

A native of Brooklyn, he serves in his parish, St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church. He also serves at Knight Commander with Star Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

Napoletano has practiced law since being admitted to the bar in 1981 following his graduation from Hofstra Law School. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College.

Each year, the New York State Bar Association elects its president-elect in January to serve for a year beginning in June. The current president-elect, Dick Lewis of Binghamton, will assume the presidency June 1.


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