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Pathway To Success Interview With Michael Pastor of New York Law School’s Tricarico Institute

In the latest podcast / video in our “Pathway To Success” series, Valerie Phillips (Associate Partner & Head of Americas Legal Practice, Danos Associates) interviews Michael Pastor, the Director of the James Tricarico Jr. Institute for the Business of Law and In-House Counsel at New York Law School. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law and Senior Fellow at NYLS, where he teaches a seminar on the in-house practice of law and a course on state and local government.

Michael previously served as the General Counsel of the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and the New York City Cyber Command. In those roles, he handled and oversaw all technology law matters for New York City, including those related to cybersecurity and broadband connectivity. He was also the Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs and Franchises at DoITT, where he acted as the lead executive on the City’s relationships with major telecommunications providers, including overseeing the LinkNYC program and initiatives tied to the roll-out of 5G wireless networks.

Prior to these roles, Michael spent nearly 10 years in senior roles at the New York City Law Department in the Legal Counsel Division, where he advised on local legislation and regulations, and the Appeals Division, where he argued appeals in state and federal courts in New York. He also served as the First Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator for New York City in the Office of the Mayor. He began his legal practice as a litigation associate at the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP, after concluding a law clerkship in federal district court in Maryland. He is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, where he serves on the Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology.

During this interview, Michael and Valerie discuss…

  • How are career pathways impacted by individuals driving their own career architect and market forces.
  • How do Private Practice, Clerk, Government and Academy inform each other, in terms of the practice of Law?
  • How is the James Tricarico Jr. Institute for the Business of Law doing to support students, and what are the institute goals?
  • The impact of law on Cyber Security and Data Privacy.
  • In the next five years, are you anticipating more connections of Private Practice, Clerk, Government and Academy?

And finally, Michael provides some top advice for career advancement.

Thank you Michael, for your time, insights and advice.

Look out we will be publishing more interviews soon…

Valerie Phillips

Associate Partner & Head of Americas Legal Practice

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