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Leon Fresco


Washington D.C. 322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, 20510
United States
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United States Senate

Leon Fresco

Throughout his time in the Senate, Chuck has made improving New York's economy his top priority, bringing affordable air service to Upstate New York and the Hudson Valley and delivering over $20 billion in aid to New York City following the attacks on September 11, 2001. Chuck was the author of legislation that eliminated barriers that delay low-cost generic medications from entering the marketplace and led the charge to make college tuition tax deductible. He also aggressively championed agricultural measures to preserve vital market support programs for New York’s dairy farmers and crop growers.

After New Yorkers re-elected him in 2004, Chuck was awarded two powerful posts by his colleagues. The first, a seat on the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the nation’s tax, trade, social security and health care legislation. The second honor was the Chairmanship of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Chuck successfully led the DSCC for two consecutive cycles before stepping down at the end of 2008.

Following the elections of 2006, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appointed Chuck to serve as Vice Chair of the Democratic Conference, the number three position on the Democratic Leadership team and a position he continues to hold. In 2009, Chuck was selected as the Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, which oversees federal elections, voting rights, campaign finance, and the operation of the Senate complex. After New Yorkers re-elected him for a third term in 2010, Chuck took on an expanded role in the Senate as Chairman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center.

Chuck also sits on the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Judiciary Committee, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security; and the Joint Committee on the Library.


Government Agency; 51-200 employees; Law Practice industry

March 2009Present (3 years 3 months)

Significant Legislation:

(1) Title III of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, Public Law No: 111-347;

(2) Supplemental Border Security Appropriations Act, Public Law No: 111-230

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

September 2005March 2009 (3 years 7 months)

Represented clients in pro bono litigation matters, focusing on immigration, civil rights, and death-penalty litigation. Successfully represented over two-hundred immigrants from over twenty-five different countries before the United States Courts of Appeals, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Administrative Appeals Office of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Successfully represented clients in federal habeas corpus proceedings and mandamus actions.

Represented corporations in products liability, commercial litigation, appellate litigation, and corporate immigration matters. Successfully briefed several precedent-setting commercial litigation cases before Florida’s District Courts of Appeal.

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; DB; Investment Banking industry

July 1999August 2000 (1 year 2 months)

Assisted in advising Deutsche Bank’s clients in several mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts in the chemicals industry by creating computerized models detailing the projected economic viability of potential transactions and explaining future recommended courses of action for clients to follow.


Yale Law School

J.D., Law


Charles G. Albom Prize - Awarded to the student demonstrating the highest level of excellence in the areas of judicial and appellate advocacy in connection with the law school’s clinical program.

Activities and Societies: Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Clinic Board of Student Directors

University of Pennsylvania

B.A., Economics, Political Science


Summa Cum Laude,
Phi Beta Kappa,
Simon Kuznets Fellowship Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Economics Major

Activities and Societies: Pi Kappa Alpha, President, and North Atlantic Regional Vice President

Additional Information


Ali v. Mukasey
, 529 F.3d 478 (2d Cir. 2008)
Bortelll v. White Mountains Ins. Group
, Ltd., 2 So. 3d 1041 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009)
Gandara v. Bennett
, 528 F.3d 823 (11th Cir. 2008)
Pangilinan v. Holder
, 568 F.3d 708 (9th Cir. 2009)
Remon v. Atty Gen.
, 324 Fed. Appx. 828 (11th Cir. 2009)
Ruano v. Atty. Gen.
, 159 Fed. Appx. 165 (11th Cir. 2005)
Thomas v. McNeil
, 2009 WL 64616 (M.D. Fla. 2009)

Groups and Associations:

Admitted to practice in all of Florida’s state and federal courts and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits.

Honors and Awards:

South Florida’s Most Effective Pro Bono/Public Interest Lawyer for 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 by the South Florida Daily Business Review;

Winner of the Pro Bono Publico Award for 2007 and 2008 from the Legal Aid Society of New York.

Recipient of the Steven M. Goldstein Award for Excellence from the Florida Bar Foundation for leading victorious litigation banning the use of chemical agents against mentally ill prisoners in Florida’s prison system.

Miami Herald Silver Knight Award - 1995 (Speech Category);

"Up and Comer" - Florida Trend Magazine (Legal Elite Issue);

"Good Samaritan" Award - Coral Gables Living Magazine