Shelter Rock Strategies


The Team

When you bring together the right strategy and the right talent, there’s almost no challenge that can’t be met. That’s why we've assembled this bold, energetic and talented team, dedicated to its clients' success.

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Marc S. Alessi

Marc S. Alessi is Of Counsel in the Firm's Corporate, Municipal, Land Use and Real Estate Practice Groups. Mr. Alessi joined the firm in 2007 as part time Of Counsel, while also serving as a member of the New York State Assembly, and January 1, 2011 he expanded his practice to full time with the firm after a distinguished career in government. Mr. Alessi was appointed as the Downstate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the New York State Comptroller’s Office in 2001 while still attending law school. As the Downstate Director, Mr. Alessi was charged with ensuring that each level of government operated in accordance with the laws of New York State.

Mr. Alessi was the Chairman of the Brookhaven Town Democratic Committee from 2011 - 2013 and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. Mr. Alessi was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2005, where he served for three terms, representing the First Assembly District which includes the Towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold and Shelter Island. Serving as Chairman of the Sub Committee on the Emerging Workforce, he focused on job creation through creating a better entrepreneurial and economic environment for technology transfer and commercialization. He helped rewrite the New York State Tax Code in order to grow a regional innovation economy. In addition to his subcommittee, Mr. Alessi was a member of the Energy Committee; and the Sub Committee on Alternative Energy, the Committee on Labor, the Committee on Transportation, the Committee on Local Governments, the Committee on Agriculture, and the Committee on Aging.

Mr. Alessi earned his Bachelor’s Degree at SUNY Albany and then completed his law degree at Touro Law School, where he received awards in the study of health care law.

Mr. Alessi has been recognized as one the most influential Long Island business leaders under 40 years old by the Long Island Business News (2011), and was awarded Man of the Year by the Suffolk County Police Conference (2010) and by the Long Island Farm Bureau (2009). Mr. Alessi currently is a member of the Long Island Angel Network, the Long Island Software and Technology Network, The Center for New Technologies, and the New York State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property section.

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James D. Leonard

Prior to joining the Firm, James D. Leonard was the Controller of a national chain of upscale Italian restaurants for eight years where he managed all aspects of the restaurants’ operations. In 1992, Mr. Leonard was the Republican and Conservative party nominee for State Senate in Kings County. He served as the 1st Vice President for the 55th Assembly District Republican Club of Kings County.

Mr. Leonard received his accounting degree from Bernard M. Baruch College City University of New York and his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the State Courts of New York and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Mr. Leonard is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association and Suffolk County Bar Association.

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Steven R. Schlesinger

Steven R. Schlesinger provides general advice and counsel to telecommunications, real estate development, automobile dealerships, and construction companies. He has also acted as special counsel to numerous government agencies and served as a director of two publicly held corporations.

In addition, Mr. Schlesinger has extensive litigation experience involving Election Law. He currently serves as Law Chairman of the Nassau Democratic County Committee and has served as a member of the Special Committee of the New York State Bar Association on the Reform of the Election Law. He has acted as counsel to numerous political campaigns including Clinton/Gore ‘96 and McCarthy for Congress. Mr. Schlesinger was appointed by the Appellate Division, Second Department, as a member of the Character and Fitness Committee and served as the Chairman of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Schlesinger has represented numerous businesses in bankruptcies and commercial matters and related litigation. He has been counsel in many Federal and State Court trials including numerous matters in The Delaware Chancery Court, the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court and The Bankruptcy Courts. He has argued several hundred appellate cases including several in the New York State Court of Appeals.

Mr. Schlesinger has also had business interests involving real estate developments, car dealerships, automotive distributorships, oil reclamation systems, and restaurants among other businesses. Mr. Schlesinger is also a ranked professional poker player.

Mr. Schlesinger received his undergraduate degree from Queens College and his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the State Courts of New York, and before the Supreme Court of the United States and the Eastern and Southern District Courts of New York. Mr. Schlesinger is a member of the Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar and Nassau County Bar Associations. He currently serves as president of his synagogue and as head of The Kermit Gitenstein Foundation, LLC. Mr. Schlesinger is active in many other charitable and civic organizations.

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Dr. Richard Marsh

Dr. Richard Marsh has provided dynamic educational leadership at all academic levels, K-12, in addition to teaching graduate studies at various universities for over 40 years in public education, including his most recent positions as Superintendent of Schools and educational consultant on Long Island.

Many in the Bethpage community credit Dr. Marsh with taking a good school district and shaping it into a great one. Dr. Marsh served as the district's Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for almost six years before becoming Superintendent of Schools in 2004. During his tenure, Bethpage earned national recognition for its exemplary academic, athletic, arts and technological programs. Also, in May, 2009, Dr. Marsh was a recipient of the prestigious Nassau BOCES “Education Partner” Award, recognizing individuals who have had the greatest influence on improving education in Nassau County. Over the years he has served as a member of various advisory boards, including the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education, the Bethpage Educational Foundation, and the Baldwin Teacher Center.

As a member of the executive board of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents, Dr. Marsh advocated for the importance of building partnerships that will benefit students and the school community. In Bethpage, for example, he acquired hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, payments in lieu of taxes, and contributions to the school district by partnering with corporations and elected officials, and secured internships for students with companies such as Northrop Grumman. The Cablevision Corporation remains one of the premier partners of the Bethpage School District.

Dr. Marsh holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New York University, professional diplomas from both St. John’s and Hofstra Universities, and a doctorate from Hofstra University. Of these five degrees, four are in the specialty areas of educational supervision, administration and policy.