General & Legislative Counsel
Max Bookman has spent over a decade working on behalf of New York City businesses, first at the Grand Central Partnership Business Improvement District in midtown, and then at the Manhattan Borough President's Office. At P&B, he advises businesses during all phases of the alcoholic beverage, tobacco, and marijuana licensing processes. Max is known throughout the industry as a skilled Community Board advocate, articulately advancing applicants' interests at neighborhood meetings. He also regularly defends hospitality businesses and their employees in New York City Criminal Court, and in disciplinary proceedings before the State Liquor Authority. Max has successfully sued both the State and City of New York in Article 78 litigation, and has a growing practice representing New York's burgeoning craft brewing and distilling industries before the SLA and federal TTB.
Before joining the firm, Max was a civil litigator at Smith Mazure Director Wilkins Young & Yagerman in Manhattan, where he was second-seat trial counsel in the longest civil jury trial in New York County history. Max is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was Notes Editor of the Cardozo Public Law Policy and Ethics Journal. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.