James F. Gesualdi, Esq.
Special Professor of Law
B.A., St. Lawrence University
M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
J.D., Hofstra University
James F. Gesualdi, Esq., is a sole practitioner in Islip, Long Island, New York. Mr. Gesualdi’s practice is concentrated on animal welfare and wildlife conservation. He works extensively with the U.S. Animal Welfare Act (the “AWA”), and champions ways to improve the administration and enforcement of the AWA.
Gesualdi is the founder, owner and President of EXCELLENCE BEYOND COMPLIANCE, LTD., which assists zoological professionals, zoological organizations and others in transforming challenges into opportunities and better serving the animals entrusted to their care. He is the author of EXCELLENCE BEYOND COMPLIANCE: Enhancing Animal Welfare Through the Constructive Use of the Animal Welfare Act, a practical guide to bring people together to enhance the lives and welfare of animals. Gesualdi is also the author of the regular column “Getting Better All the Time” (on continuous improvement in animal welfare) for the San Diego Zoo Global Academy e-Newsletter. He has also authored numerous articles and book reviews concerning animal law and animal welfare.
Gesualdi has served as a founding member and Chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law; founding Co-Chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association Animal Law Committee; a vice-chair of the former American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Animal Protection Committee; a vice-chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Committee; and a member of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. He is a special professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law where he teaches Animal Law. He has also served on the faculty of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ “Zoo School” for zoological professionals, where he taught courses on ethical considerations relating to animals; was special counsel to the marine mammal community’s Working Group on the Reintroduction of Marine Mammals to the Wild; and participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service’s Marine Mammal Negotiated Rulemaking, completing a voluminous “Analysis and Commentary” on this subject.
He earned his B.A. degree from St. Lawrence University, where he graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in Government; his M.A. in Political Science (Public Affairs) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook; and his J.D. degree from the Hofstra University School of Law, from which he graduated with Distinction and where he served as a Notes and Comments Editor of the Law Review. His work has been profiled in the American Bar Association Journal, American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Committee Newsletter, The New York Times, The New York Law Journal, Newsday, Long Island Business News, and in the book Careers in Animal Law.
Gesualdi's community, leadership and pro bono activities have been recognized in awards conferred by the Central American Refugee Center, the President of the New York State Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Pro Bono Foundation and the Town of Islip. Gesualdi has also been recognized in the Long Island Business News’ 1999 piece, “40 Under 40,” which noted Long Island’s “young, dynamic business leaders whose efforts, in the office and out, are helping shape our future”; in 2001’s first “Who's Who in Law” as one of the region’s top lawyers; and by the Leadership in Law Award (2011), in the Sole Practitioners category, which recognizes “those individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has had a positive impact on Long Island.” Gesualdi was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the State University of New York at Stony Brook Department of Political Science “for outstanding professional achievement and exemplary service to his alma mater and the community,” the Incorporated Village of Huntington Bay Citizenship Award, the Town of Islip Small Business Award for “positive impact on the local economy and entrepreneurial spirit in the community,” and the New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law Special Award of Recognition “with love and appreciation for exemplary service and commitment to making a difference for animals and people.”