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General Information / Our Experience

Gotham Government Relations & Communications is a nationally recognized firm which offers its clients a variety of necessary resources including a combined brand of skilled lawyers, communications experts, government relations professionals, strategists, and media specialists.  Gotham executes a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and the public, which encourages elected officials and the community to join the effort. Gotham crafts public relations strategies that encompass both old and new forms of media to get a message out to the public.  As a transformative firm, we have formulated a pioneering business model which emphasizes the use of social media branding as a complete method of targeted marketing alongside traditional lobbying efforts.

With the abilities necessary to reach crucial community members and critical decision makers, Gotham remains unique in its existence and victorious in its pursuits of working to develop and grow businesses across the region.  Gotham navigates the complexities of all levels of government, as well as business and industry.  At Gotham we believe that the best approach to instigating change for a client is by utilizing all avenues of access.

The Gotham team is headed by founding partners, Bradley Gerstman, Esq. and David Schwartz, Esq., both of whom are prominent government relations specialists. They are aided by attorney Antonio Martinez II, Esq. who is the firm’s Latin American & Caribbean Practice Chair and Stuart Seldowitz is Gotham’s Foreign Affairs Chair. In addition, Gotham has welcomed its newest Senior International Affairs Adviser, Joseph Adam Ereli, a former American diplomat and U.S. Ambassador.

Relationship with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

After many years of Senator Chuck Schumer being a fixture in New York politics, as a leading New York lobbying firm we’ve enjoyed watching him rise to the level of Leader of the Democratic Caucus and now to the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate! As New Yorkers we have been fortunate enough to work very closely with New York’s Senior Senator and his team on areas of concern important to all New Yorkers and to all Americans and our clients.  His leadership has made a real difference so this isn’t just a great turn of events for New York, it is a great day for our country. We are therefore very pleased to congratulate him. Our Washington D.C. office stands ready to advocate for you with the Senate Majority office of the Honorable Charles Schumer!

Our Strategies are Proven and Effective

The Right Team for the Job

Gotham brings a unique mix of expertise in a wide range of policy areas. The firm’s professionals understand the political process at all levels-and have an in depth knowledge and policy expertise that we will use to help clients advance their interests at the executive branch level.


Gov. Relations

Gotham Government Relations is combined of skilled lawyers, lobbyist, and advocates that have many years of experience in government providing strategic advice and winning game plans.

Government Relations, Lobbying, and Advocacy

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Government Relations, Lobbying, and Advocacy


Our team of qualified professionals is here to help you navigate the ever changing world of media in a way that will always leave your organization feeling capable and protected.


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International Affairs

Gotham combines the expertise of Foreign Service professionals with an unparalleled acumen and dedication for influencing decision making at all levels of government.

International Affairs

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International Affairs

Digital Cyber Ops

At Gotham, we have the ability to get our clients exactly what they are looking for. Our firm will utilize all of the many and varied tools at our disposal to deliver information in an efficient manner for our clients.

Digital Cyber Ops

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Digital Cyber Operations

Meet The Team:

Brad Gerstman
Brad GerstmanPartner
Brad Gerstman is a leading New York State attorney, lobbyist and communications specialist. His diverse background and extensive experience in law, business, government, education, and the not-for-profit community places him in a unique position to represent and advocate for a broad range of clients and causes.

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David Schwartz
David SchwartzPartner
David Schwartz has spent his entire career practicing law as a litigator and for the past decade as a lobbyist and advocate on behalf of businesses, trade associations, not-for-profits and individuals. Whether it is in the courtroom defending and advocating on behalf of litigants in high profile criminal and civil cases or in the halls of the Capital, the same philosophy and attitude exists which is to advocate as aggressively and passionately for the client.

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Antonio C. Martinez II
Antonio C. Martinez IIOf Counsel
Antonio C. Martinez II is a native New Yorker, and the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Brooklyn Law School. He attended the United States Capitol Page School and is a graduate of New York Military Academy. His father, the late Antonio C. Martinez, Esq., was one of the first Dominican American members of the New York State Bar. The Martinez family has been providing legal services since 1956.

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Gary Ackerman
Gary AckermanPartner
Gary Leonard Ackerman is a former U.S. Representative from New York, serving from 1983 to 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Government Relations Partners Brad Gerstman, David Schwartz and Peter Rivera, welcome former Congressman Gary Ackerman as the firm’s new Partner.

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Shai Franklin
Shai FranklinPartner
Shai Franklin is a former non-profit executive with extensive experience in government relations, grassroots and diplomatic advocacy, and board development and capacity-building. His humanitarian and policy work has taken him for long periods to Geneva, Jerusalem, Mumbai, and Moscow.

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Stuart Seldowitz
Stuart SeldowitzForeign Affairs Chair
Stuart Seldowitz brings a distinguished career in federal and state government with interests in governmental, political, and business fields. Mr. Seldowitz comes to his work at Gotham Government Relations after nearly a thirty year career with the United States Department of State and New York State. In the early 2000s, he worked as Acting Director for the National Security Council South Asia Directorate under the order of the Executive Office of the President. His expert-level knowledge and analysis of India and South Asia were critical to the success of the National Security Council and to senior management, including the President of the United States.

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J. Adam Ereli
J. Adam EreliSenior International Affairs Adviser
Adam Ereli is a proven leader and innovator in the fields of foreign government relations, international education, business development, commercial advocacy, and media relations and crisis communications. He built a 24-year career as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State. During his distinguished tenure, he developed close relationships with leaders in government, business and the media in the United States and the Middle East.

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Robert J. Cabelly
Robert J. CabellySenior Adviser
Most recently, Mr. Cabelly was the Managing Director of Citrine, L.L.C., a privately held, boutique consulting firm. From 1996-2011 he was Managing Director and owner of C/R International, L.L.C. Prior to that, he was a Senior Vice President and Partner at Fleishman-Hillard, where he focused on managing and developing international accounts in the Washington office.

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Sean Murphy
Sean MurphyAssociate
Sean Murphy is an Associate in Gotham’s Washington, D.C. office, helping spearhead and navigate the Firm’s initiatives on the federal level. In addition to his knowledge of D.C. politics, he brings a unique understanding of the dynamic nature of international affairs, grounded in academic and professional experience, making him a valuable asset to the team.

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