Claire P. Gutekunst
Before joining JALBCA as Executive Director in November 2017, Claire P. Gutekunst was the President of the 72,000-member New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) in 2016-2017, having served as President-Elect in 2015-2016. Her signature presidential initiative was a joint Domestic Violence Initiative with the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. Claire was a commercial litigator for nearly 30 years at Proskauer. She then served as Special Master for the New York City Asbestos Litigation and was an independent mediator and arbitrator.
Claire has held many other leadership positions at NYSBA (including Vice President and the first woman Treasurer) and has been a member of the ADR and Arbitration Committees of the New York City Bar Association and the ADR Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association. She is a member of the ABA House of Delegates. For many years, Claire was the chair of the Advisory Council of the Academy of Women Leaders of the YWCA of New York City. Claire lives with her husband in Yonkers, New York. They have two grown sons.
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