Staff & Board Brett Figlewski, Legal Director

Brett Figlewski, Legal Director

Brett M. Figlewski, Esq., joined the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) as its first Legal Director in February 2015.  A graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and Middlebury College, Brett worked for a decade as a family law litigator with Sanctuary for Families, one of New York's leading advocacy organizations for victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking.  He created Sanctuary's LGBT Initiative, which helped achieve Fair Access to Family Court, landmark state legislation that finally ensured access to civil orders of protection for all victims of domestic violence.  Brett co-authored an article entitled “Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Young Men and Boys” for the Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking and created what is now LeGaL’s weekly legal clinic for at-risk LGBTQ youth.  Brett oversees LeGaL’s vital and burgeoning network of drop-in clinics, its attorney referral system, placement of pro bono cases, and educational efforts for the organization’s members as well as the public.