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Joshua L. Oppenheimer focuses his practice on New York State governmental affairs and issues relating to governmental ethics, lobbying laws and campaign finance. He represents clients before the New York State legislative and executive branches, focusing on legislation and regulation involving health, environmental, labor, and transportation policy, as well as racing and gaming issues.

Josh also has wide-ranging experience advising clients on compliance with the complex federal, state and local laws that govern political activity, lobbying, and general interactions between government and the private sector. Josh counsels companies, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, political parties, political committees, candidates, and public office holders, on compliance with laws regarding campaign finance, elections, ethics, and lobbying. He works with clients to form and administer political action, candidate, and independent expenditure committees, and has the unique experience of aiding in the creation and ensuring the continued existence of a statewide political party. Josh also regularly works with lobbying firms, public affairs companies, and other advocacy groups to navigate the labyrinth of laws pertaining to contacts with government, public disclosure of lobbying activity, and gifts to public officials. He also assists clients with New York ballot access issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Josh worked with various members of the New York State Assembly, as well as the New York State Board of Elections and New York State Attorney General’s office.


  • New York State regulation of the health care professions
  • Political law compliance, including campaign finance, lobbying and government ethics
  • Governmental procurement and bid protests



  • Law Clerk, New York State Board of Elections, Campaign Finance Legal Enforcement Unit
  • Legislative Aide/Assembly Intern, The Honorable Mark S. Weprin, New York State Assembly
  • Research Aide, The Honorable Stephen Kaufman, New York State Assembly
  • Summer Intern, Office of the Attorney General, New York State Department of Law, Litigation Bureau

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2013-2021
  • Team Member, Best Lawyers in America® "Top Listed – Government Relations," 2018 
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Government Relations Law Firm of the Year," 2014
  • Listed, City & State, "Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Albany’s Next Generation of Political Leaders," 2012
  • Recipient, "Young Leadership Award," Temple Israel of Albany's Men's Club, 2009
  • Recipient, "Samuel Booth Young Leadership Award," United Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY, 2008
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, 2004-Present
  • Vice Chair, City of Albany Redistricting Commission, 2012-2013
  • Member, Advisory Board of the Government Law Center, Albany Law School, 2016-Present
  • Member, Albany Law School National Alumni Association, 2011-2015
  • Member, Board of Directors, Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY, 2008-2015
  • Chair, Coalition for Tomorrow, 2008-2012
  • Board of Trustees, Temple Israel of Albany, 2007-2015
    • Vice President, 2009-2011, 2012-2014
    • Treasurer, 2011-2012
    • Member, 2007-2009
  • Member, University at Albany Hillel, Board of Directors, 2007-2015


  • J.D., cum laude, Albany Law School, 2006
    • Managing Editor for Symposium, Albany Environmental Outlook Journal
    • Editor, Government, Law & Policy Journal (NYS Bar Association & The Government Law Center)
  • B.A., Political Science, cum laude, Binghamton University, State University of New York, 2003
  • Massachusetts
  • New York