Republican Jack M. Martins has joined a law firm that helped defeat his bid for Nassau County executive last year.
Harris Beach Attorneys at Law is expected Tuesday to announce Martins’ hiring as a partner in its Uniondale office, which is led by Thomas J. Garry, vice chairman of the Nassau Democratic Committee. Garry played a key role in Democrat Laura Curran’s victory over Martins and subsequently chaired her transition team.
Curran tapped another Harris Beach partner, Jared Kasschau, for county attorney.
Martins acknowledged the Democratic connections of some attorneys in Harris Beach’s Uniondale office. But he emphasized that the firm employs many prominent Republicans, including at its headquarters outside Rochester.
“The Uniondale office has had a reputation of being more focused on the Ds than the Rs,” Martins said in an interview. “But they also are focused on growing on Long Island. . . . I see this as an opportunity to work across the aisle.”
Garry said Martins’ experience as Mineola mayor, a state senator and longtime lawyer for his family’s concrete business “gives him a unique perspective to advise clients in strategically navigating their operational challenges on Long Island and across New York State.”
Martins said he plans to focus his legal work on economic development, commercial real estate, infrastructure, energy and health care. He said he will not be a lobbyist.
“I’m interested in practicing law. . . . I’m excited about being in court and negotiating contracts,” said Martins, of Old Westbury.
During much of his political career, Martins also served as vice president and general counsel at J&A Concrete Corp., a Bohemia-based construction company started by his father. The company likely will become a Harris Beach client, he said.
Martins ran his own law firm, Martins & Silva Attorneys at Law in Mineola, from 1994 to 2007, when he joined J&A Concrete.
Harris Beach CEO Christopher D. Jagel said Martins’ hiring is part of a strategy “to expand its capabilities in the Long Island and Westchester offices.”