Charles Capetanakis

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Professional Experience

Charles Capetanakis’ areas of practice include real estate and estate matters and the related civil and white collar criminal litigation, including securities arbitrations and investigations. Mr. Capetanakis is also a member of the Firm’s government relations practice dealing in various commercial and educational matters.

Mr. Capetanakis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University where he was President of the Student Body and received numerous honors, and a Juris Doctors’ degree from the Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Environmental Law Report.

From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Capetanakis served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jose A. Gonzalez, Jr., now Senior United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

Mr. Capetanakis was elected to New York City’s Board of Education (District 20) Community School Board in 1993, 1996 and 1999 and served as Chairman in 1994-97 and 1999-2000. Mr. Capetanakis was a candidate for State Senate in 2000. In 2001, Governor George E. Pataki nominated Mr. Capetanakis as a member of the New York State Project Finance Agency. In 2003, Mr. Capetanakis was elevated to Vice-Chairman of the Agency. In 2002, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Mr. Capetanakis as a Commissioner to the New York City Redistricting Commission. In 2005, Governor George E. Pataki nominated Mr. Capetanakis as a member of the New York State Municipal Bond Bank Agency and Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation.

Mr. Capetanakis was the lead Applicant and Founder and is the present Chairman of the Hellenic Classical Charter School, Brooklyn, New York (HCCS). HCCS’s contract approved by New York City Department of Education in June 2004, and HCCS’s Charter approved by New York State Department of Education in February 2005.

Mr. Capetanakis is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Bar Admissions

  • New York State Bar, Admitted, May, 1990
  • Florida Bar, Admitted, April, 1991
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1991
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 1992
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2009
  • United States Supreme Court, 2012

Awards & Honors

  • 2013 Attorney of the Year, Hellenic Lawyer’s Association
  • 2010 Honoree, Brooklyn Borough Hall Greek Independence Day Celebration
  • 2009 Xaverian Alumni Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Certified Public Accountant

Education

JD 1989 Fordham University School of Law

BS 1983 New York University