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African-American Attorneys-At-Law

Black Westchester Magazine's Black To Business Section

Macon Bolling Allen is believed to be both the first African American licensed to practice law and to hold a judicial position in the United States and Robert Morris was one of the first African-American attorneys in the United States, and was called "the first really successful colored lawyer [Black Westchester]

In celebrating and highlighting some of Westchester County’s Best Black-Owned Businesses, Black Westchester felt it was important to spotlight some of the Black Law Firms. African-Americans Attorneys-At-Law who are committed to the mission of improving fighting for criminal and civil justice and addressing the needs of the African-American community.

On this page, we wanted to connect attorneys to potential clients, employers, and each other. When it comes to looking for lawyers who are dedicated to providing clients with high quality, aggressive, and caring legal services and representation, we do not need to go outside of our community. Here is a list of African-American Attorneys-At-Law in our community! Let them know you heard about them from Black Westchester.

Law Offices of Mayo Bartlett, PLLC (White Plains)

Mayo Bartlett is a Civil Rights and Criminal Defense Lawyer. He is the Principal Attorney at the Law Offices of Mayo Bartlett, PLLC, a trial attorney and a former partner at the law firm of Young & Bartlett, LLP, a litigation law firm which focused on Plaintiff’s Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, DWI and Civil Rights matters. He worked for the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office for more than ten years, where he served as a litigator in the Superior Court Trial Division prior to his appointment as the Chief of the Bias Crimes Unit.

Mr. Bartlett was selected as a Super Lawyer, and one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, and he has provided hate crime training for the law enforcement community and he works with community organizations and schools to ensure that hate crimes are properly identified, reported, and investigated.

In November 2020, Mr. Bartlett was selected as one of the Westchester Power 100 by City & State NY Magazine, a list that highlights the movers and shakers who are shaping the county’s future.

Mr. Bartlett is a co-founder of SAFE PASSAGE, a youth law forum that brings issues of law and policy to the classroom, and he speaks regularly on the topics of human rights and non-violent conflict resolution.

Mr. Bartlett served on the Advisory Board of the Westchester Holocaust Education Center, assisting the Center in the development of an alternative educational sentencing program for young people who are believed to have been involved in non-violent hate crimes in Westchester, New York and
adjoining counties.

Mr. Bartlett has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace Law School, where he taught Moot Court and lectured on Ethics.

He was an active member of the New York State Hate Crimes Coalition, an organization that played a pivotal role in the passage of the Hate Crime Act of 2000, the first comprehensive hate crime legislation in New York State.

Mr. Bartlett is a past Vice President and former multi-term board member of the Westchester County Bar Association, where he served as Co-chair of both the Criminal Justice Section and the Membership Committee, as a member of the Judiciary Committee, and as a delegate to the New York State Bar Association. He served as a Director of the Westchester County Black Bar Association and is a past Chair of the Westchester County Human Rights
Commission. He is a convener of We Are Westchester, a coalition of not-for-profit organizations that focuses on social justice.

Mr. Bartlett is a Director of the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, has served as a Trustee of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, is a past Director of CLUSTER (Congregations Linked in Urban Strategy to Effect
Renewal), a Director Emeritus of the New York Civil Liberties Union, A Director of the Urban League of Westchester County New York. Mayo is also is a member of the African American Men of Westchester.

Mr. Bartlett is the author of A Day at the Museum, and he frequently spends time working to strengthen communities.

Mayo appears almost every week on a legal panel featured on Richard French Live which airs on WRNN and Verizon Fios and Black Westchester’s People Before Politics Radio Show.

Westchester Financial Center, 50 Main Street, Suite 1000, White Plains, NY 10606 – Tel: 914-224-3086 Fax: 914-468-6333
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Rice & Rice Attorneys at Law (New Rochelle)

Premier legal services being offered to the community at affordable rates.

Rice & Rice Attorneys at Law was founded in 1983 and has provided quality legal representation for its clients for decades. Today, its office is located in New Rochelle and is a general practice firm with three attorneys plus support staff. Rice & Rice specializes in Civil Rights, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Criminal Defense, Small Business Needs, and Real Estate transactions.

In 1983, attorneys J. Roger Rice and Gail Brooks formed Rice & Rice, Esqs., one of the first husband and wife multi-specialty law firms in Westchester County. Originally headquartered in Tuckahoe, NY, the firm eventually relocated to New Rochelle, New York where it is now in its present suite of offices in the Chase Building.

For over 30+ years, the law firm of Rice & Rice has served Westchester County and the New York City metropolitan area with efficient and quality legal service. With its dedicated and professional staff, the firm provides personal and individualized service to its vast clientele.

From its origins as a “husband and wife” firm, the law firm of Rice & Rice has transformed to a “father and son” firm. Elder son, New Rochelle Councilman Jared R. Rice, J.D., graduated from North Carolina Central School of Law and passed the bar exam in 2004. Together, this firm continues to strive to earn it’s motto “Over 30 years of Excellence.”

270 North Ave #202, New Rochelle, NY 10801 – Tel: (914) 633-9200
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