About the Author

James F. Gesualdi has dedicated himself to his work on legal, regulatory, and strategic matters regarding animal welfare and wildlife conservation. He works extensively with the U.S. Animal Welfare Act and champions ways to improve its administration and enforcement, as well as engaging in consensus building on related policy issues.

Gesualdi’s leadership experience includes serving as chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law; founding co-chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association Animal Law Committee; vice chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Committee; and as vice chair of the former American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Animal Protection Committee. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice and has served as a Deputy Managing Editor of the Administrative & Regulatory Law News. He has served as special professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law where he has taught Animal Law and on the faculty of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums “Zoo School” for zoological professionals, where he taught courses on ethical considerations relating to animals.

He participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Marine Mammal Negotiated Rulemaking, completing a voluminous “Analysis and Commentary” on this subject, and was special counsel to the marine mammal community’s Working Group on the Reintroduction of Marine Mammals to the Wild.


He earned his B.A. degree from St. Lawrence University where he graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in Government; his M.A. in Political Science (Public Affairs) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook; and his J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law from which he graduated with Distinction and where he served as a Notes and Comments Editor of the Law Review. His work has been profiled in the American Bar Association Journal, The New York Times, The New York Law Journal, Newsday, Long Island Business News and in Yolanda Einstein’s book Careers in Animal Law.