Lesley Rosenthal


VP General Counsel and Secretary, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., J.D., Harvard

Lesley Rosenthal is the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the author of the bestselling book, Continue Reading

Lesley Rosenthal is the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the author of the bestselling book, Good Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits.

Professor Rosenthal manages all legal aspects of Lincoln Center's financial and physical resources, its organizational health and progress, and relationships between the Center and its ten resident organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, and The Juilliard School. She also counsels a 75-member governing board.

Professor Rosenthal chairs Charity Corps: Lawyers Helping Nonprofits, a joint initiative of the New York State Bar Association and the State Attorney General's Charities Bureau to encourage more pro bono legal service to charities. The New York State Bar Association presented her with its President's Pro Bono Service Award in 2012 for her leadership of Charity Corps.

She also serves on the governing bodies and the Audit Committees of the New York State Bar Association and its Foundation, and in 2006-2007 chaired the 2,600-member NYSBA Commercial & Federal Litigation Section. For 13 years she was in private practice as a business, litigation, and technology lawyer at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in Manhattan.

Professor Rosenthal was named Counsel of the Year for Excellence in Arts Law by the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel in 2012. She was honored by the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women as a Woman of Power and Influence in 2011. At the invitation of the Dean of Harvard Law School, she delivered the Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Lecture in 2010. Harvard College awarded her the Danforth Center Teaching Prize for her teaching of undergraduates.

Professor Rosenthal graduated from Harvard Law School (J.D. 1989) and received her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Harvard College, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa (A.B. 1986). She clerked in the federal court in Manhattan.