Daniel L. Greenberg oversees the firms pro bono program. In addition to the more traditional services the firm provides individual indigent clients, Danny helps the firm form strategic partnerships with targeted international, national and local organizations with the aim of assisting them on transactional matters and with policy issues. He becomes personally involved on representations that are within his areas of substantive expertise, including family and landlord-tenant law. He was the co-lead counsel on McWaters v. FEMA, a class action on behalf of victims of Hurricane Katrina, and also speaks frequently on policy matters relating to the poor and the means by which legal services are provided to them.


Co-lead counsel on Hurrell-Harring v. New York, class action on behalf of indigent criminal defendants in five New York counties successfully challenging the adequacy of the state's indigent defense system.

Co-lead counsel on McWaters v. FEMA, class action on behalf of victims of hurricane Katrina. Speaks frequently on policy matters relating to the poor and the means by which legal services are provided to them.


“Kudos to Columbia, NYU and CUNY Law Schools,” New York Law Journal, March 20, 2018

“Further Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 Signed into Law,” SRZ Client Alert, Jan. 12, 2017 (co-author)

“The Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 Takes Effect on July 1, 2014,” SRZ Client Alert, May 7, 2014 (co-author)

“The Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013,” SRZ Client Alert, Oct. 1, 2013 (co-author)

“New Waiver Procedures for Nonprofits to Hire Licensed Professionals,” SRZ Client Alert, May 10, 2011 (co-author) 

The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer, The American Lawyer, July 2006 (book review)

Trusting Your Employees: How Else Would You Want to Lead Your Organization? The Nonprofit Quarterly, Volume 8, Issue 1, Spring 2001

Clients, Curiosity, and Commitment: A Career in Public Interest Law, 7 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 31, 2001

A Modest Offer to Clinicians from the Legal Aid Society, 3 Clinical Law Review 249, 1996

Reflections on the New Mexico Conference: What Would You Have Said Before You Came to Law School? 19 New Mexico Law Review 171, 1989

Tales of Hoffman, Bantam Books, 1970 (co-editor)

Speaking Engagements

Keynote Address, Hawaii Access to Justice Conference, June 2019

Panelist, Ari Melber Show, MSNBC TV, June 2013, February 2014, June 2018

Panelist, Public Interest Law as a Career, Brooklyn College, April 2017

Keynote Speaker, American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, April 2015

Speaker and Workshop Leader, 28th Annual Robert M. Cover Retreat, February 2015

Panelist, Cost, Autonomy, and Practicality: Responding to Concerns about the Civil Right to Counsel Approach, November 2013

“The Role of Lawyers: Pre-Trial in Criminal Cases and Generally in Civil Rights Litigation,” Third Sino-American Dialogue on the Rule of Human Rights, September 2011

“Pro Bono Special Counsel,” Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University Careers in the Law, March 2011 

NCUSCR First Annual Sino-American Dialogue on the Rule of Law and Human Rights, December 2009

Speaker and Workshop Leader, 22nd Annual Robert M. Cover Retreat, February 2009

“Law and The Public Interest,” University of Georgia Law School, March 2006

“New Orleans Now: A Portrait of Pro Bono Signature Projects and Excellence,” American Bar Association Equal Justice Conference, March 2006

“Pro Bono Practice after Law School,” New York University School of Law, February 2006

Debate, “Are Lawyers Necessary in All Cases” “Justice Talking,” National Public Radio, March 28, 2006

“Collaboration Between Law Schools and Law Firms,” Association of American Law Schools Clinical Conference, May 2006

“How to be a Public Interest Lawyer,” 19th Annual Robert M. Cover Retreat for Public Interest Students, 2006

Consultant, Ministry of Justice, People’s Republic of Vietnam, on drafting Legal Aid Statute, October 2004

Trainer, Ford Foundation Conferences: Russian Lawyers, Moscow, 1999; Eastern European Lawyers, Oxford, England, 1998, Hungary, 2002

Television Appearance, The O’Reilly Factor, October 2001

Lecturer, Practicing Law Institute, 1974-1995


Partners in Health (Board of Trustees, 2012-Present)

CUNY Law School (Board of Visitors, 1989-Present)

American Bar Association Special Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense (2015-2018)

Office of the New York State Courts Task Force on Domestic Violence (2002-2008)

Columbia University Public Interest Law Initiative (1999-2006)

Equal Justice Works, Public Interest Law Initiative on Eastern Europe of Columbia Law School (Board of Advisors, February 2005)

Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Honors (1999-2006)

Boston College School of Law (Board of Visitors, 1998-2006)

Open Society Institute Legal Profession Program (1997-2000)       

Columbia University, School of Law (Board of Visitors, 1997-2004)

Fordham Law School Stein Ethics Program (1996-2007)

Workplace Project (Board of Advisors, 1993-1999)

Cambridge and Somerville Legal 亚投彩票 (Board of Advisors, 1989-1994)

Public Utility Law Project (1984-1990)


  • New York Law Journal’s 2015 Lawyers Who Lead by Example Award
  • The Opportunity Agenda’s 2015 Creative Change Award
  • Honoree, 2006 National Law Center on Poverty and 亚投彩票lessness
  • Highest Award, Federal Bar Council 2002 Emory Buckner Award
  • Honoree, New York City Chapter 2001 National Lawyers Guild Dinner
  • University of Georgia Law School 1999 Sibley Lecturer Honoree
  • Touro College School of Law 1998 Distinguished Public Interest Lawyer in Residence Award
  • Honorary Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School 1996 Commencement Award
  • Columbia University School of Law 1991 Public Interest Law Foundation Achievement Award
  • Adjunct Professor, Metropolitan Studies Program, New York University (1978-1985)

Prior Experience

Mr. Greenberg came to Schulte Roth after a year as the Distinguished Visitor at NYU School of Law. Before that, for nearly 10 years, he was the President and Attorney-in-Chief for the Legal Aid Society in New York City. Legal Aid is the country's oldest and largest provider of legal services to the poor. In this position, he directed legal and organizational affairs, oversaw central administrators and heads of practice areas, and expanded the use of pro bono services from the private bar. Prior to joining Legal Aid, he was Director of Clinical Programs at Harvard Law School, where he had administrative responsibility for the clinical education program. Previously, for 17 years, Mr. Greenberg served as Managing Attorney for MFY Legal 亚投彩票 in New York City.