Laura Gillen is a practicing attorney, the mother of four and a candidate for Nassau County Clerk. At present, Ms. Gillen serves as Counsel to the Uniondale law firm of Westerman Ball Ederer Miller & Sharfstein, LLP, where she practices commercial litigation. She has appeared in state and federal courts, representing clients in cases involving intellectual property, employment law, unfair competition, contractual disputes, fraud, real estate disputes, corporate governance disputes and other business torts.
Ms. Gillen, a Nassau County native, has long sought to serve her community. She volunteered in her youth at South Nassau Communities Hospital and Camp Anchor. Her interest in public service ripened while a student at Georgetown University, where she concentrated her studies in government. At Georgetown, Ms. Gillen was honored with the distinction of being selected to be a George Baker Scholar. Her participation in the Baker Scholar program impacted the direction of her life profoundly with its lessons of leadership and community service. After graduating cum laude from Georgetown in 1991, Ms. Gillen returned to New York to study at Stella Adler Studio. She later became an agent for a leading speakers bureau. During these years, Ms. Gillen was also a GMHC volunteer, assisting persons living with HIV/AIDS.
In 1995 through 1996, Ms. Gillen embarked on transformational journeys to destinations in China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and India. The focal point of her travel was an extended volunteer mission in Calcutta with the Missionaries of Charity, where she worked in Mother Teresa’s home for the dying.
Ms. Gillen returned to Georgetown for law studies by night, while interning for Hon. Marian Blank Horn of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims by day. In 1998, Ms. Gillen transferred to New York University’s School of Law. While at NYU, she worked at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and was invited to join the firm as a litigation associate after earning her JD in 2000.
At Cahill, Ms. Gillen worked on matters involving securities regulation, defamation, employment and intellectual property. Ms. Gillen also participated in the firm’s pro bono program, assisting victims of domestic violence. Shortly after her second child and a move back to Long Island, Ms. Gillen joined Westerman Ball. read more » about About Laura Gillen