Life and career[edit | edit source]
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Davidoff graduated with a bachelor's degree from City College of New York in 1960 and earned his J.D. from New York University in 1963. He was admitted to the New York Bar that year.
In 1968, when students took over Hamilton Hall at Columbia University holding the active dean captive there, Lindsay sent Davidoff as one of the mediators to broker the dean's release. He likely caught the attention of Nixon staffers following a street fracas between pro- and anti-war demonstrators, where Davidoff re-lowered the American flag to half-mast in honor of the 4 demonstrators killed at the Kent State shootings after opponents had raised it in defiance.
On Nixon's list, Davidoff was described thus: "Lindsay's top personal aide: a first class S.O.B., wheeler-dealer and suspected bagman. Positive results would really shake the Lindsay camp and Lindsay's plans to capture youth vote. Davidoff in charge."
Davidoff was a Chubb Fellow at Yale University, as well as a lecturer to the special Root-Tilden students at New York University School of Law. Davidoff is currently a senior partner in the firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, which he founded in 1975. The law and lobbying firm is recognized as one of the top lobbyists in the state of New York. He later went on to form the New York Advocacy Association, a "lobbying group for lobbyists," designed to counter strict and complicated lobbying laws in the State of New York. He is a member of the Metropolitan New York Board of Governors for the United States Olympic Committee.
Mr. Davidoff has also had a role in two television shows, as a political consultant for the ABC television show Spin City, and playing divorce lawyer Lee Nieman on the episode "Unidentified Black Males" of the HBO show The Sopranos.
References[edit | edit source]
- Hertzberg, Hendrik (September 26, 1970). Bike to Work. The New Yorker
- Harris, Marvin (June 10, 1968). Big Bust on Morningside Heights. The Nation
- Cook, Fred J. (June 15, 1970). Hard-Hats: The Rampaging Patriots. The Nation
- Sims, Calvin (April 3, 1992).  Adviser to Dinkins Again Tops List of City Lobbyists The New York Times
- Bragg, Chris (May 11, 2009).  City Lobbyists Create a Lobby of Their Own City Hall News