Matthew W. Daus
Matthew W. Daus' practice focuses on transportation law, counseling clients on a broad range of matters including regulatory compliance, strategic planning, procurement, litigation, administrative law and public policy. Within this area Mr. Daus coordinates representation on a wide array of legal needs and services representing ground transportation and related businesses. Mr. Daus also practices in the area of employment law, advising employers concerning the hiring and discharge of employees, employment discrimination laws and general personnel and policy matters.
Before joining Windels Marx to lead its Transportation practice, Mr. Daus served as Commissioner and Chairman of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission ("TLC") for eight and one half years, appointed by Mayors Giuliani, Bloomberg and the New York City Council. Prior to his tenure as the TLC's longest serving Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Daus served as General Counsel to the Commission and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs since 1998, and before that, as Special Counsel to the TLC Chair - supervising over 75 lawyers and Administrative Law Judges. Mr. Daus also served as General Counsel to the New York City Community Development Agency (now the Department of Youth and Community Development), Special Counsel to the New York City Trade Waste Commission (now the Business Integrity Commission), and as a Prosecutor for the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
In 2010, Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Council appointed Mr. Daus as a Commissioner of the New York City Civil Service Commission, an independent quasi-judicial agency that hears and decides employee candidate, disciplinary, and involuntary medical leave appeals under the New York State Civil Service Law. Additionally, the President of the New York State Bar Association appointed Mr. Daus to serve on its Committee on Civil Rights.
Mr. Daus serves as a Distinguished Lecturer with the City University of New York's ("CUNY's") Transportation Research Center ("UTRC") at The City College of New York. In addition to lecturing at CUNY on sustainable transportation, transportation policy, and business law. Mr. Daus speaks internationally on a broad range of transportation topics. He also is currently the President of the International Association of Transportation Regulators ("IATR").
Mr. Daus is a member of several non-profit boards serving as President of Community Understanding for Racial and Ethnic Equality ("CURE"), as Co-Chairman of the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation and board member of Big Apple Greeter and the 2011 World Police and Fire Games. He also served for over eight years on the Board of NYC & Co. (the City's tourism, marketing, convention and visitors bureau) and for several years on the Board of Brooklyn Dreams Charter School.