Board Members


Board of Ethics Members are appointed pursuant to the Nassau County Charter § 2218(10). To ensure the public’s faith in the Board of Ethics, the Nassau County Legislature established the Board as a non-partisan entity. This is accomplished by ensuring that no political party has a majority on the Board by requiring no more than two members of the Board be members of the same political party. Currently, no more than two Board members are a member of any one political party.


Kenneth Gartner is a member of the law firm of Lynn Gartner Dunne, LLP, where he is a commercial and criminal trial and appellate litigator. He was previously a judge of the Nassau County District Court. He has been a Special Professor of Legal Ethics at Hofstra Law School, and an Adjunct Professor at Touro Law School, overseeing the Judicial Externship Program. He chaired and sits on the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct (“COSAC”) and chaired the Nassau County Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics. He is a member of the NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Buffalo Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review.


Michael Pernick is an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP, where his practice includes commercial litigation and voting rights litigation. Michael serves as a Senior Fellow with the Millennial Policy Initiative Commission on Democracy and Voting Rights and serves on the Board of Directors of the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Michael graduated from Wesleyan University and from New York University School of Law, cum laude, where he was a Frank J. Guarini Leaders in Government Service Scholar.


Jared A. Kasschau was appointed the Nassau County Attorney and unanimously confirmed by the County Legislature on January 29, 2018. As the County Attorney, Jared is an ex officio member of the Board of Ethics. Jared began his career by working as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office where he worked in the Domestic Violence Bureau.

After leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Jared worked for two years as an associate at Catalano Gallardo & Petropoulos LLP where he handled civil litigation. Jared then became a partner at Jaspan Schlesinger LLP where he handled complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts as well as engaged in appellate practice including motions and oral arguments before the Supreme Court, Appellate Division Second Department and the New York State Court of Appeals. Immediately prior to serving as the County Attorney Jared was a member of Harris Beach PLLC, where he worked in the firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation and Government Compliance and Investigations Practice Groups.