Commissioner John Gustafsson
John C. Gustafsson is a retired lawyer who currently is Chairman of the Board of the Historic House Trust of New York City, where he serves on the Audit & Finance, Nominating and Executive Committees. He is the former President and Chairman of the Board of the Staten Island Historical Society, a position he held from 2004-2011. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Devereux Foundation and he chairs the parish council at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church (Staten Island) where he is a member of the Holy Name Society, a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. In addition to his formal affiliations and responsibilities with these organizations, he has advised and acted in a variety of capacities for numerous other non-profits, including The Seton Foundation, SI350, Inc., the Global Medical Relief Fund, the Friends of St. Paul’s, the Salvation Army, the John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School, the Daughters of Divine Charity, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Rescue Inc., Kids That Give and Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.
Before retiring in 2006, Gustafsson was a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group of the California-based law firm of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, where he was the Administrative Partner of the Firm’s New York office. Prior to that, Gustafsson spent 7 years as in-house counsel at Honeywell International. Just prior to leaving Honeywell, Gustafsson was General Counsel of the $4 billion Automation and Control Products business. Prior to his tenure at Honeywell, Gustafsson spent 10 years in private practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett where he focused on multi-jurisdictional complex litigation.
Gustafsson is a member of the New York State bar, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, the District of Arizona, and the United States Supreme Court. Gustafsson received his B.A. in Philosophy (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Columbia University in 1983 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School (cum laude) in 1987. A first-generation American, Gustafsson, his wife Mary Beth and his son Christopher, divide their time among his native Staten Island, Morristown, New Jersey and Rye, New York.