Lloyd Constantine’s most recent book, “Journal of the Plague Year: An Insider’s Chronicle of Eliot Spitzer’s Short and Tragic Reign,” is a compelling memoir that recounts Spitzer’s downfall while reflecting on the complex friendship they shared.
(Sarasota, FL) The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee kicks off its 2012-2013 Jewish Book Festival with bestselling author Lloyd Constantine, November 14, 7 p.m., at the Beatrice Friedman Theater, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased via the Federation’s website, www.jfedsrq.org or by calling 941-371-4546, Ext. 119.
Lloyd Constantine is founder and counsel of Constantine Cannon LLP, and former senior advisor to, and close friend of, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. His most recent book, “Journal of the Plague Year: An Insider’s Chronicle of Eliot Spitzer’s Short and Tragic Reign,” is a compelling memoir that recounts Spitzer’s downfall while reflecting on the complex friendship they shared. He is also author of “Priceless: The Case That Brought down the Visa/MasterCard Bank Cartel.” Constantine was lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the landmark Visa Check/ MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation, which resulted in a $3.4 billion monetary settlement and an historic injunction, which the court valued as providing upwards of $87 billion in benefit for U.S. merchants and consumers.
Constantine was the assistant attorney general in charge of antitrust for New York State (1980-1991), and served as the chair of the Antitrust Task Force of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) from 1985 to 1989. He is the principal author of NAAG’s 1987 “Merger Guidelines,” 1985 and 1988 “Vertical Restraints Guidelines,” and 1988 “Pre-Merger Disclosure Compact.” Lloyd has frequently testified before Congress on antitrust, international trade and nominations to the Supreme Court and “lower” federal courts. He was the recipient of the American Antitrust Institute’s award for career achievement in antitrust and regulatory policy (2004), the New York State Bar Antitrust Section Award for service to the legal profession and career achievement in antitrust law (2004), and was the first recipient of the National Association of Attorneys General “C. Raymond Marvin” Prize, awarded to outstanding assistant state attorneys general (1987).
The Jewish Book Festival continues with comedian, author and Food Network programming executive, Jeff Oliver (December 18, 2012); master chef and author Giuliano Hazan (January 14, 2013); New York Times bestselling author Rich Cohen (February 13, 2013); bestselling author and screenwriter Delia Ephron (March 3, 2013); and former award-winning reporter and national correspondent for The New York Times Leslie Maitland (March 3, 2013).
“This year’s festival features a stellar line-up,” says festival co-chair Marvin Waldman. “These are lively, brilliant individuals and we’re honored to introduce them to our community.” He notes that the authors will speak about a range of topics—from politics to comedy. “There are sure to be topics that appeal to a wide range of interests, ages and points of view,” says Waldman.
Authors may be available for interviews prior to or during their speaking engagement. Please contact Kim Mullins at 941-371-4546, Ext. 103.
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel, and throughout the world. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information about The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.jfedsrq.org.