David A. Menken

of Counsel

David A. Menken is a member of the Business Law, Fire/EMS Law and Intellectual Property/IT Law groups at Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP, a law firm based in Yonkers and New York City, New York.

David counsels clients in a variety of corporate law, intellectual property and information technology matters.  He negotiates business transactions, including corporate control agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and business development agreements. He also provides legal assistance regarding, among other things, information technology licensing and protection, trade secret protection, software development and data security issues. David has achieved certification as an Information Privacy Professional, with a specialty in US privacy laws and policies, through the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and advises clients on data breach/security and privacy laws and policies.

David also counsels not-for-profit corporations, including in particular fire and EMS departments, on a full range of New York and Federal legal issues to help them operate effectively and satisfy their corporate and operational legal requirements.  Among other tasks, he reviews and drafts corporate by-laws, advises on operational matters, conducts in-house data security training and assists with development and review of standard operating procedures and guidelines.  As part of his representation of non-profits, he provides specific guidance on the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 which modernized New York non-profit law and strengthened governance through compliance with certain best practices that all non-profits must consider.

David has represented government entities in matters such as inter-municipal negotiations and on issues such as open meetings and record retention laws.  As a former Village Attorney for Mount Kisco, Chair of the Bedford Zoning Board of Appeals, member of the Westchester County Planning Board, and Vice Chair of the Westchester Charter Revision Commission, David is able to use his government, municipal and land use experience to effectively represent both government entities and those whose business involves zoning, land use and municipal law.

Bar Admissions 

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Professional Associations and Activities


Menken’s Fire/EMS Law Blog