Being the son of an an alumnus and having an aunt and uncle who were also alumni, I grew up surrounded by people who loved Cooper Union. My four years attending Cooper with of full tuition scholarship were some of the most enjoyable, and most challenging, years of my life. Having now paid tuition for eight years, with four more to go, I appreciate more than ever benefit I had from extending Cooper. Now that Cooper is no longer able to offer full scholarships, I would like to work on practical ways to help the school get back to where it was. This will be a long, difficult process. But clearly this is not something that can be solved by hiring lawyers and fighting lawsuits.
After graduating from Copper, Ira attended Cardozo School of Law, graduating in 1988. Since then, he has worked at Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein, and intellectual property law firm. His practice covers all aspects of intellectual property, including trial practice and appeals, and working on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters. He has represented individuals, small companies, and publicly traded multinational companies. His most entertaining client is a rock band about to start their 40th anniversary world tour. Ira has been married to Rosanne Underweiser for nearly 25 years. They have three children—one college graduate and two in college, including a mechanical engineering student at another college with “Union” in its name. Ira has lived in Scarsdale for over 20 years and has been active on various local committees and organizations.