Ira Brad Matetsky
Ira Matetsky in 2019
Matetsky at the annual dinner of The Baker Street Irregulars in New York City, January 2019
Other namesNewyorkbrad

Ira Brad Matetsky (born 1962)[1] is an American lawyer and Wikipedian.

Matetsky has practiced law since 1987, and has been a partner at Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer,[2] a New York City business litigation and real estate law firm, since 2004, working in both their litigation practice group and their cooperative and condominium housing practice group. Before joining Ganfer & Shore, he was a litigation attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, after which he served as co-general counsel at Goya Foods, Inc. He is the editor-in-chief of The Journal of In-Chambers Practice[3][4] and an editor of both the Green Bag Almanac & Reader[5][6] and the Baker Street Almanac.[7] He has been cited as a legal expert by media sources including CNBC, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, and The National Law Journal.[8][9][10][11][12]

He has been a guest blogger for Eugene Volokh's blog The Volokh Conspiracy.[13] Among the clients he has represented while working at Ganfer & Shore is Morris Talansky, on whose behalf he filed a suit against the Israeli satellite company ImageSat International in 2007.[14] The suit was dismissed the following year.[15]

On Wikipedia, he is known by his username Newyorkbrad, and has been a member of the site's Arbitration Committee.[16][17] He began editing Wikipedia in 2005, on the same day that United States Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist died, as he noticed and corrected a factual error on Rehnquist's Wikipedia page. He served on the English Wikipedia's Arbitration Committee from 2008 to 2014, and rejoined it in 2017,[18] making him the Committee's longest-serving member.[19]

As of 2016, Matetsky also serves as the "werowance" (or president) of the Wolfe Pack, an organization of fans of Rex Stout's most famous fictional detective, Nero Wolfe.[20][21] In 2015, Matetsky edited The Last Drive and Other Stories, a collection of Stout's earliest published work.[22]


  1. ^ "Ira Brad Matetsky". Martindale-Hubbell. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  2. ^ "Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer LLP". Ganfer & Shore. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  3. ^ "Ira Brad Matetsky". Ganfer & Shore. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  4. ^ "The Journal of In-Chambers Practice". Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  5. ^ "Almanac Excerpts, 2015–2017". The Journal of Law. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  6. ^ "2012 Green Bag Almanac & Reader" (PDF). Green Bag Almanac & Reader. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  7. ^ "The Baker Street Almanac 2020". Baker Street Almanac. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  8. ^ Merle, Renae (September 14, 2017). "Martin Shkreli's out-of-court antics could guarantee him a longer prison sentence, experts say". The Washington Post. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  9. ^ Sheetz, Michael (30 October 2013). "Here's what the charges against Manafort and Gates mean". CNBC. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  10. ^ Thompson, Isobel (November 14, 2017). "Why Sessions's Move Against Clinton Could Be a Set-Up". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  11. ^ Kosoff, Matya (December 12, 2017). "How Trump's Legal Team Is Trying to Bury Robert Mueller". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  12. ^ Mauro, Tony (June 20, 2018). "'In Chambers' Supreme Court Opinions Get Rare Nod in Gerrymandering Ruling". The National Law Journal. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  13. ^ Volokh, Eugene (2009-05-11). "Ira Matetsky, Guest-Blogging". The Volokh Conspiracy. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  14. ^ Pomerantz, David (2007-07-13). "Spy Satellite Lands Israel in U.S. Court". New York Sun. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  15. ^ Destefano, Anthony M. (August 1, 2008). "Woodmere businessman may be off to Israel for lawsuit". McClatchy-Tribune Business News. The McClatchy Company – via ProQuest.
  16. ^ Cohen, Noam (2009-06-08). "The Wars of Words on Wikipedia's Outskirts". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  17. ^ Cohen, Noam (2011-09-12). "On Wikipedia, 9/11 Dissent Is Kept on the Fringe". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  18. ^ Karuppur, Abhiram (2018-06-13). "Ira Matetsky '84 Helps Settle Disputes Among Wikipedia Editors". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  19. ^ Ramey, Corinne (2018-05-07). "The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  20. ^ Hewitt, Chris (2014-06-01). "Fans of detective Nero Wolfe coming to St. Paul to see their hero on stage". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  21. ^ Doyle, Arthur Conan; Opperman, Meg (2016-11-07). Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #21. Wildside Press LLC. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-4794-2429-0.
  22. ^ "The Last Drive and Other Stories by Rex Stout". Mysterious Press. 2015. Retrieved 2018-06-14.

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