Gene Berardelli was born and raised in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. He attended and graduated from Manhattan College summa cum laude in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and International Studies, where he also earned the College’s Ryan Medal for Government, membership into the college's select Pen & Sword Society, and induction into multiple honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctorate at Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2002 – at age 23 - where he also won 2nd Place in Brief Writing (Best Overall Defendant’s Brief) in the Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition in Buffalo, NY (at that time, the highest finish in that competition in the school's history) and earned the Law School’s award for Outstanding Classroom Performance.
Upon completing his education, Gene chose a path toward careers in law and politics that was rooted in community service. From 2006 to 2010, Gene donated his time serving as General Counsel for the Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association. During this time, Gene earned the Association’s Award for Outstanding Service for his role in re-writing the local neighborhood’s zoning regulations implemented by the City of New York that protected the community’s infrastructure and stemmed out-of-control overdevelopment. In addition, Gene secured over $20,000.00 in grants for the Association from New York State.
Gene was also responsible for creating and spearheading the “Brigham Street Park Project,” an initiative that oversaw over 100 volunteers in projects that culminated in the creation of a community-based design plan for a seaside park for which officials at the city and state levels of government allocated 3.5 million dollars to build.
In 2008, Gene joined Novo Law Firm. In his four years of civil litigation practice, he has reached several career milestones, including settling a seven-figure personal injury settlement, successfully arguing before the Appellate Division, and successfully representing clients in claims against such recognizable entities as the City of New York, JPMorgan Chase, Long Island Railroad, and Macy*s. In his professional career, Gene is experienced in working with individual & corporate clients, and governmental entities and officials, and also has a strong legal writing & research background which has earned recognition from his peers and the bench. Gene is also a recognized expert in Election Law, participating in panel discussions on law and politics.
In 2012, Gene was appointed Law Chairman for the Brooklyn GOP and he successfully tried a high-profile Election Law matter that turned an 87-vote deficit into a 13-vote victory for Sen. David Storobin. For his work in the Republican Party, Gene was honored as Brooklyn Young Republican of the Year in 2012 and was appointed to Congressman Bob Turner’s Service Academy Selection Committee in 2011 and 2012.