Gerald C. Waters, Jr.
Gerald is a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group where he represents employers in a diverse field of labor and employment as well as franchise matters.
He has represented employers and municipalities before federal, state and local tribunals including the EEOC, NYSDHR and New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board.
Gerald also has successfully represented employers during federal, state and administrative trials as well as at mediation. He has been named by Super Lawyers, to its list of “Rising Stars” as one of the top up-and-coming litigators in the New York Metropolitan area for 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Prior to joining the firm, Gerald was employed by Jackson Lewis P.C. where he represented clients in a myriad of fields including the construction, health care and insurance industries in wage and hour, restrictive covenant and employment discrimination matters.
Previously, Gerald served as a Deputy County Attorney in the Nassau County Attorney’s Office, Labor Bureau and as an associate at a Long Island law firm where he focused on employment related matters. As a Deputy County Attorney, he represented the County of Nassau and all of its departments, against claims by both County of Nassau employees as well as the general public. In addition to representing successfully the County of Nassau before administrative tribunals and in federal and state courts, Gerald played a critical role in defending successfully the County during one of the County’s largest federal class action trials. Gerald’s efforts resulted in the Nassau County Attorney issuing him an award for his dedicated and successful litigation service. While employed as an associate at a Long Island law firm, Gerald continued to represent employers and municipalities in a broad range of employment and civil rights matters including claims concerning discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the New York State Labor Law, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York State and New York City Human Rights Laws. Gerald also represented municipalities in land use and eminent domain matters, including obtaining a defense verdict at trial for a Rockland County municipality in a matter concerning the alleged improper denial of permits to a resident applicant.
Gerald received his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Touro Law School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, American History, cum laude, from the New York State University at Albany.
Gerald is admitted to practice in New York State, as well as the E.D.N.Y. and S.D.N.Y. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Huntington YMCA and is a member of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce and Huntington Lawyers’ Club.