Gary L. Steffanetta













Mr. Steffanetta is a graduate of the Cornell University, NYS School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in all New York State Courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Steffanetta commenced his practice of law as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, New York. While in the District Attorney’s Office, he prosecuted numerous misdemeanor and felony cases.

Mr. Steffanetta joined the firm in 1986, and has been actively engaged in administrative and court litigation and appellate practice in school related matters both as general and labor counsel to school districts. In addition to his role as General and Labor Counsel, Mr. Steffanetta maintains an active personal injury caseload. He is a member of the Nassau, Suffolk and New York State Bar Associations. He served for four years (2003 – 2005; 2011-2013) as co-chair of the Suffolk County Bar Associations’ Education Law Committee, and is currently serving as co-chair of this Committee. He also served as co-chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association Federal Courts Committee for two years (2005 – 2007).
He is an inaugural member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Labor and Employment Law at St. John’s University School of Law. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Long Island Labor and Employment Relations Association.

He has lectured on behalf of the New York State School Attorney’s Association, the New York State School Board’s Association, local school board associations, as well as other school related organizations. He has presented numerous workshops for boards of education, members of school administration and building level staff, on issues such as hiring practices, sexual harassment, evaluation of staff, employee discipline, special education, student discipline, insurance coverage, labor negotiations, and a host of other topics of concern to today’s school boards. Mr. Steffanetta has over thirty-three years of trial experience in the State and Federal Courts in New York.
Year Joined Organization:


Areas of Practice:

Administrative, Court Litigation & Appellate Practice in School Related Matters;
General & Labor Counsel to School Districts; Personal Injury Litigation

Bar Admissions:

New York, 1984
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1984
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2005
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 2005
U.S. Supreme Court, 2005


St. John’s University School of Law, Jamaica, New York, 1983

Cornell University, NYS School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1979
B.S., I.L.R.

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Lecturer, New York State School Attorney’s Association

Lecturer, Nassau County Bar Association

Lecturer, Suffolk County Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships:

St. John’s University School of Law
Center for Labor and Employment Studies
Member, Board of Advisors

Long Island Labor and Employment Relations Associations, Member, Executive Committee

Nassau County Bar Association
Member, Education Law Committee

Suffolk County Bar Association
Member, Education Law Committee

New York State Bar Association

Past Employment Positions:

District Attorney’s Office, Suffolk County, New York, Assistant District Attorney, 1983 – 1986