Richard J. Guercio











Mr. Guercio graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. John’s University School of Government and Politics, Class of 1979, and is a graduate of Memphis State University School of Law, Class of 1983 at which he served as Bar Governor to the Student Bar Association. Prior to joining the firm, he was an Assistant District Attorney for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Guercio joined the firm in 1985. He has been representing school district and other municipal clients for more than 33 years. He has extensive experience as General Counsel and litigation, and Labor Counsel, having defended school districts in labor arbitrations and having negotiated many collective bargaining agreements. Mr. Guercio is the past two term founding Chairman of the Education Law Committee of the Suffolk County Bar Association and recently served for a two-year term as Chairman of that Committee; and is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, Education Law Committee. He has served as a Moot Court Judge for the Suffolk Academy of Law/Suffolk County Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Association. He has been a guest lecturer on behalf of the New York State School Boards Association, the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations, the Association of Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds, the Nassau and Suffolk Academies of Law, the Bureau of Business Practice, SUNY at Stony Brook, Hofstra University and New York University. He is a former eight-term President of the Board of Directors of Options for Community Living, Inc., a non-profit corporation providing housing for the mentally disabled, AIDS patients and the homeless. Mr. Guercio has also served as a regular lecturer for the State University of New York and Hofstra University. Mr. Guercio has been awarded the AV Preeminent rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, from Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s legal directory, since 2001. Mr. Guercio has also been repeatedly named in Super Lawyers® Magazine as a preeminent attorney in Education Law. He has also been appointed as a Fellow with the New York State Bar Foundation.

Areas of Practice:
General Counsel to School Districts and other Municipalities
Defense of School Districts and other Municipalities in all types of litigation
Labor Negotiator, Labor Arbitrations

Bar Admissions:

New York

Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York


Memphis State University School of Law, Memphis, Tennessee, 1983
Honors: Student Bar Association, Bar Governor

St. John’s University School of Government and Politics, 1979
Honors: magna cum laude

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Guest Lecturer, New York State School Boards Association

Guest Lecturer, New York State Bar Association

Guest Lecturer, Stony Brook University

Guest Lecturer, New York State Association of School Attorneys

Guest Lecturer, Nassau County Bar Association

Guest Lecturer, Suffolk County Bar Association

Guest Lecturer, Association of Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds

Guest Lecturer, Nassau and Suffolk Academies of Law

Guest Lecturer, Bureau of Business Practice

Guest Lecturer Hofstra University and SUNY

Guest Lecturer New York University

Honors and Awards:

Lexis-Nexis/Martindale Hubbell has awarded Richard with their highest peer review rating of “AV Preeminent” for meeting the highest standards for ethics and legal ability. Mr. Guercio has held this rating since 2001. Martindale Hubbell has also listed Richard as a “top attorney” in the State of New York for several years. He has been listed as a preeminent school and education attorney in Super Lawyers magazine for several years.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Suffolk County Bar Association
Past Founding Chairman, Education Law Committee

Nassau County Bar Association
Member, Education Law Committee

Suffolk Academy of Law/Suffolk County Bar Association
Moot Court Judge

New York State Bar Association
Moot Court Judge

Options for Community Living, Inc.
President, Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions:

Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney until 1985