♦ State University of New York at Stony Brook (B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981)
♦ Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1984)
Richard K. Zuckerman represents management in all public and private sector labor and employment law areas, including collective bargaining, discipline and litigation-related matters. His public sector clients include school districts, libraries, cities, counties, towns, villages and fire and ferry districts. He also serves as general counsel to school districts and as a hearing officer in General Municipal Law Section 207-a and 207-c disputes.
Mr. Zuckerman is the Chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA’s) Local and State Government Law Section and a former Chair of the NYSBA’s Labor and Employment Law Section, as well as a former President of the New York State Association of School Attorneys. He has also served as a member of the NYSBA’s House of Delegates. Mr. Zuckerman is a Fellow of the Governors of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a Fellow of the American and New York Bar Foundations, and an Inaugural Member of the Board of Advisors for the St. John’s University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law. He is one of the co-editors for the New York State Bar Association’s treatise “Lefkowitz on Public Sector Labor and Employment Law, Fourth Edition,” as well as its Third Edition and Supplements, and was an editor for the American Bar Association’s treatise “Discipline and Discharge in Arbitration” and Supplement. In addition, he was a contributing author to the 6th edition of the ABA’s contract arbitration treatise “How Arbitration Works” (Elkouri & Elkouri), and has co-authored numerous articles, including those entitled “Romance in the Workplace: Employers Can Make Rules if They Serve Legitimate Needs” and “Romance in the Workplace: To What Extent Can Employers Dictate the Rules?”
Mr. Zuckerman has been named as a Best Lawyer in America© since 2012 and was the Best Lawyers’ 2017 “Lawyer of the Year: Labor Law – Management” for Long Island and the 2015 New York City “Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year.” He has repeatedly been named a New York Super Lawyer® in Labor and Employment Law, a Who’s Who in American Law®, and a Long Island Business News’ Who’s Who in Labor Law. He has presented at numerous programs regarding various labor, education and employment law-related topics. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, as well as New York State courts. Mr. Zuckerman is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law, where he served as Director of the First Year Moot Court program. He graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year and received the William J. Sullivan Award, the University’s most prestigious academic and service award.