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Attorneys

Jerry Graves

Jerry Graves represents employees complaining of discrimination in the workplace and other civil rights violations. Jerry will utilize over a decade of corporate management experience to litigate your employment controversies. He combines this business knowledge with years of dedicated employment law experience to provide his clients with battle-tested strategies for handling complex cases. Because all of our litigation has been against major defense law firms and municipalities, our clients can rest assured that our team can litigate through the skirmishes and posturing that is typical of our adversaries. Jerry takes a broad view of each case to create strategies that maximize each client’s chances of success. He is dedicated to providing his clients the one on one attention they deserve to resolve their specific employment matter. Extensive preparation, combined with a readiness to vigorously advocate on behalf of the client drives his ability to gain winning results. Jerry is a graduate of the State University at Albany and Rutgers University School of Law and is a member of the Bars of the States of New York and New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the District of New Jersey. Jerry maintains memberships with various bar associations and is an active member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where he was chairman of the Fraternity’s New York Alumni Scholarship Foundation.

Gregory G. Smith

Gregory G. Smith is a skilled trial lawyer and an accomplished negotiator. In his 21 years of legal practice, he achieved a solid record of working on unique and challenging cases and turning them into success stories for his clients. Equally adept in court, arbitration, mediation or on the telephone negotiating an agreement for a client, Greg represents executives, professionals and other employees in employment matters and civil rights cases. Having gained 8 years of valuable trial experience as an Assistant District Attorney under former Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, he has successfully represented employees in a wide variety of discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, false arrest, police brutality, and negligence and contract cases. Greg has accomplished notable victories litigating all forms of employment discrimination and unlawful retaliation cases before the federal and state courts, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York City and State agencies charged with enforcing civil rights. Greg is a graduate of Columbia University and Rutgers University Law School. He is admitted to the Bars of the States of New York and New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Greg is a member of the Association of Trial lawyers of America and various bar associations and he has numerous published court decisions. 

Royce Russell

Royce Russell brings a wealth of trial experience to litigating civil and criminal court matters. Royce acquired his trial skills while working as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County under the first African-American District Attorney, Robert Johnson. He subsequently served as District Trial Counsel for the Department of Justice-Homeland Security-Immigration Division. Since working at these posts, Royce has applied his extensive trial experience to representing plaintiffs in both state and federal court. Royce is uniquely prepared to represent victims of police brutality and false arrest. His broad knowledge of police procedures and practices has resulted in nearly a decade of settlements and jury verdicts to remedy the injustices of police misconduct. Often times, Royce will first attain a dismissal of a false arrest charge against the client in criminal court and then achieve a settlement of claims of police brutality and/or false arrest against the arresting officers in civil court. Royce is a well known criminal attorney and his nearly 18 years of criminal law experience allows him to achieve positive results as he represents clients charged with White Collar Crimes, Federal Crimes, Drug Crimes, Violent Crimes, and Juvenile Crimes. Royce is a mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) where he uses human relations and negotiation skills to resolve complex employment discrimination matters. Royce is a graduate of Fordham University and Hofstra University School of Law and is a member of the Bars of the States of New York and New Jersey, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the District of New Jersey. Royce maintains memberships with various bar associations and is a frequent television and radio legal commentator. Royce is an active member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where he serves as legal counsel for the Jersey City Alumni Chapter.

 

 

 

 

 

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