Gregory Antollino

Gregory Antollino

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Gregory Antollino, Esq.
 | 275 7th Avenue, Suite 705
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-334-7397
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Civil Rights (30%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Italian
Attorney Profile

I am thrilled to be practicing law and look forward to coming to work every day to help people solve problems in the most efficient way. After graduating NYU Law where I was an editor on Law Review, I took a job at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP. After getting excellent training on how to create a polished, imaginative legal product at this top law firm, I decided I wanted to learn how to practice in court and took a job with the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division. My first court appearance was, I kid you not, in front of Judge Judy when she was on the Family Court. Juvenile Rights is the arm of Legal Aid that represents kids accused of crimes and who are at risk of abuse and neglect. I have also represented many people charged with misdemeanors and in an atmosphere where few criminal cases go to trial, tried several misdemeanors and felony cases, one of which resulted in the top charge being not guilty, but with no custodial sentence; one of which resulted in a mere violation. One jury hung 9-3 in my client's favor. I lost the second trial, but got the verdict reversed. The client then pled to what amounted to time served. I love criminal law and follow it closely, but do not market myself as I should to get more cases. I practice mostly employment discrimination and representing victims of civil rights violations.  

Going out on my own was a great thrill, and truly a dream that I'd secretly harbored in starting in BigLaw and love to this day. A lawyer once asked me, after he looked at my website, www.antollino.com, "How did you get all those great cases?" Really, the question was an honor because I've just taken cases that have been interesting, and appealed when I think a judge has made a mistake. After over twenty years, it becomes a body of work, and I feel blessed to have achieved it, just taking cases where I think people have been wronged and then trying my best.

About Gregory Antollino

Admitted: 1994, New York

Honors and Awards:

  • Awarded to associates who had billed the most hours representing clients who cannot afford counsel., Pro Bono Award, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, 1994

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Harvard Program on Mediation, Certificate. I attended this one-week program on mediation, and entirely different skill than negotiation or trial practice, that I am attempting to make a bigger aspect of my work, both as a lawyer and a neutral. The teachers at Harvard's program, among them Professor Robert Mnookin, Gary Friedman and Dana Curtis, are among the very best practitioners of a specialized practice of mediation whereby the parties are not subject to a form of shuttle diplomacy, but sit at the same table and achieve a resolution that attempts not only to satisfy everyone, but resolve the underlying problems that might have caused a particular dispute.     , 2015
  • Trial Lawyer's College, DuBois, Wyoming. This is a three-week program where I obtained a certificate in learning techniques that have worked for Gerry Spence, one of the nation's top trial lawyers. I returned in 2016 for a regional seminar focusing on Direct Examination and have been in constant touch, usually online, with many members of my class from 2003, after all these years.  , 2003
  • National Criminal Defense College - A two-week training for lawyers representing criminal defendants. Here I learned cutting edge techniques in (especially) cross-examination, jury selection and closing argument. I credit the experience with awakening my desire to learn the practice of law as well as I can by learning from the masters, many of whom were at this seminar.   , 1996

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • I have been an active member, on and off, of the New York County Lawyer's Association, the New York City Bar (and its referral Service), the Lesbian and Gay Law Association, the National Employment Lawyer's Association (local and national chapters), the American Bar Association, and the National Police Accountability Project. I have occasionally given lectures and talks at some of these groups but have never sought out leadership roles. I listen and learn, give CLE's and network, but I am not interested in governing.     , 1994

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • I've done pro bono cases all my life, and noted above an award I got for the hours I spent at a large law firm where those hours would not bring money into the firm. Officially, I also accepted a pro-bono case wherein a couple from Queens were the defendants in a foreclosure action. I was successful in winning a Truth in Lending Act Claim, and the case ended up getting dismissed. The bank, refiled, but by my calculation, the refiling was too late, and my former clients, now represented by the Legal Aid Society Mortgage foreclosure project, might end up escaping from this nightmare wherein they were duped into refinancing their home and, after costs, ended up with $15,000 in credit., 1994

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Panelist, EEOC Litigation in the Circuit Courts, Lawline, 2017; Panelist for National Employment Lawyer's Association, Fall Conference 2014, "Opening Statements," Panelist for National Employment Lawyer's Association, Winter 2014, CLE Presentation, "Punitive Damages"; National Employment Lawyer's Association, Winter CLE, "Less Boring Direct; Lawline Lecture "The Constitution: What's Ethics Got to Do with It?" 2015; Panelist, LGTB Rights, Cardozo Law School, 2014., Panelist/Lecturer, 2014

Representative Clients:

  • I represent everyday people with real problems. 

Other Outstanding Achievements:

Educational Background:

  • JD, NYU Law School I was an editor on Law Review, an honor based on grades and writing ability, or just the latter. , 1993
  • BA, History I was a true liberal arts student and considered creative writing and art history as my majors, but found history a solid choice. I won two awards in creative writing, however, and a few as a member of the debate team, which I did for a year and a semester. I spent a semester volunteering for the student government as a liason to the faculty senate and didn't like it. , 1987

Industry Groups

  • Just People
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  • Office Location for Gregory Antollino

    275 7th Avenue
    Suite 705
    New York, NY 10001

     

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