Long Island
100 Quentin Roosevelt Boulevard
Garden City, NY 11530-4850
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J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1983
B.A., Adelphi University, 1980

Thomas B. Wassel

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Thomas B. Wassel has been advising employers on a wide range of labor and employment law matters since 1983. He has extensive experience in providing general labor and employment advice covering all aspects of Federal and State law for private and public employers, including utilities, municipalities, educational institutions, banks, health care institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and public and private corporations. He has provided advice for ensuring client compliance with all Federal, New York State, and local Human Rights laws (including issues of racial, sexual, and religious discrimination and harassment), as well as important employment laws. Tom assists clients in developing policies and procedures designed to comply with all applicable laws, to help minimize employer liability. Should litigation arise, Tom works closely with others in the firm's Litigation department to develop trial strategies.

Tom serves as labor and employment counsel to a number of the Firm's higher education clients, including discrimination claims and representation on labor negotiations, union contracts, and regularly advises the Firm's on areas such as student rights and obligations, faculty rights and obligations, discrimination and harassment claims, and all other employment- related topics.

Tom  has extensive experience advising municipal clients in all aspects of civic and educational affairs. He has served as general and special counsel to municipal zoning, planning, and architectural design review boards, as well as school boards in educational, labor, and real property tax matters. He regularly counsels clients on compliance with all  statutes affecting local government.

Tom also advises clients seeking to review their commercial real property assessments.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Director, Nassau County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Member, Executive Committee of the Municipal Law Section
    • Member, Labor Law Section
  • Chair of the Municipal Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member, Labor Law Committee of the Nassau Bar
  • Immediate Past President and current Membership Chair of the Long Island Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association
  • Adjunct Professor, SUNY-Old Westbury, 2011- Present

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