John Gaal - Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC

John Gaal

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001
Phone: 315-218-8288

John is a Labor and Employment Law attorney who has more than 30 years of experience representing exclusively employers in the full range of labor and employment law services. He has defended businesses in a broad spectrum of employment litigation matters, including age, gender (including sexual harassment), race, religion, disability and other types of discrimination claims; wage hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage hour laws; breach of contract claims; and tort claims, in both state and federal courts and before state and federal agencies (EEOC and NYSDHR).

In addition, a substantial portion of John's practice includes traditional labor law services for management, including union avoidance counseling, collective bargaining (in units from a few dozen employees to a few thousand employees), counseling in connection with strikes and lockouts, representation of employers before the NLRB in representation and unfair labor practice proceedings and the handling of labor arbitrations.

While representing employers across all industry sectors, John has particular experience in construction, health care and higher education. In the construction industry, He has been involved in the negotiation and defense of Project Labor Agreements on a wide variety of construction projects and programs, ranging from projects/programs of a few million dollars to $15 billion dollars. Among the PLA projects/programs John has been involved with over the years are the Tappan Zee Bridge (including landmark litigation before the New York Court of Appeals), various projects for the City of New York and the New York City School Construction Authority, Boston's Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project, Syracuse's Joint School Construction Board and New York City's Javits Center, to name just a few.

In health care, John represents a number of acute care hospitals throughout Central New York in connection not only with day to day labor and employment issues in a unionized setting, but also in connection with various affiliation efforts between both represented facilities and between represented and nonrepresented facilities. In higher education, John has been involved in providing a full range of labor and employment law services to more than 10 higher education institutions. These services have included among other things, advising institutions on adjunct faculty organizing issues; dealing faculty hiring, discipline (including termination) and tenure issues; collective bargaining (involving both staff and faculty); labor arbitrations; and discrimination litigation.

John is a frequent speaker and author on topics of interest to the labor and employment law bar. He has presented at meetings of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), the College and University Personnel Association HR (CUPA), Georgetown Employment Law Litigation Institute, St. John's University Law School Employment Law Litigation Institute, and the National Transportation Research Board (National Academy of the Sciences). His articles have appeared in the Journal of College and University Law, Syracuse University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review and the Labor Law Journal. He also previously taught as an adjunct in the Syracuse University School of Managament and the Syracuse University School of Law.

Prior to joining the firm, John clerked for the Hon. John A. Danaher, U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit.

University of Notre DameBA 1974University of Notre DameJ.D. 1977
American Bar AssociationNew York State Bar AssociationOnondaga County Bar Association American Bar Foundation College of Labor and Employment Law Lawyers National Association of College and University Attorneys

Office Location

One Lincoln Center
110 West Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13202-1355
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Education Law of the Syracuse Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Education Law of the Syracuse Metro Area
John Gaal has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!John Gaal has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Education Law
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Male