Terry O

Terry O'Neil

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 516-267-6310

Terry is a Labor and Employment Law attorney. His practice includes collective bargaining, arbitration, employment discrimination and litigation, class actions and wage and hour matters. Terry has represented some of the largest municipalities in the State of New York, e.g., Nassau and Westchester Counties, and the cities of Yonkers, Mount Vernon and Buffalo. He has represented over 20 school districts, including Yonkers, and regularly handles "high profile" disciplinary proceedings, including an Education Law § 3020-a case with the highest fine ($100,000) in the history of the State. Terry also has represented private sector clients in negotiations and litigation throughout the United States and has experience in the printing, record, service and restaurant industries. He currently is labor counsel to Pace University and represents the Locust Valley Central School District and the Villages of Bronxville, Scarsdale, Port Chester, Hempstead and Rockville Centre.

Terry was one of eight editors of the first text on Public Sector Labor Law published by the New York State Bar Association. He also co-authored with E. J. McMahon from the Empire Center for New York State Policy -- a project of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research - an in-depth analysis of 40 years of the Taylor Law and its effects in New York State. The publication is entitled, Taylor Made: The Cost and Consequences of New York's Public Sector Labor Law.

Terry also co-authored an opinion for the Empire Center on whether a legislatively-imposed public sector statewide wage freeze would be legal under New York and Federal law. In December 2011, he and Mr. McMahon published a Report on the impact of the Triborough Law entitled, Triborough Trouble -- How an Obscure State Law Guarantees Pay Hikes for Government Employees -- and Raises the Tax Toll on New Yorkers. Most recently, he co-authored an article in the Municipal Lawyer, Spring 2012/Vol. 26/No. 2, entitled Taylor Law Implications of Municipal Consolidation and Dissolution.

Terry is a frequent speaker at the NYS Conference of Mayors, NYSPELRA, MASLA and Westchester Municipal Officials. He has authored numerous articles published in law reviews and labor law journals. He was an Adjunct Professor at St. John's University School of Law where he taught Public Sector Labor Law for many years.

St. John's UniversityBA 1967St. John's University School of LawJ.D. 1970
New York State Bar AssociationNassau County Bar Association Suffolk County Bar Association

Office Location

1010 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530-2900
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Long Island Metro Area
Terry O'Neil has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

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