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LeRoy J. Watkins

Principal
Morristown

P 973-451-6343
F 973-540-9015
WatkinsL@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

LeRoy J. Watkins is a Principal in the Morristown, New Jersey, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Prior to joining the firm, he was General Counsel of a prominent investment banking company and previously served as employment counsel in the law departments of two Fortune 500 companies and in the labor and employment departments at several distinguished national law firms.

Mr. Watkins's practice focuses on employment and labor litigation in both state and federal courts, and he has extensive experience defending employers in discrimination, harassment, and wrongful discharge matters throughout the country. Mr. Watkins also represents management in arbitrations and related labor matters. He formerly served as Co-Chair of the Jackson Lewis Diversity Committee.

Mr. Watkins was appointed First Deputy Commissioner of Investigation of the New York City School District in 1991 and served in that capacity from 1991 to 1995. Previously, from 1982-1983, he served as Deputy General Counsel for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. Mr. Watkins is also an Employment Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Watkins’ trial work also includes the defense of municipalities and companies in more than 100 New York State Supreme and Civil Court trials, civil service and administrative hearings and arbitrations.

While attending Yale University, Mr. Watkins was the recipient of the Stan Smith Award for outstanding contribution by a senior member of the varsity basketball team.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Ruth Whitehead Whaley Outstanding Achievement Award, Fordham Law School Black Law Students Association (2000)

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January 1, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Publishes Q4 Diversity Committee Newsletter

January 1, 2017

Please enjoy our Diversity Committee Newsletter for the fourth quarter of 2016. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events the firm has... Read More

January 4, 2016
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Publishes Q4 Diversity Committee Newsletter

January 4, 2016

Please enjoy our Diversity Committee Newsletter for the fourth quarter of 2015. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events the firm... Read More

November 20, 2015
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Publishes Q3 Diversity Committee Newsletter

November 20, 2015

Please enjoy our Diversity Committee Newsletter for the third quarter of 2015. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events the firm has... Read More