Gregory J. Watford, Esq.
Gregory J. Watford is a seasoned attorney with twenty five years of litigation experience and over ten years of law enforcement experience. He zealously advocates for clients at all stages of litigation from the commencement of the action through trial. He has a demonstrable record of effectively and successfully meeting legal needs of institutional and individual clients and he consistently obtains favorable resolutions on all matters with and without litigation. Throughout the years he has developed and maintained a reputation for professionalism and is highly respected by peers, advocates and judges.
He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. After graduating college, he had a five year career in law enforcement conducting criminal investigations. He worked as a Confidential Investigator for the Inspector General’s Office for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development where he investigated employee misconduct and corruption within city agencies. He then went to work as a Detective Investigator at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office where he investigated various types of crimes and assisted the Assistant District Attorneys in preparing their cases for trial.
Mr. Watford then decided to further his career and obtained his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. During his law school summers, he worked as a Summer Associate for two large law firms in New York City (Chabourne & Parke, LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP). During his third year in law school, he was the President of the Hofstra Chapter of the Black Law Students Association.
After graduating law school, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted various street crimes, white collar crimes and arson investigations. While there he participated in various community service programs and was a mentor at several Junior High Schools and High Schools.
After his career in law enforcement, Mr. Watford worked as a Litigation Associate for two law firms; Dienst and Serrins, LLP and Koehler & Isaacs, LLP where he represented several municipal unions and their members in the firms’ criminal/disciplinary departments. In 2001, he began working as a solo practitioner at The Law Offices of Gregory J. Watford. While in private practice, Mr. Watford focused on the areas of criminal law, administrative law, entertainment litigation, personal injury and residential real estate transactions. During his private practice, he continued a working relationship with Koehler & Isaacs LLP as a Conflict/Per Diem Attorney for the New York City Correction Officers Benevolent Association (COBA). During this period, Mr. Watford also presided as an Administrative Law Judge for the Taxi and Limousine Commission where he adjudicated cases involving violations of agency rules/regulations, vehicle and traffic law violations, code of conduct violations.
In February 2013, Mr. Watford returned to Koehler and Isaacs, LLP as a Senior Litigation Associate in the criminal/disciplinary unit. While there he continued to successfully represent various union members on criminal matters, grievances, arbitrations, civil service disciplinary trials and appeared before the NYC Civil Service Commission. In January 2018, Mr. Watford co-founded Watford Jackson PLLC and is currently a Managing Partner at the firm.
Mr. Watford’s experience as a law enforcement officer/investigator, a prosecutor, an Administrative Law Judge and years of experience as a criminal defense attorney has provided him with a broad range of experience within the criminal justice system. When defending clients, Mr. Watford often relies on his investigative skills from his law enforcement background. On numerous occasions he has personally visited crime scenes with clients in order to develop and enhance his defense strategy. Moreover, as a result of his prior experience assisting in the investigation and prosecution of various criminal offenses, as a defense attorney, Mr. Watford has developed a unique insight on how to identify weaknesses and inconsistencies in numerous charges filed against his clients.
- Employment and Labor
- DUI and DWI
- Violent Crime
- Criminal Defense
- Domestic Violence
- J.D., Hofstra University School Of Law, 1993
- B.S. in Criminal Justice, John Jay College Of Criminal Justice, 1985
- New York State Appellate Division – Second Department
- United States District Court – Southern District of New York
- United States District Court – Eastern District of New York
- Watford Jackson, Pllc, Managing Partner, 2018 – Present
- Koehler & Isaacs, Llp, Senior Litigation Associate, 2013 – 2018
- The Law Offices Of Gregory J. Watford, Solo Practitioner, 2001 – 2013
- Nyc Taxi & Limousine Commission, Administrative Law Judge, 2003 –2006
- Jane N. Barrett And Associates, Of Counsel, 2003 – 2004
- Koehler & Isaacs, Llp, Litigation Associate, 1999 – 2001
- Dienst & Serrins, Llp, Litigation Associate, 1998 – 1999
- New York County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1993 – 1998
- Proskauer Rose Llp, Summer Associate, 1992
- Hofstra University School Of Law, Research Assistant To Professor Cheryl Wade, 1991 – 1992
- Chadbourne & Parke, Summer Associate, 1991
- The Department of Justice’s Federal Law Enforcement Arson Prosecutor’s Seminar
- The NYPD Narcotics Investigation Course
- The NYPD Sex Crimes Investigator’s Course
- The United States Department of Treasury’s Money Laundering
- Asset Forfeiture Training Program
Watford Jackson, PLLC
101 Avenue of the Americas, 9th Floor
“My path of meeting Mr. Watford was an unfortionate one, however he was extremely professional and knowledgable. Coming from a corrections background, I hired Mr. Watford because I knew he understood not only the inside of the court of law but the governing rules and regulations inside the corrections world as well. I highly recommend Mr. Watfor because he posses the traits that in my opinion all lawyers should posess, punctuality, professionalism, candid, non judgemental, understanding of actual outcomes, prepared, strong technicial acumen.”
“I met Attorney Gregory Watford 23 years ago I was faced with a serious charge. Mr. Watford did win my case. During my case Mr. Watford was honest, and always professional at all times, kept me posted and always available to me when I wasn’t sure of my case. Mr. Watford was so awesome today I call him my friend . I have referred so many of my colleagues to him they all were not just satisfied they love him. Recently I called him on a high profile case he was on vacation and he still helped through via phone . Mr Gregory Watford is the best attorney! I highly recommend him he has a beautiful professional relationship with the court system. Mr Gregory Watford is humble and know his craft well!”