Laurel R. Kretzing - Commercial and Federal Litigation Section

Laurel Kretzing
Laurel R. Kretzing

Commercial and Federal Litigation Section


Laurel R. Kretzing is Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association. 

Laurel R. Kretzing is the Chief of the Litigation and Appeals Bureau in the Office of the Nassau County Attorney where she oversees civil litigation for the County of Nassau. Prior to taking this position Ms. Kretzing was a partner at Jaspan Schlesinger LLP serving in the firm's Litigation Practice Group, where she represented both private and public entities, and its Construction and Appellate practice groups. She concentrated her practice in commercial litigation, civil rights, employment law, land use, environmental law and construction law. She has substantial trial and appellate experience litigating complex matters in both the state and federal courts and has lectured on construction law topics.

Ms. Kretzing received her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University. From 1986 to 1989 Ms. Kretzing served as a Deputy County Attorney in the Nassau County Attorney's Office where she handled tax certiorari, construction, municipal litigation and environmental matters. She also served as Chairperson of the Nassau County Recycling Task Force from 1988 to 1989. 

In addition to her experience as a Deputy Nassau County Attorney, Ms. Kretzing served as Assistant Village Attorney for the Village of Northport and represented the Village in a wide variety of litigation matters including Article 78 proceedings, employee disciplinary proceedings, land use and construction litigation. Ms. Kretzing has also successfully represented numerous towns and villages in Civil Rights and 42 U.S.C. §1983 actions brought in the federal courts. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Kretzing is experienced in advising clients on all aspects of public bidding, procurement law, prevailing wage law and the administration of construction projects. 

She was a recipient of the 2003 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award presented by Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and was named to the Long Island Business News List of Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services for 2009 and Top 50 Most Influential Woman in 2011. She was named to the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University's Long Island Top Women in Law for 2016. In addition, Ms. Kretzing was named to the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 New York Metro area Super Lawyers list. She received the recognition in the practice area of business ligation.  The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters.  A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html.

Ms. Kretzing is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the Nassau County Women's Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association (commercial division committee), the New York State Bar Association serving as the Nassau/Suffolk District Leader for the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section from 2014 -2017 and the American Bar Association. Ms. Kretzing also serves as a Town of Huntington Park Steward.

Ms. Kretzing is admitted to practice in New York as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.