Paul S. Linzer is Chair of our Labor Law Group. He concentrates his practice on all aspects of public sector labor law litigation, as well as criminal defense litigation.
Mr. Linzer serves as labor counsel and/or general counsel to a variety of public sector labor unions and their membership. These include the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, Local 94, as well as various County, Town, and Village-level Police unions, and the supervisors’ union from the New York City Department of Correction.
He represents these unions in all labor and civil litigation matters including their grievance arbitrations, improper labor practice proceedings, policy negotiations, collective bargaining of contracts, interest arbitrations, drafting of potential legislation, and any matters in State and/or Federal Courts. He also represents union members in Internal Affairs, disciplinary proceedings, or other internal or external administrative or criminal investigations.
Prior to joining Certilman Balin, Mr. Linzer served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office for approximately eight years. He has extensive criminal trial experience, as both a Prosecutor and a Defense Attorney, ranging from minor crimes to serious felonies.
Mr. Linzer earned his Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany and a Juris Doctor from The American University, Washington College of Law.
A member of the New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations, as well as the Former Assistant District Attorney’s Association, Mr. Linzer is admitted to practice in the states of New York and Florida, as well as the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Judicial Circuit.
Mr. Linzer has been named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list from 2020-2023, and Long Island Business News continues to annually name him to its list of “Who’s Who in Labor Law.” In 2024, he was named to the Best Lawyers list.
American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 1991
State University of New York at Albany, 1988
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Judicial Court
New York State Bar Association
Nassau County Bar Association
Best Lawyers, 2024
New York Metro Super Lawyers list, 2020-2023
Who’s Who in Labor Law, Long Island Business News, 2012-2023
Legal Eagle in Labor and Employment Law, Long Island Pulse, 2015
Former Assistant District Attorney’s Association