Ronald G. Dunn


Ronald G. Dunn

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Lawdragon 2019Ron Dunn is a founding partner of Gleason, Dunn, Walsh & O’Shea.  Prior to his affiliation with the firm, he was a principal of another Albany law firm, specializing in labor and employment law issues.  For his entire legal career, Mr. Dunn has focused his practice on representing unions and their members in public and private sector labor matters, and counseling individuals in all matters relating to their employment. 

Mr. Dunn negotiates collective bargaining agreements, represents unions in contract grievances and discipline matters, represents unions and their members in administrative proceedings, and counsels unions regarding internal union affairs.

Mr. Dunn also represents and counsels individuals in all types of employment and labor law matters, including: harassment, discrimination and retaliation; employment and partnership agreements; separation agreements; workplace training and investigations; personnel policies; disciplinary action; and restrictive covenants (non-solicitation, non-competition and confidentiality agreements).  He has extensive experience in negotiating, litigating and arbitrating labor and employment law disputes. 

Mr. Dunn has earned an "AV® Preeminent™" Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell;* was named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2008 through the present from “Best Lawyers”, in the area of Labor and Employment Law; and was named one of the "Top 10 Lawyers in Upstate New York" (New York Super Lawyers) for 2017, 2018 and 2019 and one of the "Top 50 Lawyers in Upstate New York" in 2014, 2015 and 2016; and named one of the 500 Outstanding plaintiff employment lawyers in the United States by Lawdragon for 2018 and 2019. He is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a former Chair of the New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section.

Practice Areas

  • Public and Private Sector Labor Relations
  • Labor Law
  • Civil Service Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • United States District Courts: Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • J.D., Albany Law School of Union University, 1980
  • B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1977


Mr. Dunn frequently lecturers on labor and employment law matters including:

Employment Litigation from a Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Perspective; How to Contest a Citation from OSHA; Litigating Employee Benefit Claims; Why Unions Do What They Do; Discharge and Documentation; Benefits for the Injured Deputy Sheriff; Discipline Procedure under Section 75 of the Civil Service Law; How to Prepare and Prove a Damage Claim; Sexual Harassment Claims; Examination of Expert Witnesses; Basic Wage and Hour Law in New York; States’ Rights Revisited; Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Public Sector: Building Bridges to the Future Application of ADR in Public Settings; Employment Litigation from a Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Perspective; The Rights of Injured Police Officers under General Municipal Law §207-c; Representing Injured and Disabled Public Employees Under the General Municipal Law, New York Retirement and Social Security Law, Civil Service Law and Other Related Federal and State Statutes; Dealing with Workplace Disabilities; Conducting Effective Depositions; Trying the Employment Discrimination Case before A Jury; Discovery Tactics in Employment Law Litigation; Best Practices: Collective Bargaining and Impasse Resolution; Employment Arbitration and Labor Arbitration Comparisons, Contrasts and Concerns; Special Procedural Rules for Employment Litigation with a Public Employer; Understanding the Implications of Employment Discrimination Cases from Both the Plaintiff’s and Employer’s Points of View; Direct and Cross Examination of Experts in Disability Cases; How to Use an Expert to Prove Damages in an Employment Related Case; Negotiating and Drafting Severance and Settlement Agreements; Hiring, Firing, Evaluation and Discipline in a Law Firm Setting; What’s New With Police and Fire Disability Statutes; Discovery Tactics in Employment Litigation; Discipline in Unique Cases; The Second Circuit Rules on the Taxability of Attorneys Fees; The Decision Making Process: The Executive Session/The Award; Drafting and Negotiating Employee Separation Agreements; How to Examine the Human Resource Director in an Employment Related Case; Common Law Theories in Non-Compete Litigation; Statutory Preemption of Disciplinary Issues in the Public Sector; Evaluation, Discipline and Termination; Litigation Tactics in Covenant Not To Compete Litigation; Human Resources in the Modern Age: A 50 Year Retrospective; Hot Topics before PERB and OCB; Representing a Public Employee under New York State Law; and Best Practices in Interest Arbitration.

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, National and New York Chapters
    • Member, Executive Board, 2002-2008
    • Chair Legislative Committee, 2009 to 2015
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Chair, Labor and Employment Section, 2014-2015
    • Member, Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section, 1998-2005 and 2008 to date
    • Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2008-2012
    • Member, NYSBA CLE Committee 2010-2013
  • Albany County Bar Association
    • Member, Grievance Committee, Albany County Bar Association, 1997-2002
  • Member, Board of Advisors, New York Employment Law & Practice Monthly, 1999-2004

Community Involvement

Mr. Dunn has been a strong advocate for children’s education. He was a founding member of the Albany Booster Club, Inc., a charitable organization whose sole mission is to advance and support art, music and athletics for students in the Albany City Public Schools.  He is also a Board Member of the Albany Fund for Education, a charitable organization that funds innovative educational initiatives. He is a Board Member of the Capital Region Sponsor A Scholar, Inc, a charitable organization that connects promising students with the mentors, resources and opportunities that help them earn college degrees. He is also a member of the Albany City School District Hall of Fame.

Mr. Dunn has coached youth sports teams in multiple sports at multiple levels for many years. 

Mr. Dunn was a mayoral appointee to the City of Albany Human Rights Commission from 2015 through 2018.


  • EEOC Guidelines Explain How to Handle Behavioral Problems” Capital District Business Review. October 5-11, 1998
  • “Labor and Management Officials See Benefits in Negotiated Procedures for Coverage Under NYS GML 207” New York State Bar Journal. September/October 1999
  • “New York’s Wage and Hours Laws: The Basics” New York Employment Law and Practice. March 2000
  • “Special Procedural Rules for Employment Litigation with a Public Employer” New York Employment Law and Practice.  May 2001
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