Graig Zappia
Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Dental Law
  • Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate Law & Litigation
  • Federal Employment Law
  • Whistleblower Representation
Practice Locations
  • Albany, NY

Graig contributes to the versatility of Tully Rinckey PLLC’s legal services for clients in New York State’s Capital Region, as well as across the country. At the national level, he practices federal labor and employment law, routinely assisting federal employees in combating wrongful personnel actions, discrimination, retaliation and harassment before state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). He also represents and defends federal employees who have become the subject of investigations conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (IG) and the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). In New York State, he practices public and private sector labor and employment law, representing employers and employees in public and private sector discrimination lawsuits, Fair Labor Standards Act and Family Medical Leave Act cases.

Beyond this, Graig advises private companies in their asset acquisitions and sales, corporate formations, corporate governance, commercial matters and succession planning. He also represents private real estate owners, developers and financial institutions in all aspects of real estate transactions, including contract review, title examination and leasing, among other areas.

Graig received his juris doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University in Albany, N.Y. He received a bachelor’s degree from Siena College, majoring in political science.

Graig is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Siena College Pre-Law Mentoring Program and is a past coach of the Mechanicville Assumption/St. Paul CYO basketball team.

Articles and Publications

  • Certified & Licensed Real Estate Agent Instructor for NYS, 2012-Present
  • Business Law, Contracts, Land Use and Zoning, Valuation
  • New York State New Dentist Conference/NYSDA 3rd & 4th Districts, Presenter, June 2012, April 2015, October 2015, May 2016, June 2016, April 2017
  • Dental Practice Transitions – Buy/Sell Agreements, NYSDA 3rd & 4th Districts, Presenter, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Landlord-Tenant Seminar, SES CLE Seminar, Presenter – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Dental Practice Transitions – Buy/Sell Agreements, American College of Dentists, Presenter, Nov. 2012, Jan. 2014
  • The Basics of Workplace Discrimination & Harassment, Presenter, CLE Seminar in 2014, 2015
  • Albany Law School, Senior Citizen Law Day, Trust & Estates Presenter, 2014
  • Real Estate 101 – CLE Seminar, Presenter, 2012, 2013
  • WGNA – “Ask the Lawyer” – Frequent presenter for local radio legal segment
  • Corporate Formations, Presenter, CLE Seminar in 2012, 2013
  • Entrepreneurship Panel – Albany County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Panelist, August 2013, February 2014
  • National Business Institute, Foreclosure Bootcamp, CLE Presenter, September 2013
  • New Wage Policies Favor Employers, Times Union Commentary, January 2014
  • Employer Liability in Single-Severe-Incident Harassment, I-Sight.com, June 2013
  • Dynamic Changes on Horizon for Commercial Real Estate, New England Real Estate Journal, Jan. 2013
  • Navigating Associateship Contracts and Purchase Agreement, NYSDA News, August 2012
  • Navigating Short Sales, GCAR “Across the Association”, July/August 2012
  • Loopholes in Employment Contracts, I-Sight.com, May 2012
  • Ask the Pros: “Healthy Wealthy and Wise”, Capital Region Living, Jan. 2012
  • Housing Market Stability, Tully Rinckey PLLC Blog, Jan. 2012
  • Occupy Wall Street, CBS6 Blog, Oct. 2011
  • Past Overtime Claims and Retaliation, Tully Rinckey PLLC Blog, Aug. 2011
  • Self-Directed IRA’s as Second Home Financing Strategy, Clancy Real Estate Blog, 2011
  • New Law Adds Potential Hurdle to Validating Wills, CBS6 Blog, 2011
  • Retaliation over Past Overtime Complaints, CBS6 Blog, 2011
  • First-time Homebuyers Cautious in 2010, CBS6 Blog, Nov. 2011
  • Title insurance = Low cost peace of mind, New York State Real Estate Journal, Oct. 2011
  • Short Sales, 518List Magazine, Feb. 2010
  • Buying or Selling a Home: Some Points to Ponder, 518List Magazine, Jan. 2010
  • All in the Family, 518List Magazine, September 2009
  • Protecting Your Investment: Title Insurance, 518List Magazine, Nov. 2009
  • Protecting your Assets: Wills, 518List Magazine, Dec. 2009

Court & Bar Admissions

  • New York State Bar Admission, 4th Department, 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York (April 2003)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, (December 2005)

Education:

  • BA: Siena College, 1999
  • JD: Albany Law School, 2002

 Accreditations / Awards:

  • National Order of the Barristers, Inductee, Spring 2002

Legal and Professional Associations (Past and Present)

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Albany and Saratoga County Bar Associations
  • Siena College Pre-Law Mentoring Program

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