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Gregory Jay Watford

Criminal defense Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Gregory J. Watford

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1995
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Gregory J. Watford is a seasoned attorney with more than twenty 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.   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. 

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.


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The Law Firm of Gregory J. Watford, Esq. PLLC
260 Madison Avenue
8th Floor
New York, NY, 10016
Gregory Jay Watford
11 West Prospect Avenue
3rd Floor
Mount Vernon, NY, 10550
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2019
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Attorney Gregory Watford is truly the best Attorney in town. If I could give 10 stars I would. He is Professional, caring, good listener, passionate about his work, always available etc. I hired him a few years ago to litigate; wrongful charges against me by my employer (The City of New York). He won my case and I am so grateful. The amount stress and humiliation was very hard but Attorney Watford is an excellent Attorney in litigation. I am truly grateful!
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2018
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Domestic Dispute
It was a privilege to have Mr. Watford as my attorney. He was not just my attorney, he was one caring person; for my wife and myself. He was never that person to not return a phone call. Any question I had he was a phone call away. I highly recommend him to anyone. Good Job well done!
Posted by Pam | October 4, 2018
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The best steak in the house
I am so fortunate and blessed to have had the honor of being represented by the Honorable Gregory Watford. Let me tell you! Mr. Watford fought for me! He made time to to go over each aspect of my case. Hands down, he is the best! I salute you Mr. watford. he is by far duties as an a lawyer.
Posted by Miguel | August 7, 2018
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An outstanding attorney!!
On June 2015 my city job was at risk all, because an allegation in which was all a big lie from the beginning. I had the great fortune to have Mr. Watford as my attorney. The case was dismissed and sealed. He was honest, loyal, extremely talented and well respected in the legal world . I would highly recommend Mr. Watford for anyone looking for an outstanding attorney!!.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2018
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Mr. Watford was an excellent lawyer. A couple of years ago I was faced with a very serious charge that was fabricated by an ex. Mr. Watford not only got me off but my record was wiped clean of the incident. He was reliable, dependable, and very knowledgeable
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2018
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D. Olton
I met Mr Watford in 2010. I was going through a tuff time in my life. I made bad decisions that almost cost me my freedom. Jay helped me to get my life back on track. He guided me in the right direction and I am very grateful. He treated me like a huma being. Most lawyers I have met left a bad impression on me. I highly recommend Mr Watford.
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Posted by Benjamin Qualls | July 27, 2018
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Great Attorney and Friend
Mr. Watford represented me in a misdemeanor case several years ago which came out very positive. I am grateful that he was there for me at a trying time in my life. I have known Mr. Watford for a number of years and I have always been impressed by his knowledge of various legal matters and personal involvement. I have also reached out to Mr. Watford for advice and referrals
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Posted by Anthony | July 11, 2018
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Attorney at Law
Greg Watford is a colleague who I've personally come to rely on for advice on complex legal matters. On more than one occasion I have consulted with Greg to ascertain the most effective legal strategies as well as the laws that were pertinent to the matters that I was handling. When and if Greg did not know the answers off hand he was sure to research the issue, independent of me asking him to, and return with a viable answer or solution.
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Posted by Andre | April 2, 2018
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Gregory Watford
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.
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Posted by Troy | March 30, 2018
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Life Changing Attorney
I'm a United States Air Force veteran with my roots being attached to the Bronx. To make a long story short I just got out of the service when I came to N.Y. for a cousins party from Virginia. After the party I was with a female friend in my vehicle when NYPD approach my car while I was in my vehicle in City Island. I was asked if I had an I.D. and weapons in the car. Not knowing N.Y. was a state I could not have a firearm in let alone the 5 I had in the car locked in cases in my trunk from when my suicidal ex wife was threatening to kill herself in front of my son. I had to keep the firearms with me at all times. I did proceed to tell them I had firearms in the car and gave them my military reservist I.D. They then proceeded in removing me from the vehicle and arrested me for criminal possession of a weapon with 12 felony counts. They took my 2004 Acura TL and was going to assume a case to take my car from me all for doing the right thing. My bail was set at $100,000 and that's when Mr. Gregory Jay Watford worked his magic. Due to his great relationship with a specific family member I was advised that he would be the man to help me through this riveting time. He went on to advise that it was best to fight the case from the outside and we did. He then went about interviewing military personnel, friends, and family that I knew. He then had Chris put together a biography of my life that would be the true story of who I was with my firearms being purchased legally which he made a strong case of with receipts to back it up from when I was stationed in Montana at Malmstrom Air Force Base. This included members that was stationed around the world they interviewed along with all my volunteer time I had done up to this time in my life. The D.A. wanted to give me 23 years and would not budge off this number but with Mr. Watfords persistence he was able to find a motion called, "A Clayton Motion". This motion would take the automatic felony charge and mandatory time I had to face out of the District Attorney's hand and into the Judges hands to make a decision upon based upon if I was a threat to society or not. God blessed me with Mr. Watford and Judge Barrett. Mr. Watford with his biography of my life and who I was and his noble knowledge to find the motion that would give me a chance to be a Father to my 5 yr. old son and my 1 month old daughter the judge seen it fit that giving me time would take away from society having a productive member and the judge seen it unfit for me to be a felon based upon what Mr. Watford proved to them. I ended up getting 1 charge and that was possession of a weapon which was down graded to a misdemeanor and 1 yr conditional release which would come off my record after a year. This incident happened in February 2008 and the case did not finish until October 2010. He not also got me off from those felonies he then got my car back in the civil suit from the City of New York Car Repossession Impound. Ironically my son is now 12 yrs old and he wants that car now which I still have. When this case begin I had an Associates Degree in Mechanical Electrical Technology. From this mans hardwork I have been able to accomplish getting my Bachelors of Scince in Mechanical Engineering. Then I proceeded to get my Graduate certificate from Old Dominion University and I'm about to graduate with my Masters in Engineering Management. I'm a federal employee with the United States Coast Guard and recently bought a $300,000 and I thank Gregory Watford every moment I can for the life he has help to get me too. Please trust and believe me when I tell you I'm not giving just a review I'm giving a testimonial on my friend and family because he is not just my attorney any more. I love you Jay and I will always be here for you. Much Respect.
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Posted by Lorraine | March 30, 2018
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Attorney Gregory Watford
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!
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Posted by Emil | March 28, 2018
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Saved My Life
In 2007 I had a bad break up with a very vindictive and volatile woman. The last year or so of the relationship was a living hell. The following year she accuse me of threatening her. She went to the police with this lie and got me arrested. Now usually men do not stand a chance of winning these, he said she said cases, when it comes to domestic violence. I went to Mr. Watford and he took on my case. From the very beginning he requested the phone records. Once he received the phone records he saw a immediately there were holes in the woman's story. There was no phone call placed at the time she claimed I called her. He immediately contacted the ADA and requested she checked the phone records. 5 months later still in the preliminary stage the Bronx ADA finally looked at the phone records, this causing her to question the plaintiff. After questioning the plaintiff she finally admitted that this was a lie. The judge dismissed the case cleared my name. It was suggested to me that I bring her up on charges and she would be prosecuted, and so I did. But in order to do that I had to get her arrested. Now this was difficult to do because no police officer in the precinct I went to would do this. Mr. Watford Helped my mother and I draft a letter to the police commissioner, the Bronx district attorney, and various other figures who would help in this situation. Once the letters were sent out we received a phone call from the ADA sending me to the domestic violence unit to file a report so the young lady could be arrested. She was arrested and eventually we went before a grand jury and she was brought up on felony charges. After the trial she was convicted on five counts. I was given a 5-year permanent order of protection and my name was absolutely cleared and exonerated. I could not have done this with Mr. Watford's help, professionalism, and experience. From start to finish he handled himself with the confidence that I expect any attorney to handle themselves in the courtroom and dealing with his client. I have given his number to countless friends, acquaintances, and business associates. All have used him and has had great success with his representation. I would love to say thank you to Mr. Watford for being the great Attorney that he is.
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Work Experience

  • Founder/Principal
  • The Law Firm of Gregory J. Watford, Esq. PLLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Partner
  • Watford Jackson, PLLC
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Senior Litigation Associate
  • Koehler & Isaacs, LLP
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Of Counsel
  • Jane N. Barrett And Associates
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Administrative Law Judge
  • NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Solo Practitioner
  • The Law Offices Of Gregory J. Watford
  • 2001 - 2013
  • Litigation Associate
  • Koehler & Isaacs, LLP
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Litigation Associate
  • Dienst & Serrins, LLP
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • New York County District Attorney's Office
  • 1993 - 1998
  • Summer Associate
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • 1992 - 1992
  • Summer Associate
  • Chadbourne & Parke, LLP
  • 1991 - 1991
  • Research Assistant To Professor Cheryl Wade
  • Hofstra University School Of Law
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Detective Investigator
  • Kings County District Attorney, Nyc
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Confidential Investigator
  • NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development Inspector General's Office
  • 1985 - 1987
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  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Criminal Justice, John Jay College Of Criminal Justice, 1985
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. MT
  • Not Guilty
  • People v. GS
  • Dismissed
  • People v. DW
  • Not Guilty
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  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Member
  • Elite Lawyer
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is calm cool and collected. His pragmatism helps his clients see the world (and their fate) in rational terms. An all around good lawyer and good person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Other
"Exceptional Attorney!!! Very thorough, detailed oriented, and methodical in his approach. He knows the case, the issues, the facts, and the law. There is no lawyer better to have on your side when something critical is on the line and the stakes are at their highest. Glad to be his law partner. He has a rationale mind, a calm demeanor, and knack for finding the loopholes. He gets an A+ from me."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Watford is an excellent lawyer whose experience as a former prosecutor, a former adminstrative judge and a criminal defense attorney make him an advocate with tremendous legal skill, talent, and sound judgment. When I handle complex matters, he is one of the attorneys on my short list of elite counsel I count on to assist me in getting the best results for my clients. It is without hestitation that I endorse Mr. Watford as a high level warrior with command of the criminal justice system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Greg is the best. He is the whole package. Smart, great common sense and really cares about the clients. I know him for over 20 years and I can attest that you will not be disappointed with this lawyer."
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