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Earl T. Redding '03 is an equity partner with Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP. But his passion for the law is just one facet of this complex individual. He's also a marathon runner; former president and current secretary of a science and technology museum; a devoted family man; and a leader recognized as one of the young movers and shakers of New York state's Capital Region.
Redding has been an attorney with Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux since 2007, was named a partner in 2010, and has been an equity partner since 2013. He has successfully litigated in trial courts throughout the state and has prevailed in appellate arguments before the Appellate Division and the Court of Appeals. He has also successfully litigated in federal district courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
As a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Group, he also practices extensively in administrative hearings, arbitration, disciplinary and other administrative proceedings.
Redding chose Albany Law School "because of its reputation for public sector employment."
Before entering private practice, Redding served as an assistant district attorney in St. Lawrence County and as New York assistant attorney general in the Division of State Counsel. He received his J.D. from Albany Law School in 2003 and a bachelor's degree in political science from Gettysburg College in 2000.
A native of Niagara Falls, he moved to Oswego, New York when he was 13. "My father was a public figure for most of my childhood, and because of his example I was initially drawn to working in the public sector. Now I work for the public sector, not in it," he says.
Redding eventually chose Albany Law School "because of its reputation for public sector employment," he says. While attending our school, he was involved with the Journal of Science and Technology and developed strong relationships with fellow classmates and the faculty. "Professors Connors, Preiser, Shanks, Salkin, Deutsch, Reyhan and Moriarty were all outstanding. They all commanded the best and knew how to get it out of you."
"I especially remember my first-year Contracts teacher, Professor Deutsch, who was well known for the Socratic Method during his lectures. He always expected the best from you and made you work for it. He consistently challenged me throughout the year to the point that I thought I would never give the right answer. Even when I saw him in the hallway first year, I had it in my head that he wouldn't say hello back. Sure enough though I worked at it and did fine come finals time. It was the first day of classes my second year that I passed him in the hallway, said, 'Good morning' and he replied, 'Good morning, Mr. Redding, and welcome to your second year.' Needless to say, I was ecstatic."
"I work non-stop, and it's both a blessing and a curse. But I think my work ethic rubs off on my colleagues and kids."
The foundation Albany Law School built really paid off in Redding's current career. "The school taught me how to analyze multiple issues in a very short period of time to determine an opinion. Numerous times every day a client will call me, provide me with multiple facts and request an opinion on how to proceed. It's my job to provide that opinion based upon my experience and knowledge of matters that affect both the employer and the employee."
"Today, at RWGM, I handle day to day employment related questions regarding the alphabet soup of federal and state laws, grievances, disciplines, administrative hearings, investigations and other matters. I represent management, mostly in the realm of public sector employment, along with private sector employers, working hand in hand with municipal government officials on daily labor and employment issues, such as FMLA, ADA, discipline and policies," he says.
Redding enjoys working at RWGM because "we're a team. We're there for one another personally and professionally, not just in celebratory moments but in tough times as well. My goal here is to build our practice with additional municipalities and private employers."
When he's not working, he is an avid New Orleans Saints fan and a dedicated runner, having completed four marathons and a half Ironman. He is the former president and a board member of miSci (the Schenectady Museum) and a vice president of the Albany Law School National Alumni Association.
In 2016, Redding was honored in the
Albany Business Review's "40 Under 40" program, which recognizes up-and-coming executives, innovators and thought leaders shaping the future of the Capital Region.
He brings the same relentless determination to his career as he does to his running. "I work non-stop, and it's both a blessing and a curse. But I think my work ethic rubs off on my colleagues and kids. I really love my job and appreciate the opportunity to assist my clients with difficult labor issues."
Redding resides in Niskayuna, New York with his wife Marna, director of Alumni and Parent Engagement at Union College. They have two children, six-year-old Jack who loves hockey and
Star Wars, and two-year-old Elizabeth Lucille who adores her big brother — plus their first "kid," their dog Getty.
"We really love living in old Niskayuna. We can walk to the grocery store, the upper Union Street shopping district and other areas. No house appears to be built the same. The people are also of every variety and very nice. We just feel like we're at home."