Emeritus Counsel – Richard J. Koehler

Richard J. Koehler, a partner in the firm of Koehler & Isaacs, LLP, has been involved in labor relations for over 30 years. He represented management in various capacities in the public sector between 1974 and 1990 when he left public service and became a full professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and served as an arbitrator at the NYC Office of Collective Bargaining. Mr. Koehler has represented unions in the public and private sector since 1992 and has managed legal service programs for unions since 1993. He serves as general counsel, labor counsel and/or fund counsel for numerous unions.

Among the positions held by Mr. Koehler in the public sector were Commissioner of The New York City Department of Correction, Chief of Personnel of The New York City Police Department, Chief of Planning, New York City Police Department, Director of the New York City Police Department Communications Division, and Full Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

Areas of Experience

Labor and Employment Law


  • J.D. Fordham Law School, 1978
  • M.A. Hunter College 1974, Full Scholarship
  • B.A. John Jay College, 1973, summa cum laude


  • New York State Bar Association, Labor Law Section
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • American Jail Association

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York


  • Professor of Criminal Justice, 1990-2001, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Trustee, John Jay College of Criminal Justice