CNN Legal Analyst
Joey Jackson is a legal analyst for CNN and HLN, and a partner at New York City-based Watford Jackson, PLLC.
Joey Jackson is a legal analyst for CNN and HLN, and a partner at New York City-based Watford Jackson, PLLC. His full service law firm handles Criminal Defense, Labor & Employment, Civil Service Law, Wills, Civil Rights Litigation, Wrongful Death, and Contract Disputes.
He is nationally-recognized criminal defense attorney who has for nearly two decades represented individuals and labor unions in state and federal court. Jackson and his associates have represented a diverse group of clients under the glare of cameras as well as those who have never attracted public attention. He has built an outstanding career as a trial lawyer representing clients who have fallen into high-stakes personal and professional crises, as well as those who are average citizens in need of his fierce and benevolent counsel.
Jackson has been a member of the New York Bar since 1995. After graduating from Hofstra Law School, Jackson was appointed Assistant District Attorney under Robert Morgenthau. Following a successful career as a prosecutor where he received the Distinguished Public Service Award, Jackson joined the firm of Koehler & Isaacs LLP where he served as Senior Trial Counsel specializing in Criminal Defense and Labor & Employment. Jackson has tried cases and received favorable verdicts in Manhattan, the Southern District, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, as well as Nassau, Suffolk and Rockland Counties. He handles federal cases in both the Eastern and Southern Districts.
After two decades of successfully defending law enforcement personnel, labor unions, and private citizens, he started his own law firm, along with long time mentor and co-counsel, Gregory J. Watford.
Jackson's straight-talking legal expertise has always been held in high regard by media outlets as evidenced his commentary over the years on Court TV, In Session, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, MSNBC, ABC, and NBC and currently He is currently CNN & HLN.
Jackson attended Hofstra Law School. While in law school, he served as editor for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal and a member of the National Moot Court and National Trial teams.
Prior to Law School, he earned his MPA from SUNY Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. While earning his Master's Degree, he worked for the N.Y.S. Assembly Speaker as a Legislative Analyst. He also holds a B.A. from SUNY Brockport, where he participated in the honors program, directed the student-run Legal Information Service, served as student body president, and interned with the N.Y.S. Education Department as well as Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) in Washington, D.C. He also worked for the N.Y.C. Mayor's Office in the Division of Special Projects. Jackson is a former adjunct professor at Monroe College where he taught Business & Civil Rights Law.