Judge Jeffrey P. Gardner was appointed an NLRB judge in November 2016, after serving 18 months as a Social Security Judge. Before his appointment as a Social Security judge, Judge Gardner was in the private practice of law representing clients in labor and employment matters. Earlier, he spent 14 years as a trial attorney with the Board’s regional office in Newark, New Jersey. Before joining the Board in Newark, he was an associate in private practice, where he handled labor, employment and commercial litigation. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at New York Law School. Judge Gardner received his B.A. degree with honors from Rutgers College, and was named to Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to get his J.D. from Rutgers Law School, where he received a “Legal Writing Distinction” award, as well as the Pro Bono Service Award. After law school, he clerked for one year for Judge Sylvia B. Pressler of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.