James T. Towne, Jr.

James T. Towne, Jr.

Principal

James T. Towne Jr.

450 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205

Telephone: (518) 452-1800
Direct Dial: (518) 608-8522
Fax: (518) 452-6435
Email: james.towne@townelaw.com

James T. Towne, Jr. is a founding partner of the firm.  He is unwavering and accepts nothing less than dedication and quality legal service.  He is committed to working together to achieve positive outcomes and to being a powerful partner on his clients’ behalf.

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1976
  • Vermont, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2011
  • St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Bar, 2012

Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1975
  • University of Vermont, B.A., 1971

Representative Cases

  • McGinty v. New York, 84 F. Supp.2d 314; rev’d 193 F.2d 1792
  • Graham v. Guilderland Central School District, 256 A.D.2d 863
  • In Re Arnold “O“, 226 A.D.2d 866
  • Matter of Van Patten, 215 A.D.2d 947 (Companion case 190 A.D.2d 322)

Presentations

  • Speaker, A Horse Owner’s Guide to Equine Law, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 2013 & 2017
  • Moderator, Parlaying the Casino and Racing Industries, Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law, The Government Law Center of Albany Law School, 2013
  • Speaker, Protect Yourself and Your Farm: A Horse Owner’s Guide to Equine Law, Saratoga Horse Symposium, Cornell Cooperative Extension Equine, 2012
  • Moderator, Horse Ownership Responsibilities, Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law, The Government Law Center of Albany Law School, 2012
  • Moderator and Lecturer, Labor, Employment and Immigration Laws Affecting the Equine Industry, Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law, The Government Law Center of Albany Law School, 2008
  • Lecturer, Equine Syndication, Albany Law School Government Law Center, 2004
  • Lecturer, Labor Law Update, ALI-ABA, 2004
  • Lecturer, Preparing and Drafting the Operating Agreement of an LLC and PLLC, New York State Bar Association, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for Lifetime Achievement Award, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, Upstate New York, 2016
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York list (top 5% of attorneys based upon peer reviews and other criteria) as one of the top attorneys in Upstate New York, Business Litigation, 2007-2016
  • Named on the list of Top 25 Hudson Valley Lawyers in the New York Super Lawyers – Upstate magazine, 2014-2016
  • Member, Franchise Oversight Board, New York Racing Association (Appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)
  • Recipient, The Legal Project Champion Award, The Legal Project, 2015
  • Recipient, MS Achievement Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2006
  • Recipient, PAI Distinguished Service Award, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, 1999
  • Nominee, American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, 1988
  • Recipient, PAI Distinguished Service Award, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, 1988

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Albany County Bar Association
  • Member, African Wildlife Foundation
  • Charter Member, Racing and Wagering Law Network, Government Law Center, Albany Law School, Union University
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Trial Counsel, Corporate, Banking and Business Law
  • Member, Associated General Contractors New York State
  • Founder and Editor, Auto Dealers’ Newsletter
  • Member, Capital District Trial Lawyers Association
  • Affiliate Member, Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers
  • Member, Federal Bar Council and Foundation
  • Member, Laikipia Plateau Forum
  • Trustee, Loisaba Community Conservation Foundation, Inc.
  • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member, National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC)
  • Member, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Environmental Law Section
    • General Practice Section
    • Real Property Law Section
    • Senior Lawyers Section
  • Member, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.
  • Member, Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Member, Rensselaer County Bar Association
  • Member, Saratoga Builders Association, Inc.
  • Member, Saratoga County Bar Association
  • Member, Saratoga County Youth Board
  • Founding Member, The Foal Project
  • Advisory Board Member, The Legal Project, 2015
  • Member, Board of Ethics, Town of Ballston
  • Designated Arbitrator and Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator, Dispute Resolution Program, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • Member, Vermont Bar Association
  • Member, Warren County Bar Association
  • Former Board Member, Upstate New York Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (1989-2007)
  • Former Board & Executive Committee Member, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. (1988-2007)
  • Former Vice Chair, Upstate New York Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (2003-2007)
  • Former Board Member, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America (1991-2003)
  • Former Member, American Arbitration Association (1981-2000), Panel of Arbitrators, Commercial and Construction Panels
  • Former General Counsel, Capital Region Auto Dealers’ Association (1988-1995)