James J. LeBrou

Special Estate Planning Counsel

James J. LeBrou is Special Estate Planning Counsel to the Firm. Mr. LeBrou uses his legal, financial counseling and teaching background to bring a unique perspective to his work in estate planning, estate and trust administration, elder law, real estate law and business law.

Mr. LeBrou has extensive experience working with individuals, families and business owners throughout the Capital Region, including Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady and Rensselaer counties and beyond, to create long term solutions to their legal needs. Mr. LeBrou has practiced law in a variety of  other Albany area law firms, focusing on estate planning, estate and trust administration, elder law, real estate law and business law matters as well as civil litigation. In addition, Mr. LeBrou worked at The Ayco Company, L.P., a major financial counseling firm, for over 13 years where he was the Director of a financial counseling service for survivors and terminally ill individuals and then served as the company’s Chief Compliance Officer.

Mr. LeBrou received his J.D. from Albany Law School in 1991, where he served as Chairman of the Dominick L. Gabrielli Competition while on the Moot Court Board. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Managerial Economics, cum laude, from Union College in 1988.

He is a member of the New York State Bar Association (Trusts & Estates and Elder Law sections), Albany County Bar Association, Schenectady County Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York.

Mr. LeBrou also volunteers his time to The Community Hospice Foundation, a local non-profit organization, where he is a member and Secretary of its Board of Trustees. He is also on the Board of the Trustees of the Park Avenue Nursery School in Niskayuna.

Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1991
  • Union College, B.A., cum laude, 1988

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1992

Honors & Awards

  • 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
    • Estate Planning & Probate, 2015-2017

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Albany County Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Trusts & Estates and Elder Law Sections
  • Member, Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York
  • Board of the Trustees, Park Avenue Nursery School
  • Member, Schenectady County Bar Association
  • Member and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, The Community Hospice Foundation