Albany, NY (May 15, 2015) – Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C., Upstate New York’s largest New York State certified Women Business Enterprise (“WBE”) law firm, is pleased to announce that Robert H. Coughlin, Jr. is now Of Counsel to the firm. Mr. Coughlin brings nearly 30 years of civil litigation experience to the litigation team.
Mr. Coughlin joins Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. from Flink Smith Law LLC where his civil litigation practice was focused on trial practice and insurance law, negligence, labor law and commercial matters. He provides clients with a unique approach when trying cases and using alternative dispute resolution techniques.
A 1978 graduate of Hamilton College, Mr. Coughlin received his Bachelor’s in French before going on to Albany Law School of Union University to receive his J.D. in 1981. While at Albany Law, he was inducted into the Order of Barristers.
Following graduation, Mr. Coughlin began his career as a confidential law clerk to a New York State Supreme Court Justice. He went on to become a trial lawyer with an initial focus on commercial construction matters, later shifting his concentration to representing insurance carriers and their insureds.
Mr. Coughlin is admitted to practice in all New York State Courts as well as the United States Federal District Courts for the Northern, Western and Southern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. Coughlin’s passion for the legal profession extends to his involvement in the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) having formerly chaired the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law (TICL) Section. He is also a member of the NYSBA Committee on the Tort System and a frequent lecturer for NYSBA. He has been awarded the Chair of the Year Award by the TICL Section two times in his tenure.
Mr. Coughlin is the immediate past president of Saratoga Arts and a current member of that organization, serving on the Executive Committee. He is a member of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). He has also served on the board and as an officer of the American Red Cross, Adirondack Saratoga Chapter and is a current member of the Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team, qualified to run shelters in the event of a disaster. He is a member of the Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue Team and is certified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct wilderness searches. He also is on the Hamilton College Alumni Recruitment Team.