James T. Towne, Jr.

James T. Towne, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Albany, NY

Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.
 | 450 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12212
Phone: 518-452-1800
Fax: 518-452-6435
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1976
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (30%),
  • Gaming (20%)
Attorney Profile

James T. Towne, Jr., a founding partner of Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C., has been representing businesses, municipalities and related entities for over 40 years, addressing and handling matters ranging from general litigation, harassment claims, employment issues, zoning, planning and tax certiorari matters.  Moreover, with Mr. Towne’s highly developed understanding of ethics as it impacts business and government, his services to an organization are invaluable.  Mr. Towne also provides assistance with ethics issues and technology issues as they relate to the law and other “hot button” topics which may arise.

About James Towne, Jr.

Admitted: 1976, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.townelaw.com/about-us/james-t-towne-jr/

Honors/Awards:

  • Recipient, PAI Distinguished Service Award, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY, 1999
  • Recipient, The Legal Project Champion Award, The Legal Project, 2015
  • Nominee, American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, American Bar Association, 1988
  • Recipient, MS Achievement Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2006
  • Selected for Lifetime Achievement Award, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, Upstate New York, 2016
  • Recipient, PAI Distinguished Service Award, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY, 1988
  • Recipient, The Founders Award, The Giving Circle Compassion Awards, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Admitted to U.S Tax Court, 2011
  • Member, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, 2017-Present
  • Member, Saratoga County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Rensselaer County Bar Association
  • Admitted to Vermont, 1983
  • Member, Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1997
  • Charter Member, Racing and Wagering Law Network, Government Law Center, Albany Law School, Union University
  • Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1998
  • Affiliate Member, Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers
  • Designated Arbitrator and Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator, Dispute Resolution Program, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • Member, Associated General Contractors New York State, 2015-Present
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Warren County Bar Association
  • Admitted to New York, 1976
  • Member, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1997
  • Former Member, American Arbitration Association (1981-2000), Panel of Arbitrators, Commercial and Construction Panels
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, District of Vermont, 1983
  • Member, National Association of Dealer Counsel
  • Admitted to St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Bar, 2012
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Vermont Chapter, 2017-Present
  • Member, Albany County Bar Association
  • Member, Vermont Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Ethics, Town of Ballston
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1976
  • Member, Federal Bar Council and Foundation
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1997
  • General Counsel, Capital Region Auto Dealer' Association (1988-1995)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board & Executive Committee Member, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. (1988-2007)
  • Trustee, Loisaba Community Conservation Foundation, Inc., 2002-present
  • Vice Chair, Upstate New York Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (2003-2007)
  • Member, African Wildlife Foundation
  • Board Member, Saratoga P.L.A.N., Inc., 2017
  • Board Member, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, 1991-2003
  • Member, Saratoga County Youth Board
  • Founder and Editor, Auto Dealers' Newsletter
  • Advisory Board Member, The Legal Project, 2015
  • Board Member, Upstate New York Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (1989-2007)
  • Founding Member, The Foal Project
  • Member, New York Thoroughbred Breeder's Inc.
  • Member, Laikipia Plateau Forum

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, Preparing and Drafting the Operating Agreement of an LLC and PLLC, New York Bar Association, 2000
  • Lecturer, Equine Syndication, Albany Law School Government Law Center, 2004
  • Lecturer, Labor Law Update, ALI/ABA, 2004
  • Moderator and Lecturer, Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law, Labor, Employment and Immigration Laws Affecting the Equine Industry, The Government Law Center of Albany Law School, 2008
  • Speaker, A Horse Owner’s Guide to Equine Law, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, 2013 & 2017
  • Speaker, Saratoga Horse Symposium, Cornell Cooperative Extension Equine, Protect Yourself and Your Farm: A Horse Owner's Guide to Equine Law, 2012
  • Moderator, Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law, Horse Ownership Responsibilities, The Government Law Center of Albany Law School, 2012
  • Moderator, Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law, The Government Law Center of Albany Law School, Parlaying the Casino and Racing Industries, 2013
  • Senior Visiting Professor, Univerzita Pardubice, Pardubice, Czech Republic, December 2017
  • Speaker, A Horse Owner’s Guide to Equine Law, Saratoga Driving Association’s Mid-Winter Driving Conference, 2018
  • Protect Your Dealership Against Sexual Harassment Claims, Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers Newsletter, January 2018

Representative Clients:

  • Artibee v Home Place Corp. 28 N.Y.3d 739 (2017), 2017

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Member, Franchise Oversight Board, New York Racing Association, (Appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Educational Background:

  • University of Vermont, B.A., 1971

Industry Groups

  • Automobile Dealerships
  • Gaming Facilities
  • Race Tracks
  • Retail Businesses
  • Thoroughbred Owners

Articles about James T. Towne, Jr. appearing in Super Lawyers

Office Location for James T. Towne, Jr.

450 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12212

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Last Updated: 6/19/2019

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