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Headquartered in Albany, New York, the attorneys and professional staff of The Towne Law Firm, P.C. (TLF) comprise a general practice law firm advising clients and trying cases in a broad range of legal fields. From matters as small as a traffic ticket to the most complex business disputes, you may rely on our experience and availability. Our six offices are in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, but the scope of our legal practice ranges from transactional to litigation services. Our team approach ensures our clients are provided with comprehensive service and personalized attention.

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Areas of practice

Committed to expertise

We provide a wide range of business and personal legal services, both transactional and litigation. Once again, we ranked as a 2022 Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and have four attorneys named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists. Our work is complex, but our philosophy is not: We are here for you.

Administrative Law Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Arbitration Automobile Dealer Representation Business Law Construction Law Corporate Bankruptcy and Business Restructuring Environmental Law Equine and Gaming Law Estate Planning, Administration and Litigation Hospitality Law Insurance Defense Labor and Employment Law Litigation Malpractice Law Municipal Law Not-For-Profit Law Out-Sourced General Counsel Personal Injury Law Real Estate Law Real Estate Tax Certiorari Tax Law Technology and Cybersecurity Vehicle and Traffic Law
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Your Legal Advocate

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Christine E. Taylor

Ms. Taylor found her way to law school after a career as a professional opera singer, receiving both a Bachelor and Master Degree of Music in Voice Performance. She attended the UCLA School of Law where she received her J.D. When residing in Los Angeles and prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Taylor worked in Entertainment Law, helping both start-ups and production companies. In this role, Ms. Taylor developed contracts and amendments, and provided Independent Contractor and Employment Contracts.

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Eugene P. Devine

Eugene P. Devine, an Albany, New York native, was elected Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York on November 7th, 2006. In 2014 he was appointed, by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, to the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, Third Department.

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Megan L. Bassler

Ms. Bassler’s journey to the legal profession began after working in the social services field for approximately two years. Prior to law school, Megan earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Ryan L. Abel

Mr. Abel was born and raised in Corning, New York. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the State University of New York, College at Cortland. As part of his undergraduate studies, Mr. Abel interned at the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Shalini Natesan

Ms. Natesan is equipped with over 10 years of experience in Corporate Law and has handled business matters, such as change of ownership, buy-sell agreements, drafting the necessary documents for all business and corporate formations and transactions, while also creating subsidiary entities to handle specific areas of businesses throughout New York State and the Northeast.

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James T. Towne, Jr.

James T. Towne, Jr. has been representing individuals, businesses, municipalities and related entities for over 40 years, addressing and handling a range of matters including: Commercial Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Law matters, Personal Injury Litigation, Estate Litigation, Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Native American Law, Professional Malpractice claims against attorneys and accountants, Equine Law, Racing and Gaming Law, harassment claims, Employment issues, zoning, planning and tax certiorari matters.

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Michael J. Hannah

Michael J. Hannah focuses his practice in Tax and Real Estate Law, including representation of owners, corporations and developers involving both commercial and residential projects. He is also involved in estate planning and probate.

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Michael Rhodes-Devey

Michael Rhodes-Devey has been practicing law in Albany since 1985. Mr. Rhodes-Devey focuses his practice on Criminal Law, Racing & Gaming Law, Civil Litigation, Native American Law, NYS Liquor Licenses and Bankruptcy.

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Robert H. Coughlin, Jr.

Robert H. Coughlin, Jr. currently concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on trial practice and insurance law, negligence, labor law and commercial matters. As a Juris Doctor Candidate at Albany Law School, Mr. Coughlin was in the first class of inductees to the ALS chapter of the Order of the Barristers.

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What our Clients say

The Towne Law Firm represented me for an extensive auto accident. What obviously was a very emotional and traumatic time in my life was mitigated by the extraordinary professionalism, care and thoroughness of the entire legal team. I would definitely recommend James Towne and his Firm for any legal issues or counseling that might be needed.

- R.K.

Very good attorneys there and they actually care when they represent you.

- I.F.

First-time homebuyer, Shalini made the closing process super easy [with] quick responses and took her time to explain the process and inform us every step of the way.

- D.S.

Great firm to work with! They did a lease review for my rental units and also an eviction case. I could not be happier with my experience working with The Towne Law Firm!

- J.G.

Shalini was amazing to work with on my client’s real estate transaction! She made the process so smooth for my buyers and I am so grateful to have met such a timely, hands-on and thorough attorney through them! I definitely recommend Shalini for ALL of your real estate legal needs!

- A.W.
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Making a Difference: TLF’s Volunteer Work at Camp Good Days

ALBANY, NY | At TLF, we believe in giving back to our community and supporting causes that align with our values. Last week, our team had the privilege of volunteering at Camp Good Days, a remarkable organization that provides memorable experiences for children and families affected by cancer. Located at their Branchport site, we joined […]

May 22, 2023

Christine Taylor, Prominent Hospitality Attorney, Addresses the Legality of Additional Campground Fees in Woodall’s Magazine

ALBANY, NY | Christine Taylor, TLF Partner and leading hospitality attorney, recently wrote an article in Woodall’s Campground Magazine discussing the controversy surrounding fees charged by businesses, particularly the spotlight that was shone on the issue by President Biden’s call for limits on ticket fees. Resort fees, in particular, have come under scrutiny and have […]

May 9, 2023