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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 five offices are in New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts, 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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Committed to expertise

We provide a wide range of business and personal legal services, both transactional and litigation. Once again, we are named in the 2024 edition of Best Law Firms® and have six attorneys named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists. Our work is complex, but our philosophy is not: We are here for you.

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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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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 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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Mark T. Houston

Mark Houston focuses his practice on civil litigation concentrating on municipal, public housing, and personal injury law. He regularly works with municipal entities defending cases with regards to premise liability and civil rights matters. In addition to his civil litigation practice, Mark also practices in the areas of landlord-tenant, estates and probates, environmental and real estate law.

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John W. Liguori

As a practicing attorney for over 25 years, John Liguori is a highly experienced litigator with a concentration in municipal, public housing and personal injury law. He has litigated hundreds of negligence defense, civil rights and personal injury cases in both state and federal court. Former Deputy County Attorney in the Albany County Department of Law, John’s commitment to public service is evident.

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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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TLF is Proud to Sponsor Siro’s Cup 2024: A Night of Celebration and Giving

ALBANY, NY | The Towne Law Firm, P.C. (TLF) is proud to announce our sponsorship of Siro’s Cup 2024, a spectacular event dedicated to supporting the Center for Disability Services. As a committed supporter of community initiatives, we are honored to contribute to such a meaningful cause. This event will be held in Saratoga Springs […]

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ALBANY, NY | Conducting background checks on individuals can help inform businesses who need to make hiring and promotion decisions and ultimately help determine what individuals you allow at your business. However, businesses should be aware of the legal requirements to ensure that they are complying with both federal and state laws. At the very […]

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