About the firm
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.
Our relentless dedication to your legal needs and the legal profession means we are there for you when you need us over the long haul.
Our attorneys have secured the payment of nearly $22 million dollars to the families of New York State Retirees, fought to assure victim’s rights were secured in litigation claims and defended individuals and entities subjected to unjust claims for compensation. We handle all phases of litigation including mediation, arbitration, trials and appeals and advise clients in all corporate and personal legal matters.
Our principal has been named to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list (top 5% of attorneys based upon peer reviews and other criteria) as one of the top attorneys in Upstate New York for sixteen consecutive years (2007-2022). James T. Towne, Jr. also appeared on the 2016 list of the Top 25 Hudson Valley Lawyers; this was Mr. Towne’s third appearance.
TLF supports and encourages its attorneys and staff to make a difference in the world, especially in the communities where we live and practice. Firm members are regularly recognized for generous donations of time and support in our legal practice areas of Albany, Saratoga Springs, and Burnt Hills in upstate New York, the Bennington, Vermont area; Arlington, Massachusetts; and Sparta, New Jersey, as well as throughout the United States and abroad.
Pro Bono Services
The attorneys at The Towne Law Firm, P.C. have a longstanding history of giving back to the communities in which they live and work by responding to the need for making legal services more accessible. Using our expansive legal knowledge and experience to help others is an integral part of our Firm’s culture. All of our attorneys are encouraged to participate in pro bono services within our community and throughout the state.
TLF provides pro bono services, including providing free legal services to individuals who cannot afford them, advising not-for-profit organizations and serving on boards for a variety of legal services organizations and not-for-profit organizations. Specifically, the Firm has strong relationships with two of the Capital District’s pro bono services organizations – the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York (LASNNY) and The Legal Project. Over the course of his career, James T. Towne, Jr. has been a key asset to both of these organizations through ideas, time and essential funding. In 2015 alone, Jim played a significant role in expansion projects for each organization.
With the grand opening of LASNNY’s new Saratoga Springs location, Jim and his wife Sue made substantial efforts to kick start LASNNY’s fundraising campaign. Shortly thereafter, Jim partnered with Attorney E. Stewart Jones, Esq. to create a one-to-one fundraising match for up to $20,000.00. The funds raised assisted LASNNY by driving down the 15-year mortgage on the property, which led not only to considerable savings over the lifetime of the loan, but also allowed for a greater focus on providing residents of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties with easier access to legal services. Additionally, Jim served on LASNNY’s Board for over 19 years, the Executive Board for over 8 years, and has a long-standing practice. Jim’s commitment to and long standing belief that the legal profession should give back to those in need of legal services is clearly demonstrated by his countless hours spent in support of this organization and the clients it serves.
Later in 2015, Jim approached Lisa Frisch, Executive Director of The Legal Project, to share his concerns about the difficulties surrounding legal assistance in rural communities. At the time, The Legal Project was in the very beginning stages of developing a Civil Legal Outreach Center. The Center operates out of public libraries and other community centers across the greater Capital Region to provide those living in rural areas, those without transportation and those who have physical challenges, a convenient location to readily access legal advice and support services. The Center utilizes state-of-the-art technology to remotely connect those individuals with attorneys for private, “face-to-face” legal consultations, allowing them to resolve their civil legal concerns more quickly and with fewer obstacles. To make this project a reality, Jim and Sue Towne created and funded the William E. Byron Technology Center named in honor of Sue’s father, a long-time supporter of legal aid for the disadvantaged. At the urging of then Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, “Bill” Byron stepped in to become the first, and only, non-attorney Chair of the Legal Aid Society in its long history. The efforts Bill extended over many years shoring up and providing a viable platform for LAS’ future success deserved the lasting recognition the Technology Center provides.
In recognition of his guidance and dedication to the project, Jim was honored with the Legal Project Champion Award in October 2015. Additionally, Jim agreed to serve as a member of The Legal Project’s Advisory Board. The Advisory Board, which consists of leaders in the Capital Region’s legal community who share in the mission of the organization, work together with the Board of Directors and the Executive Director on significant projects and planning for The Legal Project’s programs and fundraising activities.