Industries & Services

Serving a diverse range of industries across an array of service areas.

Automobile Dealer Representation

The Towne Law Firm, P.C. services

The Towne Law Firm, P.C. attorneys are recognized authorities in automobile dealership legal issues, regulation and litigation in New York, Vermont, and across the Northeast. We provide legal representation to scores of new and used car and truck dealers, from everyday legal counsel to issues arising during transactions and in the course of Badge dealings with agencies such as the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), both National Multistate Licensing System and Registry (NMLS) as well as Non-NMLS licensing and compliance in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as New York State Office of the Attorney General.

Building Our team of attorneys are skilled in counseling clients on how to best comply with the strict regulations imposed on automobile dealers and have successfully represented dealerships in handling consumer complaints and government investigations and prosecutions. Our firm serves as panel counsel for a number of insurance carriers which regularly issue policies of insurance for auto dealers covering every aspect of a dealer’s insured operations, ranging from negligent entrustment, bailment and premises liability claims to employee claims against the dealership and claims against employees.

Our exposure to every aspect of automobile dealership operations makes TLF’s attorneys an invaluable resource in all business and legal issues confronting the day-to-day operation of vehicle distribution facilities.

We provide a wide range of legal counsel and services including:

TLF provides ongoing legal representation to dozens of dealers throughout New York and Vermont. As a former publisher of the Auto Dealer’s Newsletter, the Firm gained a reputation for its expertise in assisting dealers with any legal or administrative problem presented. Existing clients, factory representatives and lenders regularly refer new clients to our firm with confidence.

Reliable Experience

James Towne has worked at the request of both factory representatives and floor plan lenders to extricate a variety of dealers from the problems presented by a changing economic landscape over the past 35 years. For nearly 10 years, Mr. Towne was General Counsel to the Capital Region Auto Dealers Association (CRADA), Badge Eastern New York Coalition of Automobile Dealers, Inc. now known as Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers (ENYCAR). During that time, the Firm and its staff of attorneys and professionals devoted hundreds of hours to assisting with the growth and expansion of ENYCAR’s nationally acclaimed DEEP Safety and Health Program.

Our attorneys frequently write articles for ENYCAR’s newsletters to provide dealers with updates to legal issues affecting the auto industry and we have presented legal updated at several conferences for the benefit of dealers and managers.

As members of the National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC), the Firm has access to the nationwide resources of hundreds of attorneys who assist in any unique circumstance in factory relations or regulatory issues. As an attorney with extensive experience in representing dealers, Mr. Towne has co-lectured dealers on compliance with New York’s advertising guidelines.


TLF Sponsoring Albany Business Review’s First-Ever Women’s Summit

ALBANY, NY | The Towne Law Firm (TLF) is thrilled to be a part of Albany Business Review’s first-ever Women’s Summit, which will be held at the River’s Casino & Resort this Wednesday, March 22nd. This half day summit will convene women from across the region for insightful, inspirational, and informative discussions, relationship building, and […]

Mar 20, 2023

TLF to be a Wish Benefactor Sponsor for Make-A-Wish Northeast New York Hope Begins with Us Gala

ALBANY, NY | TLF is thrilled to announce its sponsorship of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York Hope Begins with Us Gala. The Firm is a Wish Benefactor level sponsor and will have firm members attending the event! Will we see you there? Get your tickets here: Make-A-Wish Gala 2023 | Powered By GiveSmart Tens of thousands […]

Mar 10, 2023