Providing people-first legal expertise for over 40 years.

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We are a general law practice firm located in Ithaca, NY with a focus on personal injury trial work and a fierce dedication to civil rights and social justice.

Meet the team
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What makes our firm different?
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We take great pride in always delivering a personalized, people-first experience to our clients.
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Our attorneys and professional support team are accessible, and take the extra time and effort to better understand clients.
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We hold ourselves to one standard: do the job in a timely manner, with compassion and good spirit, and do it well.

Our Team


People-first legal expertise from a highly rated and accessible team.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury & Malpractice
We represent individuals and their families who have suffered serious injury or death because another individual -- or some entity -- made a mistake.
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Civil Rights
We have a keen interest in protecting the fundamental liberties of all citizens. Accordingly, we represent the victims of sexual harassment...
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Criminal Defense
The U.S. Constitution protects the right of every American in criminal proceedings to trial before an impartial jury and representation by counsel.
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Education Law
We specialize in the representation of parents of students with disabilities through advocacy and through special education litigation.
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Business & Corporate Law
We have a proud history of helping local businesses in this community. In representing your business, we cover the spectrum, including, incorporation or LLC...
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Our active appellate practice in New York's federal and state courts includes preparation of the record, briefing, and oral arguments.
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Municipal Law
Municipal law includes an understanding of zoning, land use planning, historic preservation, environmental review, and the operation of government.
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Estate Administration
Often when a person dies, unfinished business and property issues must be resolved by surviving loved ones. Collectively, such property and...
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Wills & Estates
Without a signed will, the state applies default rules that often do not meet the needs of our clients and their survivors.
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Employment & Academic
Though we counsel both employers and employees concerning all aspects of employment law, we generally represent employees in...
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Domestic Partners
Fortunately, legal marriage is now available to same-sex domestic parties in New York State. However, other couples may establish...
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Each of our clients embarking on an adoption seeks peace of mind and confidence in the permanence and security of the whole family.
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Firm News

On Law Day this Monday, local lawyers will host a free legal services forum
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Monday, May 1st is National Law Day, and the Tompkins County Bar Association is hosting a free event at the Borg Warner Room at the Tompkins County Public Library and via Zoom to help community members “better understand the free legal services that are available in Tompkins County,” according to TCBA president Jacob McNamara.
Lawsuit filed over stolen lewd photographs, toxic environment at local architecture firm
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Two former employees have filed a $4 million lawsuit against HOLT Architects (Holt), a revered firm with fingerprints throughout central New York. Sarah Hourihan and Whitney Van Houten are seeking damages from the company, alleging a male employee of the firm sexually harassed them by illegally obtaining lewd images of them from their personal electronic devices and that the company inadequately investigated and responded to the incident.
Chemung County to vote on settlement of lawsuit regarding woman who died in jail
The Chemung County Legislature will vote on whether to settle a wrongful death lawsuit against the county regarding a woman who took her own life in the county jail in 2019.
Dustin Drake found not guilty on all counts in 2019 fatal crash
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Dustin Drake, the man charged in a DWI crash that killed 4 people in 2019, has been found not guilty on all counts, including aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter, and aggravated DWI.


Motor vehicle accident, including wrongful death cases:
$100,000 to $10.5 million
Medical malpractice cases:
$540,000 to $2 million
Other personal injury, including products liability cases:
$160,000 to $3 million
Civil rights, including sexual harassment cases:
$150,000 to $1 million
Prior results cannot and do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome with respect to any future matter, including yours, in which a lawyer or law firm may be retained.