Plattsburgh, New york

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Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC, can trace its roots to the merger of two prestigious law firms in 1990. The offices of Fitzpatrick, Trombley, Owens & Lahtinen of Plattsburgh, New York, which focused its practice on litigation for 35 years, with senior partner James Fitzpatrick serving the community as Chairman of the New York State Power Authority for 15 years and as a New York State Assemblyman for 10 years.

The firm of Stafford, Purcell & Edwards, also of Plattsburgh, had an impressive 25 year practice focusing on transactional law. Founding partner Ronald B. Stafford represented the 42nd Senatorial District of the New York State Senate from 1966 through 2004, and served as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. The merger of these two legal firms created the law practice, which has continued at 1 Cumberland Avenue in Plattsburgh, New York since 1990.

In 2001, Stafford Owens merged with Harris Beach, PLLC and in 2006, reestablished itself as an independent firm, returning to its community roots and serving the people of Northeastern New York with the most efficient legal services provided by the most experienced attorneys in the area.

In the years since, Bill Owens left when he was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2009, returning to Stafford Owens in 2015, after three terms.


Looking forward, Stafford Owens will continue to be distinctively qualified to meet the legal needs of all the communities of Northeastern New York. We are the only full service law firm in Plattsburgh, New York, focusing on business and commercial law, litigation, corporate and commercial transactions, estate planning and succession, and employment law.

At Stafford Owens, our legal team has unique and extensive experience at the local and national level, and we use this to support the community we have been a part of for over 50 years. We are large enough to employ many attorneys who devote a significant portion of their practice to specific legal areas to serve client needs. We are residents of the North Country which enables us to better understand the individuals, businesses, agencies, and courts the area we call home.

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