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Terence L. Kindlon has practiced as a criminal defense lawyer in New York's capital city since 1974. He began his career as an assistant public defender and entered private practice in the late 1970's. Over the years Terry has defended many people charged with serious crimes and has tried more than 175 felony cases to verdict. Additionally, he has maintained an extensive appellate practice.

Certified in capital defense, he has zealously represented a number of men facing the death penalty in both state and federal court. One of the founding members of at the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Terry has served as a lecturer for that group as well as for the Criminal Justice Section of the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Among the professional awards Terry has received are the New York State Defenders Association Service of Justice Award, the New York State Bar Association's David S. Michaels Memorial Award for Courageous Efforts in Promoting Integrity in the Criminal Justice System, the Thurgood Marshall Unity Award by the NAACP Oneonta Area Branch, the Disabled American Veterans Certificate of Appreciation for the DAV Vietnam Veterans Outreach Program and a Commendation from the Veterans Administration Vet Center for Legal Assistance.

Terry has received the Martindale Hubble AV rating (highest ratings for Legal Ability and General Ethical Standards) and has also been selected for inclusion in "New York Super Lawyers" for the past several years.

During the War in Vietnam Terry served in the United States Marine Corps. He was medically retired as Sergeant as a result of serious wounds received in combat in Quang Tri Province during the Tet Offensive of 1968. As a result of his actions, Terry received the Purple Heart medal and was awarded a bronze star with a combat "V" for valor.

Terry resides in the Capital District, flies a twin-engine Cessna 340 and is an active volunteer pilot with Angelflight NE.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 34%
  2. Civil Rights: 33%
  3. Appeals: 33%


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  • Lee Kindlon

    The man taught me everything I know. He's done it all -- twice -- and has more practical experience and legal knowledge than just about anybody.


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Contact info

Kindlon Shanks & Associates

74 Chapel St
Albany, NY, 12207-2121


NYCurrently registered 197403/13/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Censured
    issued in NY, 2012


    When an attorney is censured it means he or she did something wrong but may still practice law. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2007
Award for Promoting Integrity in the Criminal Justice SystemNew York State Bar Association2004
Thurgood Marshall Unity AwardNAACP Oneonta Area2002
Service of Justice AwardNew York State Defenders Association1989
Commendation for Legal AssistanceVeterans Administration Vet Center1983
Certificate of AppreciationDisabled American Veterans1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerKindlon Shanks & Associates1974 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysLifetime Member1989 - Present
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Anna O. v. State of New YorkVerdict for Plaintiff
People v. ScottLower Court decision reversed; suppression granted, indictment dismissed.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityN/AJDN/A