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James W. Orband is Hinman, Howard & Kattell’s Managing Partner. He maintains an active legal practice focusing on financial institutions, construction law, and mergers and acquisitions, with participation in other areas of business law.

Mr. Orband’s corporate practice encompasses a wide variety of corporate matters for both public and private companies, with a focus on merger and acquisition transactions, joint ventures and strategic collaborations, other complex commercial agreements, corporate law and governance counseling. Mr. Orband’s corporate practice includes extensive experience in merger and acquisition transactions, joint venture transactions and financing transactions.

Mr. Orband works closely with in-house legal departments and members of senior management of companies with respect to ongoing corporate matters, including drafting and negotiation of complex commercial agreements. Mr. Orband represents companies in a variety of industries, including insurance, manufacturing and financial services.

Mr. Orband advises clients with regard to all aspects of construction projects. He has assisted clients in obtaining financing and bonding and negotiated and drafted design and construction contracts and conditions for private and public entities. This includes all procurement methods (for example, Design Bid Build, Design Build, Construction Manager as Advisor, Construction Manager at Risk, Guaranteed Maximum Price). His early involvement with clients' construction projects allows him to provide counsel regarding selection procedures and integration of the many agreements necessary in a construction project.

Mr. Orband is experienced in successfully resolving construction disputes which often involve management of voluminous documents and analysis of complex issues. Mr. Orband assists in construction phase problem solving to resolve issues as they arise. Mr. Orband has represented clients with respect to issues including, breach of contract, construction contract interpretation, mechanics liens, change orders/extras, delay claims, professional liability, insurance, payment and performance bonding, default, termination, bid protest, AAA Arbitration, architectural/engineering conflicts, stop work orders, and field directives.

Mr. Orband is a Director of Security Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, and a frequent lecturer on law office management.

He previously served as the Chair of the New York State Bar Association Business Law and Banking Law Sections and President of the Broome County Bar Association. He is currently a Delegate to the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association.

A native of New York’s Southern Tier, Mr. Orband serves as a Member of the Governing Council of Binghamton University and a Trustee of Broome Community College. He also sits on a number of Boards of Directors, including Southern Tier Economic Partnership; Spiedie Fest/Balloon Rally, Inc.; Catholic Charities of Broome County, Inc.; Lourdes Hospital Foundation; Binghamton University Foundation and Broome County Historical Society. He is also a Director of various charitable foundations.


Practice Areas


  1. Estate Planning: 19%
  2. Securities & Investment Fraud: 19%
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 19%
  4. Financial Markets and Services: 19%
  5. Other: 24%
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Contact Info

Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP

80 Exchange Street.
700 Security Mutual Bldg.
Binghamton, NY, 13902


DCActive 198605/24/2015
NYCurrently registered 198603/13/2015
FLMember in Good Standing198409/08/2015

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Distinguished Citizen of the YearBaden Powell Council, Boy Scouts of AmericaN/A
Distinguished GraduateBinghamton High SchoolN/A
N. Theodore Sommer Community Service AwardHillel AcademyN/A
Community Service AwardBroome County Bar AssociationN/A
Civic Leader of the Year Recognition of Service AwardGreater Binghamton Chamber of CommerceN/A
Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York Bankers AssociationMember - Lawyers Advisory CommitteeN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
State University of New York, BinghamtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981