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Thomas James Carr

Criminal defense Attorney at Albany, NY

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1998
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Thomas

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Tom’s affiliation enables the firm to offer a full range of criminal litigation and courtroom services including misdemeanor and felony cases from pre-arraignment through trial. His proven litigation techniques and prosecutorial outlook are valuable in forming a viable defense strategy.

Born in Galway, Ireland, Tom attended the National University of Ireland where he received his BA in Economics and Law. He was employed with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin and then with the Department of Defense, Operations and Civilian Employee Bureaus in Galway. Tom received his law degree from the National University of Ireland and was awarded the Sweet and Maxwell Law prize for first place in the study of law.

After graduating from Law School , Tom moved to New York and worked in the Office of the District Attorney in Brooklyn , prosecuting serious crimes including narcotics and gang violence. Thereafter, he entered private practice focusing on Criminal and Civil Litigation, including Family Court, Surrogates Court, Criminal Court, Housing Court , Civil Court and Supreme Court cases. In 2004, Tom became a DWI prosecutor for Delaware County. Most recently, as Bureau Chief in the Special Victims Unit in Rensselaer County, Tom regularly handled felony and misdemeanor sex crimes, domestic violence, crimes against children and crimes against the elderly. In addition to his work at the offices of the District Attorney, Tom joined the New York State Assembly Minority staff as an associate counsel and later became Deputy Legislative Director.

Tom is often called upon by local and national news organizations to comment on prominent criminal cases.  He has been called upon as an expert in both the political and legal fields for Fox News, Capital News 9, News Channel 10, as well as National Public Radio (NPR) and WGY, making numerous appearances on the Al Roney Show as well as The Tully Rinckey Legal Power Hour.

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441 New Karner Road
Albany, NY, 12205

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Posted by Paul | October 6, 2011
Highly Recommended
“Tom has been a great attorney. Anytime I had a question about my case, Tom was easy to contact. I have always felt very confident with his abilities and his conduct has always made me feel at ease.”;


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Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Tully Rinckey P.L.L.C.
  • 2006 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney, Bureau Chief, Special Victims Unit
  • Rensselaer County District Attorney
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Associate Counsel & Deputy Legislative Director
  • New York State Assembly
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Delaware County District Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Associate Attorney
  • Metnick Law Office
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Kings Country (Brooklyn) District Attorney
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Operations and Civilian Employee Bureaus
  • Department of Defense, Financial Branch, Galway Ireland
  • 1990 - 1996
  • Administration
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin Ireland Passport Office
  • 1988 - 1989
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  • NRA
  • Certified Firearms Instructor
  • 2009
  • New York State DCJS
  • Municipal Police Training Council
  • 2006
  • National University of Ireland, Galway,
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1996
  • National University of Ireland
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • People of the State of NY Vs.BK
  • 3 VTL Misdemeanors plead down to zero point infraction with a minimal fine.
  • People of the State of NY Vs. NR
  • 17 Felony charges reduced to 1 misdemeanor
  • People of the State of New York v. S.R.
  • Complete acquittal at trial
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  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • NRA
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Humane Society of Central Delaware County
  • Board Member
  • 2004 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Training
  • Courtroom Testimony and Demeanor
  • 2011
  • CLE
  • DWI Laws in NY
  • 2011
  • SWAT Training
  • SWAT Training
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (14)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thomas is a highly skilled criminal lawyer well respected within the legal community. I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom's tenacity, professionalism, expertise and heart are unparalleled. You will be hard pressed to find a better attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tom is an aggressive attorney who fights diligently for the rights of defendants, while also maintaining a cool composure and providing his clients great counsel. His success as a defender is known throughout the Capital Region."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Thomas Carr is the lawyer you want on your side. I had the privilege of working with Mr. Carr in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Gang Bureau..Tom is a force in the courtroom, highly respected by his collegues and always making the impossible happen."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tom has an impeccable reputation amongst attorneys not just in this office, but in the area, as well. He is an aggressive and thorough attorney that will fight for his clients and I highly recommend him to be your next attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tom is one fierce defender. He has the background and the knowledge in Criminal Courts as a former prosecutor and he uses that to his defendants's advantage. If you are in need of a strong and aggressive Criminal Defense attorney your first call should go to Tom Carr."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tom is a combination of composure and effectiveness; precisely what a defendant wants when faced with the criminal justice system. He has many satisfied clients in criminal defense and there’s a reason for it: he knows how to win. I enthusiastically recommend Tom Carr"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tom goes about his business and representation in a very cool and collected way which cannot always be said of criminal defense attorneys, simply by the nature of the practice. Tom does it and has been very successful in representation for those who don’t seem to think there are any options. I would strongly recommend Tom Carr."
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Albany Criminal defense Lawyer Thomas James Carr
Thomas James Carr
Criminal defense Attorney
Albany, NY
Licensed for 25 years