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John Harold Pennock

Personal injury Attorney at Albany, NY

5.0   3 reviews

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Let me guide and work closely with you as we take on those responsible for the dramatic changes in your life because of injuries you have suffered in motorcycle, trucking, car, work related and other misfortunes that befall so many due to the carelessness of others.

    42 years

  2. Wrongful death
    Take on those responsible for the dramatic changes in your life because of the death of a loved one due to the carelessness or wrongdoing of others. I have secured verdicts and settlements for the survivors of medical malpractice vicitms, those killed due to a defective product, car accident, construction accident and farm accidents. The first step is to speak to an attorney who has been down that difficult road before helping other clients after the death of a loved one.

    42 years

  3. Real estate
    From closing on the home you are selling or buyint to more complex commercial real estate matters, I will take your sale or purchase from contract to the closing table and keep you informed all along the way. Most closings are billed at a reasonable and competitive flat fee. Call me if you'd like to discuss your plans at no charge to you for the initial conversation.

    43 years

  4. Libel and slander
    Libel if the publication in writing to others of untrue statements about you that are defamatory in nature. Slander are such oral statments about you to others. This is a complicated area of the law. If you feel you are the vicitim of defamation, call me, There will be no charge for the initial consultation.

    42 years

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Don't plead guilty to any ticket before speaking to an attorney. Most tickets can be negotiated to a more favorable result for you and a court appearance by you and your attorney is often completely avoided. I charge a very reasonable flat fee for most traffic tickets and usually resolve such matters by mail. Give me a call and we can discuss your situation at no charge to you.

    42 years

I am fortunate to have received the highest  rating (AV) bestowed fro


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The AV rating means that other attorneys and judges before whom I have appeared were surveyed by Martindale- Hubbell and those legal professionals anonymously rated my abilities as an attorney with the highest to preeminent legal skills and highest in adhering to ethical standards.


I am also awarded membership in the Top Trial Lawyers in America's Million Dollar Advocates Forum composed of the select group of personal injury attorneys who have won million dollar results.


I am very pleased that the judiciary has recognized me with appointments to The Character and Fitness Committee for the Third Judicial Department where I assess the character and fitness of attorneys seeking admission to practice law in New York State.


I was also appointed  to and currently serve on the Board of Governors For The Attorney /Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program where I also chair The Legal Issues Subcommittee. This important Board sets procedure s for the resolution of fee disputes between lawyers and clients throughout the State of New York without the need for clients hiring another lawyer to process a fee dispute. 


Both of the foregoing appointments were made by the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division for The Third Judicial Department.


I was appointed  to the Judicial Elections Qualification Commission for the Fourth Judicial District  by the Chief Judge for the State of New York  and currently serve as  chairperson for the commission.  The Commission evaluates judicial candidates for all judicial positions from City Court to Supreme Court in the eleven counties of the Fourth Judicial District of the State of New York.   The Commission issues a finding of qualified or not qualified after reviewing candidate submissions and interviewing the judicial candidates. 


I have also served as a Master Attorney in The American Inns of Court, Albany Law School Chapter. This organization brought together select judges, attorneys and law students to foster the ethical practice of law.


As a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum I join less than 1% of the Lawyers in America as a member of this prestigious group.


In addition to personal injury cases, my practice in state and federal courts covers commercial litigation, civil rights and employment litigation and corporate represenation.


In 30 Years of practice, I have acted as lead counsel in hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, medical, dental and legal malpractice, police misconduct, product liability, fire and explosion cases.  I have also represented business owners in matters involving myriad disputes requiring legal intervention and have advised employees wronged by their employers.


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Licensed for 42 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1980
Updated 07/09/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact John

Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney & Laird, PC
20 Corporate Woods Blvd.
5th Floor
Albany, NY, 12211


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Posted by Prissy | December 10, 2009
An excellent lawyer, conscientious, honest, ethical and always looking out after you
Mr. Pennock is the best lawyer I've ever had, one you would want to have on your side no matter what type of case or legal affairs you want handled. He is very thorough, honest, and detail-oriented. Nothing misses his legal eye, and the wealth of accumulated legal knowledge and experience he has in various legal areas (especially in cases where they might overlap legal boundaries) is unbeatable. He is fair in everything, including and especially his reasonable fees, and he will tell you if you are being unreasonable in your demands or if you are crossing any legal lines in any of your cases and dealings that you entrust to him. He was my lawyer for a car accident and in real estate, and the thoroughness of the advice and work that he put into both were the same even though both didn't actually pay him the same amount of money. With Mr. Pennock, it doesn't matter what job he is handling or how much the job costs: it is that he gets the job done very well with your best interests always in mind. This is also why I say he is ethical, because unlike a lot of lawyers you meet these days who may only treat you as a case (instead of a person), Mr. Pennock will tell you how your legal decisions may affect you, your family and loved ones, or the other party you are working against, always making sure you do not endanger yourself legally. Because of his work ethic, his partners and legal staff follow the same principles he has set and have the same high regard for you and the law as he himself does.
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Posted by john | December 4, 2009
personal injury case
we have known john pennock for about 30 years . in 1981 he defended us in an auto accident which had a positive outcome. then, in 2006 when we had a horrible life changing accident, john pennock was with us every step of the way. that also resulted in a very positive outcome which was tried in federal court. john pennock is very experienced and knowledgeable and comes to trial well prepared to win.
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2009
Outstanding Trial Attorney!
John Pennock’s talent for the law is exceptional. Extraordinary trial preparation and organization, witness preparation and trial execution. I am always amazed at how he assimilates and thoroughly digests every detail of any importance. At deposition and trial, John handles every witness with great skill, persistently extracting from them good, solid, factual testimony. Jurors follow his every move in the courtroom, listening intently to his penetrating examination of witnesses, both friendly and hostile. His closing argument puts it all together for the jury in a highly effective, understandable and believable manner. He is very well regarded by the bar and the bench for his high degree of professionalism and skill. Always civil. If you need a gladiator to go to court and wage your war for you, then you need John Pennock.
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-33%


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Pennock Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Pennock, Breedlove & Noll, LLP
  • 1997 - 2011
  • Partner/Equity Owner
  • Horigan, Horigan, Pennock & Lombardo, PC
  • 1985 - 1997


  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • Bracht v Locasio
  • Plaintiff's settlement
  • Macek vs A.O. Smith Harvestore
  • 1.8 million


  • Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Federation of Bar Associations for the Fourth Judicial District
  • Past President
  • 2003 - Present
  • Saratoga Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • New York Bar Association
  • 1980 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • AV Rating: Highest Peer/Judicial Rating since 1988
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Million Dollar Advocate's Forum
  • Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • 2009
  • Top New York Super Trial Lawyers 2009
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Top Attorneys in the Hudson Valley
  • Hudson Valley Magazine
  • 2009
  • New York Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Bureau for Municipal Police Training
  • Civil Rights Liability for Police Misconduct
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (0)
Litigation Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known John Pennock professionally since 1986 when we represented different co-defendants in a car crash case, and I was trying my first jury case. John was incredibly skilled then, and has only improved with each passing year. Indeed, John Pennock is among the most respected and capable trial lawyers in Upstate New York. I cannot recommend him highly enough."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. John H. Pennock is, without question, the finest trial lawyer in Saratoga County. He is probably in the top 5 trial attorneys in thecapiton district. I proudly endorse John H Pennock."
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Albany Personal injury Lawyer John Harold Pennock
John Harold Pennock
Personal injury Attorney
Albany, NY
Licensed for 42 years
Free Consultation