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James Ryan Daley

DUI and DWI Attorney at Syracuse, NY

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Jim Daley

  • Licensed for 20 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2004
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI

    19 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Speeding and traffic ticket

    19 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Criminal defense

    10 years, 100 cases

  4. Domestic violence

    11 years, 150 cases

  5. Violent crime

    13 years, 300 cases

I have been admitted to the New York State Bar since 2004.  I spent the first ten years of my career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Onondaga County (Syracuse) District Attorney's Office.  Over the course of my public service time I prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, including DWI, Assault, Robbery, Burglary and illegal weapons possession. I also have experience in the handling of criminal appeals. During my tenure as a prosecutor, I conducted over 20 jury trials and countless grand jury presentations and hearings.



In 2014 I left the D.A.'s office to go into private practice. My practice is dedicated exclusively to representing those charged with traffic charges, DWI, misdemeanor and felony offenses. In making the decision to end my career as a prosecutor and go into criminal defense, I knew I only wanted to associate with those defense attorneys that have proven themselves to be exceptional attorneys and have the best reputations in the community for honest, ethical and zealous representation of those facing criminal charges. I found the perfect opportunity at Green & Brenneck to work with a team of experienced, former prosecutors who have demonstrated time and again their ability to deliver results for clients and maintain the highest level of professionalism and compassion.




Team Green Lawyers, PLLC
One Park Place
300 South State Street, Suite 905
Syracuse, NY, 13202-

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Kyle | March 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Top notch Lawyer!!!!!
The representation I received from Jim exceeded my expectations!!!! I could not refer a better law firm then TeamGreenLawyers!!! Thanks again.
Posted by Harley | March 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The impossible
I was in a bad position on my part with my license, I had a ticket going over 20 mph the speed limit and one over 30 as well in 2 different towns. Mr. Daley did a superb job representing me! They were both reduced when I didn’t think it was possible! Thank you!
Posted by Jess Lokay | July 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
What a relief!
I ended up randomly googling lawyers in my area when I panicked after getting my only DWI from a checkpoint on a holiday. I'm in the healthcare field and feared this would forever affect my career. I found Jim because his group of lawers at TeamGreen were the best rated in Syracuse,NY. He treated my consult with empathy, stayed an hour late to review my case and walked me through the possible outcomes without any pressure of hire. Professional, caring, and very knowledgeable! Of course I hired him, his fee beat all the competitors, and he worked with my financial situation. the experience was as painless as could be (given this mistake costs thousands$) and it was reduced to a traffic offense. Additionally, I reached out to him for questions after the conviction, and he gladly called me back. Gladly would hire him twice if misfortune finds me again.
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Posted by Jamie | May 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
I couldn't believe I could have such a huge lack of judgment, but I did and I have had to pay the price for one night of drinking. Jim was a huge help with my DWI case. I walked into his office embarrassed, scared, upset, and mad at myself for what I did. From the moment of meeting Jim he was kind, compassionate and extremely knowledgeable. He listened to me, looked over the situation I got myself into and explained what the next steps were. I sat with him for over an hour in which he made me feel as comfortable as I could feel at the time. I never felt pressured to hire him, but I'm so very thankful I did. I had a lot of questions from day 1 and all of my questions were answered in a timely and professional manner via email, text or over the phone. He explained the whole process in which I was not familiar with the legal system at all as I had never been in trouble before. Jim helped ease some stress as there is a mass amount of it when dealing with a DWI case. He gave me advice on what to do next in which I followed everything he asked me to do. There is a lot to go through, but take one thing at a time and get through it. I do have to say being organized, timely and doing everything Jim asks you do; you will get a more favorable outcome. This had been such a traumatic experience for me to say the least, but with an amazing lawyer such as Jim Daley by my side I got through it. On day 1 he said you will be a different person when this is all done and he was right. I couldn't ask for a better lawyer and I would recommend him to anybody who has got into trouble. Thanks so much Jim for helping me get through this experience and it's been great working with you!!
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Posted by Brittany B | December 10, 2015
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Incredible lawyer
Luckily I found James Daley via random google search, I was facing several tickets. Failure to stop, broken headlight, and unlicensed driving. He consulted me over the phone and gave me a very good price. I ended up getting all but one of my tickets dismissed and 0 pts on my record. He is an outstanding lawyer; every time I contacted him, he took my calls immediately and responded to my e-mails within the hour. I could not have be more thankful to have found James Daley. If you're looking for an honest, compassionate, and very knowledgeable lawyer I could not recommend anyone more.
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Posted by Tim | November 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Back in April I was arrested for agrivated DWI with a blood alcohol content of .19! In the state of NY they will go back 25 years now any alcohol related offence and hold it against you. (Had an ai 20 years ago) I called team Green and talked with Mr Jim Daley. His knowledge and compassion to my situation was impeccable. I called him the day before court and he drove almost an hour the next day to be there in my defense. I can not tell you how greatful I am for Mr Daley, he was always a phone call or text away, and on top of his game, always kept in contact with me. He managed to help me get a very favorable outcome of an ai and no interlock on my car. I was so happy with the outcome I felt compelled to write a little something although not much of a writer. If you find yourself in need of a great lawyer at a reasonable rate, I highly recommend Jim Daley, he truly is a class act!!! Thanks again Jim for all you have done!!! Sincerely, Timothy
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Posted by Tracey | July 30, 2015
Solid work
Mr. Daley was approachable and professional from day 1. He was knowledgeable,familiar and forthcoming with the legal information necessary for defending our particular "brush with the law". He was accessible via text,email and phone which provided a great sense of comfort and confidence in his handling of the process. If you are looking for a lawyer that is well versed with the law and handles your legal needs with a professional and non condescending approach to your situation, then I highly recommended Jim Daley.
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Response from James Daley July 31, 2015
Tracey - Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review! I'm very happy that I was able to assist you in your matter. Please contact me if you ever need representation again in the future.
Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2015
Excellent work!
Jim helped my out with my DWI. I met with him for the first time the day after my arrest. From that point forward I felt that I was in good hands. All my questions were answered. He explained the process which for a person not familiar with the legal system helped ease some stress. All the differences between the laws and what DMV does where explained and what I would have to do given the possible outcomes. Through his efforts I was able to plead to a lesser charge and avoid criminal charges. I just had to do what they told me to. Thank you Jim!
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Response from James Daley July 7, 2015
You're very welcome! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and please let me know if there are any other things I can assist you with in the future.
Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2015
Defense attorney for DWI
I hired Mr. Daley after my case went unsettled for over 2 years, and my first attorney kept not showing up in court with me, and the Asst. DA in the neighboring county where I was arrested didn't respond either in attempts to get this settled so I could move one with life. Mr. Daley immediately met with me, explained everything as where things were at and my best options for taking the consequences and getting it all settled. He took his time to be sure I understood everything, moved things forward, and got it all settled. I can't thank him enough. I would highly recommend him as an outstanding professional.
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Response from James Daley July 7, 2015
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! I'm very pleased to know that I was able to assist you in your case and that we were able to bring this to a closure for you. Thank you again and please reach out again should you need assistance in the future.
Posted by Kay | March 10, 2015
Jim Daley was recommended to me by a close friend. Jim was professional, knowledgeable in every aspect, and highly respected by his peers. He knew who to talk to and explained the process and how thing were going to happen. We were kept in the loop at all times and Jim was very easy to get a hold of when needed. His competence accomplished our ultimate goal.
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Response from James Daley July 7, 2015
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review. I'm happy that I was able to answer your questions and resolve your case for you. If you need assistance again, please let me know.
Posted by Robert | March 2, 2015
Honesty and outstanding client representation!
Mr. James R. Daley was outstanding in providing our 18 year old son with down-to-earth honest advice and a constructive critique of his actions that resulted in legal actions against him. Mr. Daley was always in direct contact with us when new information was very pertinent to our son's legal actions. The TeamGreenLawyers approach that Mr. Daley and Mr. Scott A. Brenneck utilized was instrumental in bringing our son's legal action to a very smooth, effective, timely, and extremely favorable outcome. Both Mr. Daley and Mr. Brenneck are former prosecutors and have vast experience and working knowledge of the justice system. The later is a strong attribute that conforms to the TeamGreen philosophy of providing a tough defense with honest, accurate and trustworthy representation. Thank you Mr. Daley and Mr. Brenneck for your dedication and commitment while representing our son during his legal situation. And to you Mr. Tim Green, "Thank You" for your dedication, knowledge, experience and commitment to developing an outstanding law firm .... ! With deep admiration, respect and appreciation, Robert C and JoAnne C. E
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Response from James Daley July 7, 2015
Thank you so much for your review! I was happy to help your son with his legal needs and am pleased that we were able to resolve his case favorably. If you are in need of future representation, please let us know.
Posted by Crystal | February 27, 2015
You Get what you pay for!
I found myself in quite the predicament! Jim Daley did an amazing job for me!! He worked a deal with the DA that would work perfectly for me and my lifestyle!! Kept me very informed about what was going on and what everything meant! I couldn't of been more nervous especially in court and he was cool and comforting.. His presence in the court room is undeniable!! Team Green will be the only lawyer I will ever use from now on! They get the job done!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2015
First time DWI arrest
This DWI arrest was my first time being in legal trouble, and it was devastating. After a few days of denial, I finally started researching lawyers and came across avvo. I narrowed it down to a few lawyers/law firms that had excellent reviews and scheduled initial consultations with each. Mr. Daley called me soon after I emailed the Team Green Lawyers and I was able to meet with him within a few days. When I came in for my initial consultation, the woman at the front desk was really friendly (this actually makes a big difference when you are in a position where you feel like a terrible person). Mr. Daley greeted me in the waiting area almost immediately after and brought me to his office. He was empathetic/relatable and really informative. He explained the charges, my options , and what everything would ultimately cost. He answered all of my questions in detail. I think I spoke with Mr. Daley for over an hour, and never felt pressured to "choose him." He's a good guy, and I did choose him. I called Mr. Daley a lot, and he always got back to me right away if I didn't speak to him that same day. He had me complete the Victims Impact Panel and referred me to a drug/alcohol counselor for evaluation before my court date. It was great to get this done beforehand because I wanted to put this all behind me as soon as possible. Mr. Daley was also able to have my court date moved back because the initial date was on a day I had a college class I could not miss. On the day of my court appearance, Mr. Daley already worked out a deal with the DA to have my misdemeanor DWI conviction reduced to a traffic infraction, DWAI. Originally, I had two tickets for DWI (one they issue at the time of arrest and the other once you are at the station and consent to a breath test with a BAC of .08 or greater) as well as a ticket for failure to come to a complete stop at a four-way stop. All of these charges were dropped after agreeing to the lesser charge of DWAI. I am really pleased with how quickly Mr. Daley was able ot take care of this for me. He stayed in contact with me and was always prompt about getting back to me to answer any questions. I would recommend Mr. Daley to anyone facing similar charges, he did a great job. My only recommendation to clients looking to hire Mr. Daley is to maybe research an alternative drug/alcohol evaluator other than the one he refers to you, which will be Forensic Consultants (cost $175). I say this ONLY because there may be a less expensive option (like Syracuse Community Health Center or something like that). Good luck, and it gets better!
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Green & Brenneck
  • 2014 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Onondaga County District Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2014


  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Northern Michigan University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Prosecuting Homicide Cases - Certificate -Orlando, FL
  • National District Attorneys Association
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • 2011 NYPTI Summer College
  • Jury Selection in Drugged Driver Trials
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
Endorse James
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very smart. Excellent trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Jim in the Onondaga District Attorney's Office for over four years. During that time I watched as he prosecuted one high profile case after another - each time handling the case professionally, ethically, and with incredible skill. A prominent judge once told me that if I wanted to learn how to try a high profile DWI case, watch Jim Daley. I highly recommend him for any criminal defense or DWI cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Jim Daley. Jim is a highly skilled defense attorney and is well respected amongst judges, prosecutors and fellow attorneys in the local legal community. I worked with Jim for several years and got a first-hand look of his exceptional work in the courtroom. I do not hesitate to recommend Jim Daley."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is an asset to the legal profession. I highly recommend Jim for criminal defense matters. With his past experience at the District Attorney's office Jim is extremely well qualified to represent you in such matters."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I handled a few cases against Jim when he was prosecuting DWI cases in the D.A.'s Office. Jim is a knowledgeable and confident attorney. I recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with (and sometimes against) Jim over the past 10 years. I can honestly say that he is an exceptional attorney and a great person."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the distinct pleasure of working with Jim Daley when he was a prosecutor in the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office and on the other side of the table since we both left the office. Jim is an expert in the area of criminal defense and DWIs. Jim's dedication to professionalism and his clients is unmatched. I highly recommend him if you are in need of criminal representation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James has a very firm grasp of the law and gives very good advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of dealing with Jim both in the criminal and workers' compensation arenas. I can say without hesitation that he possesses the knowledge and ability to zealously present his argument or position. His experience in the District Attorney's Office makes him uniquely qualified to handle any and all criminal matters."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Daley is a lawyer you can count on to guide you through the criminal law process. He has a great deal of experience in the field of DWI. When he as a prosecutor he worked for several years in the DWI unit. After he learned that field really well he moved on to major crimes in the felony trial unit. He has tremendous experience handling major cases and knows what facts matter. He can be relied on to give you the "real" analysis of a legal issue and advise you of the best course of action for you and your family. I think he would be a great choice for anyone who has been charged with a crime. He is well respected in the legal community. Whether you need a great negotiator or a great trial lawyer, count on Jim."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"As a former prosecutor Jim has the knowledge and experience necessary to properly evaluate a case and recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the proof. He is a hard working and dedicated lawyer who is well respected in our legal community."
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