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Jim is a Partner at Greene & Reid, PLLC, and is recognized as a New York Super Lawyer.  Jim began his career as a trial attorney with The Legal Aid Society of New York City, in the Brooklyn office of the Criminal Defense Division, where he represented thousands of the poorest New Yorkers accused of crimes. Jim then served as a speechwriter, Senior Staff member, and Assistant Counsel to Governor Mario M. Cuomo in the Executive Chamber in Albany. Jim returned to his hometown of Syracuse to practice civil trial law, where he has successfully represented hundreds of injured claimants in motor vehicle, product liability, medical malpractice, and general negligence claims.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 35%
    1 year
  2. Car Accident: 30%
    1 year
  3. Defective Products: 15%
    1 year
  4. Brain Injury: 7%
    1 year
  5. Other: 13%
  6. More 



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Greene & Reid Pllc

173 Intrepid Ln
Syracuse, NY, 13205-2548


DCActive 198807/06/2016
NYCurrently registered 198403/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Honor Roll of Pro Bono ServiceU.S. District Court, Northern District of New York2014
President's AwardNew York State Academy of Trial Lawyers2010
Outstanding Service AwardU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Police Service2009
President's Pro Bono Service Attorney AwardNew York State Bar Association2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor, Pre-Law AdvisorLe Moyne College2013 - Present
Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies ProgramSyracuse University1992 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. Second Circuit Judicial CouncilCivic Education Committee2015 - Present
New York Super LawyersN/A2015 - Present
Aurora of Central New YorkBoard Member2012 - Present
Christ the King Retreat HouseBoard Member2012 - Present
Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse UniversityBoard Member2009 - Present
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersBoard Member2004 - Present
Franciscan Northside Ministries Legal Referral ClinicFounder/Director2000 - Present
New York State Democratic CommitteeState Committee MemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Association of Disability Rights CounselMember2011 - 2014
Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid SocietyBoard Member1997 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gates v. Longden, et al., 120 AD3d 980 (4th Dept. 2014)N/A
Duffel v. City of Syracuse, 103 AD3d 1235 (4th Dept. 2013)N/A
Kirk v. University OB-GYN Associates, Inc., 104 AD3d 1192 (4th Dept. 2013)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Campaigns and Elections magazine"7 Tips for Writing a Great Campaign Speech"2000
Oaths, Affirmations, and AffidavitsCarmody-Waite, 2dN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Colgate UniversityHistory and English, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta KappaBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE Lecture"Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know"2015
CLE Lecture"No-Fault/Auto Law"2015
CLE Lecture"Damages in Personal Injury"2014
CLE Lecture"No-Fault/Auto Law"2014
CLE LectureThe Disk Whisperer -- Digital Forensics for More Than Just Criminal Investigations"2014
CLE Lecture"No-Fault/Auto Law"2013
CLE Lecture"The Basics of Trial Practice - After the Verdict"2013
CLE Lecture"The Mechanics of New York Civil Procedure"2012
CLE Lecture"No-Fault/Auto Law"2012
CLE Lecture"Trucking Litigation and Selected Trucking Injury Topics"2012
CLE Lecture"Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases"2011
CLE Lecture"Successfully Navigating the Appeals Process"2010
CLE Lecture"Strategies for Legal Research on the Web"2009
CLE Lecture"How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases"2008
CLE Lecture"Product Liability"2008
CLE Lecture"Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in New York"2008
CLE Lecture"Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy"2007
CLE Lecture"Internet Strategies for Legal Professionals"2006
CLE Lecture"Discovery Skills for Legal Staff in New York"2006
Lecture"Rights of the Intellectually Disabled to Palliative Care"2004
CLE Lecture"Personal Injury in New York"2004
CLE Lecture"Discovery Skills for Legal Staff in New York"2004
CLE Lecture"Personal Injury in New York"2003
CLE Lecture"Damages in Personal Injury"2003
CLE Lecture"Computer Assisted Legal Research for New York Paralegals"2002