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E. Stewart Jones Firm Recognizes Local Community Heroes

Last night, we honored the  2014 E. Stewart Jones Home Run Community Heroes. We wanted to send a special thank you to the Tri-City ValleyCats for allowing us to sponsor the Community Heroes Night again this year.  We were so pleased to honor these special individuals down on the third base line, showing support for their hard work in helping our community a safe place to live.

The 2014 honorees were Shay Kerwin, Casey Predilitto, James Dorward, Jr., Brian Ragule and Brian Reith, Bakary Janneh, Roman Goddeau, Tara Hulett, Bailey Wind and Decky Lawson.

It is always a pleasure to spend time and personally thank our honorees and their guests. We’re looking forward next year’s Community Heroes Night.
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Nominate Your Community Hero Today

E. Stewart Jones Community Hero GroupThe E. Stewart Jones Law Firm is excited to again partner with the Tri-City ValleyCats to recognize nine Capital Region individuals from all walks of life who have gone above and beyond in their communities. We are encouraging nominations from military personnel, law enforcement, fire fighters, police, EMS, non-profit organizations, teachers, volunteers, and children; all making the Capital Region a better place to live, work and play.

Those selected will be honored on the field right before the ValleyCats’ July 31 game vs. Cleveland Indians affiliate, Mahoning Valley Scrappers.  Community Hero honorees and their family will then receive luxury suite tickets to that night’s game as a guest of the E. Stewart Jones Law Firm.  The ValleyCats will be accepting nominations through Friday, July 11, 2014.

Click HERE to submit your Community Hero nomination via the Tri-City ValleyCats website.

View the 2014 Community Hero Flyer: E. Stewart Jones Valley Cats Community Hero 2014

Senator Bruno found not guilty during retrial

Photo Credit: Times Union

Photo Credit: Times Union

The E. Stewart Jones legal team is pleased to have been part of the defense team for the federal retrial of former New York State Senator Joseph L. Bruno.  After being tried for a second time, Senator Bruno was acquitted and found not guilty by a jury of his peers, of all political corruption charges.  In Senator Bruno’s first trial, he was sentenced to two years in prison, but the conviction was thrown out when the Supreme Court ruled that the honest services charges must include proof of a kickback or bribe.  The retrial was held at the United States District Court, Northern District of New York, located on Broadway in downtown Albany, NY.  The two-week trial concluded with a not guilty verdict on May 16, 2014 after a surprisingly short jury deliberation.

For more information regarding the outcome of the Bruno trial please click on the links below:

E. Stewart Jones Named 2014 “Lawyer of the Year”

Personal Injury and Criminal Defense AttorneyTroy-based attorney E. Stewart Jones, Jr. was again selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of the U.S News & World Report Best Lawyers in America publication.  Mr. Jones is recognized in the specialties of “Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar,” “Criminal Defense: White-Collar,” “DUI/DWI Defense,” “Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs” and “Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.”

The 2014 edition marked an impressive accomplishment as Mr. Jones has now been recognized in Best Lawyers every year since the publication’s very first edition, 30 years ago.

In addition, for the third time in five years, Mr. Jones has been selected as “Lawyer of the Year” by the Best Lawyers in America publication.  For the 2014 edition he was honored as the Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year.  He was previously recognized as Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation in 2009 and DUI/DWI Defense in 2012.

The E. Stewart Jones Law Firm itself was also recognized as a 2014 “Tier I” Law Firm in the Best Lawyers report.  The highest possible honor, the Tier I ranking is determined by the firm’s overall evaluation, derived from a combination of surveys, client feedback and opinions of attorneys in the same practice areas of other law firms.

Best Lawyers continues to partner with U.S. News & World Report, the leading rankings publication in the U.S., to rank law firms throughout the country.  Best Lawyers has been regarded – both by the legal industry and the public – as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.  Selection to Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 3.1 million evaluations by fellow attorneys.  Considering no fee or purchase is required to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Learn more about E. Stewart Jones, Jr., and our attorneys or visit our firm history page.

E. Stewart Jones Law Sponsors Military Appreciation at RPI Men’s Hockey

E. Stewart Jones Law Firm sponsors Military Appreciation at RPI Hockey, Troy, NYThe Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s hockey team will be wearing special camouflage uniforms on Friday, February 21, 2014, when it celebrates Military Appreciation Night at the Houston Field House, during an ECAC Hockey game against St. Lawrence University.  The event, which is sponsored by the E. Stewart Jones Law Firm, will benefit a pair of charitable organizations that support military veterans and their families.

One of those organizations is Defending The Blue Line. A non-profit which works to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. They accomplish this by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

The other, Wounded Warrior Program, is a locally-based veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11. It operates as a non-profit organization with a mission to “honor and empower Wounded Warriors” of the United States Armed Forces, as well as provide services and programs for the family members of its registered veterans.

Fans can bid on the one-time game used jerseys during Friday night’s contest, which starts at 7:00 pm. For tickets or additional information on the RPI Hockey Military Appreciation Night sponsored by E. Stewart Jones, please visit the RPI Athletics website.

Credit: Perry Laskaris, RPI sports information assistant

Two E. Stewart Jones Attorneys Selected as 2014 “Rising Stars”

Personal Injury AttorneyThe E. Stewart Jones Law Firm announced Partner Meghan R. Keenholts and Attorney James C. Knox have been named to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list as “Rising Stars” in New York State for 2014.

The recognition is considered an impressive professional honor as no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the entire state are selected by their peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers.  A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-­phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Attorneyleading city and regional magazines across the country.

Super Lawyers magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about the “Rising Stars” award or to view the entire E. Stewart Jones Law Firm professional profile on Super Lawyers, please click here.

Learn more about our award winning attorneys, including Meghan Keenholts and James Knox or view our client testimonials.

Court Trial to Determine True “Night Before Christmas” Author

Trial for Night Before Christmas Author“Livingston v. Moore” Gets Real Life “Miracle on 34th Street” Treatment in Troy NY, featuring Star Attorney E. Stewart Jones Jr. & others.

A juried courtroom trial aims to solve a centuries-old controversy over who really wrote one of the most beloved holiday poems in the world.  Livingston v. Moore“A Visit from St. Nicholas” a.k.a. “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” was published anonymously for the first time ever in Troy, N.Y. by the Sentinel newspaper on December 23, 1823.

Clement Clarke Moore, a wealthy biblical scholar of Manhattan, later claimed authorship and has been officially credited ever since. But Henry Livingston Jr., a gentleman farmer of the Hudson Valley, may have been the true, unrecognized author, according to his descendants. Backing their assertions is Vassar College professor and literary forensics expert Don Foster, whose 2000 book “Author Unknown” presented a strong case for Livingston. On the other hand, Dr. Joe Nickell thoroughly refuted those claims in his book “Pen, Ink and Evidence,” also published in 2000. Both works served as inspiration for the upcoming courtroom showdown.

“We’re giving this literary whodunit a full-blown mock trial that’s a bit like a real life ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’” said event host Duncan Crary, an author and public relations consultant in Troy. “Even the court officers will be on duty to complete the authentic trial experience.”

Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m., two noted Troy attorneys will square off before a judge, jury and spectators at the Rensselear County Courthouse, at 80 Second St. in downtown Troy, to determine the literal truth.


Representing Moore is upstate New York’s preeminent litigator, E. Stewart Jones, Jr. On the side of Livingston will be Troy novelist and attorney Jack Casey, author of “The Trial of Bat Shea,” and his daughter, attorney Molly Casey of Albany law firm Thuillez, Ford, Gold, Butler & Monroe. Both sides have a tenured history of law practice in the city.

A third-generation lawyer, Jones heads the E. Stewart Jones Law Firm. The prestigious Troy firm was established in 1898 by his grandfather, Abbott Jones, who famously defended Prohibition gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond in an infamous Dec. 17, 1931 trial in the same courtroom where “Livingston v. Moore” will be tried.

The trial’s ornate setting will be The John T. Casey Ceremonial Court, named for Jack Casey’s father who served there as State Supreme Court Justice.

Retired New York State Supreme Court Justice Bernard J. Malone will hear the trial to settle the contested authorship.

Real court officers, providing security, will give mock trial goers an authentic experience. But the spirit will be fun and lively, Crary said, noting that a saxophone playing Santa Claus is expected to entertain the audience during a brief jury deliberation.


Casey is taking seriously his chance to defeat his formidable opponent in court. “We’re representing the underdog, Henry Livingston,” Casey said. “But Troy folks like the underdog.”

Jones said he plans to play for laughs. “This is the most frivolous litigation ever brought before a judge in this illustrious courthouse,” Jones joked. “I will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt in court that Moore was the author.”

Actors playing the spirits of Livingston and Moore will take the stand under the direction of David Baecker, an assistant professor of Theatre at Russell Sage College.

Rensselear County Historian Kathryn Sheehan will give expert testimony.

“I think the evidence on both sides is compelling,” said Sheehan, who assisted Foster with research for the chapter of his book dedicated to the poem’s authorship controversy. “I’ll leave it up to the jury as to who really wrote the poem.”

Jurors will be selected at random from the audience. Admission is free and open to the public on a first come, first seated basis. There will be a post-trial party at the nearby Rensselaer County Historical Society, with a $5 suggested donation to benefit that organization. For information about this event, contact Duncan Crary at 518-274-2723 or visit:

Sponsoring the event is Gramercy Communications, a public relations firm headquartered in the historic Troy Sentinel building at 225 River Street. A bronze plaque commemorating the site where “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” was first published is affixed to the building’s exterior wall, crediting Moore as the author.

“The jury might order us to include an asterisk with that plaque,” said Tom Nardacci, founder and president of Gramercy Communications. Nardacci paid to have the Sentinel newspaper’s archives digitized, including the edition featuring the poem, and donated them to the Troy Public Library.

“Regardless of this trial’s outcome, Troy, New York will remain the undisputed place that first shared this holiday treasure with the world,” said Crary, 35, who promotes the city’s history and culture as an author and public relations consultant. “‘A Visit From Saint Nicholas’ first introduced the classic imagery we now associate with Santa Claus. This little city gave America two endearing symbols of our nation’s ideals: Uncle Sam, our nation’s personification based on a Troy meatpacker Samuel Wilson, and that jolly old elf, Santa Claus.”

Crary plans to release a video podcast of the trial on his Troy based program, “A Small American City,” at:

Read more from the regional and national media coverage of the event:

The Wall Street Journal
NBC National News
Capital New York
WNYT News Channel 13
Times Union Blog

New York Law Journal