Jim is a skilled trial lawyer with experience litigating complex commercial, mass tort, education law, and white collar criminal matters. Jim defends businesses in industries such as accounting, health care, software, electronics, education, and real estate. He has taken multiple cases to trial in state and federal courts and in alternative dispute forums in various jurisdictions. Jim has also represented municipalities and municipal sub-divisions in highly public and hotly contested trials.
Jim’s practice in white collar defense includes the representation of high net-worth individuals and businesses with investigations conducted by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, the United States Department of Justice, local District Attorneys, the Department of Homeland Security, state Attorneys General, and various other state and federal agencies.
Jim’s experience also includes the representation of businesses and professionals with respect to regulatory conformity, “whistle blower” litigation, enforcement of non-competition covenants, section 807 labor disputes, and mass tort lawsuits.
As Vice President of the Buffalo Police Athletic League and a member of the Amherst Police Foundation, Jim devotes his time to local charitable organizations.
- Defended the Board of Education for the City School District for the City of Buffalo in a suit brought by a charter school regarding student transportation (busing). The matter involved questions of contractual interpretation, equal protection, due process and education law interpretation. We were awarded summary judgment on nine of the eleven causes of action and successfully appealed the two causes of action where the plaintiff was successful.
- Successfully Defended a business and its owner against allegations of tax fraud relating to New York State personal income taxes.
- Coordinated and lead the defense of Fortune 500 clients as regional and local counsel in numerous wrongful death and injury claims brought by asbestos plaintiffs.
- Represented a local real estate developer to prevent a predatory eviction and successfully thwart attempts of a rival developer by having the foreclosure action dismissed.
- Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1994
- Alleghany College, B.A., 1991
- New York, 1995
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court
- New York State Bar Association
- Bar Association of Erie County
- Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Vice President, Co-Chair of Charity Auction, Legal Counsel
- Amherst Police Foundation, Board of Directors
- “Tax Fraud, Qui Tam, The New Taxpayer-Protection Unit and the Special Investigations Unit: What does it all Mean to the Criminal Practitioner?” New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Atticus, Summer 2011
- Criminal Tax Practice/Asset Protection, Hodgson Russ LLP Tax Institute Seminar Series, June 2008
- Preparing to Settle Personal Injury Claims in New York, National Business Institute, August 2007
- Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
- Hodgson Russ LLP, Partner
- Phillips Lytle LLP, Associate
- Law Office of Alan D. Goldstein, Esq., Associate