E. Stewart Jones Law Firm and Hacker Murphy, LLP Announce Merger

Upstate New York’s Leading Law Firms Combine to Better Serve the Region’s Legal Needs and Greater Community

TROY – E. Stewart Jones, Jr., of the E. Stewart Jones Law Firm and Jim Hacker of Hacker Murphy, LLP, surrounded by partners and colleagues, announced today the merger of the two firms to become E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, effective January 1, 2015.

“As the legal industry landscape has evolved, the need to diversify our firm’s practice areas and the services we offer to clients heightened,” said E. Stewart Jones. “My grandfather opened this firm right here in downtown Troy in 1898, and my father, brother and I all practiced law here. Ensuring the firm has a place in the legal community and continuing our commitment to Capital Region community as a whole is of the greatest importance to my family and I, and this merger will ensure we can do that for years to come. Our firm dedication to our existing clients will continued unabated, and will also be extended to those who we serve under this new structure.”

The law firm of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy will concentrate on the areas of commercial litigation, property tax dispute, employment discrimination, eminent domain, criminal defense and personal injury law, bringing together the expertise of the Capital Region’s most respected and experienced attorneys. The firm will have locations in Troy, Saratoga (the current Jones firm locations) and Schenectady (the current Hacker Murphy locations).

“At Hacker Murphy, our commitment to our clients is equaled only by our commitment to our community,” said Jim Hacker. “I have worked on several cases with Stewart and I know that his personal and professional beliefs align perfectly with the culture at our firm. We both consider giving back to the community to be a goal on par with providing the highest caliber of service to our clients. By merging our firms, we are now able to provide services to clients that we individually could not have met previously, as well as continue to give back to the communities that support us. Together, we are stronger.”

Each firm has a history of trying some of the most prominent cases in the region’s history. Jim Hacker and E. Stewart Jones joined to represent the families of 20 individuals who perished following the sinking of the Ethan Allen on Lake George in 2005. This year, E. Stewart Jones successfully defended former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, a trial that resulted in a full acquittal. Currently, Hacker Murphy has a statewide litigation practice that includes the representation of a consortium of the town, county and school districts in connection with certain issues involving the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant, one of the oldest nuclear power plants in the country.

About E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy: The merger of the E. Stewart Jones and Hacker Murphy law firms creates an entity with a combined 134-year track record of success in the Upstate New York legal community. With offices across the Greater Capital Region, the firm’s 14 attorneys offer unparalleled legal counsel in the areas of commercial litigation, property tax dispute, criminal defense and personal injury law.