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Troy
(Main Office and Mailing Address)

Call(518) 274-5820

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28 Second Street
Troy, NY

Schenectady

Call(518) 783-3843

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200 Harborside Drive #300
Schenectady, NY

Saratoga

Call(518) 584-8886

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511 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY

James E. Hacker, Managing Partner

Personal Injury

Commercial Litigation

Mediations

Arbitrations

jhacker@joneshacker.com
518-213-0112

Jim is the Managing Partner of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy LLP. He has been trying personal injury cases and commercial cases throughout New York State for over 35 years.

MORE ABOUT Jim

Jim has tried over 100 cases to verdict and divides his practice between the areas of commercial litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury. He has achieved multiple million dollar verdicts and settlements in both State and Federal Court and has appeared and argued multiple times before the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the New York State Court of Appeals.

In addition to Jim’s extensive legal representation, he serves as a Trustee on Board of Hamilton College and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Albany Law School where he is a formal chairman

He has been recognized by the most prestigious trial lawyer associations. Jim is an elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The College is comprised of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and membership is by invitation only. He is also an elected Fellow of the International College of Trial Lawyers whose membership is limited to 500 US trial lawyers and membership is by invitation only.

Locally, he is the Past President of the Albany County Bar Association, Past President of the Albany County Bar Foundation and Past President of the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association who honored him their Annual “Daniel H. Mahoney” Award in 2016.

He currently serves as a Regional Vice President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Academy and on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society for Northeastern New York.

Mr. Hacker holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America” and “Super Lawyer” in both the fields of personal injury and commercial litigation.  He has previously been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in both categories.

He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and has been appointed as a United States District Court Mediator.  He has mediated and arbitrated over 750 cases in the last 15 years.  He has also served as an expert witness in various jurisdictions.

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State of New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, Albany Law School of Union University

Bachelor of Arts, Hamilton College

EXPERIENCE

  • Lead counsel in the Ethan Allen tour boat disaster where he represented 20 families of the victims and litigated simultaneous lawsuits in Federal Court, New York State Supreme Court, and the New York State Court of Claims arguing in the New York State Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • $7.5 million product liability verdict which included punitive damages against the manufacturer, United State District Court for the Northern Distirct
  • $1.2 million dollar verdict motor vehicle crash, United States District Court for the Northern District
  • $1.5 million dollar verdict motor vehicle crash, Ulster Supreme Court
  • 1million dollar verdict nursing home neglect, Schenectady County Supreme Court
  • $5.25 million dollar settlement motor vehicle crash, Albany County Supreme Court
  • $5.65 million dollar settlement medical malpractice action, Albany County Supreme Court
  • $ 1.5 million dollar settlement motor vehicle crash, Albany County Supreme Court
  • $1.4 million dollar settlement medical malpractice, Otsego County Supreme Court
  • $1.5 million dollar settlement medical malpractice, Broome County Supreme Court
  • $1 million dollar settlement pedestrian accident, Kings County Supreme Court
  • $2.4 million dollar settlement work place accident, Schenectady County Supreme Court
  • $1.2 million dollar settlement work place accident, Schenectady County Supreme Court
  • $1.75 million dollar settlement work place accident, Saratoga County Supreme Court
  • $1.5 million dollar settlement medical malpractice, Albany County Supreme Court
  • $1 million dollar settlement motor vehicle crash, Schenectady County Supreme Court
  • $1 million dollar settlement work place accident, Washington County Supreme Court

Reported Cases:

  • Metz v. State of New York, 27 Misc.3d 1209(A); 86 A.D.3d 748;20 N.Y.3d 175
  • In Re Lake George Tort Claims, 2006 W.L. 2934806; 461 Fed.Appx.39, 2012 W.L. 40064800
  • Loftus v. White, 85 N.Y.2d 874
  • Matter of Estate of Quigley 172 A.D. 3d 1516
  • Waddy v. Genesee Patrons Cooperative Insurance Co., 164 A.D. 3d 1056
  • Urbaniak v. Shoreline Cruises, 459 F. 2d 154
  • Gonick v. Adirondack Research and Management, 57 Misc. 3d 1203(A)
  • Drum v. Collure, 161 A.D. 3d 1509
  • Utica Mutual Insurance v. Century Indemnity Co. 2019 WL 6482559
  • Hackert v. First Alert, 271 Fed. Appx. 31
  • Atiles v. Golub Corp., 141 A.D. 3d 1055
  • Heller v. Lewis, 50 Misc. 3d 1203(A)
  • Rhodes v. Swope 64 Misc. 3d 1227(A)
  • Brereton v. UnumProvident Company, 2005 WL 901039
  • STS Steel v. Maxon Alco Holding, LLC, 123 A.D.3d 1260
  • Morizio v. Roeder, 44 Misc.3d 1214(A)
  • Icon Office Solutions v. Underwood Office Technology, 21 Misc.3d 1144(A)
  • Kirk v. Howe, 2000 W.L. 1239107
  • Cohen v. Tomillson, 63 Misc. 3d 1217(A)
  • Rosewood Builders LLC v. National Fire 2013 WL 1006629
  • Merriman v. Town of Colonie, 934 F. Supp. 501
  • Waterford Mortgage v. Integrated Alarm Services Group, 2008 W.L. 4589630
  • American Building Maintenance Co. v. Acme Property Services Inc., 515 F.Sub.2d 298
  • Seacon Corp. v. Sellect Corp., 2009 W.L. 2495949
  • Groat v. Global Hawk, 2012 W.L. 3985098
  • Abraham v. Novello, 39 A.D.3d 1039
  • Washington v. Community Health Plan, 220 A.D.2d 972
  • Casala v. Henna, 270 A.D.2d 680
  • Keis v. Northern Distributor, 226 A.D.2d 9
  • Securities Exchange Commission v. McGinn Smith 2019 WL 1060650
  • Harper v. Murphy Overhead Doors 131 A.D. 2d 966
  • Woodward v. CSX Tranp. 2012 WL 431190
  • Hooper v. Hise 117 A.D. 2d 709

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • International College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Daniel H. Mahoney Award , Capital District Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Best Lawyer in America, Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury
  • Best Lawyer in America, Lawyer of the Year, Medical Malpractice
  • Best Lawyer in America, Lawyer of the Year, Commercial Litigation
  • Super Lawyers, Top 10 Upstate New York

Professional AFFILIATIONS

American College of Trial Lawyers

International College of Trial Lawyers

Litigation Counsel of America

Albany County Bar Association, Past President

Albany County Bar Foundation, Past President

New York State Trial Lawyers Academy, Regional Vice President

Capital District Trial Lawyers Association, Past President

New York State Bar Association, Former Member House of Delegates

American Bar Association

New York State Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, PUBLICATIONS, & CONFERENCES

  • 2015: Speaker, New York State Bar Association:
    • Automobile Litigation Update: Keeping Current in New York
  • 2014: Speaker, New York State Bar Association:
    • Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts
  • 2014: Speaker, Academy of Trial Lawyers: Ethics Update
  • 2013: Speaker, Academy of Trial Lawyers: Ethics Update
  • 2012: Speaker, Academy of Trial Lawyers: Ethics Update
  • 2011: Speaker, Academy of Trial Lawyers: Ethics Update
  • 2009: Speaker, Academy of Trial Lawyers: Ethics Update
  • 2010: Speaker, New York State Bar Association:
  • Keeping Current with Automobile Litigation
    • 2007: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Practical Skills
  • 2006: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Representing Physicians and Other Health Care Practitioners in the Professional Disciplinary Process
  • 2005: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Practical Skills
  • 2004: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Modern Discovery
  • 2004: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: The Trial
  • 2002: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Automobile Litigation
  • 2002: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Deposition Practice in State and Federal Court
  • 2001: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Practical Skills
  • 2000: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Motions, Objections and Discovery
  • 1999: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Practical Skills
  • 1999: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Evaluation and Negotiation of a Tort Case
  • 1998: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Neck and Back Injury Case Trial
  • 1998: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Practical Skills –The Trial
  • 1998: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Insurance Coverage Issues
  • 1998: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Motor Vehicle Trail
  • 1997: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Practical Skill: Civil Lawsuit
  • 1997: Speaker, New York State Bar Association : Deposition Practice in State and Federal Court
  • 1997: Speaker, New York State Bar Association : Neck and Back Injury Trial
  • 1996: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Premises Liability
  • 1994: Speaker, New York State Bar Association: Practical Skills –The Trial