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Our Legacy

The Year Was 1920

The legacy of Carter Conboy began in 1920 with a gentlemen’s agreement and handshake between J. Stanley Carter and M. James Conboy. The two became law partners, opening their practice, Carter & Conboy, in rented office space above the Calkins Drug Store on Remsen Street in Cohoes. It was a principled, humble beginning for our Firm. 

M. James Conboy

J. Stanley Carter

The year 1920 was historic not only for our Firm but our country. On August 18, 1920, after a 70-year battle, the women’s rights movement attained victory with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing American women the equal right to vote.  On November 2, 1920, over 8 million women across the United States voted in elections for the first time. 

The Roaring Twenties was a decade of dramatic social and political change. For the first time in American history, more Americans lived in cities than on farms. The nation’s total wealth more than doubled, and consumerism emerged. The radio grew in popularity, and the Ford Model T was selling for $260. 

The early 1920s brought a divide between labor unions who demanded higher wages in the post-war economy and industrialists who rejected the unions as agitators. It was this discord that led our founder, J. Stanley Carter, to represent the United Traction Co. during the trolley company’s bitter labor strike in Albany, laying the foundation for our Firm’s future and continued success.

Nearly a Century Later

Nearly a century after opening our doors as a two-attorney partnership in Cohoes, Carter Conboy has grown and evolved. Located in the State Capital – and the heart of New York’s Tech Valley – we are one of the Capital Region’s oldest and largest law firms. Our Firm has expanded and diversified to include 40 services in 20 industries. What has endured the test of time? Our principled foundation of commitment to our clients, impeccable ethics, and superior outcomes.


1920 J. Stanley Carter and M. James Conboy open Carter & Conboy in Cohoes, NY.

1927 Carter & Conboy open a second office on Chapel Street in downtown Albany, NY.

1975 Carter & Conboy closes its Cohoes, NY office.   

1989 The Firm establishes the partnership of Carter, Conboy, Bardwell, Case, Blackmore & Napierski.

1992 The Firm relocates from Chapel Street to Corporate Woods in Albany, NY. 

1994 Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Napierski & Maloney, P.C. is incorporated.

2000 The Firm modifies its name to Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney & Laird, P.C.  

2011 Carter Conboy acquires Hamilton Watt, PLLC, a general practice law firm, and opens a second location on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY.

2012 Carter Conboy forms Capital District ADR, LLC, a professional services company of mediators and arbitrators, in Albany, NY.

2013 Carter Conboy acquires the Pennock Law Firm, PLLC, a general practice law firm in Clifton Park, NY.

2020 Carter Conboy will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

James M. Conboy, Retired

James M. Conboy retired from Carter Conboy in 2006 after nearly 50 years of practicing law as an active trial attorney specializing in the defense of medical malpractice and serious negligence cases. He is a former Director, Shareholder, and President of the firm.

Mr. Conboy graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) degree from New York Law School in 1955. He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1958, the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York in 1958, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in 1962.

Mr. Conboy is a local, statewide and nationally recognized trial lawyer. In 1995, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America which does not extend fellowship to more than one percent of the total lawyer population of any state. The College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship is extended by invitation only to those trial lawyers who have mastered the art of trial advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality.

In 2003, he was awarded the Daniel Mahoney Memorial Award by the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association, an award that is given to an attorney who demonstrates outstanding commitment and service to his clients, the bar, and the legal profession. Mr. Conboy received the New York State Bar Association’s Attorney Professionalism Award in 2004. The award recognizes a bar member who displays the highest standards of professionalism, including dedication to the service of his clients, commitment to promoting respect for the legal system in the pursuit of justice and the public good, outstanding ethical conduct, competence, judgment, integrity, and civility.

Although retired in 2006, Mr. Conboy maintained his license to practice for ten years until 2016. During that time, he maintained a regular presence in the office and was Counsel to the firm. He was a mentor to firm’s attorneys and frequent presenter of their continuing legal education seminars on the topics of ethics and professionalism, and trial skills and technique.

James C. Blackmore, (d.2018)

James C. Blackmore passed away in May 2018.  Mr. Blackmore was a well-respected and accomplished leader in real estate law. He served as lending counsel to several upstate New York banks and trust companies and represented developers and financial institutions with high-end, residential and commercial properties, specifically with real estate transaction matters related to land acquisition, planning and permitting, financing, construction, and management. 

Mr. Blackmore delivered 50 years of unmatched experience to his clients at Carter Conboy. His professionalism and competence resulted in not only some of the biggest commercial real estate projects in the Capital District but decades of business relationships with loyal and trusted clients.

At the time of his passing, Mr. Blackmore was a Director, Shareholder, and President of the firm.

Mr. Blackmore graduated from Albany Law School in 1968 and Colgate University in 1965. He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1969. During his career, he was universally recognized for his intellect, creativity, diligence, loyalty to his clients, honesty, and integrity, and was a warm and generous friend and partner to all at Carter Conboy.