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Retired Appellate Division Justice, Thomas E. Mercure, Joins Carter Conboy


Carter Conboy is pleased and honored to announce that retired Appellate Division Justice, Thomas E. Mercure, is joining the firm as Counsel and will be engaged in the firm’s appellate advocacy, ethics, complex civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution practices.

Justice Mercure retired in March of 2014 after serving for more than twenty-five years as Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, of New York State Supreme Court, during which time he heard more than 21,000 appeals, wrote more than 3,000 signed opinions and became the longest serving Associate Justice in the 117-year history of the court. While on the Appellate Division bench, Justice Mercure served as the Acting Presiding Justice for the Third Department during the illness of Presiding Justice Anthony V. Cardona in 2011 and 2012, and was invited to sit on the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, in 1994 and 2011 for two cases, including one related to the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

“Tom Mercure is an exceptional jurist and a talented lawyer, and we are very privileged to welcome him to our firm”, said Michael J. Catalfimo, Carter Conboy’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our attorneys and clients will benefit immeasurably from his experience and skills. We are extremely proud that Justice Mercure has chosen to continue his legal career with our firm.”

“During my judicial career, I have come to know many of the attorneys at Carter Conboy”, said Judge Mercure. “The members of the firm have always demonstrated integrity and ability and acted in a professional manner. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to join the firm.

Justice Mercure began his career in the private practice of law in Fort Edward, New York, in 1969, after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center. He entered public service in 1973 as an Assistant District Attorney for Washington County and, four years later, was elected District Attorney of Washington County.

Justice Mercure’s career on the bench began in 1981 when, at the age of 37, he became the youngest County Court Judge in the state. His tenure as a jurist continued for the next 33 years, during which time he was elected to three, 14-year terms on the state Supreme Court, was appointed to the Appellate Division, Third Department, and served as Administrative Judge of the Third Judicial District, overseeing courts, judges and court system employees in seven counties, in 2013.

In addition to hearing cases, Justice Mercure participated actively over the years on various committees and commissions dedicated to the development of the law and the administration of justice. He served for 15 years (1991-2006) on the Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions and was one of several Supreme Court Justices tasked with developing jury instructions for use in all civil trials across the state. He was a member of the Ethics Commission for the Unified Court System for 14 years (1989-2003), including seven years as chairman, where he worked to ensure all full-time judges and high-level court officials across the state abided by strict ethical standards. He has also served for a number of years, and remains a member, of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics. Justice Mercure served for 10 years (2003-2013) on the New York Federal-State Judicial Council as one of five state judges meeting regularly with five federal judges to help facilitate dispositions of cases that might involve either court system.

Justice Mercure is the recipient of numerous professional recognitions and honors, including the Unified Court System’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association Edward S. Conway Judicial Excellence Award, and the recent dedication of the Washington County Courthouse as The Hon. Thomas E. Mercure Washington County Courthouse. Justice Mercure and his wife, Terry, live in Hudson Falls, New York. They have five children and eleven grandchildren.

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