Skip to Content

Thomas E. Mercure Honored by Warren County Bar Association


Albany, N.Y. (October 17, 2016 |  Carter Conboy is pleased to announce that the Hon. Thomas E. Mercure was honored by the Warren County Bar Association on October 15, 2016 at a ceremony held at the Hyde Collection Art Museum in Glens Falls.  Justice Mercure was awarded the prestigious “Charles Evans Hughes” award for his decades of contribution to the practice of law.  Justice Mercure is one of only three lawyers to receive the award from the Warren County Bar Association. It was previously bestowed to Lawrence Corbett in 2004 and Richard Bartlett in 2002.

Justice Mercure joined Carter Conboy in September, 2014 and focuses his practice on appellate advocacy, ethics and complex civil litigation, and alternative dispute resolution services, including mediation and arbitration.

In 1969, Justice Mercure began his career in the private practice of law in Fort Edward, New York. He entered public service in 1973 as an Assistant District Attorney in Washington County. He became first assistant a year later, was elected District Attorney in 1976 and served in that position for four years.

Justice Mercure’s career on the bench began in 1981 following his election as Washington County Judge. His tenure as a jurist continued for the next 33 years, during which time he was elected to three 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 March, 2014, Justice Mercure retired from the bench after serving for more than 25 years as Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, during which time he heard more than 21,000 appeals, wrote more than 3,000 signed opinions, and became the longest serving Justice in the 118-year history of the court. Justice Mercure served as Acting Presiding Justice in 2011 and 2012.

Justice Mercure sat on the New York State Court of Appeals, by designation, twice in 1994 and 2011 for two cases, including one related to the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. He was nominated and determined to be well qualified for a seat on the high court three times by the Commission on Judicial Nomination in 2006-2007 – twice for Associate Judge and once for Chief Judge of the State of New York.

Justice Mercure has also been 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 2014 dedication of the Washington County Courthouse as The Hon. Thomas E. Mercure Washington County Courthouse.

He can be reached at and 518-465-3484.

Carter Conboy is a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ peer rated full-service law firm committed to providing the highest quality legal representation to its clients.  Founded in 1920, Carter Conboy has offices in Albany and Saratoga Springs, New York, serving clients throughout New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. For additional information about the firm, visit or contact the firm’s Director of Marketing, Stacy A. Smith, at 518-810-0516 or