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About James

James A. Resila concentrates his legal practice on the defense of municipalities in federal civil rights cases, medical and dental malpractice defense, general negligence claims, defense of lending institutions in federal actions, and appellate law. Jim has significant experience and has successfully defended his clients in lawsuits in State and Federal trial and appellate courts throughout New York State.

Why James

Jim joined Carter Conboy nearly 30 years ago after a term as Law Clerk to the Hon. Con. G. Cholakis in the United States District Court, Northern District of New York.  Jim is proud of the time he spent in Judge Cholakis’s courtroom, where he learned to balance his knowledge and application of the law with reliability, objectivity, and thoroughness, traits that he continues to deliver to his clients. Jim communicates with his clients in a relatable manner, openly and honestly, and does everything within his power to help his clients succeed. 

Jim is a seasoned trial and appellate attorney who practices across many industries and service areas.  He has brought countless cases to verdict, both in State and Federal courts, as well as before administrative tribunals.  He was recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in 2015 as “Lawyer of the Year – Product Liability Litigation – Defense” and in 2018 as “Lawyer of the Year – Appellate Practice”. 



  • Northern District of New York, Federal Court Bar Association
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Schenectady County Bar Association
  • Italian-American Bar Association
  • Albany City Civil Court Arbitration Program, Arbitrator
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, ADR Panel, Arbitrator/Mediator
  • Third District Attorneys Fee Dispute Resolution Program, Arbitrator
  • Albany Law School Moot Court, Judge
  • Northern District’s Panel of Attorneys Responsible for the Investigation and Prosecution of Attorney Disciplinary Complaints, Member


  • Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year – Product Liability – Defense” (2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year – Appellate Practice” (2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America, “Best Lawyer” (2008–present)
  • Super Lawyers, “Super Lawyer” (2011–present)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York, Pro Bono Legal Services Honor Roll (2009-2014; 2015-16)
  • Martindale Hubbell, “BV” Distinguished Attorney


State: Jelks v. City of New York, 132 AD3d 813 (2d Dept. 2015); Karol v. Polsinello, 127 AD3d 1401 (3d Dept 2015); Rockefeller v. Moront, 81 NY2d 560 (1993); Green Tree Credit v. Jelks, 2014 N.Y. App. LEXIS 6134 (2d Dept. 2014); Marshall v. Glenman Construction, 117 AD3d 1124 (3d Dept 2014); Jackson v. Schenectady County, 66 AD3d 1297 (3d Dept 2009), appeal denied, 14 NY3d 710 (2010); Torres v. Mazzone Administrative Group, 46 AD3d 1040 (3d Dept 2007), appeal denied, 10 NY3d 706 (2008); E.W. Tompkins Co. v. State of New York, 9 AD3d 755 (3d Dept 2004); Weimer v. City of Johnstown, 249 AD2d 208 (3d Dept 1998), appeal denied, 92 NY2d 806 (1998); Siewert v. Loudonville Elementary School, 210 AD2d 568 (3d Dept 1994); Stanford v. Chrysler, 206 AD2d 468 (2d Dept 1994); Besicorp Group v. Village of Ellenville, 205 AD2d 944 (3d Dept 1994); Paull v. Norstar Bank, 190 AD2d 890 (3d Dept 1998); Fontanelli v. Price Chopper, 89 AD3d 1176 (3d Dept 2011); Menorah Home v. Jelks, 61 AD3d 648 (2d Dept 2009); Dudick v. Gulyas, 4 AD3d 604 (3d Dept 2004); Westinghouse Supply v. Pyramid Champlain Co., 193 AD2d 928 (3d Dept 1993).

Federal: Stegemann v. Rensselaer County, 648 FedApp 73 (2d Cir 2016); McDonough v. O’Malley, 2016 U.S. Dist LEXIS 135380 (NDNY 2016); Hancock v Rensselaer County, 2016 U.S. Dist LEXIS 103782 (NDNY 2016); Elderkin v. Connor, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43311 (NDNY March 11, 2015); Dudley v. Holmes, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135428 (NDNY June 19, 2014); Talukder v. County of Rensselaer, 2013 U.S. Dist. Lexis 78809 (NDNY June 5, 2013); Abraham v. Green Tree Servicing, LLC, 947 F. Supp. 2d 222 (EDNY 2013); Langdon v. Columbia County, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131595 (NDNY 2013); Dudley v. City of Glens Falls, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135428 (NDNY 2013); Butler v. City of Glens Falls, 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 6826 (NDNY 2012); Low Carbon Processors, LLC. V. Kennametal, Inc., 693 F.Supp.2d 191 (NDNY 2010), affirmed 2011 U.S. App. Lexis 978 (2d Cir. 2011); Morrison v. Johnson, 429 F3d 48 (2nd Cir 2005); Ellerbee v. Gamestop, Inc. 604 F.Supp.2d 349 (D. Mass. 2009); DeSieno v. Crane Manufacturing, 127 Fed App. 551 (2nd Cir 2005); Merriman v. Ye Ole Locksmith Shoppe, 934 F.Supp. 501 (NDNY) 1996, affirmed, 112 F.3d 504 (2d Cir. 1997); Plante v. Buono, 112 F.3d 505 (2nd Cir. 1996); Greenwich Citizens v. Counties of Warren & Washington IDA, 77 .3d 36 (2nd Cir 1996); Weaver v. Brenner, 40 F.3d 527 (2nd Cir 1994); Moore v. Comesanas, 32 F.3d 670 (2nd Cir 1994); Clemente v. Town of North Greenbush, WL 2073959 (NDNY 2008); Higgins v. City of Johnstown, 20 FSupp2d 422 (NDNY 1998); Quinn v. City of Johnstown, 1998 WL 187404 (NDNY 1998), aff’d, (2nd Cir 1999); Chamberlain v. Lishansky, 970 FSupp 118 (NDNY 1997); Lawrence v. Finch Pruyn & Co., 891 FSupp 75 (NYNY 1995), aff’d, (2nd Cir 1996); Bechard v. Costanzo, 810 FSupp 579 (D. Vt. 1992); Langdon v. Proper, 1991 WL 504911 (NDNY 1991); Casivant v. Columbia County, 101 F3d 682 (2nd Cir 1996); United States of America v. Coyne, 4 F3d 100 (2d Cir 1993); Von Ritter v. Columbia County, 1993 US Dist Lexis 3382 (NDNY 1993); Juliano v. DeAngelis, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62382 (NDNY 2007)


  • J.D., Fordham Law School (1988)
  • A.B., Syracuse University, magna cum laude (1984)


  • New York State
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts


  • French

Advocacy & Involvement

Community & Civic

  • Rotterdam Elks, Past Exalted Ruler (2015-16); former Leading and Loyal Knight; former Esquire and Chaplain; Holiday Food Basket chair; Scholarship Committee chair; Major Projects chair
  • Boy Scouts of America, former committee member; assistant scoutmaster; cubmaster; den leader; current merit badge counselor
  • Carman Fire Department, exempt member (10 years, formerly active)

Pro Bono

  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York, Pro Bono Legal Services Honor Roll (2009-2014; 2015-16)



  • Speaker: “Basics of Trial Practice-After the Verdict-challenging the Verdict of the Civil Jury“, New York State Bar Association, Albany, NY (2013)
  • Panelist: “Pre-Trial Submissions and The Trial”, Federal Court Bar Association, Northern District of New York, Albany, NY (2010)
  • Panelist: “Dealing with a Prisoner Plaintiff and Deciphering the Prisoner Complaint“, Federal Court Bar Association, Northern District of New York, Albany, NY (2010)
  • Speaker: “Serious Injury Threshold Update and Review“, New York State Bar Association, Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Albany, NY (2009)
  • Speaker: “Mandatory Reporting Requirements for Medicare Recipient Settlements“, Upstate RIMS Membership Meeting, (2009)