WATERTOWN – There are major changes in the work of one of the oldest and largest law firms in Jefferson County.
Attorney James A. Burrows has confirmed that he, Peter L. Walton and Megan S. Kendall left the Watertown law firm of Conboy, McKay, Bachman and Kendall LLP on December 31 and opened their own law firm.
They now hang their law firm’s sign in the Barton & Loguidice building, 120 Washington St., Suite 500A.
“We are open for business, provide service to customers and are very excited about ourselves for the future,” said Mr. Burrows.
He said the remaining lawyers were also set to leave Conboy, which would lead to the dissolution of the law firm.
Managing partner Scott B. Goldie has said disbandment is a possibility, but the remaining six partners have not decided to take that step. He said no other lawyer is leaving the firm at the moment.
“We haven’t made our decision yet,” he said, adding that some Conboy lawyers have retired in recent years and more lawyers have been added to the firm.
Mr. Goldie could not say when the decision to dissolve will be made.
Mr Burrows, who has been with Conboy for the past several years after serving as a city attorney for 20 years, called the separation with Conboy a “out-of-court proceeding”.
Mr. Burrows and his two legal partners took three paralegals with them to the new firm. The new firm brings its clients from the Conboy firm but was unable to notify the clients of their departure until they have effectively opened the new office.
Mr. Goldie could not say what would happen to the office building at 407 Sherman Street, owned by the company, if the dissolution goes ahead.
The changes at Conboy have been rumored for weeks.
In December 2020, lawyer Lawrence D. Hasseler retired from Conboy and opened a new office in Carthage on October 31, 2021.
With offices in Watertown and Canton, six partners and a law firm, Conboy was the oldest law firm in Jefferson County after its establishment in 1876.
By 1995, the law firm had up to 16 attorneys, with nine partners, three partners and one lawyer, and had offices in Watertown, Carthage, Clayton, Canton and Syracuse.