James D. Linnan
Managing Partner
150 State Street Suite 504
Albany, New York 12207
Miscellaneous Information:

Mr. Linnan has dedicated his legal career to being a trial lawyer in both civil and criminal litigation. He now concentrates his practice in the representation of people who have suffered significant personal injury. Attorney Linnan has been involved in several high profile federal and state trials in both New York and Vermont and has tried over 150 cases to verdict, obtaining several verdicts and settlements in excess of $1,000,000.00 for people who have been injured by medical malpractice, work place accidents, chemical exposures, motor vehicle accidents and other types of negligence.

Mr. Linnan has been active in the legal representation of the hospitality industry for over 30 years and is currently the counsel for the Empire State Restaurant and Tavern Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • New York State Liquor Authority

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1973
  • Florida, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2010
  • U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978


  • Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York
    • J.D.
  • Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • B.S.


  • Prosecuting A Medical Malpractice Case, New York State Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Civil Trial Tactics, New York State Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Premises Liability, New York State Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Liquor Liability Laws, New York State Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Evaluating And Proving Economic Damages, New York State Bar Association
  • Masters in Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2002 - 2012
  • Civil Trial Tactics, New York State Bar Association
  • Liquor Liability Laws, New York State Bar Association, 2000 - 2006
  • Medical Malpractice, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2005 - present
  • Lawyer of the Year (Medical Malpractice), Albany County (Best Lawyer in America), 2013 - 2014
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2011 to present
  • Top Lawyers in New York, 2007 - present
  • Super Lawyers, 2011 - present
  • New York Verdicts and Settlements Hall of Fame

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Diplomat-American Board of Trial Advocates-National, National Board Member, 1994 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, 1973 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association, 1986 - Present
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2004 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, 1976 - Present
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2011 - Present
  • Best Lawyers In New York
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Advocate-ATLA National College of Advocacy
  • Albany Chapter-American Board of Trial Advocates, (President 1997-1998), 2006 - Present
  • Charter Fellow-Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • New York State Defenders Association
  • Capital District Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1995 - 1996
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Columbia County Bar Association
  • Warren County Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1976 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • City of Albany, N.Y., 1976 - 1987

Pro Bono Activities

  • A Founding Member Of The Albany Ronald McDonald House
  • Former Member of the Board Of Directors, Albany Boys Club
  • Vice Chairman, Albany Parking Authority
  • Lark Street Business Improvement Development
  • Active in Several Other Community and Charitable Organizations
  • Downtown Albany Business Improvement District
  • The Damien Center


  • English


  • Nu Epsilon Zeta
  • Alpha Delta Phi

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