James B. Lesperance, Jr.
I am a native of Upstate New York, having been born in Albany, in 1963. I lived in East Greenbush, until my family moved to Schodack in 1968. I attended the various schools in the East Greenbush Central School District, graduating from Columbia High School in 1982. Thereafter, I briefly attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, and then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years. From there, I transferred to Siena College, from which I graduated in 1988. I was a member of the Syracuse Law Review, graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in 1991, and was admitted to the bar in New York State in 1992.
From 1992 to 2002, I worked in several law firms in both Upstate and Downstate New York, largely practicing in insurance defense and medical malpractice defense. In fact, it was not long after one of my many depositions in Brooklyn, on September 11, 2001, during which I actually saw both World Trade Center towers fall, when I decided that I had had quite enough of living and working Downstate, and that it was time to head back home, to Upstate.
From January 1, 2003, to the present time, I have been working as a solo practitioner, practicing family, matrimonial, criminal, and vehicle and traffic law in the various courts of the eleven-county Greater Capital Region. I have also handled many appeals.
I have been in court thousands of times and have engaged in hundreds of trials over the past twenty plus years. I have represented well over a thousand people in the various courts of the area since opening my practice in Saratoga County, in Halfmoon, which later moved to Ballston, and finally to Ballston Spa.
I live with my wife, Michele, my son, Rory, and our golden retriever, Sammy, just south of the Saratoga County Municipal Center, in the town of Ballston, and in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District.
Having practiced law for over twenty years, my experiences have taught me to trust no one and to protect my clients’ interests at all costs. While I am always open to the possibility of negotiated settlements, I will never settle a case on terms that I believe are in any way to the disadvantage of my client. Where settlements are not possible, or they are not on terms to my clients’ liking, I try cases to their conclusion.
I believe that the best and most ethical role an attorney can play for a client is to be an experienced advocate with a comprehensive knowledge of the law, who is able to provide the client with a wide variety of possible options in the navigation of the sometimes treacherous waters of the law. I am my clients’ advocate, their navigator. And I do my best to get them to where they want to be.
I became an attorney for a number of reasons. I loved the idea of being a part of a noble profession with a broad and deep knowledge of the law. I loved the idea of being able to spend my days at work researching and writing. I loved the idea of taking on the system. I loved the idea of standing up to bullies. And, of course, I loved the idea of making a decent living and having a good quality of life. But, deep down, what I loved the most was the idea of being able to harness the raw power of language, of rhetoric, of logic, of simple words and symbols, into a powerful arsenal of weaponry to assist those who were powerless to help themselves.
Words are the most powerful weapons that we have. They are the essence of the laws that govern us and maintain us as a civilized society. And I know how to use them, to their full effect, to protect the interests of my clients. So, call me: I can help you.