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Firm Overview

The firm of Hacker & Murphy has existed in the Albany area since 1992. The firm has, since its inception, litigated commercial disputes, personal injury property tax challenges and eminent domain claims.

Hacker & Murphy engages in all phases of trial and appellate practice at all levels in New York State and Federal Courts. Our cases cover New York from White Plains to Plattsburgh and Albany to Buffalo. The firm has extensive litigation experience in all types of legal proceedings ranging from administrative hearings to complex extended trials. The firm is experienced in working with regional counsel and in-house counsel as required for a successful resolution.

Example cases

• Mid-Hudson Migrant Ministry v. Fine Host Corp 2nd Circuit- for the defense jury verdict and attorney's fees awarded of $4,000 when $225,000 sought.

• Niagara Mohawk v. Town of Bethlehem (NY Court of Appeals)- for the Town proceeding dismissed.

Main Office

Main
7 Airport Park Boulevard
Latham  NY  12110

Phone
  • (518) 783-3843
Fax
  • (518) 783-8101

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We offer a free initial consultation

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Litigated maters rarely involve predictable courses rendering fixed fees impractical, rather we offer estimates as detailed as the clients wish. Taking into account various foreseen events and contingent fees in appropriate cases.

Hourly Rates

$225 to $275

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Office Manager

Barbara Elcox

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Numbers and lawyers typically do not mix, but I always enjoyed working with numbers, which most of my practice requires for property tax, condemnation and appraisal issues.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

An educated client is helpful, but not required. Many of our clients arrive fairly sophisticated about the law on property taxation though we generally have no difficulty explaining matters where necessary to less experienced clients.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review all documents prepared by clients, whether for property tax matters or other areas.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I generally do not provide this service.

Pat Seely

For my previous legal employment prior to joining Hacker & Murphy in 2001, I worked for a large regional law firm in Upstate New York focusing on the same practice areas. Before law school I was a sales rep for a multinational consumer products company and an internal auditor for a small bank.

In my two prior jobs before law school I was a sales representative for a multi-national consumer products firm and a bank auditor for a small bank. In each of those positions respectively, I had to sell ideas or dig out facts stored in the bank's files. Those experiences help bolster the tenacity and persuasiveness necessary to be an effective advisor and advocate.

Analytical, creative and persistent. Because most of my property tax and boundary dispute clients maintain a relationship with their opponent, constructive conduct helps clients continue positive relations after the matter is concluded. If the matter goes to trial, we work for the best result.

Personal interests:

Family, baseball, golf, U.S. History and reading.

License
  • Bar Number: 2527380
    New York , 1905
Education
  • Albany Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1992
    Albany
    Executive Editor-Law Review
  • College of the Holy Cross
    Bachelor of Arts , 1984
    Worchester
    • Economics
    • Four years of varsity soccer

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