Managing Partner

Bryan J. Maggs

There is no higher calling than using your abilities to help others.
A life dedicated to that principal is fulfilling.

Biography

Bryan primarily concentrates his practice on civil litigation, commercial litigation, torts and insurance defense, labor and employment defense, and municipal law. He also has been selected to mediate tort actions of all types, ranging from routine to complex. Bryan also has extensive experience handling matters relating to decedent’s estates administration and litigation, general municipal law, personal injury, real estate, corporate, and mental-hygiene law.
Bryan has served as a Judicial Law Clerk at the Appellate Division (3rd Department), and Supreme Court (6th Judicial District). Bryan was the Chemung County Attorney for 12 years; and has retired from the US Army Reserve after 26 years of service (18 as a JAG Officer, holding the rank of Major).

Bryan has extensive experience with municipal law and litigation, having tried dozens of non-jury and jury trials and hearings to verdict, handling matters from pleading to appeal. He has trial experience in personal injury, commercial (contract) litigation, labor and employment discrimination, US Constitution rights violations, police excessive force / malicious prosecution, public sector arbitrations, family court abuse and neglect.

Bryan has provided legal counsel to individuals, business and municipalities, and the County Executive, County Legislature, and department heads in labor relations, real-property tax law, health care, election law, land use, environmental law, social services law, and municipal finance matters. Bryan additionally has defense experience in human rights and discrimination matters, PERB unfair-labor-practice complaints, CBA interest arbitration, and employee discipline and grievance hearings.

Practices & Industries

  • Torts & Products Liability Defense
  • Labor & Employment
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Municipal Law

Education

  • University at Buffalo School of Law, JD, cum laude
  • Hilbert College, BA

Admitted To Practice

  • New York
  • US District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • US District Court for the Western District of New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Bankruptcy Court

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Chemung County Bar Association
  • 4th JAG Officers Association (Army)

Selected Membership & Affiliates

  • Chemung County Republican Committee

EXPERIENCE

Representative Experience

  • “No cause” jury verdicts on premises-defect cases, and motor-vehicle cross-over head-on collisions
  • Successful litigation outcomes in breach of contract actions
  • Dismissals in defense of municipal and corporate defendants against claims of harassment and discrimination
  • Litigated estate proceedings claiming undue influence, abuse of power of attorney, and last will and testament interpretation
  • Obtained favorable awards in real estate litigation involving rights-of-way, boundary line disputes, and land use rights
  • Dismissals of police and corrections-officer misconduct cases
  • Successful insurance-coverage litigation
  • Years of advising municipal clients on matters of municipal law, employer/employee relations, competitive bidding, prevailing wage issues, fair labor standards act, among other areas of law
  • Selected as Mediator in disputes involving personal injury actions and commercial transactions

Prior Experience

  • Barclay Damon, LLP, Partner
  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
  • Davidson & O’Mara, Partner
  • Chemung County Attorney, Legislative Attorney, DSS Attorney
  • NYS Supreme Court, Sixth Judicial District, Judicial Law Clerk
  • NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, Assistant Appellate Court Attorney
  • US Army Reserve, Commissioned Officer, Judge Advocate General Corps

Selected Community Activities

  • Chemung County Historical Society, Board Member
  • Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society, Board Member and Secretary
  • Centenary United Methodist Church, Finance Committee Member
  • Horseheads Girls’ Softball Association, Board Member

Selected Honors

  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Civil Litigation: Defense, 2018
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Torts & Products Liability Defense, 2017
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Labor & Employment, 2017