James J. Gascon
Mr. Gascon is a member of the firm with extensive experience in the area of civil litigation. Mr. Gascon has 27 years of experience representing defendants in a variety of civil litigation matters, having worked with and been retained by various insurance carriers. Mr. Gascon's practice also includes extensive experience litigating insurance coverage disputes and providing insurance coverage advice to both insureds and insurance carriers. He has handled a variety of defense matter for major insurance carriers and corporate clients.
Mr. Gascon has litigation and trial experience representing defendants, plaintiffs and insurance companies in both state and federal courts and has brought multiple cases to jury verdicts. He is capable and of aggressively representing civil litigants in New York State Supreme Court as well as New York and Federal District Court for the northern and southern districts.
In addition to personal injury, auto accident and labor law claims, Mr. Gascon has experience litigating fire loss claims, property damage claims, and first and third party declaratory judgment insurance coverage litigation. Mr. Gascon has received the "Super Lawyer" designation for insurance coverage matters multiple times.
Mr. Gascon also has experience in the field of municipal law. He has served as the town attorney for the town of Marcellus, NY, from 2008 until the present. In this capacity, Mr. Gascon has represented the town board, planning board and zoning board of appeals. He has experience in both simple and complex subdivision applications. He has drafted numerous local laws and board resolutions and has reviewed and advised upon a variety of contracts and legal issues unique to municipalities. Mr. Gascon has also represented both municipalities and residents in tax certiorari matters.
Mr. Gascon also has an active general practice in real estate transactions, will and healthcare proxy formation, contract negotiations and other legal matters relevant to day to day clients.
In 1983, Mr. Gascon graduated magna cum laude from SUNY College at Cortland and received his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University in 1986. While in law school, he received the Jay H. Milstein award for excellence in the area of professional responsibility. He also served as vice chairman of the moot court board, was a finalist in the Dominic Gabrieli Competition and winner of the 1985 New York County Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Team Competition.
Mr. Gascon was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1987 and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the northern and western districts of New York. He is a member of the Onondaga County, New York State, and American Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Insurance Defense and Litigation Committee, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Gascon was once again named to the New York State Super Lawyers in 2015.
Mr. Gascon has been active in a wide variety of community and service organizations throughout his career. He was a member of the board of directors for the Multiple Sclerosis Resources of Central New York from 1999-2005. He has assisted many local charities in the formation of not-for-profit corporations and 501(c)(3) recognition before the IRS.
Mr. Gascon has been very active in Rotary International, first joining in 1990 and serving as the rotary district governor for district 7150 in 2011-2012. He served as president of the Eastwood Rotary Club from 1997-1998 and the Marcellus Rotary Club from 2005-2006. He remains a member of the Marcellus Rotary Club. He served on the advisory group for the Central New York Eye Bank in 2004 and was vice president of the West African Eye Bank Foundation for many years. Mr. Gascon is currently a member and past master of the Morning Star No. 524 Masonic Lodge.
Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1986
State University of New York at Cortland, cum laude, 1983
U.S. District Court, Northern and Western Districts
Speaking / Publications / Awards
Town Attorney, Town of Marcellus
Super Lawyer, 2012, 2013
Onondaga County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Insurance Defense and Litigation Committee
Association of Trial Lawyers
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Founding Member of the Board of Directors, West African Foundation
Advisory Group of the Central New York Eye and Tissue Bank
Past Master, Current Member of the Marcellus Masonic Lodge, Morning Star #524
Past Rotary Club District #7150 Govenor
Past President of Marcellus Rotary Club
Past President of Eastwood Rotary Club
Chairman of "Gift of Vision"