In 1925, in Albany, NY, Edward J. O’Connell and Samuel E. Aronowitz, two young attorneys of different religious faiths and political persuasions, forged a friendship that lasted a lifetime and a law firm that to this day remains their enduring legacy to the legal community of the Capital District and the entire state.
Despite their vastly different backgrounds, they were united in the belief that the rule of law is a quintessential prerequisite for men and women of different backgrounds to live together in harmony and to achieve their full potential in a free and prosperous society. Together they founded a law firm dedicated to serving the Albany community’s personal, business and professional legal needs. Honesty, integrity, a culture of hard work and commitment to their clients defined O’Connell and Aronowitz then, as it does now.
From those humble origins over eight decades ago in a two-room downtown Albany law office, O’Connell and Aronowitz has evolved into a modern, full-service law firm of over 75 attorneys, paraprofessionals and clerical staff that today proudly counts itself among the oldest, most distinguished and most reputable law firms in upstate New York. Among our alumni attorney are judges, a district attorney, a former Lieutenant Governor and County Bar Association presidents. In addition to its flagship office in Albany, we now maintain two fully-operational satellite offices in Saratoga Springs and Plattsburgh, headed by partners who reside in those communities.
Our diverse civil and criminal practice areas include health care, personal injury, malpractice, product liability, residential and commercial real estate and real estate development, corporate law, trusts and estates, elder law, matrimonial, bankruptcy, Indian casino gaming, constitutional law with an emphasis on the First Amendment, white/blue collar criminal defense work and intellectual property.
Because of our presence in the State capital, our clientele include a number of statewide organizations and associations that require high-profile legal representation in Albany. As a result, O’Connell and Aronowitz has developed an extensive administrative law and appellate practice that entails frequent appearances before both governmental regulatory agencies and state and federal courts.
As O’Connell and Aronowitz approaches its 90th anniversary, we, the men and women who represent this generation of attorneys at the firm, are honored to carry on the tradition of hard work and commitment begun over 80 years ago. In doing so, we are mindful that we will always be guided by the example Mr. O’Connell and Mr. Aronowitz set for us when it all began back in 1925. We realize that is why we are still here today. It is also why, if we successfully emulate them, O’Connell and Aronowitz will be here 90 years from now as well.