Areas of Practice include:
Real Property Tax
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Rick James, a partner with Mackenzie Hughes, provides general counsel
and litigation services to municipalities, contractors, sureties and financial
Since joining the Firm in 1990 he has represented municipalities and
private land owners throughout New York State in over 150 different Supreme
Court proceedings involving assessments in excess of one million dollars.
Rick has served as special legal counsel to the Counties of Onondaga and
Cortland, the Cities of Syracuse, Cortland, Binghamton and Oswego, and
numerous towns, villages, school districts and public authorities across
New York State. In addition to defending assessments, he has secured tax
exemptions and multi-million-dollar assessment reductions on behalf of
taxpayers, saving them millions of dollars in tax liability.
Rick graduated with High Honors from Onondaga Community College, summa
cum laude from SUNY Geneseo and magna cum laude from the SUNY at Buffalo
School of Law. While in law school, he received the State and Local Government
Award, served on the Buffalo Law Review, and published an article on governmental
Rick, a member of several bar associations, has been a Town Justice,
Chairman of a Town Zoning Board of Appeals, and was appointed by two Chief
Judges of New York State's highest court to serve as a Trustee of the
New York State Lawyer Assistance Trust.
In his spare time he enjoys martial arts, antiques, Harley-Davidson motorcycles
and old cars.