Thomas Mercure has earned an outstanding reputation as a jurist over his lengthy career, having extensive judicial and appellate court experience across a range of complex subject matters.
He served for over 25 years as associate justice of the Third Department Appellate Division and acting presiding judge from 2011-12. Additionally, Mercure obtained millions in settlements and verdicts on behalf of his clients.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Mercure grew up on Clark Street in Hudson Falls. After graduating from Saint Michael’s College and Georgetown University Law Center, Thomas went on to teach American and world history classes in Alamosa for many years as well as serving on administration at Alamosa Junior High and Alamosa High schools.
Justice Mercure served as associate justice of the Third Department Appellate Division for 28 counties spread across three judicial districts for an unprecedented 20-plus-year term, hearing over 21,000 appeal cases and authoring over 3,000 signed opinions. He also led both Pattern Jury Instructions Committee and State Ethics Commission as chairman for seven years each.
His vast judicial and appellate experience covers an array of complex subject matters, making him ideal as an arbitrator/mediator with NAM. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor at Albany Law School.
Rowlands, LeBrou & Griesmer has hired William Mercure as counsel at their Albany law firm to focus his practice on appellate advocacy, ethics and complex civil litigation.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College in 1965 and went on to obtain a law degree from Georgetown University School of Law the same year. Following that he was admitted to the New York State bar as well as memberships of Washington County Bar Association, Capital District Trial Lawyers Association and New York State Bar Association.
He held senior associate justice status of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York and served as administrative judge of the Third Judicial District – overseeing courts, judges and court system employees in seven counties – until retiring temporarily as judge on two occasions during 1994 and 2011 for two cases at New York Court of Appeals.
Achievement and Honors
He has heard more than 21,000 appeal cases and written over 3,000 signed opinions in his 34-year career, beginning when former Governor Mario Cuomo appointed him to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in 1988 and continuing up until his retirement in 2014.
Rowlands, LeBrou & Griesmer PLLC of Hudson Falls has appointed Paul Mercure to their Of Counsel roster, where his primary areas of practice include appellate advocacy, ethics and complex civil litigation as well as offering dispute resolution services such as mediation and arbitration.
Phil Berke of Granville and former Washington County Justice was not opposed to the proposal to honor Mercure; however, he believes he deserves equal recognition with other judges. Additionally, Berke took issue with how state lawmakers and others had treated Mercure over time.
Mercure currently lives on Stinchfield Woods Rd in Pinckney, Michigan with Shannon McQueer and Kevin Mercure, and is known to have one daughter named Jessica Mercure.
He serves as counsel for an Albany law firm and specializes in appellate advocacy, ethics and complex civil litigation as well as offering mediation and arbitration services.
Justice Mercure served as an appointed member on two cases brought before the New York State Court of Appeals relating to the World Trade Center bombing, in 1994 and 2011. In addition, he held roles with both Pattern Jury Instructions Committee and New York State Ethics Commission.
Mr. Mercure brings years of judicial and appellate experience across various complex subject matters to his role as mediator for NAM.
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Former Associate Justice on the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court, Mercure served as Acting Presiding Judge during 2011 and 2012. Additionally, he has long been active with both Pattern Jury Instructions Committee and New York’s Federal-State Judicial Council.
He currently serves as of counsel to an Albany law firm and specializes in appellate advocacy and ethics as well as complex civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution services such as mediation and arbitration. Over his career he has won millions in settlements or verdicts for his clients.