PLATTSBURGH The law firm of Stafford, Owens, Curtin & Trombley, PLLC, has announced two well-known area attorneys have joined its legal practice and the expansion of its practice to include matrimonial law. Plattsburgh attorney Ara Asadourian joined the firm in June on an of counsel" basis and, in April, Debra A. Whitson, of Keene Valley, joined the firm as an associate attorney. Widely known for its expertise in business law and litigation, matrimonial law is a new area of legal practice for the Plattsburgh firm.
As clients have broader needs for services we are responding to that by bringing a matrimonial practice on board," said managing partner William Owens. "We think thats going to provide a broader scope of services to people at one location. Rather than our clients having multiple attorneys providing services to them they can get all the services they need here.
Mr. Owens also pointed out matrimonial cases have grown more complicated over the years, largely because people have more assets and the division of those assets is a complex activity.
Mr. Asadourian is one of the areas most experienced litigators. The Plattsburgh native graduated from Williams College and the New York University School of Law. After practicing in New York City from 1964 to 1967, he returned to Plattsburgh and formed a partnership with Francis Neverett and later with Stephen Johnston. In the early 1970s he served one term as Clinton County district attorney and then returned to private practice.
Over the years my practice evolved," Mr. Asadourian explained. "In the 1970s and 1980s I did criminal practice, personal injury practice and also some work in estates and real estate, and began to work in the matrimonial area. By the early 1990s my practice became concentrated in the matrimonial area and it's been that way ever since.
In acting in an of counsel capacity for this longstanding law firm, Mr. Asadourian said, as opposed to being a partner or associate, he still has an element of independence. Nevertheless, hell be providing his experience and client drawing reputation. He emphasized hell be working full time, not reducing his workload and he will be moving his offices to 1 Cumberland Ave.
Debra Whitson grew up in Poughkeepsie. She graduated from Cornell University in 1986 and Pace University School of Law in 1993. Her legal experience includes service as a New York State assistant attorney general on the staff of Attorney General Dennis Vacco. In 1994 she became an assistant Essex County district attorney and later became chief assistant district attorney concentrating in sex crimes and domestic violence. In 2006 she became a staff attorney at the New York Prosecutors Training Institute in Albany where she trained and assisted prosecutors.
Citing Ms. Whitsons extensive litigation experience Mr. Owens said, Matrimonial law requires the same courtroom skills as those of a district attorney. The skills are transferable. We were looking for someone who could learn this area of practice very quickly.
The law firm of Stafford, Owens, Curtin and Trombley, PLLC, has always strived to meet the needs of its clients throughout its 55-year history. By expanding its practice to include matrimonial law, the practice is continuing in this tradition.
Stafford, Owens, Curtin & Trombley, PLLC, can be reached at 561-4400.