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James Lesperance

James B. Lesperance, Jr. joined The Colwell Law Group as an Associate Attorney in June of 2021.

James was born in Albany, New York, and is a Columbia High School graduate, Class of ’82 (go, Blue Devils!). He initially began the pursuit of his bachelor’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, transferring to and graduating from Siena College, cum laude, in 1988, with a B.A. in political science and a minor in history. While at Siena, as the capstone of his political science degree, he interned in the British House of Commons with the Right Honourable Michael Grylls, Conservative Party, in the fall of 1986, meeting with various British statesmen and stateswomen from all political parties.

James wrote on to Law Review while at Syracuse University College of Law, graduating in 1991. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in August of 1992 and is admitted to practice in all four Federal District Courts of New York.

From 1992 to 2002, Mr. Lesperance worked both in Upstate and Downstate New York law firms, gaining experience in insurance defense, products liability defense, medical malpractice defense, dental malpractice defense, legal malpractice defense, plaintiff’s personal injury, criminal defense, matrimonial law, and family law.

Between 2002 and 2017, James was a solo practitioner, specializing in criminal defense, matrimonial law, and family law, with a strong focus on the Family Court Act (custody, support, interstate custody and support, paternity, family offense, neglect, abuse, sexual abuse, and severe abuse).

Following his solo career, James worked as attorney with the Warren County Department of Social Services from 2017 to 2020, prosecuting parents and guardians of children for support arrears, neglect, abuse, sexual abuse, and severe abuse under the Family Court Act and Social Services Law.

He has been a resident of the Town of Ballston, in Saratoga County, in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District for 16 years. He has been married to a project manager of a major Capital District architecture firm for the past 29 years and is the proud father of a multi-instrumentalist son graduating from Stony Brook University in 2022 with a B.A. in music, hopefully pursuing a doctorate in music theory in graduate school. He also has a golden retriever, Sam, who thinks he is human. His favorite activities are walking, hiking, cycling, kayaking, caving, waterfalling, reading, writing, genealogy, musicology, listening to as much music as humanly possible.  In his spare time, he is writing The Next Great American Novel.

After traversing many areas of law, James finally found his niche by helping his clients navigate the sometimes arcane aspects of the Family Court Act and Social Services Law to acquire the best result possible. Nothing is more gratifying than putting a smile on a client’s face for a job well-done.

James has perfected over 20 appeals. Some of James’ representative cases are included.

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James Lesperance
The Colwell Law Group, LLC

James B. Lesperance, Jr. joined The Colwell Law Group as an Associate Attorney in June of 2021.

James was born in Albany, New York, and is a Columbia High School graduate, Class of ’82 (go, Blue Devils!). He initially began the pursuit of his bachelor’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, transferring to and graduating from Siena College, cum laude, in 1988, with a B.A. in political science and a minor in history. While at Siena, as the capstone of his political science degree, he interned in the British House of Commons with the Right Honourable Michael Grylls, Conservative Party, in the fall of 1986, meeting with various British statesmen and stateswomen from all political parties.

James wrote on to Law Review while at Syracuse University College of Law, graduating in 1991. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in August of 1992 and is admitted to practice in all four Federal District Courts of New York.

From 1992 to 2002, Mr. Lesperance worked both in Upstate and Downstate New York law firms, gaining experience in insurance defense, products liability defense, medical malpractice defense, dental malpractice defense, legal malpractice defense, plaintiff’s personal injury, criminal defense, matrimonial law, and family law.

Between 2002 and 2017, James was a solo practitioner, specializing in criminal defense, matrimonial law, and family law, with a strong focus on the Family Court Act (custody, support, interstate custody and support, paternity, family offense, neglect, abuse, sexual abuse, and severe abuse).

Following his solo career, James worked as attorney with the Warren County Department of Social Services from 2017 to 2020, prosecuting parents and guardians of children for support arrears, neglect, abuse, sexual abuse, and severe abuse under the Family Court Act and Social Services Law.

He has been a resident of the Town of Ballston, in Saratoga County, in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District for 16 years. He has been married to a project manager of a major Capital District architecture firm for the past 29 years and is the proud father of a multi-instrumentalist son graduating from Stony Brook University in 2022 with a B.A. in music, hopefully pursuing a doctorate in music theory in graduate school. He also has a golden retriever, Sam, who thinks he is human. His favorite activities are walking, hiking, cycling, kayaking, caving, waterfalling, reading, writing, genealogy, musicology, listening to as much music as humanly possible.  In his spare time, he is writing The Next Great American Novel.

After traversing many areas of law, James finally found his niche by helping his clients navigate the sometimes arcane aspects of the Family Court Act and Social Services Law to acquire the best result possible. Nothing is more gratifying than putting a smile on a client’s face for a job well-done.

James has perfected over 20 appeals. Some of James’ representative cases are included.

JamesLesperance_ListOfAppeals

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NY Analog
13:09 15 Aug 22
Through a yearlong and difficult divorce, Anthony Sokolowski was a skilled attorney who helped me navigate the most... challenging aspects of a divorce and custody battle. He was on top of things throughout, always patient and empathetic. When things got tough he was a strong defender and he had embodied my situation when I needed him to do that.read more
Lucinda Yates
Lucinda Yates
22:43 04 Aug 22
I retained Attorney Anthony Sokolowski for my very difficult and complicated divorce and custody case. Anthony was not... only knowledgeable but personable and I never felt alone throughout process. Anthony was always honest and genuine with me, he was always available and made me feel safe in the fact that he was fighting for my and my child’s best interest. I worked with Anthony for over a year and this held true throughout entire time. We ended with getting what I asked for and the best possible outcome for myself and my child.I highly recommend Anthony Sokolowski for any family law needs.read more
Brenna Rustick
Brenna Rustick
20:46 11 Jul 22
I was referred to this Law Group from a local office and I'm glad I followed through. I was represented by Kyle who... was professional, responsive, and easy to work with. I felt very comfortable with his representation. Thank you....Carmel Reillyread more
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David Bellefeuille
14:01 28 Jun 22
My experience was truly enlightening and very welcoming! I spoke with Kito who instantaneously related with my... situation and assured me that the firm could help me and I believe him. Five stars all around. It’s nice to meet people who have the same compassion for fathers rights and actually love to help instead of just pushing papers through. Thanks For all the information and encouragement Kito .read more
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Rebecca Linscott
14:04 11 Jun 22
From the very first call, this law firm has been nothing short of exceptional. My family is working with Kyle, who... consistently provides support, dedication, responsiveness, and who utilizes his experience to help us navigate family court and custody. Every interaction is professional, and I would highly recommend the Colwell Law Group.read more
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