James Girvin

Phone: 518-462-0300
Fax: 518-462-5037

James (“Jay”) Girvin concentrates his practice in the areas of education law, private and public sector labor and employment law, and litigation. He is experienced in collective bargaining, mediation, fact-finding, arbitration, improper practice and unfair labor practice proceedings, and other labor relations matters. He also has extensive experience in employee and student discipline proceedings, unemployment and Workers’ Compensation hearings, administrative hearings, and state and federal court proceedings. Mr. Girvin is a frequent speaker on labor and employment matters and regularly addresses the New York State Association of Towns, the New York State Personnel Association, the Association of School Business Officials, and the Northern Westchester Putnam BOCES. Additionally, he has published several articles in the Talk of the Towns magazine and is the author of an “Ask the Lawyer” column in Country Folks newspaper. He is a co-host of the Girvin Ferlazzo radio law show on Talk1300 AM.

Due to his expertise in education, Mr. Girvin was chosen as a member of the transition team for Governor George E. Pataki.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Albany County Bar Association

Awards and Distinctions

  • Who’s Who in American Law (Millennium Edition)
  • “Super Lawyer”

Practice Areas


  • Siena College
  • Albany Law School of Union University

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • United States Court of Military Appeals
  • New York
  • Massachusetts