Firm History

Our History

The Firm traces its roots back to 1813 and the long association between the “Pattison” name and the practice of law in our community which spans five generations, predating Edward Clinton Pattison, son of Elias Pattison – one of the first Canal boat proprietors on the newly constructed Erie Canal.  The Pattison law firm was once located in Troy’s “Market Block,” at the corner of Third and River Streets, and then moved in 1885 to the former site of Union National Bank at 12 First Street and then finally moved to 22 First Street in April of 1963.

Edward H. “Ebbie” Pattison joined his father, Edward Aston Pattison, as a partner in his law firm in 1925 after being an associate in a Wall Street firm for three years.  After Ebbie’s father died, Stephen H. Sampson became a partner in 1937 and remained an active and valued member of the firm and the Troy community for years.

The work Ebbie did for the Wall Street law firm in the 1920s included assisting in the creation of the “Julliard Musical Foundation,” an internationally recognized not-for-profit corporation that promotes musical arts.  This exacting and exhaustive experience made an impression on young Ebbie who later was instrumental in helping create the Ebby Foundation of Troy, one of the premier senior care organizations in the United States. To this day, the firm’s officers and associates continue their involvement and support of our region’s many notable not-for-profit organizations.

The firm’s most famous partner was, of course, Edward W. “Ned” Pattison.  Ned joined the firm as an associate in the mid-1950s, about the same time Lambert L. Ginsberg did.  Ned, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Rensselaer County Treasurer, devoted much of his time and energy throughout his career to numerous community and civic organizations.  Ned received the prestigious Root/Simpson Award in 1990 in recognition of his exemplary voluntary community service.

Ned was instrumental in creating the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Edward H. Pattison Citizenship Award, honoring those in our community who through their lives promote economic, cultural or humanitarian advancement.  The “Ebbie” award continues to be supported by the firm.

The law firm of Pattison, Sampson, Ginsberg & Griffin, P.C., is a general practice law firm, located in the historic district of downtown Troy, New York.  The firm’s practice is extensive throughout the Capital District, and elsewhere in New York State.

The firm’s attorneys possess a broad range of experience and provide legal services in the areas of appeals, Business and Corporate Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Construction Law, Contract Law, Education Law, Estate Planning and Wealth Protection, Estate Litigation and Probate, Export Control Compliance, Insurance Defense, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law, Human Resource Investigations, Technology Licensing, Technology Transfer, Zoning, Planning & Land Use.

Our attorneys are also committed to serving the public through pro bono work and volunteer involvement with local civic, charitable, arts and educational organizations.

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