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Lawsuit for Victim of Jay Street Fire filed by E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy

Photo Credit: Times Union

Photo Credit: Times Union

E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Files Lawsuit for Victim of 104 Jay Street Fire

Suit details negligence, responsibility of property owner in Schenectady fire that claimed four lives

TROY – Attorney James Hacker of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLP announced today the firm has filed suit against Ted Gounaris, Inc. and Ideal Property Services, Inc. following a deadly fire that occurred on March 6 in Schenectady and claimed the lives of four individuals.

The suit has been filed on behalf of a resident of the property located at 104 Jay Street who suffered personal injuries and loss and damage of property as a result of the property owner’s negligent and careless disregard. The owner’s failure to properly maintain and inspect fire alarms and water sprinklers throughout the building, combined with the decision to disable smoke detectors in the common areas, directly resulted in serious personal injury to the client and property damage.

“This incident shows blatant disregard for the safety of individuals who have entrusted an entity with their personal wellbeing,” said James Hacker, Partner, E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLP. “It is our goal to ensure our client receives appropriate restitution for this tragedy that could have been prevented. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the negligence exhibited by this property owner.”

The suit was filed on April 1, 2015 in Schenectady County Court. Mandatory action on the part of the defendants is required within 30 days.


About E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy: The merger of the E. Stewart Jones and Hacker Murphy law firms creates an entity with a combined 134-year track record of success in the Upstate New York legal community. With offices across the Greater Capital Region, the firm’s 15 attorneys offer unparalleled legal counsel in the areas of commercial litigation, property tax dispute, criminal defense and personal injury law.

Open House during Troy’s 32nd Annual Victorian Stroll

Don’t forget to save the date! The E. Stewart Jones Law Firm invites you to stop in to our Troy office on Sunday, December 7 from 11am – 1pm during Troy’s 32nd Annual Victorian Stroll.

We are pleased to have renowned acoustic guitarist Maria Z. performing again this year – it will be fun for the whole family!

The Stroll runs until 5pm and concludes with a Tree Lighting near monument square. Click the link below to view a schedule of events for the Stroll.

Attorneys are available to assist you 24/7, Call our office today.

Re-trial to Determine “Night Before Christmas” Author

Re-trial to Determine “Night Before Christmas” AuthorFor the second year, the E. Stewart Jones Law Firm will be participating in “The Trial Before Christmas”. Last year the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

E. Stewart Jones (’66) will be joined by fellow Albany Law school alum Jack Casey ’87, Molly Casey ’12 and Judge Edward O. Spain ’66 in the mock retrial to determine the true author of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”.  The retrial will be this Sunday during the Troy Victorian Stroll.

Last year, the courtroom was at capacity so please arrive early! Admission for the trial is free and open to the public on a first-come basis. Stop by the John T. Casey Courtroom on Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. to help solve the mystery of who wrote “Twas the night before Christmas.”

E. Stewart Jones Firm Recognizes Local Community Heroes

Last night, we honored the 2014 E. Stewart Jones Home Run Community Heroes. We wanted to send a special thank you to the Tri-City ValleyCats for allowing us to sponsor the Community Heroes Night again this year. We were so pleased to honor these special individuals down on the third base line, showing support for their hard work in helping our community a safe place to live.

The 2014 honorees were Shay Kerwin, Casey Predilitto, James Dorward, Jr., Brian Ragule and Brian Reith, Bakary Janneh, Roman Goddeau, Tara Hulett, Bailey Wind and Decky Lawson.

It is always a pleasure to spend time and personally thank our honorees and their guests. We’re looking forward next year’s Community Heroes Night.
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Check out our Facebook page for more photos from the event in our photo albums!