James Towne '75, a founding partner of Towne, Ryan & Partners, was recently profiled by the Times Union for his volunteer work as "a trustee of the Loisaba Community Conservation Foundation, which serves the Ewaso community in East Africa's Laikipia Valley, 100 miles north of Nairobi."
The foundation helps to develop and raise funds for education, health care and environmental efforts throughout the region. Towne visits Africa once a year, and according to the Times Union article, he often wakes up to early-morning messages from the school children that the foundation helps, since they are seven hours ahead and already in the classroom.
This past summer, Towne was also appointed to the Ethics Board for the Town of Ballston to work in conjunction with his fellow board members and town officials to ensure compliance with the Town of Ballston’s Code of Ethics. He has nearly four decades of experience advising business owners and municipalities with regards to their ethics issues and the impact such issues can have on an organization or community.
Established in 2009, Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. has offices in Albany, Saratoga Springs, Poughkeepsie, Cobleskill, Burnt Hills and Bennington, Vt., with practice areas covering both transactional and litigation work across a broad range of legal fields including municipal law, representation of auto dealers, corporate and commercial law, insurance defense, real estate, employer defense, equine, racing and gaming law and many related fields.
The firm is certified as a Women Business Enterprise by the State of New York, and it is the largest law firm in Upstate New York to hold this certification.