About James J. Cummings III – Rochester Lawyer

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Before opening Cummings Law Offices, PLLC, Mr. Cummings was associated with three of upstate New York’s largest law firms, including Nixon Peabody LLP. He has represented a wide variety of clients including individuals, businesses, landlords, residential and commercial lenders, industrial and commercial entities, municipal corporations, not-for-profit corporations, real estate brokers, and property owners’ associations.

For 15 years in a row, Martindale Hubbell, the nation’s largest and oldest attorney listing directory, has given Mr. Cummings an “AV” rating which is defined by Martindale Hubbell as follows:

“An AV rating is a significant accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV rating.” (Martindale Hubbell, ISLN # 908081873)

Prior to his work in the law, Mr. Cummings served in the Office of the Deputy Director of Planning and Urban Development for the City of Akron, Ohio, was employed in the Housing Division of the Akron Health Department, operated a housing consultant service and owned and managed numerous multi-family buildings.


State University of New York College at Oswego (B.A.,Honors, 1973)
University of Akron, Ohio (M.A., Urban Studies, 1980), (Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, 1986).


American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law; Law Review; and New York City Urban Fellowship Award (Special Assistant to New York City Commissioner of Housing and Development Administration).

Admissions and Other Experience:

Licensed to practice in the courts of New York. Additionally, admitted to the New York Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts of the Western and Northern Districts of New York.

Mr. Cummings has published several articles on lead paint problems and liabilities associated with the ownership of multi-family properties and has spoken on real estate topics at various commercial property owner, management and investment associations.

With over 23 years of legal experience, you will receive excellent service at reasonable rates! Our office is conveniently located in Waterloo with plenty of free convenient parking.

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