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Robert Knightly

Robert J. Knightly, Attorney at Law
Robert Knightly
Robert J. Knightly, Attorney at Law
Albany,
 NY

Practicing Law

Went to Fordham University Law School, Night Division, 1970-1975, while a policeman during the day. Retired from NYPD, September 1987, and hung out a shingle, renting a room from an old Landlord/Tenant lawyer at 401 Broadway, Manhattan. Realizing how little I knew about practicing law, in 1989 I joined the New York City Legal Aid Society as an apprentice trial lawyer in its Manhattan Criminal Division. Tried cases in Manhattan and Queens Criminal Courts over the next 18 years. Left LAS and NYC, my birthplace, in 2008 to relocate to Albany. The next year, opened an office in Downtown Albany and began taking Assigned (indigent defendant) cases from the Criminal Courts in Albany, Troy and Schenectady, and the District Federal Courts; privately, represented clients in the County Family Courts. Still at it, the same office. Hanging on the wall is the only legal award I ever got: the Stanley A. RosenMemorial Award for Distinguished Service Representing Abused Women, given by the Albany Women’s Bar’s Domestic Violence Project in 2013. Got the plaque at a fancy luncheon, seated next to Mrs. Rosen, Stanley's widow, who confided in me that although Stanley was the premier Matrimonial lawyer in town, his early days trying cases in the Albany criminal courts were his best memories. Me, too.


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