Lawyer opens an individual practice in Carthage | Jefferson County

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CARTHAGE – After working for over 40 years, many would consider retiring, but a local lawyer decided to go it alone instead.

Lawrence D. Hasseler, originally from Watertown, began working for the law firm Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall after completing the bar exam in August 1974. The village resident worked in the Carthage office from from 1981 and was Managing Partner of the Cabinet. from 1998 to 2020.

Resigning that post, he has served as a cabinet advisor for the past year and has now moved to extend his shingle in the former EC Crooks Memorials building, 225 State St., owned by James and Robin Condino, next to the former car dealer.

The local lawyer said he was not ready to retire and saw the need for another law firm in the village after Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall decided to close his office in Carthage.

“I like it,” he said of practicing law. “All three (Carthage law firms) are doing well. The community supports them. The work is here.

The Syracuse University alumnus has experience in several areas of practice, including general practice, real estate, municipal law, estate administration, elder law, and social security.

In his new firm, Lawrence D. Hasseler Attorney, he will focus on estate administration, real estate and municipal law.

“I gave up social, domestic and criminal security,” he said, noting that they were taking a long time.

“It is difficult to be a court attorney and an office lawyer,” Hasseler said. “For now, I’ll be an office lawyer.”

Once it has staff, the situation can change.

The lawyer sought out other lawyers to join him, reaching out to those who had previously applied locally and may now be looking to relocate to the area.

Mr. Hasseler has been active in his community and in the past served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Carthage Area Hospital and of the Community Mental Health Association of Jefferson County Inc. He served as Secretary of the Jefferson County Bar Association. for 15 years and as a board member of Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Rural Healthcare Alliance, the Carthage Region Chamber of Commerce, the Branaugh Memorial Boys’ Club and the Citizens Advisory Board for the Alcoholism Center .

He is a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Carthage Area Hospital, the Mid-New York Legal Aid Society Inc., the Watertown Urban Mission and Jefferson County Hospice.

“I want to be more active – more involved in the community,” he said.

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