John M. Thomas

John M. Thomas

Of Counsel


Owego, New York

Judge Thomas joined Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP in 2001 and is “Of Counsel” with the firm. He served as the Broome County Surrogate Judge from January 1, 1985 to January 1, 2001. During his judicial term he served by cross assignment to County Court, Family Court and Supreme Court throughout the Sixth Judicial District. Prior to being elected Surrogate Judge, Judge Thomas engaged in the general practice of law for 26 years in Corporations Municipal Law, concentrating in Estate Administration, Probate Law and Real Property Law. During that period of his career he was the former Broome County Counsel to the Federal Land Bank of Springfield, MA, counsel to the Binghamton General Hospital Foundation and various municipalities throughout Broome County. Judge Thomas' areas of practice include trust and estate administration and estate planning.


Published Works

  • co-authored Trusts and Estates Practice in New York, West Publishing Co (1997)

Professional Affiliations