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Robert R. Jones


Mr. Jones joined Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP in 1990 and is a partner with the firm. He received a BA degree from Binghamton University with Honors in 1987 and received his JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, cum laude, in 1990. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and former Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He is experienced in handling civil trials and appeals in a wide range of litigation, including real property litigation, personal injury, contract disputes, products liability, and estate litigation. Currently, he limits his practice to civil litigation in the areas of oil & gas, serious personal injury (motor vehicle, construction site accident, wrongful death and products liability), estate litigation, contract disputes, and theft of cable & satellite TV.

Mr. Jones has received a “BV Distinguished” very high rating from Martindale-Hubbell in both legal ability and ethical standards and has been named as a New York Upstate Super Lawyer since 2012. National Trial Lawyers named him to their Top 100 Civil Plaintiff’s Lawyers of 2017 and 2019.

Mr. Jones is a member of the Broome County and New York State Bar Associations. He is an active member of the New York State Trial Lawyers and American Association for Justice. He is licensed to practice in the States of New York and Pennsylvania, and all federal courts in New York and the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He has lectured at legal education seminars for NYSTLA and the Broome County Bar Association. He is an active member of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church of Binghamton.

Representative Experience

  • Beardslee v. Inflection, 904 F. Supp. 2d 199 (N.D.N.Y. 2012)
  • Knapp v. Hughes, 19 NY3d 672 (NY Court of Appeals 2012)
  • Wiser v. Enervest Operating, 803 F. Supp. 2d. 109 (N.D.N.Y. 2011)
  • Matter of McLaughlin, 111 AD3d 1185 (N.Y. Appellate Division, Third Dep’t 2013)
  • Beardslee v. Inflection, 761 F.3d 221 (2d Cir., 2014)
  • Beardslee v. Inflection, 25 NY3d 150 (2015)

Publications & Presentations

  • Civil Trial Practice Tricks of the Trade (Lecturer, Broome County Bar Association CLE) (October 2016)
  • Ethics and Professionalism (Lecturer, Broome County Bar Association CLE) (December 2013)
  • Decisions (New York State Trial Lawyers) (2011)
  • Update: Oil and Gas Litigation (Lecturer, Broome County Bar Association CLE) (March 2011)

Honors & Awards

  • N. Theodore Sommer Advocacy Award, Broome County Bar Association, 2019
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America©, 2017 – Present
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2012 – Present
  • Peer Rated “BV Distinguished” by Martindale-Hubbell, 2017 – Present
  • National Trial Lawyers-Civil Plaintiff’s Lawyers Top 100, 2017, 2019
  • Robert J. Connelly Award, Western NY Trial Lawyers, 1990

Leadership & Community Involvement

  • St. Michael’s Orthodox Church (2009 – Present)
  • Apalachin Youth Football League (1995 – Present)
  • Legal Aid Society of Broome County (1993 – Present)


Binghamton, NY Office

Practice Areas


  • State of New York, 1991
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania


State University of New York at Buffalo

  • J.D., cum laude, 1990

Binghamton University

  • B.A., with Honors, 1987

Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association (Member, 1991 – Present)
  • Pennsylvania State Bar Association (Member, 2007 – Present)
  • Broome County Bar Association (Member, 1993 – Present)
  • Judicial Screening Committee (Member, 2014 – 2015)
  • American Association for Justice (Member, 1993 – Present)
  • New York State Trial Lawyers (Member, 1991 – Present)