“For the past 20 years, I have practiced first as associate attorney and then partner with the law firm of Shaw, O’Brien, Crowley and Reynolds. Prior to this, when I first started out, I practiced as an associate attorney with HH&K from 1991 to 1994, working under the guidance of some of the most experienced attorneys in Broome County. For 23 years, I have consistently maintained a matrimonial and family law practice, and have successfully represented parties in numerous custody and visitation cases, as well as relocation petitions, grandparent or sibling visitation cases, family offense proceedings, and adoptions.
Early on in my career I applied for and received admission to the “Law Guardian” panel, which is a panel of family court attorneys who are assigned by the Court to represent children in family court cases. These cases include “PINS” charges (where minors are truant or ungovernable), “Juvenile Delinquency” cases (in which minors are charged with commission of a crime), and “Neglect” cases involving children at risk of harm in their own homes, some of the most challenging cases in Family Court. I believe that I am the only Family Court candidate who presently serves on this panel, and handles these cases.
A Family Court Judge will be expected to navigate through the governmental services which are essential to providing the child in a JD, PINS or neglect case with the tools necessary to succeed. My experience serving on the County Legislature over the past 12 years, including service on the Legislature’s Social Services Standing Committee, has afforded me with a broad understanding of all the agencies ( in addition to DSS) that provide services to the Family Court; again, a unique qualification for this position.
I have a history of service with respect to the youth in our community, including my ten year tenure as the Chair of the Youth Education Committee of the BCBA. In this capacity, I administered the High School Mock Trial Competition, and kept the program vital and successful for many years with the help of numerous volunteer attorney coaches and judges. I was the recipient of the Stanley B. Reiter award for “Extraordinary Service to the Association.”
As Family Court Judge, I wish to bring all of my experiences together to provide litigants and attorneys with reasonable, efficient, and compassionate decision-making. I will strive to provide prompt resolutions to cases, which due to the overburdening of this court sometimes take far too long to complete. I favor, in cases where settlement is unlikely, providing adequate blocks of time to try the case to completion without multiple adjournments.
On a personal note, I am married (23 years) to Nancy Barno Reynolds, who is a Visiting Professor of Education at Cazenovia College, and father to four children, Martin and Meg in College, Eamon at Vestal High, and Cate at Vestal Middle. I am a graduate of Seton Catholic Central, Binghamton University, and Albany Law (’91). I have served on the Broome County Legislature since first elected to office in 2002, and have served as a Director on many governmental boards including the Broome County Industrial Development Agency and the Broome County Land Bank. I have also been active in youth sports and presently serve as Vice President of the Vestal High lacrosse booster club.”