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Thomas E. Mercure

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Albany, New York 12211
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Hon. Thomas E. Mercure, retired, is an accomplished and dedicated neutral who provides alternative dispute resolution services, including mediation and arbitration, to the clients of Capital District ADR, LLC.  Before his appointment to the Appellate Division, Justice Mercure resolved thousands of cases on the trial bench in a variety of practice areas through mediation, earning a reputation as a fair, impartial, and hard-working neutral. As an Appellate Division Justice, he heard more than 21,000 appeals and wrote more than 3,000 signed opinions, again earning a reputation as a highly professional and ethical jurist.


In 1969, Justice Mercure began his career in the private practice of law in Fort Edward, New York. He entered public service in 1973 as an Assistant District Attorney in Washington County. He became first assistant a year later, was elected District Attorney in 1976 and served in that position for four years. 

Justice Mercure’s career on the bench began in 1981 following his election as Washington County Judge. His tenure as a jurist continued for the next 33 years, during which time he was elected to three terms on the state Supreme Court, was appointed to the Appellate Division, Third Department, and served as Administrative Judge of the Third Judicial District, overseeing courts, judges and court system employees in seven counties.

In March, 2014, Justice Mercure retired from the bench after serving for more than 25 years as Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, becoming the longest serving Justice in the 118-year history of the court. Justice Mercure served as Acting Presiding Justice in 2011 and 2012.

Justice Mercure sat on the New York State Court of Appeals, by designation, twice in 1994 and 2011 for two cases, including one related to the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. He was nominated and determined to be well qualified for a seat on the high court three times by the Commission on Judicial Nomination in 2006-2007 – twice for Associate Judge and once for Chief Judge of the State of New York.


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1968
St. Michael’s College, B.A., cum laude, 1965


Justice Mercure has substantive case experience in the following practice areas for which he provides professional mediation and arbitration services:

  • Appeals
  • Banking and Finance
  • Child Support
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions and Mass Torts
  • Commercial and Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Creditors and Debtors Rights
  • Custody Disputes
  • Divorce
  • Education
  • Eminent Domain
  • Environmental
  • Family Law
  • General Negligence
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Partnership and Shareholder Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises and Property
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Securities and Commodities
  • Wills, Estates and Probate
  • Wrongful Death



Washington County Bar Association

Supreme Court Justices Association

Justice Mercure has participated actively over the years on various committees and commissions dedicated to the development of the law and the administration of justice.  He served for 15 years (1991-2006) on the Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions, and was one of several Supreme Court Justices tasked with developing jury instructions for use in all civil trials across the state.  He was a member of the Ethics Commission for the Unified Court System for 14 years (1989-2003), including seven years as Chair. He has also served for a number of years and remains a member of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics, and for 10 years (2003-2013) on the Federal-State Judicial Council as one of five state judges meeting regularly with five federal judges to facilitate the disposition of cases in both court systems.


Justice Mercure is the recipient of numerous professional recognitions and honors, including the Unified Court System’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association Edward S. Conway Judicial Excellence Award, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association Felix J. Aulisi Award, the Greater Capital District Italian-American Bar Association Anthony V. Cardona Award for commitment to the legal community, and the September 14, 2014 dedication of the Washington County Courthouse as The Hon. Thomas E. Mercure Washington County Courthouse.