Jim is a partner with Greene & Reid, PLLC, in Syracuse, New York, where he concentrates in the areas of personal injury and consumer rights litigation, trial and appellate practice, and class actions. He is recognized as a New York Super Lawyer.

Jim received his A.B. degree from Colgate University, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. degree from Albany Law School of Union University. He has been a speechwriter, Senior Staff member, and an Assistant Counsel to New York State Governor Mario M. Cuomo.  As Assistant Counsel to the Governor, Jim’s responsibilities included legislative bill drafting, negotiation, and litigation oversight relating to the New York State Judiciary, the Department of Taxation and Finance, the Division of the Budget, and the Board of Elections.  Jim began his legal career as a senior trial attorney with The Legal Aid Society of the City of New York, in the Criminal Defense Division, Brooklyn Office.

Jim served for 20 years as an adjunct professor in the Legal Studies Program at Syracuse University, teaching litigation and civil practice, tort law, and alternative dispute resolution. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, and has taught in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at LeMoyne as well.  Jim regularly lectures to other lawyers in professional Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs. Jim is a founder and director of the Franciscan Northside Ministries Legal Referral Clinic in Syracuse, and was awarded the 2003 New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Attorney Award. Jim is engaged in disability rights advocacy, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, and the Board of Directors at Aurora of Central New York, Inc., a service and advocacy organization for individuals with visual and/or hearing impairments.  He regularly lectures at the Syracuse University College of Law Disability Rights Clinic.

Licensed to practice law in New York State and the District of Columbia, Jim’s memberships include the American Association for Justice, New York State Bar Association, the Onondaga County Bar Association, the N.D.N.Y. Federal Court Bar Association, the New York State Trial Academy (where he received the 2010 President’s Award for service to the Trial Academy), and he has been a member of the New York State Democratic Committee.  He is married to Georgette Gonzales-Snyder, Esq., and the couple has two children, Thomas and Megan.


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