James A. Long is a Partner at MK&C’s Syracuse, New York office. Mr. Long has extensive experience in defending general liability claims involving personal injury defense, professional liability, construction defects, maritime, employment law, toxic torts, environmental claims, and products liability (e.g., pharmaceuticals, medical devices, asbestos, etc.). Mr. Long is also skilled in handling cybersecurity, data breach and emerging technologies matters. He has successfully defended his clients at trial in both federal and state courts across the country, having most recently taken a verdict in the Northern District of New York in 2018. His clients have ranged from self-insured Fortune 100 companies to local mom-and-pop businesses.
In addition to his general liability practice, Mr. Long serves as National Coordinating Counsel for a
major American construction materials manufacturer, and represents multiple large companies within the automotive industry in asbestos litigation. He is known as a dedicated and capable adversary in the courtroom, as well as a tough negotiator on behalf of his clients.
Mr. Long earned his Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law and received his bachelor’s degree from The City College of New York where he majored in political science, graduating with honors. He has been listed as a Rising Star, in both Upstate New York and New Jersey, for every year since 2015.
Prior to the practice of law, Mr. Long was a programmer and entrepreneur in the technology industry. From 1999 until 2007, he worked on the cutting edge of internet technology, first as a coder on a variety of complex business applications and later as a co-owner of an internet technology consulting firm. Mr. Long leverages his technological expertise to represent clients and insureds involved in data breach cases, cases involving drone technology, and other torts arising from the use of emerging technologies.
Mr. Long is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey, with admission pending in California. He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York.