James hails from Sleepy Hollow, New York, and received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, with minors in psychology and pre-business studies from the New York University in 2004. James then went on to study law at SUNY Buffalo Law School, receiving his Juris Doctor in 2011. He also received a Master of Business Administration in 2011.
He is admitted to practice law in New York State and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, as well as Bankruptcy Court.
James decided to become a lawyer after majoring in philosophy and concentrating in ethics. “I wanted to be in a position where I could be of assistance to individuals in need of having their rights protected.”
A passion for helping people runs deep. His father worked for the United Nations and aside from protecting the rights of injured persons, he is also passionate about civil rights and human rights. At William Mattar, our purpose is to make a difference and James’ values align well with the firm. He tells us “I always take a personal interest in the well-being of my clients, not just in terms of their case but in terms of who they are as individuals. I believe that being an excellent lawyer requires you to take a genuine interest in your client as a person. At the conclusion of the representation, and throughout the case, I strive to make a difference in their lives by being a positive influence and a resource that they can count on. Lawyers are in the unique position of being able to apply their professional efforts to correct wrongdoings. There is a moral compass within all of us, and the most rewarding aspect of helping others is knowing that I am doing my part to pursue right over wrong in seeking justice for my clients.”
James is also a first generation American and has traveled extensively, which gives him an appreciation for the diversity of people and respect for their cultures. When he is not working with clients, he enjoys spending time hiking (particularly with his dog, Oscar), sailing in the summer, and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.
- New York University, NY, NY (B.A.) 2004
- SUNY Buffalo Law School (J.D.) 2011
- New York State, 2012
- U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2012