VESTAL — Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP has opened two new law offices — one at 121 Buffalo St. in Ithaca and one at 140 N. Main St. in Spencer.
George D. Patte, Jr., who operated the Patte Law Firm in those two locations, has joined Levene Gouldin & Thompson, and will serve clients in business, litigation, trusts, and estates.
Financial terms of the business arrangement were not disclosed. According to his website, www.pattelawfirm.com, Patte employed two paralegals at his firm.
For Levene Gouldin & Thompson, the move to establish an office in Ithaca makes sense because it already did business in the area.
“One of the reasons we decided to set up in the Tompkins County area is that we do have clients, both corporate and individual, that we serve in the area,” David Gouldin, a partner at Levene Gouldin & Thompson, says.
In addition, Levene Gouldin & Thompson will keep Patte’s office in Spencer, in northwest Tioga County, open, Gouldin says. Tioga State Bank, headquartered in Spencer, is one of the law firm’s larger customers in that area, so the new location will make it more convenient to serve the bank, he says. In addition, the area is one that seems a bit underserved.
Overall, Gouldin says his law firm has seen growing client demand, especially in the areas of elder law and estate planning. Patte’s practice areas include elder law; wills, trusts, and estate planning and administration; personal-injury litigation, and real-estate law.
Patte, a 1967 graduate of Ithaca College, received his law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law. He is a member of the Tompkins County Bar Association, Broome County Bar Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is past president of the Southern Tier Trial Lawyers Association.
Patte was a founding partner in Greenburg and Patte, which operated from 1982 to 1990, and its successor, the Patte Law Firm that is now part of Levene Gouldin & Thompson.
Levene Gouldin & Thompson (www.binghamtonlaw.com), headquartered at 450 Plaza Dr. in Vestal, also has offices in Binghamton, Deposit, and Whitney Point. Practice areas include business, criminal defense, elder law, family law, oil and gas, litigation, and real estate.
The firm, founded in 1927, currently employs more than 55 attorneys, 37 of which are partners.