James R. McGraw, Esq.
Syracuse native James McGraw is no stranger to the courtroom. McGraw has appeared in courtrooms around the country on various matters, but serious felony cases are the core of his practice. Admitted to practice in New York State in 1973 and in the Northern District of New York in 1975, he remains an active trial attorney. McGraw is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
In State Court, McGraw has tried over forty murder cases. He has appeared in nearly every county court in New York State.
In Federal Court, McGraw has litigated a wide array of cases, ranging from environmental crimes to drug trafficking. In the decades that he has practiced in Federal Court, he has lost very few cases.
Although most known for his criminal defense work, McGraw occasionally takes on clients who are either making civil claims or defending themselves against them.
One of McGraw's most rewarding experiences as an attorney results from his work with the Innocence Project. Working in conjunction with another attorney, McGraw presented DNA evidence which led to the exoneration of an innocent man who had spent fifteen years in jail for a crime he did not commit.