Partners

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John A. Karpinski is a founding member of the firm and an Auburn, NY native. He began practicing law with his father, John J. Karpinski and his brother-in-law T. David Stapleton in 1970. Prior to that he was a VISTA volunteer in Detroit, MI and served as counsel to New York State Assemblyman L.S. Riford, Jr.. He is a contributing member of the Auburn community having served as a Director of Midstate Mutual Insurance Company, Owasco Abstract Corporation, OnBancorp Cayuga Region, and as President of Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees and the Cayuga County Bar Association. He was recently named Trustee Emeritus of Cayuga Community College, in recognition of his 30 years of service to the institution.

Practice Areas: Elder Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Real Estate, Business Law, Litigation 

Professional Memberships: Admitted to the NYS Bar, 1969; New York State Bar Association Sections on Elder and Special Needs Law, Real Property Law, and Trusts and Estates Law

Education: Boston University, JD, 1968
College of the Holy Cross, BS, 1965


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T. David Stapleton  is a founding member of the firm and an Auburn, NY native.  David joined his father-in-law John J. Karpinski  in 1968. David has served on numerous boards and committees in the local community including the Seward House Museum Foundation, United Way (Campaign Chair in 1998-99), Cayuga Community College Foundation, Auburn Community Hospital , Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce,  Auburn Bicentennial Committee,  Auburn Field the Dream Campaign for Falcon Park, and Cayuga County/City of Auburn Cooperative Governance (Chair). 

Practice Areas: Elder Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Real Estate, Business Law, Litigation 

Professional Memberships: Admitted to the NYS Bar, 1967; US Supreme Court, admitted to practice, 1993; New York State Bar Association Section on Elder Law (Chair and member of the Executive Committee); National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Board member). David has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and by Super Lawyers in Upstate NY for the practice of Elder Law.  

Education: Catholic University Law School, JD, 1967
Georgetown University, BA, 1964