T. David Stapleton, Esq.

T. David Stapleton is a founding member of the firm and is the third generation of his family to live and work in Cayuga County.  His areas of practice have been primarily focused in Elder Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Real Estate, and Small Business counseling.

David is very active in the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, having served as its Chair from June 2011 through May 2012, and has been a member of its Executive Committee since 2005. He is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and has served two terms on the Board of Directors of its New York Sate Chapter.

David is a frequent lecturer across the state in the areas of his expertise, speaking at seminars for the NYS Bar Association, Cayuga County Bar Association, Cayuga County Office for the Aging, Smith Barney, Edward Jones, Farm Family Insurance, the county chapter of the Alzheimer Association, local chapter of NYS Association for Retarded Children, M & T Bank, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, the local Down Syndrome Association, Cayuga Community College, the Syracuse University Public Policy course, and  to lecture at the behest of ARISE to explain Elder Law attributes available to protect the disabled and their families.

In terms of local commitment, David has been actively involved in the business and not-for-profit sectors of the community, as listed below.  He has assumed a leadership role in many activities that have added to the quality of life in our community.

He is married to the former Helene A. Karpinski, now retired as an associate professor at Cayuga Community College, and they have three grown children: Shannon, Meghan, and David.


  • Georgetown University, 1964, B.A. Degree
  • Catholic University Law School, 1967, JD Degree

Professional Affiliations

  • Elder Law Section of NYS Bar Association, past Chair and current member of the Executive Committee
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, past board member, New York Chapter




  • Onondaga Savings Bank and OnBancorp, Board of Trustees
  • M & T Bank, member CNY Advisory Board
  • Savings and Loan Association of Auburn, Board of Trustees and attorney
  • Owasco Abstract Corp, Board of Directors
  • Jacobs Press, Inc., Board of Directors

Community Service:

  • Seward House Museum Foundation
  • United Way, Campaign Chair for 1998 and 1999
  • Cayuga Community College Foundation Board
  • Auburn Memorial Hospital, Board of Trustees and attorney
  • AMH Foundation, Board member
  • Cayuga County Chamber Board of Commerce and its Foundation
  • Cayuga Co. Chapter, NYS Assoc. for Retarded Children, Board member and attorney
  • Cayuga County/City of Auburn Cooperative Governance, Chair
  • Auburn Field the Dream Campaign for Falcon Park
  • Auburn Bicentennial Committee
  • City of Auburn, Comprehensive Planning Committee
  • City of Auburn, Advisory Panel for Operation Auburn
  • Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology
  • Blessed Trinity School Board and attorney
  • Westminster Manor and Bluefield Manor, as attorney


  • Martindale-Hubbell: rated Preeminent AV: the highest rating for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards since 1986.
  • Best Lawyers in America: Recognized for the years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, as being among the Best in the practice of Elder Law.
  • Super Lawyers in Upstate NY: Recognized in 2014, 2015. and 2016 as one of the top 10 upstate lawyers for his Excellence in Practice of Elder Law
  • United States Supreme Court, admitted to practice December, 1993 


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