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About Our Law Firm

Over a Century of Excellence

The locally owned law firm of Poissant, Nichols, Grue, Vanier & Babbie, P.C. started out in Malone, NY as The Law Office of Gordon H. Main way back in 1875. Over all those years, the firm was passed from one partner to another. We have successfully served the same communities for personal injury and family law issues for more than a century in the same building and in the same offices! 
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Joseph P. Nichols

Joseph P. Nichols was born in Norwood, New York on January 14, 1958. He was admitted to the bar in 1983. He was a former member of the Library Board in Malone, a Committee Chairperson for Troop 61 Boy Scouts, and a Finance Committee member of the Diocese of Ogdensburg. 

Education:
Union University Albany Law School 
Degree: J.D. - 1982
Admission to Practice: New York State 
Year: 1983
Niagara University
Major: History
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, History
Year: 1979
Summa Cum Laude

Legal Experience:
May 1983 - present
Poissant, Nichols, Grue, Vanier & Babbie, P.C.
367 West Main Street
Malone, New York 12953
518-483-1440
Position: Associate 1983-1987
Partner 1987 to present
Practice: General Practice with emphasis on litigation 1989-1990
Town of Malone 
Malone, New York 12953
Position: Town Attorney 

1989-1990
Village of Brushton
Brushton, New York 12916
Position: Village Attorney

January 1979 - July 1982 
Assemblyman James F. Nagle 
Rm. 531 - Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12248
Position: Legislative Aide
Duties: Research, preparation of legislation, preparation of legislative memoranda and working with constituents. 

Courts of Practice:
All Courts of New York State
United States District Court -
(Northern District and Western District) 
United States Court of Federal Claims
Supreme Court of the United States of America 

Memberships:
New York Continuing Legal Education Board
(2002-2004)
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
New York State Bar Association
Franklin County Bar Association
St. Lawrence County Bar Association
Albany County Bar Association
Committee for the Protection of Children Diocese of Ogdensburg
New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
American Bar Association
ABA Trial and Insurance Practice Section 
New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section
National Lawyers Association
New York State Bar Association Torts, Insurance and Compensation Section
New York State Bar Association Family Law Section
ABA Litigation Section

Bar Admissions:
New York, 1982

Honors and Awards
Selected for Super Lawyers, 2015 - Present

Thomas A. Grue

Current Position:
1990-Present
Poissant, Nichols, Grue, Vanier & Babbie, P.C.
367 West Main Street
Malone, New York 12953
518-483-1440
Partner
Practice Areas: Personal Injury; Criminal; Business Litigation; Condemnation; Matrimonial; Real Estate

Education:
University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 1984
Juris Doctor
Senior Editor, Buffalo Law Review

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 1981
Bachelor of Arts

Bar Admission: 1984

Military Service: 
United States Army 
Captain, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. 1984-1988

Additional Experience:
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas 1985-1986
Instructor of Business Law

Memberships:
Franklin County Bar Association
American Bar Association
New Your City Civil and Criminal Lawyer Association

Born in Plattsburgh New York on September 21, 1959

Litigation Percentage:
85% of practice devoted to litigation

Bar Admissions:
New York, 1984

Education:
University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York
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Stephen A. Vanier

Education:
Franklin Academy 1984 
Malone, New York

St. Lawrence University 1988 
Cum laude with a 
Bachelor Degree in Government

Albany Law School 1992
Albany, New York

Employment:
1990-Present
Poissant, Nichols, Grue & Vanier, P.C.
367 West Main Street
Malone, New York 12953
518-483-1440
Partner

He was admitted to the bar in January of 1993 and admitted to the Federal Bar in March of 1993.

Memberships:
Vice President, Franklin County Bar Association
Member, Franklin Academy Board of Trustees
President of Rotary for 2005 – 2006, and a member of Rotary for 10 years
Rotary Club of Malone Board of Directors
Malone Minor Hockey Association Board of Directors Board of Directors for North Country Habitat for Humanity
Board of Directors for Hospice of the North Country
Adult hockey and golf leagues
Youth hockey and baseball coach
Member of Franklin County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association

Litigation Percentage:
75% of practice devoted to litigation

Bar Admissions:
New York, 1993
U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1993

Education:
Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York

Honors and Awards:
Selected for Super Lawyers, 2015 - Present 

Luke J. Babbie

Education:
Franklin Academy 2003, Malone, New York 
SUNY Plattsburgh 2006, Major Criminal Justice, Minor History, Cum Laude 
Western New England College School of Law, 2010 
Admitted to the Bar: New York State 2011

Professional Experience:
2007- Present, Poissant, Nichols, Grue, Vanier & Babbie, P.C. 
367 West Main Street, 
Malone, New York 12953, 
518-483-1440, Associate.

2009 – Western New England College School of Law Consumer Protection Clinic, Springfield, Massachusetts 
Duties: Represented low-income individuals in small claims and landlord/tenant matters.

Courts of Practice:
All Courts of New York State
Federal Northern District Court

Born:
Plattsburgh, New York July 29, 1985

Memberships:
New York State Bar Association
Potsdam Chamber of Commerce
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Joseph M. Poissant (Deceased)

Experience:
Retired Partner with Poissant, Nichols, Grue & Vanier, P.C, Town Attorney for Town of Malone 1970-1979, Legislator for Franklin County 1970-1972

Also admitted in US District Court, Northern District Court of New York, US Supreme Court, US Claims Court, and US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, 1954, Siena College, LLB, 1954 Albany Law School of Union College

Memberships:
New York Bar Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law, New York State Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, American Trial Lawyers Association.

Litigation Percentage:
85% of practice devoted to litigation

Bar Admissions:
New York, 1958
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1959
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1959
U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1959
U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1959
U.S. Supreme Court, 1967
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1980

Education:
Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York
- LL.B., Bachelor of Law - 1957
Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York
- J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1957
Siena College, Loudonville, New York
- B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1954

References:
Marine Midland Bank, NA, Malone, NY
Citizens National Bank, Malone, NY
Shearson, Lehman, Hutton, Frank Moerschell, Potsdam, NY
Dean Witter Reynolds, Tony Catalano, Syracuse, NY

Professional Associations and Memberships:
8P Realty Corporation, 1959 - Present
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