James S. Wolford, Partner

Phone: (585) 325-8015
Toll Free: (833) 260-2210

Mr. Wolford brings to the firm his extensive jury trial experience and his ease in the courtroom. He has successfully represented clients in a variety of matters in both federal and state courts in the areas of commercial litigation, personal injury, and criminal defense.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wolford served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Monroe County District Attorney's Office. During his four years as an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Wolford prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases, including major felonies. He was responsible for obtaining the first local felony convictions for persons charged with tampering with food products and making bomb threats at a local high school.

Since joining the firm, Mr. Wolford has handled many different and complex litigation matters, in both the civil and criminal arena. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation and New York Super Lawyers Magazine in the area of general litigation for many years.

Mr. Wolford was chosen as a member of the Rochester Business Journal's 40 Under 40, and served as president of the Rochester AM Rotary group. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees for Hope Hall School, a school for children with learning disabilities and former member of the Board for the Wilson Commencement Park. He is also a member of the Webster Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Wolford is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts in New York and is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association, including the Litigation Section's Personal Injury subcommittee.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

"Untreated alcoholism is not a disability in New York City," The Daily Record, December 7, 2017

"Robocalls strike back," The Daily Record, July 6, 2017

"No more second chances," The Daily Record, August 4, 2016

"Facebook attorneys strike back," The Daily Record, December 3, 2015

“Words of assurance can and will be used against you,” The Daily Record, December 4, 2014

“MGM KO’d by the U.S. Supreme Court,” The Daily Record, June 5, 2014

Speaker, Parties, Penalties, and Planning: Avoiding a Legal Hangover, Presentation by The Wolford Law Firm, November 2013

“COA limits the scope of the Scaffold Law,” The Daily Record, November 7, 2013

“Gang activity does not fall within terrorism statute,” The Daily Record, January 3, 2013

“Preclusion of Expert Upheld by Court of Appeals,” The Daily Record, June 7, 2012

Speaker, Ethical Principles for the Practicing Attorney, CLE presented by The Wolford Law Firm, February 2012

Speaker, Ethical Principles for the Practicing Attorney, CLE presented by The Wolford Law Firm, December 2011

“Preclusion of Eyewitness Expert Gaffe Warrants New Trial,” The Daily Record, November 3, 2011

“Court Erred Admitting Firearm Evidence On Stalking Charge,” The Daily Record, May 5, 2011

“Fore! Maybe Caddyshack Had It Right,” The Daily Record, January 6, 2011

“Can a Breathalyzer be Defeated?,” The Daily Record, June 3, 2010

“Eyewitness Misidentification,” The Daily Record, November 5, 2009

“Attempted Deceit Supports Treble Damages,” The Daily Record, April 2, 2009

“Big Brother has Long Been Watching,” The Daily Record, June 5, 2008

“How to Handle the Recalcitrant Witness,” The Daily Record, November 1, 2007

“End of Mandatory Sentencing Guidelines,” The Daily Record, February 3, 2005

“Certain Communications Between Attorney & Expert Witness are Discoverable,” The Daily Record, May 6, 2004

“Admissibility of Business Records,” The Daily Record, October 2, 2003


New York State Court

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


Professional & Civic Activities

Monroe County Bar Association
Litigation Section, Personal Injury Subcommittee Member

Criminal Justice Panel,
U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Panel Member,
Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County

Webster Chamber of Commerce Member
(2013 to present)

Webster Lacrosse Club Board of Directors
(2014 to present)

Bristol Mountain Race Club Vice President

Rochester AM Rotary Past President and Treasurer
(2002 to 2009)

Hope Hall School
Board of Trustees (2009 to 2010)

Wilson Commencement Park
Board of Directors (2013)