Lifelong resident of Rensselaer County and graduate of Holy Spirit School, Christian Brothers Academy, Siena College and Albany Law School
Relevant Experience and Qualifications
Phil Danaher has followed the motto “People, Not Politics” during his years in public service. Phil served for many years as a member of the East Greenbush Town Board, and has provided guidance as legal counsel to many local county, town and village officials in Rensselaer County over the last two and a half decades.
Along with pursuing his career as an attorney and operating a busy private practice in Rensselaer County, Phil has earned a reputation for his attention to constituent concerns and for his work on behalf of the taxpayers.
A commitment to community and public service began early for Phil. During his years as a student at Siena College and Albany Law School, Phil found time to serve as the youth basketball coordinator of Holy Spirit School and Parish in East Greenbush, and also served as a member of the Parish Council and School Board.
Phil and his wife, Laurie, are the proud parents of a son, Jared, and a daughter, Brynna.
I’ve always made it a priority to help others. That’s why I’ve spent my life proudly serving our community – as an attorney, youth sports coach, volunteer for local charities, Rensselaer County Legislator, and East Greenbush Town Board Member.
After graduating from law school, I worked at the largest law firm in Albany at the time, Carter, Conboy, Bardwell, Case & Blackmore, Esqs., and then as a Senior Associate at Dudley and Associates, Esqs. In 1991, I opened my own small law firm, which gave me the opportunity to be personally involved in every case and to provide close personal attention to every client. Since then, I’ve worked extensively on criminal, civil, business and municipal trials and cases, including fairly resolving over 15,000 cases at all levels of our courts, including Federal, State, County and local courts, and State Administrative proceedings.
Now I’m ready for the next step: earning your support on November 7th for Rensselaer County Court Judge.
B.A. from State of New York University Center at Albany
J.D. from Albany Law School
Relevant Experience and Qualifications
While the diversity I would bring to the bench is important, it is my extensive trial experience that makes me the best candidate for the position of Rensselaer County Court Judge. As a sole practitioner concentrating on criminal defense, my 18+ years of experience encompasses both prosecution and defense in State and Federal courts. For the past ten years, I have been appointed by the New York State Education Department in a quasi-judicial capacity as a Hearing Officer. These experiences have taught me the value of patience and the importance of maintaining an even judicial demeanor.
I am as proud of my accomplishments in my personal and family life - as wife to Albany Lieutenant Firefighter Kenneth Sober and mother to Julia, age 13, and Claire, age 10 - as I am my legal success.
County Courts are located in each county and handle criminal prosecutions of felonies and misdemeanors committed within the county, although in practice most misdemeanor offenses are handled by lower courts. County Courts also have limited jurisdiction over civil lawsuits, generally involving claims of up to $25,000.
County Court judges are elected to 10-year terms.
After graduating from Albany Law School in 1998, I began my legal career as an Assistant District Attorney, where I handled thousands of criminal appearances in County Court. I worked as a prosecutor in both Albany and Rensselaer Counties, where I was the Bureau Chief of the Felony DWI Unit.
After leaving the District Attorney's office, I began my own practice, where I focused on criminal defense and Special Prosecution.
Throughout my career, I have handled thousands of criminal matters before Federal, State, County and local Courts. The County Court Judge primarily handles the Felony Criminal matters in that County. I've had the opportunity to both prosecute and defend criminal matters from Arrest, to Arraignment, to Bail hearing, to Grand Jury presentation, to Suppression Hearing, to Plea or to Trial.
I have tried cases to verdict on the Federal level as well as the County and local level.
My Courtroom experience make me the most qualified candidate.