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Law firm headquartered in Albany credits big growth here to military focus

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Tully Rinckey PLLC will mark its 20th anniversary in 2023, and there’s a lot to celebrate.

The full-service law firm saw a lot of growth in certain practice areas, like labor and employment, real estate and military law.

The firm, headquartered in Albany, now has about 70 attorneys across eight states. Its Sheridan Drive office in Amherst has also doubled in the last few years, with now 10 attorneys.

“In the last year, we’ve had a number of new military attorneys, because there’s been an increasing need for it,” CEO and partner Michael Macomber said.

Anthony Kuhn, managing partner of the firm’s local office, took over as chair of the military practice in 2018. At the time, there were six military attorneys, but now there are 20 — all of them veterans or in active-duty or reserves.

“We’ve added six military attorneys in the last six months,” Kuhn said.

A lot of the work they do involves military personnel, whether it’s a discharge or injury claim, or a hot topic issue, like political changes or any cases involving the previous “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule. The most recent example of politics driving business for the group, Kuhn said, was the mandate that all service members must receive a Covid-19 vaccine.

“Politics are polarizing,” he said. “You have military members who are willing to fall behind one president, and then an election happens and the pendulum swings from one side to the other side.”

Last month, the firm expanded its military practice with a new office in Flowood, Mississippi, after bringing on attorney Ira Rushing.

“We do make a concerted effort to hire veterans in the military practice,” Macomber said. “The reason being is that there is a learning curve. For anyone who’s served in the military, it’s just a completely different way of life, and understanding the fundamentals of that make our attorneys better at representing our clients. That’s why we’ve done so well in this niche.”

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