Plattsburgh, New York

Jacqueline M. Kelleher Esq.


Jacqueline Kelleher began at Stafford Owens in 2000. Ms. Kelleher advises businesses, not-for-profits, and public entities on various legal matters, focusing on labor and employment matters, contracts, litigation and risk management. She frequently advises clients regarding labor relations and collective bargaining, executive compensation, hiring and separation, workplace investigations and related areas. She is the District Attorney for a number of local school Districts, advising on a wide range of issues.

Ms. Kelleher has a broad legal background representing a range of clients in mediation, arbitration, and before regulatory agencies and state and federal courts.

She is dedicated to her community and says she was delighted to have an opportunity to become part of the social and business fabric of the North Country, partly through her service to not-for-profits.


Obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University in 1986, she then earned her Juris Doctorate Degree in 1994 from University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, graduating cum laude.

Admitted to Practice:

New York State Bar, 2000; United States District Court - Northern District of NY, 2001; Western and Eastern Districts of New York, 2013; Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014; Western District of Pennsylvania, 1994; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bar, 1994.


  • Secretary of the Board of Trustees at Lake Forest, Inc.
  • Member of the Board of United Way of the Adirondack Region
  • Member & Past President of the Clinton County Bar Association
  • District Representative & Member of the Executive Committee of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association
  • Member of New York State School Boards Association
  • Member of New York State Association of School Attorneys
  • Former Member & Immediate Past Chair of the Board for Mountain Lake PBS
  • Former Member of the Board of Directors for the Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce.
  • Legal panel member for the Surrogate Decision Making Committee administered by New York Justice Center of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities.

Ms. Kelleher frequently provides training on legal issues relating to employment including wage and hour issues; employee performance and discipline; state and federal laws; workplace harassment and discrimination, and management of public employees. She is also a legal columnist for the publication Strictly Business, writing timely columns on legal changes in employment law.

Recent Training Provided By Jacqueline M. Kelleher, Esq.

Ms. Kelleher has provided training to employers and managers through a number of forums, including the North Country HR Consortium and the North Country Chamber of Commerce, as well as numerous presentations to clients. Ms. Kelleher also provides 1-on-1 counseling for employees regarding legal standards.

These include:

  • North Country Chamber of Commerce - December, 2016 - The Year in Review: Labor & Employment Law Developments in 2016
  • North Country Chamber of Commerce – November, 2016 – Women In Business Bootcamp – Building your Brand
  • North Country HR Consortium, September, 2016 – Wage and Hour
  • Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, September, 2016 – FLSA Overtime Updat
  • North Country Association of School Business Officials, September, 2016 – FLSA For School Business Officials
  • Local School District, September, 2016 – Legal Rights for Transgender People in New York
  • North Country Chamber of Commerce, July, 2016 – FLSA Overtime Update
  • North Country Chamber of Commerce, June, 2016 – FLSA Overtime Update
  • North Country HR Consortium, May, 2016 – Managing Time
  • North Country HR Consortium, April, 2016 – Retaliation – New EEOC Guidelines
  • North Country Chamber of Commerce, April, 2016 – The Hiring Process
  • Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, March, 2016 – Employment Law Update
  • Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, March, 2016 – Employment Law Update
  • Malone Area Chamber of Commerce, March, 2016 – Employment Law Update
  • North Country HR Consortium, February, 2016 – HR - At the Heart of it All
  • North Country Chamber of Commerce, January, 2016 – Annual Employment Law Update
Jacqueline M. Kelleher Esq.

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