Our Team is Your Team

Since 1926, this firm has provided strong, successful representation in our local and regional communities. We know the people and businesses of Rochester and Western New York—and the unique issues they face—because our attorneys come from here.

Meet them and learn more about their professional experience and areas of practice.

James B. Fitzsimmons

jimfitz(at)fitznunn.com

james-b-fitzsimmons.pngJames concentrates in probate and estate administration in New York State Surrogate's Court and in estate planning, including representation in the field of elder law. He has practiced law in Rochester for over 50 years including representation of a local municipality since the 1960’s. He has represented multiple generations of several families, as well as builders and developers, banks, and businesses.

Practice areas:

  • Estate planning
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Elder law
  • Municipal law

Education:

  • JD, Union University Albany Law School, 1960

Memberships:

Admitted to practice before all Courts in New York State and the US District Court for the Western District of New York.

John B. Fitzsimmons

johnfitz(at)fitznunn.com

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John practices extensively in estate planning, probate, administration, and estate litigation matters. He has successfully represented estates in recovering missing or misappropriated assets, and in defending will contests. He has also successfully represented parties in elder-law guardianship proceedings under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law.

When appropriate, John strives to achieve creative and practical solutions to complex disputes between family members or property owners as an alternative to costly litigation. He assists clients with estate planning, probate and administration of estates, asset preservation, powers of attorney, and healthcare proxies. He has a large residential and commercial real estate practice, representing sellers, and purchasers, as well as private and institutional lenders. John also practices commercial debt collection for creditors and currently serves as attorney for the Village of Churchville.

Practice areas:

  • Probate and administration of estates
  • Real estate
  • Estate planning and administration
  • Collections

Education:

  • BA, cum laude, Nazareth College, 1987
  • JD, cum laude, The American University, Washington College of Law 1990

Memberships:

Admitted to practice before all Courts in New York State, US District Court for the Western District of New York, and United States Bankruptcy Court.

Mark Nunn

marknunn(at)fitznunn.com

mark-nunn.pngMark has extensive experience representing seriously injured people, focusing on cases of medical malpractice, serious motor vehicle accidents, and defective products, in all New York State Courts, especially Supreme Court and the Appellate Courts, as well as the Federal Courts, and Mediations and Arbitrations.

Mark has written essays for Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle newspaper on topics related to the rights of injured people. He is a frequent lecturer at continuing education programs, and is a past officer of the local New York State Trial Lawyers Association chapter.

Practice areas:

  • Personal injury
  • Medical malpractice
  • Products liability

Education:

  • BA, cum laude, St. Lawrence University, 1978
  • JD, Union University Albany Law School, 1981

Memberships:

Admitted to practice before all Courts in New York State, the US District Court for the Western & Northern Districts of New York, & the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Member of the NY State Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Birth Trauma Litigation Group, & the American Bar Association.

Richard A. Plukas

plukas(at)fitznunn.com

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Rich joined the firm in 2001 and was named partner in 2002. He represents severely injured clients involved in motor vehicle, premises, and construction accidents. Rich also represents people charged with violating New York State penal and vehicle and traffic laws. He has extensive trial experience in Supreme Court, County Court, and most local town and city courts.

Before joining the firm, Rich was a Senior Assistant District Attorney with the Monroe County District Attorney's Office for over 12 years, where he prosecuted a wide variety of cases, including felony DWIs, drug crimes, and violent offenses. Rich is a lifelong resident of Irondequoit and currently serves on the Town of Irondequoit Planning Board.

Practice areas:

  • Personal injury
  • Criminal defense

Education:

  • BA, Elmira College, 1985
  • JD, Western New England College, School of Law, 1988

Memberships:

Admitted to practice before all Courts in New York State and the US District Court for the Western District of New York. Member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association, and the Monroe County Bar Association.

Jason E. Abbott, Esq.

jabbott(at)fitznunn.com

Jason began his legal career as a confidential law clerk to the Honorable John T. Elfvin of the Federal District Court for the Western District of New York, before moving on to serve as a court attorney for the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, Fourth Department. Jason was also an Assistant District Attorney with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted hundreds of cases, including cases involving homicides, illegal weapons possession and DWIs. Jason presently handles legal matters in both state and federal courts.

Practice areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Defense

Education:

  • BA, Oberlin College, 1995
  • JD, University of Notre Dame Law School, 1999

Memberships:

Admitted to practice before all courts in New York State, the US District Court for the Western District of New York and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.