50 Year Members

The Rensselaer County Bar Association proudly recognizes its members who have been admitted to the New York State Bar for 50 years at its Annual Meeting and Dinner.


John Darling, Esq.


Robert Redmond, Esq.


Charles Wilcox, Esq.



Peter R. Kehoe Esq.

A graduate of LeMoyne College and Albany Law School. Peter’s career covers a remarkable amount of public service, starting as an Assistant Attorney General under NY AG Louis Lefkowitz. He later become First Assistant District Attorney under Rensselaer County DA Con Cholakis, and the served as Acting Rensselaer County District Attorney and Rensselaer County Public Defender. He was Town Attorney for the Town of Grafton; Corporation Counsel for the City of Troy; Chairman of the Troy Planning Commission and Chairman for the Troy Charter Revision Commission. He was a Law Clerk to Troy City Court Judges Henry Bauer, Matthew Turner and Christopher Maier. He was Counsel for the Rensselaer County Industrial Development Agency. Mr. Kehoe was a partner in the law firm of McGovern, Kehoe, and Mitchell for 25 years, and was Adjunct Faculty in the Business Law at Siena College for 30 years. Currently, Mr. Kehoe is special counsel to the Rensselaer County Attorney’s Office and the Rensselaer County Industrial Development Agency. From 1974 to date, Mr. Kehoe has been the Executive Director and Counsel at the New York State Sheriffs’ Association.

Thomas V. Kenney Esq. Jr.

Tom attended Troy public schools, including Troy High School, and went on to the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. He attended two years at Albany Law School, which was interrupted by his 6 year term of service with the Army National Guard. He was able to finish his third year of study in 1969. He started his career at an accounting firm in the tax department, then moved to Counsel’s Office at the Department of Civil Service. He and Tom O’Connor then started a general practice partnership. After that, he worked at Martin Shudt for a little over a year. In 1979, he started in private practice on Second Street in Troy, where he stayed until he closed his office in February 2020. While in private practice, he also served as Deputy Corp Counsel for the City of Troy, Town Attorney for the Town of Hoosick Falls, and assisted the towns of Brunswick and Pittstown with zoning and planning. The NYS Bar Association and this Bar Association have recognized Tom for his pro bono service. He also served as president of this Bar Association.


Brian C. Baker, Esq.

Charles F. Carletta Esq.

Hon. George B. Ceresia Jr., Esq.


William C. Johnston Esq.

William P. McGovern Esq.

Thomas J. O’Connor Esq.

Terence E. Shanley Esq.


David T. Garvey Esq.

Jonathan P. Harvey Esq.

Patrick T. Maney Esq.


Joyce M. Galante Esq.

Freling H. Smith Esq.

Hon. Edward O. Spain


Hon. James B. Canfield


R. Frederick Chase Esq.


Hon. J. Albert Barsamian

George H. Holbrook Esq.

F. Redmond Griffin Esq.


Paul V. Morgan Esq.


Elliott F. Marinstein Esq.


Donald J. Shanley Esq.