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Serving Central New York, Southern Tier, and the Lower Hudson Valley

Attorney Jim Baker
on an outstanding career,
and best wishes for a
happy retirement. 

The Law Offices of

J. Justin Woods PLLC

is available for all your criminal defense and other legal needs.

Please explore our website to learn more about our practice.
Contact Us Today!

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  • Nonprofit Law
    Outside Counsel for Nonprofits Drafting & Amending Bylaws or Policies Drafting Contracts & Resolving Disputes Corporate Compliance & Filings Real Estate Sales & Leasing Transactions Affordable Housing & Land Trusts Employment Contracts & Separations Strategic Planning & Governance Fundraising & Planned Giving
  • Municipal Law
    Outside Counsel for Municipalities Drafting Resolutions & Local Laws Representing Planning & Zoning Boards Negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements Environmental Permitting & Compliance Investigations & Disciplinary Proceedings Comprehensive Plans Development Corps & Revolving Loans Grant Contracts & Compliance
  • Business Law
    Outside Counsel for Small Businesses Selecting Entities & Forming New Businesses Drafting Contracts & Resolving Disputes Permitting or Licensing Issues Real Estate Sales & Leasing Transactions Business Litigation Worker-Owned Cooperatives Employment Contracts & Separations Commercial Collections
  • Land Use Law
    Special Counsel for Developers or Individuals Site Selection & Purchase Contracts Environmental & Regulatory Due Diligence Preparing All Land Use & Zoning Applications Representing before all Municipal Boards Drafting Innovative Legislation for Projects Community Groups & Neighbor Concerns Article 78 Proceedings Economic Development Incentives
  • Personal Attorney
    Personal Counsel for You Criminal Law, DWIs & Traffic Violations Building Permits & Lakefront Decks Real Estate Sales/Leasing Wrongful Termination Disability & Workers Compensation Wills & Guardianship Proceedings Bankruptcy & Debt Relief Contracts & Negotiations
  • Planning & Strategy
    Consultant & Strategic Advisor Interdisciplinary Consulting Teams Environmental & Sustainability Initiatives Facilitation & Public Engagement Strategies Executive Recruiting & Compensation Studies Strategic Management Planning Government & Public Relations Master Plans & Comprehensive Plans Strategic Relations & Communication Strategies
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Our Vision is a boutique practice of community lawyers, planners, and strategists serving nonprofits, municipal governments, small businesses, and individual clients.


Our Mission is to provide legal and consulting services to our clients; and to build, support, and advance resilient, sustainable, and equitable communities.


Our Core Values are rooted in the highest quality standards, professional ethics, and community service. We are deeply committed to social, environmental, economic, and racial justice.  To this end, we serve on the Assigned Counsel Panel, and do pro bono (free) and low bono (reduced rate) work. We are open to bartering for professional services, and we offer sliding scale and limited engagement opportunities because we believe everyone deserves the right to excellent legal counsel regardless of economic limitations.

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J. Justin Woods, ESQ., LLM, MPA

Attorney – Planner – Strategist

J. Justin Woods is a community lawyer, planner, and strategist that has been solving public problems, and advancing sustainable and equitable communities for over 20 years.

  • LinkedIn

“As General Counsel, Justin has drafted separation agreements and prevailed on a significant fee dispute saving us $10,000. He is also a valuable planner and strategic management consultant to our board and leadership team.”

Danielle Wright, MBA CEO,

E. John Gavras Center



Flat Fees

Whenever possible, we will discuss and scope your project, and propose a flat fee.


For more in depth consulting or longer-term access to legal services such as outside general counsel services, we offer monthly retainer agreements or a subscription fee that ensures you access to a minimum number of hours.

Hourly Fees

Our sliding scale depends on your household size, income, and project needs, or the fiscal reality of your business, nonprofit, or municipality, as well as our availability at any given time. We also provide pro bono and low bono services in certain situations.


Certain matters such as civil rights, torts, debt collection, and others may be done on contingency for an agreed upon percent of the recovered or awarded funds. We also often do a hybrid fee, with a some legal fees and costs paid by the client up to an agreed upon amount, and then future fees based on contingency.


We believe in mutual aid, not just services for dollars. We have bartered legal services for fresh vegetables from an organic farm, youth programming for my children, and even for this very website! If you would like to know about bartering options, please contact me.


Mail Checks

J. Justin Woods at Auburn Office

The Phoenix Building

2 South St, Suite 410, Auburn, NY 13023



How can we help you?

Auburn Main Office Phone

Auburn Main Facsimile

(315) 506-4814

Ithaca Phone

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Southern Tier

The Thaler Building

310 No Aurora St, Ste 201

Ithaca, NY 14850


Central NY / Main Office

The Thaler Building

2 South St, Ste 410

Auburn, NY 13023


NYC / Westchester

The Spizzirro Building

165 Bronx River Road

Yonkers, NY 10704


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