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Jonathan Fairbanks

Jonathan Fairbanks

Kingston, New York
877-ABCDLAW (222-3529) (Toll Free)

Jonathan Fairbanks graduated from Columbia Law School in 1977. Upon graduation he joined the Kings County District Attorney's Office (Brooklyn, New York) and tried close to 150 cases to verdict, ultimately heading the unit responsible for organized crime murders and investigations. He successfully prosecuted and convicted James Burke, infamously portrayed in the movie "Goodfellas," for murder. After being a prosecutor he became a Deputy Fire Commissioner for the New York City Fire Department where he was responsible for the fire marshal's office, ran the legal department and counseled the fire commissioner on daily operations.

He then came to the Hudson Valley where he focused on personal injury. As a personal injury attorney he has tried and settled many cases, some in excess of $1 million. Shortly after winning the largest contested personal injury award in Saratoga County's history, he decided to join his old friends at Zwiebel, Brody and Gold, P.C., to form Zwiebel and Fairbanks, LLP, with offices in both in Albany and Kingston.

While at his new firm, Jonathan has focused on cases involving serious and catastrophic injuries and has continued to obtain settlements and verdicts for some of his clients in excess of $1 million. He won a multimillion-dollar settlement for a young girl injured in a stove tip case against the manufacturer (Germond v White Westinghouse). His work in that case and with his partner, Alan Zwiebel, in the Bennett v. Albany Medical Center and Halley v. Albany Medical Center -- both complex medical malpractice matters -- resulted in settlements worth over $1 million for the victims.

On December 25, 2016, Jon passed away after a brief illness.