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Jon E. Crain

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Jon Crain -

Jon E. Crain


Jon Crain is a trial lawyer and commercial litigator in the Firm’s Litigation and Appeals Practice Group.  Jon has successfully litigated and arbitrated a broad range of matters, including corporate shareholder disputes, litigation regarding trade secrets and proprietary business information, commercial real estate and construction litigation, First Amendment and constitutional claims, business-to-business collection and breach of contract claims, and complex personal injury and products liability actions.  Jon also has successfully litigated numerous administrative proceedings on behalf of both corporate and individual clients, including land use, zoning and commercial development litigation.   

Jon joined Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP in September 2013. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as an Appellate Court Attorney for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department.  Jon received his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Pace University School of Law in 2012, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Pace Law Review.  Jon also has a degree in International Relations from Virginia Tech.

Representative Accomplishments
  • In April 2019, Mr. Crain first-chaired a trial in New York State Supreme Court and obtained a $10 million verdict and judgment, in a highly publicized case involving enforcement a reciprocal easement agreement between the owners of two parcels comprising a Mall in Syracuse, New York.  
  • Mr. Crain successfully defended a nation-wide developer in consolidated actions in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, arising from a landlord-tenant dispute for a commercial property used for cryptocurrency mining, obtaining dismissal of an $8 million fraudulent inducement claim and thereafter mediating a favorable resolution of all outstanding claims on behalf of our client.
  • Mr. Crain represented a FORTUNE 500 company and nationwide retail chain in a commercial lease dispute, obtaining a favorable settlement and re-negotiation of a lease on behalf of our client.
  • Mr. Crain represented an oral surgery practice in a dispute concerning the stock redemption and deferred compensation owed to two retiring shareholders in an arbitration before the American Arbitration Association, and ultimately obtained a favorable settlement in mediation on behalf of our client.
  • Mr. Crain obtained a reversal from the Appellate Division, Third Department in a complex, multi-lawsuit dispute regarding ownership of several parcels of commercial real estate.  
  • Mr. Crain prosecuted a securities fraud arbitration proceeding before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against a major national banking institution, and obtained a favorable settlement on our client’s behalf.
  • Mr. Crain obtained a $500,000 judgment at trial in a breach of contract dispute between a component manufacturer and distributor.

Jon has also performed pro bono work, including first-chairing a prisoner civil rights lawsuit in federal court, arguing appeals of inmate disciplinary determinations before the Appellate Division, Third Department, and volunteering with the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s attorney-for-the-day program, which provides in-court assistance to low-income tenants facing eviction.  Jon was featured in the 2018 Winter Issue of the New York State Bar Associate Pro Bono News for his work with this program (

Jon is a graduate and member of the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Tech Valley Class of 2020.  The Chamber’s LTV program unites individuals from all sectors of the Capital Region economy to learn more about themselves as leaders and ways to better serve their organizations and community.


Jon is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey and is an active member of the Albany County Bar Association where he sits on the Board of Directors and co-chairs the CLE Committee.  Jon is also a member of the New York State Bar Association.


Scope of Liability under the Alien Tort Statute: The Relevance of Choice of Law Doctrine in the Aftermath of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, 32 PACE L. REV. 543 (2012).


Introduction to Summary Eviction Proceedings. February 21, 2020. Hosted by the New York State Bar Association in conjunction with the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.

A Primer on Civil Depositions in New York. April 11, 2019.  Hosted by the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.

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