James Michael Maloney

James Michael Maloney

  • Maritime, Appeals & Appellate, Civil Rights...
  • New Jersey, New York
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Summary

I have been a solo practitioner since 1999, after having worked for two historic maritime law firms in New York City. My practice now consists almost exclusively of federal litigation, including maritime and constitutional law. I am perhaps best known for my own pro se constitutional challenge to New York's ban on the in-home possession of the martial-arts weapon known as the nunchaku ("nunchucks"), a case that has been in litigation since 2003 (and continues as of November 2015, when this passage was last edited). Over the years, I have represented numerous individuals in state and federal court in connection with their constitutional rights involving nunchaku as well as other banned weapons, including the "black cat keychain" and the so-called "gravity knife." I continue to represent individuals and companies in maritime and other commercial matters, and, under certain circumstances, to provide criminal defense. Since 2011, I have served as a volunteer mediator at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. My approach to litigation, like my approach to mediation, is to solve problems rather than create them.

Practice Areas
  • Maritime
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • International Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Constitutional Law
  • Mediation (Except Matrimonial)
  • Academy Disciplinary Matters (USMMA, SUNY Maritime)
  • Non-Firearms Weapons Law (Nunchaku, Knives)
  • Equitable Remedies (Injunctions)
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
New York
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Professional Experience
Volunteer Mediator
U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y.
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Solo Practitioner
Law Office of James Maloney
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Editor, Fort Schuyler MARINER
Fort Schuyler Maritime Alumni Association, Inc.
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Associate
Kirlin, Campbell & Keating
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Associate
Burlingham Underwood LLP
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Paramedic
Saint Vincent’s Hospital
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Licensed Deck Officer
U.S. Merchant Marine
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Education
New York University School of Law
LL.M. / Federalism & Federal Systems (2004)
Fordham University School of Law
J.D. / Member, Fordham Law Review (1995)
State University of New York - Maritime College at Ft. Schuyler
B.S. / Marine Business & Commerce; Humanities (1980)
Awards
Proctor in Admiralty
Maritime Law Association of the United States
Emmet J. McCormack Foundation Prize (Admiralty Law)
Fordham University School of Law
Whitmore Gray Prize (International Law)
Fordham University School of Law
Letter of commendation for rendering emergency medical care at sea aboard S.S. Pittsburgh
Sea-Land Service
First Place, First Annual Spelling Bee
Knights of Columbus, Paulus Hook Council No. 475, Jersey City, New Jersey
Professional Associations
Maritime Law Association of the United States
Member
- Current
Marine Society of the City of New York
Member
- Current
Fort Schuyler Maritime Alumni Association
Member
- Current
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Member
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Websites & Blogs
Blog
Forbidden Sticks: A Four-Century Blog Tour (1609-2009)
Blog
The 12V Solar Attic Fan Project
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    Contact & Map
    P.O. Box 551
    Port Washington, NY 11050
    USA
    Telephone: (516) 767-1395