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John Jay Bove


P 518-512-8700
F 518-242-7730


John Jay Bove is a Principal in the Albany, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Mr. Bove is an accomplished attorney with a strong background in many areas of law, including corporate, construction, surety, banking, bankruptcy, transportation, environmental, real estate development, economic development and education law. Mr. Bove has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in all phases of the construction industry and has worked on some of the largest projects in the Albany area on behalf of owners and general contractors. On issues relating to New York construction law, Mr. Bove has spoken before banks, bar associations and accounting firms. He also served as an instructor for the American Institute of Banking in connection with their Law & Banking Courses located at Siena College.

Throughout his career, Mr. Bove has represented clients in the residential /commercial construction and development world, including subcontractors, materialmen, general contractors, owners and other construction professionals. He has also represented surety companies where he was involved in substantial litigation and arbitration cases and coordinated with sureties to complete projects and to enforce indemnity agreements. Presently, Mr. Bove focuses his representation on owners and developers of residential and commercial construction projects from inception (such as land use, zoning, and design) to project completion, including bank financing and closing. In addition, he has worked with clients to identify and analyze potential state and local economic development tools and benefits.

In addition, Mr. Bove has more than 19 years of experience in the New York State Senate where he gained an excellent working knowledge of state and local government and the legislative process. He has demonstrated an ability to negotiate complex issues with the state legislature and the governor’s office. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Bove worked at Wilson Elser, an insurance coverage and defense litigation firm. Mr. Bove also served as counsel and chief of staff to Senators Owen H. Johnson (Chairman, Finance) and Simcha Felder (Chairman, Children and Family Services and Subcommittee on New York City Education). He has developed fundamental relationships, has expert knowledge of New York State government on the legislative and executive/agency level, and has an excellent working knowledge of municipal governments.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

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June 26, 2019

New York Legislature Passes Significant Changes to Liquor License Laws

June 26, 2019

The New York State Legislature has passed two bills in the waning days of the 2019 Legislative Session that will affect the liquor licensing process statewide. One bill would impose a posting requirement on applications for renewal. The other bill would require applicants to provide notice to certain entities. The governor has not... Read More

April 10, 2019

Highlights from the New York FY 2020 Budget

April 10, 2019

New York legislators passed into law the fiscal year 2020 $175.5-billion budget on April 1, 2019, fully funding state government for the next fiscal year. Among the provisions enacted are many that affect labor and employment in general and the energy, media, finance, health care, and other industries in particular. This is the first... Read More

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New York State Releases Draft Compensation Reporting Documents for State Contractors
July 14, 2017

In January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 162, which requires most state contractors and subcontractors to disclose employee job title and salary data, in addition to the equal employment opportunity information (such as sex, race, and ethnicity) already required.  With the Executive Order that took effect on July Read More

By John Jay Bove and Julia L. Arcese