Hinman, Howard & Kattell Partner Linda Blom Johnson of Rensselaer County has announced her candidacy for one of three New York State Supreme Court Justice seats in the Third Judicial District to be filled in the upcoming November election. The Third Judicial District encompasses Albany, Rensselaer, Ulster, Columbia, Schoharie, Sullivan and Greene counties.
“I am running to serve the people of the Third Judicial District on the State Supreme Court to provide justice, fairness and integrity to those who come before this important court,” said Blom Johnson.
“My nearly two decades of law practice throughout upstate New York, particularly in courts in the Third Judicial District, has included numerous jury and non-jury trials, motions, hearings and appellate work. Working face-to-face with clients, who are real people in our community like you and me, allows me to give them a voice in our court system. These experiences have prepared me well for the challenges that face our State Supreme Court Justices each day,” she added. Mrs. Blom Johnson has a strong background in civil litigation, appeals, negotiation and management.
Blom Johnson also serves as the Rensselaer County Special Appellate Counsel, representing indigent individuals in criminal and family court matters on appeals to the State Supreme Court Appellate Division. She previously served as an Appellate Court Attorney for the Supreme Court Appellate Division—Third Department.
Recognized for her expertise and ethics, she was appointed to the New York Character and Fitness Committee. She currently is responsible for interviewing applicants to the New York State Bar. She also has been a longtime member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association (having served as President from 2015-16), Rensselaer County Bar Association (she is a director), Albany County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association (she is Rensselaer County’s alternate delegate to NYSBA), New York State Defender’s Association, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, American Bar Association and the Academy of Trial Lawyers, among other professional associations.
In addition to her legal background, Linda is known for her volunteer work in the community, having co-founded the East Greenbush Ski Club, serving as a volunteer tennis coach for the Special Olympics, and volunteering at the Joseph’s House & Shelter in Troy. She received the coveted Kimberly A. Troisi-Paton Leadership Award from the Capital District Women’s Bar Association in 2018. Linda is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
“We are invested in the community, and proud to be raising our family here. The opportunity to utilize my legal experience to serve in this important court is a way to give back and ensure justice is kept fair, effective and efficient for all who live and work here,” she said.
Born and raised in North Greenbush, Linda Blom Johnson is a graduate of Albany Law School of Union University, Siena College and the East Greenbush Central School District. She was admitted to the Bar in New York in 2002 by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in and for the Third Judicial Department; United States District Court, Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; the Supreme Court of New Jersey; United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
She is also a graduate of Trial Lawyers College, located in Wyoming and founded by famed trial attorney Gerry Spence to provide advanced training and instruction to trial lawyers. She served as a director for the Trial Lawyers College Alumni Board from 2015-2018. Linda lives in West Sand Lake in Rensselaer County with her husband, Heath, and their children, Haylee and Lindsey.