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Picture of James P. Duffy, IIIPOSITION: Senior Member of the Firm and one of its co-founders

PRACTICE-AREAS: International Banking and Finance; International Commercial Law; Taxation; Finance and Securities; International Estate Planning; Intellectual Property; First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 

ADMITTED: 1968, New York, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1969, U.S. District Court, Southern (4/3/69) and Eastern Districts of New York; 1973, U.S. Supreme Court; 1975, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1986, Conseil Juridique, Monaco; 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

PERSONAL:  Born, July 14, 1942, Jamaica Estates, New York.  Married to the former Elaine M. Higgins (1943-2003) on August 8, 1964.  Mr. and Mrs. Duffy had two children, Jenifer E. Bendezu-Duffy (b 1969) and James P. Duffy, IV (b 1975), and one grandchild, Liam P. Bendezu (b 1999).  Mr. Duffy's second grandchild, Bridget Bendezu (b 2004) was born after Mrs. Duffy's death.  Mr. Duffy's son is also an attorney practicing internationally. Mr. Duffy married Dr. Jean C. Kendall on May 27, 2006, at St. Mary's Church in Manhasset, New York.  Dr. Kendall is the Principal of The Munsey Park School in Manhasset, New York.  She will continue to use Kendall as her professional name. 

LAW-SCHOOL: Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1967)

COLLEGE: Webb Institute of Naval Architecture (B.S., 1964)


  • Gamma Eta Gamma (Quaestor, Chapter XI, 1966-1967)
  • Minority Counsel, United States Senate Select Committee on Small Business, 91st Congress, 1969 -1970, Washington, D.C.
  • President, 1977-1978, Nassau-Suffolk Chapter, Fordham Law Alumni Association.
  • Nassau County (New York) Bar Association (Member, Tax and International Law Committees)
  • New York State Bar Association (Member, Sections on Taxation and International Law and Practice and the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar)  Mr. Duffy is a founding member, a past Chair, and a permanent member of the Executive Committee of the  International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association.  He currently serves as one of the Section's representatives to the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association. 
  • American Bar Association (Member, Sections on Taxation, Business Law, and International Law)
  • Long Island Tax and Estate Planners Council


  • The American Club of the Riviera (President, 1993-present), Nice, France
  • The American Chamber of Commerce in France (President's Council, 1989-2002), Paris, France
  • The Riviera Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in France (President, 1996-2001), Nice, France
  • The Paris-American Club, New York, New York (1996-present)
  • Board of Sponsors, Friends of Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre, New York (1982-present)
  • Chairman of 1982 Mercy Ball, Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre, New York
  • American Benevolent Aid Association (Vice President 1996-8, President 1999-present), Nice, France



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