Practice Areas
  • Comprehensive business law counseling; formation and legal counseling of for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships
  • Real estate purchases, sales, leasing, development, subdivision formation, offering plans and tax credit limited liability partnership development.
  • Estate planning, administration and business succession planning.
  • Municipal law, subdivision formation, zoning law planning and compliance.
  • Approved title insurance examiner for national title companies.
  • Bank attorney and escrow agent for numerous commercial banks in residential mortgage and commercial loan transactions.
  • Serves as special counsel for the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency in secured equipment and machinery loan transactions.

Specialized Expertise

As Town Attorney for the Town of North Harmony, located on Chautauqua Lake, David R. Stapleton provides clients with extensive knowledge and insight to assist in successful real estate and commercial project development throughout the Chautauqua Lake region.

Mr. Stapleton also has extensive experience advising boards of directors of both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in navigating complex legal and regulatory matters. He has acted as General Corporate Counsel for over 30 years for Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., one of the nation’s premier community action agencies.

Geographic Region Served

Mr. Stapleton's practice covers the geographical area comprising Chautauqua Lake, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus County and Allegany County, New York.

Bar Admissions
  • New York State Bar - 1979
  • Commonwealth of Virginia - 1976
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia - 1976
Community Service


                 Jamestown Bar Association, President
                 Jamestown Rotary Club Foundation, Chairman
                 United Way Commercial Division, Chairman
                 Jamestown YMCA, Board Member