Barbara R H James, Harris Beach Law Firm, attorney, Rochester NY

Barbara R.H. James

D: (585) 419-8618

Rochester, NY
99 Garnsey Road
Pittsford, NY 14534
(585) 419-8800

New York
Cornell Law School
JD, 1979
cum laude
Heidelberg College
BA, 1975
magna cum laude


“I help families understand the many options available to them when their loved ones are in a time of transition to ease their concerns and agree on solutions that benefit everyone.”

Barbara counsels her clients on estate planning, estate administration and elder law.  She has extensive experience drafting wills and trusts and in all facets of estate administration, including preparing estate and gift tax returns, probate documents, and estate and trust accountings for both New York and Florida estates.  Barbara has a significant elder law practice that includes planning for long-term care expenses, and tax planning for retirement benefits.


  • American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, member
  • Estate Planning Council of Rochester, member, former board member
  • Florida Bar Association, member
  • Genesee Valley Presbytery, chair of the trustees
  • Monroe County Bar Association, member, past chair of the Executive Council of the Trusts and Estates Section
  • Monroe County Cooperative Extension, master gardener
  • New York State Bar Association, member
  • Irondequoit Public Library Foundation, board member
  • Roc City Ringers, executive director


  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, since 2009, Estate and Probate
  • Best Lawyers, since 2016, Trusts and Estates