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William Carlisle joins father’s Ogdensburg law practice

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OGDENSBURG — William W. Carlisle enforced the law for 20 years. Now he’s practicing it.

Mr. Carlisle recently passed the New York Bar exam and has become a partner in the Carlisle Law Firm PC, 602 State St., of which his father, Preston C., is founder.

Before getting his law degree at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Auburn Hills, Mich., he was a detective sergeant with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, working the last 12 years with the county’s Drug Task Force.

“I never thought about being a cop,” he said Tuesday.

After graduating from Hugh C. Williams High School, Canton, in 1980 and attending preparatory school at Worcester Academy, Worcester, Mass., he attended Hamilton College, Clinton, where he got a degree in economics. Fresh out of school, he worked for Firestone Tire for five years in California and Latham, and wanted to return to the north country. He said the civil service exam for deputy sheriff was his ticket back home.

“It seemed like a possibility for a job,” he said. “I took the test and got hired just before I turned 29.”

Mr. Carlisle might never have envisioned himself working in law enforcement, but he has no regrets.

“I loved it,” he said.

Practicing law seemed like a logical next step after his law enforcement career, he said.

“It’s great,” he said. “I see myself handling a variety of cases — whatever comes through the door.”

The law firm specializes in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security Disability cases, as well as some real estate transactions.

“I would have liked to have him here when he was 25 or so,” Preston Carlisle said. “But I had partners who left, and it’s a great way to start over. The greater the challenge, the greater the satisfaction to make it all work.”

The firm’s previous partners, Alice J. Carrothers and Molly E. Clough, departed at the end of last year to start their own law firm on Paterson Street. Former county District Attorney Nicole M. Duve and former assistant DA Lloyd G. Grandy joined the Carlisle firm in January.

William Carlisle said he is happy to represent the second generation of his family in his father’s practice, and is glad to be working with Ms. Duve and Mr. Grandy.

“It’s been very interesting and enlightening,” he said.

He and his wife, Monica R., have 13 children and live in Nicholville.

Preston Carlisle founded the practice in 1961. He is a 1958 graduate of American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. He is also a former assistant district attorney; he served in that capacity from 1967 until 1975.

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