S. John Campanie, Esq.

S. John Campanie, Esq. was the former Madison County Attorney and is a principal in the Central New York law firm of Campanie & Wayland-Smith PLLC. He was the Madison County Attorney from 1987 to December 31, 2016, where he served as the chief civil legal officer and advisor to the County and its numerous departments and agencies, and has been the City Attorney for the City of Sherrill since 2001.

At Campanie & Wayland-Smith, he has concentrated his practice in business, commercial, and municipal law. He has devoted a substantial part of his practice to the successful defense of Native American land claims in New York.  His career has included managing the export and military divisions of the world’s largest manufacturer of flatware, covering exports to 50+ countries.

Graduate Education:
  • Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York; Juris Doctor, June, 1978
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York; Masters of Business Administration ISDP Program, Participant 1982/83
Undergraduate Education:
  • Colgate University, Hamilton, New York; A.B. Cum Laude, History, June, 1974
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Madison County Bar Association (Past President)
  • New York State Bar Association (Member: Business Law, Real Property Law, Trusts and Estates Law, Municipal Law, General Practice, and Senior Lawyers Sections, and past member New York State Conference of Bar Leaders)
  • New York State Advisory Council on Procurement Lobbying (Governor Appointee, representing Local Government (2007-present)
  • County Attorneys’ Association of New York State (Governing Board Member (1988-present), current Treasurer and Past President)
  • National Association of Counties Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee (2005-present)
  • Chairman (2009-11) and current Vice Chair of the National Association of Counties (NACO) County and Tribal Government Relationships Subcommittee
  • New York State Association of Counties Native American Affairs Committee
  • Admitted to practice: New York State courts and the United States District Court (Northern and Western Districts of New York)
Community Activities:
  • Member, Tri Valley YMCA Board of Directors (2009-2012)
  • Director and Secretary (1989-Present), Oneida Area Industries
  • Member (1979-91) and Chairman (1990-1991), City of Oneida Planning Commission
  • Member, Madison County Board of Supervisors (1986-87); Director, Madison County Industrial Development Agency (1986-90)
  • Member and Chairman, New York State Oneida Lake Advisory Committee (currently inactive)
  • President (1998) and Director (1987-1998), Mansion House Service Corporation
  • Who’s Who in Finance and Business
  • Who’s Who in the World
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America
  • Outstanding Young Men of America
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