owensnew.jpgFormer U.S. Congressman Bill Owens returned as a partner to Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC in January 2015. As the federal representative for New York’s 21st District (previously 23rd) for five years, Congressman Owens developed a deep understanding of issues directly impacting his constituents, including matters related to U.S.-Canada trade, health care and agriculture.

In his new role at Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC, Congressman Owens is uniquely positioned to provide clients with well-informed strategic counsel based on a thorough knowledge of North Country business and related legislation and will continue his services to the business community in the same manner as prior to his election in 2009 including governance, succession, estate and tax planning, as well as mergers, acquisitions and investment. Congressman Owens has also joined the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. as a board member where he will continue to engage with other professionals involved in the U.S.-Canada trade relationship.

While in Congress, Congressman Owens served on the Agriculture Committee, Armed Services Committee, Homeland Security Committee, and Small Business Committee. In his final two year term he served on the exclusive House Appropriations Committee including the Subcommittee on Defense and the Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Congressman Owens authored five pieces of legislation that were signed into law during his tenure in Congress including three provisions included in the 2014 Farm Bill that had a direct, positive impact on the lives of the farmers in his district.

An accomplished public speaker on topics related to the U.S. – Canada relationship, Congressman Owens spoke at (1) the Texas-Chihuahua-New Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum September 11-12, 2014, El Paso, Texas, Speech entitled: A Tale of Two Borders: Capitalizing on Mexico and Canada; (2) CAN-US Intra Parliamentary Group Trip November 4-5, 2013 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Canada/U.S Lawmaker Roundtable; (3) U.S. Chamber Luncheon with The Honorable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada January 16, 2014, U.S. Chamber of Commerce-Washington, D.C.; (4) North American Competiveness Conference, October 2014, Toronto, Canada; (5) Canadian Embassy Provincial-Territorial Consultations Breakfast, May 9, 2014, Embassy of Canada-Washington, D.C., Speech Entitled: A Conversation with Congressman Owens and Paul Frazer; (6) CABC Annual Policy Summit, “North America Fueling the Future”, June 17, 2014, Embassy of Canada-Washington, D.C., Speech Entitled: A View From Parliament and Congress; (7) Business Export Workshop at SUNY Adirondack, June 13, 2014, Queensbury, New York, Event entitled: “New Markets, New Jobs: Practical Steps from Small Business to Grow through Exports”; (8) A Northern Border Caucus Panel: Commonsense Regulatory Reforms to Enhance North American Trade and Create American Jobs, November 14, 2013, Rayburn HOB-Washington, D.C.; (9) Chair and Presenter at Beyond the Border Event and Regulatory Cooperation Council Forum, April 5, 2013, Potsdam, New York; (10) Northern Border Caucus, April 3, 2014, U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Entitled: Investing in 21st Century Trade Infrastructure: Modernizing our Borders to Expand Trade, Create American Jobs, and Promote Economic Growth.
Congressman Owens served as co-chair of the House Northern Border Caucus with Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) which coordinated five northern border events in past three years in both Washington, D.C. and New York’s 21st congressional district.

Prior to serving in the U.S. House, Congressman Owens was in private practice in Plattsburgh for thirty years, and prior to that served for four years in the United States Air Force as a JAG officer.


  1. Edmonton Journal, November 5, 2014, New Frontiers Await NAFTA Partners
  2. Transport Topics, November 10, 2014, Upgrade Border Ports of Entry
  3. The Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2014, Weak Wages Make a Weak Economy
  4. Albany Times Union, July 31, 2014, Climate Change Forces a New Look at Food Production
  5. Watertown Daily Times, February 14, 2014
  6. Canada-United States Law Journal, 2012, Beyond the Border: A New Chapter in North American Trade
  7. Strictly Business, 2006—2009, Numerous business articles
  8. The Legal Edge, July 2009, Wind Turbine Easements And Other Easements
  9. Air Force Law Review, Spring 1977, Article Exclusions and Adjustments to Gross Income
  10. Air Force JAG Report, Vol. 3, 1976, Study on Self-Proving Clauses in Wills
  11. Board Service—Current
  12. Arrow Financial Corp.
  13. Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Canada Institute
  14. CANAMBTA Advisory Board

Board Service—Prior

  1. Chairman of Plattsburgh State University of New York Business and Advancement Advisory Council
  2. The Foundation of CVPH Medical Center, Inc.
  3. F.W. Myers & Co., Inc. (1988-1998)-Member Management Committee
  4. Champlain Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a CommutAir (a Continental Connection organization)