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Benjamin Ostrer

About me

Principal attorney with Ostrer & Associates, P.C. the successor firm as of January 1, 2014 to Ostrer & Hoovler, P.C. located in Chester, New York.  The practice handles criminal defense, complex litigation and personal injury matters.  Ben has obtained not guilty verdicts in serious felony cases and has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbel as well as a top 25 in the Hudson Valley rating by Superlawyers.  He has obtained not guilty verdicts in a variety of criminal matters including homicide, violent felonies, white collar crimes and sex offenses.  He has tried numerous civil cases to verdict including personal injury and complex civil matters.  Ben has successfully argued appeals in the New York State Court of Appeals and  United States Court of Appeals as well as the Appellate Divisions of New York State Supreme Court.  He is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education programs in New York. Ben is the current President of the New York State Assn of Criminal Defense Lawyers [NYSACDL] the largest criminal defense bar association in New York State.  He is a Director of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, N.Y.  His former partner David Hoovler was sworn in as the District Attorney of Orange County on January 1, 2014. 


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    37 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    37 years
  3. Appeals: 15%
    37 years
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
    37 years
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert G. Wells

    I endorse this lawyer. A lawyer can accomplish certain things. A compassionate lawyer can accomplish far better things. Mr. Ostrer is of the latter variety.


    Robert Wells Federal Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • James Joseph Cupero

    Ben is considered one of the very best criminal defense lawyers in Orange County and on a personal level I can say that he is a very nice guy.


    James Cupero Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Ostrer & Associates, P.C.

111 Main Street
Chester, NY, 10918-1326


NYCurrently registered 197703/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer Upstate N.Y.SuperLawyers2015
Super Lawyer Upstate N.Y.SuperLawyers2014
Top 25 Hudson ValleySuperlawyers2013
Top 25 Attorney in Hudson ValleySuper Lawyers2012
Superlawyer Upstate New YorkSuperLawyers2011
Top 25 Lawyers in Hudson ValleySuper Lawyers Magazine - Hudson Valley Magazine2011
Super Lawyer Upstate N.Y.Super Lawyers2010
Hudson Valley Superlawyer Criminal LawSuper Lawyers2009
Empire State CounselNew York State Bar Association2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalOstrer & Associates, P.C.2014 - Present
PartnerOstrer & Hoovler, P.C.2011 - Present
PartnerOstrer Rosenwasser, LLP2006 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Assn Criminal Defense LawyersPresident2013 - 2014
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident Elect2012 - 2012
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice President2011 - 2011
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Maragh 94 NY 2d 560 (2000)Reversal
People v. Guintanot guilty on all counts following two week jury trial
People v. Pitkin (Ulster County Court)Not guilty on all counts Murder 2nd following jury trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Atticus (NYSACDL)Crime Lab Failures; A look behind the Curtain2012
Spring 2010 ATTICUS vol 22 number 1DNA Not Just for Identification Anymore2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Alfred UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Voir Dire Seminar - NYSACDL; Syracuse, N.Y.Voir Dire - You can't win without the right jury2015
Cross to Kill Seminar New York, N.Y.Cross Examination of Lab witness2014
NYSDA RIT SeminarCross Examination of Scientist2012
Cross to Kill Seminar Brooklyn, N.Y.DNA Evidence2012
NYSACDL BROCKPORT TWO DAY DNA SEMINARDNA - understanding Rosario material2010
Winter Seminar, Marriott DowntownDNA Issues at Trial2009
Murder, Mayhem Seminar St. Francis College, Brooklyn, N.Y.Defense of a Shaken Baby Case2008