|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Top 25 in Hudson Valley||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2011|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|Top 25 in Hudson Valley||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2009|
|Top 25 in Hudson Valley||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2008|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2007|
|Board Certification In DUI Defense||National College For DUI Defense||2005|
|Senior Partner||Gerstenzang, O'Hern, Hickey, Sills & Gerstenzang||1975 - Present|
|Assistant District Attorney||Albany County District Attorney||1972 - 1975|
|Instructor DWI Trial Testimony (part time)||New York State Police Academy||1972 - 1984|
|Captain||United States Army||1970 - 1971|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National College for DUI Defense||Assistant Dean||2012 - Present|
|National College For DUI Defense||Regent||2004 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Traffic Safety Committee||Chairman||N/A|
|Big Apple DWI Program||Chair||N/A|
|Thomson Reuters (updated and published annually)||Handling the DWI Case in New York||2013|
|Thomson/West (Updated Annually)||Handling the DWI Case in New York||1987|
|Albany Law School of Union University||Law||Juris Doctor||1970|
|The Big Apple XIII DWI Program- New York City||Handling the DWI Case in New York||2013|
|NACDL, September 2013 -- Las Vegas||Cross-Examination of the Arresting Officer||2013|
|The Big Apple XII DWI Program||Handling the DWI Case in New York||2012|
|Representing a DWI Defendant in New York||DWI Defense||2010|
Posted by Phil
In my opinion, Peter Gerstenzang is without a doubt, the best DWI Attorney in the country. He handled my case with sheer professionalism, knowledge, kindness, and patience. He explained everything to me in detail as to what he was doing, and would never let the conversation end unless he was sure that I understood his every word. He has a son named Joe, who is following in his footsteps and is like a clone of Peter, as far as being a phenominal lawyer, and a perfect gentleman. I know this may sound crazy, but Peter and Joe Getstenzang, made getting a DWI a wonderful experience for me. They are two of the finest gentlemen that I have ever met.
Posted by Scott T.
Peter is, without doubt, the best attorney in this area of law in the North East and maybe the country. More importantly, he truly cares about his clients ( hard to believe in an attorney). The first and foremost concern he had, was that I get help for my drinking problem. If I wasn't willing to do that, than he would not take my case. I consider him part of my asset team that I use to stay sober and to get my life back together. I also consider him to be a friend. Everyone knows him and everyone respects him, including most importantly the judge. Without a doubt, he provided me with the best possible legal advice and service and it was at a reasonable price. Because I was willing to do exactly what he asked, we were able to get an unprecedented sentence. I can recommend him, without any reservation, to anyone willing to be honest about their legal problems and take responsibility for creating them.
When I first spoke with him, he said he "hoped one day I would look back on my arrest as the best day of my life". I can honestly say that today, I feel that this is true. He has helped to give me my life back and for this, I will always owe a debt of gratitude.
He is simply, the Best!
Posted by Stephen
I contacted Peter after being accused of a second DWI offense, which in New York State, is a felony and a certain career-ender, as I am an attorney.
I remembered his name from a seminar I attended years ago that he was teaching for attorneys regarding DWI defense.
Peter was immediately responsive and advised me of the severity of the situation and my possible options. Moreover, he knew the district attorney and was familiar with all local courts and judges. Essentially, I was looking at possible jail time and likely disbarment.
After extensive negotiations, I was afforded the opportunity to plead to a misdemeanor upon certain conditions. Among them was enrollment in the NYC Bar Association's Attorney Assistance Program, which aids lawyers with substance abuse or other problems. In addition, I agreed to wear an alcohol-sensing anklet for a year and attend AA meetings on a daily basis. I completed this program and was able to enter the reduced plea.
I mention the above as I believe it was the first time ever that an offender in my situation was able to avoid a felony conviction without jail time, if at all. This I attribute to Peter's knowledge and creativity in suggesting and fashioning such an approach.
Peter saved my career.
I can fully recommend Peter and his firm (his son Joseph and associate Jim Davis were also of great help).
As a final footnote, through Peter's sharp insistence and the Attorney Assistance Program, I was able to put alcohol behind me for good, and am grateful for the freedom that has bestowed upon me.