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Anthony C. Cillis

DUI and DWI Attorney at Poughkeepsie, NY

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Anthony C. Cillis III

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Anthony C. Cillis, Esq. is a graduate of Wagner College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He received his Juris Doctorate at Western New England College School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. Prior to founding Cillis Law, Anthony spent seven years as the Senior Associate Attorney at one of the Hudson Valley’s largest law firms.

Anthony has litigated matters involving both misdemeanor and felony level offenses of assault, burglary, driving while intoxicated, grand larceny, drug and weapon possession as well as probation and parole violations. Anthony has appeared in courts throughout the Hudson Valley including Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Putnam, Westchester and Sullivan Counties.

In addition, Anthony has represented clients in all stages of matrimonial proceedings, including post-judgment relief and enforcement, child custody and relocation cases as well as child support and family offense petitions.

Anthony is also one of the area’s few Second Amendment attorneys, aiding clients applying for New York State Concealed Carry Permits as well as those facing suspensions and revocation, including litigation before the Supreme Court of New York State in actions seeking the return of seized firearms from local law enforcement agencies.

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Licensed for 11 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Anthony C. Cillis
Cillis Law, PLLC
13 S. Hamilton Street
Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601


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  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Jen | February 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional attorney
I hired Anthony to take over a firearms case on my behalf. Anthony handled this matter quickly and effectively. Anthony was able to have my property returned to me. I could not have asked for a more diligent attorney to work with. Anthony was extremely responsive and always accessible. If ever I need legal representation in the future, I will definitely be hiring Anthony. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Brian | July 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
More than exceptional!
Anthony was hired by me for a complex DWI case. The circumstances around the case won’t be discussed here, but because of the complexities, he was able to adapt to the case. Everything was supposed to be done by the end of March, and then COVID-19 took hold and everything court related was shut down. Because of this, court dates kept getting pushed back and rescheduled. Finally Anthony was able to coordinate with the DA’s office and the court to conduct a remote hearing. Needless to say, because of the environment that COVID-19 put us all in, Anthony was able to adapt to that changing environment flawlessly. I could not ask for a better result! Anthony is much more than an attorney. He is literally a jack of all trades when it comes to his craft. He will sit there and listen to your concerns, listen to you vent, and will pick you up and dust the dirt off of you when you feel like you’re on the ground. You will not be disappointed with his professionalism and knowledge of the criminal justice system.
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Posted by Allan | March 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
This is the guy you want!
I went through an ugly divorce. The x-wife was after everything I owned, houses, cars, machines, money, 401k, even the cats. I was able to keep my assets because the law was in my favor, Anthony wouldn't give up or give in!! Then I hired Anthony to get custody of my kids, and I won! I'll never forget the day he told me i got the kids! Anthony is very intelligent man, you can ask him something about the law and he knows the answer, he doesn't need to check or look into it. Anthony is very confident he knows what he can do and what he cant do I'll never forget the day I told Anthony i want custody of my kids, his reply was, ok let do it.
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Posted by Thomas | December 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Cillis has been in my corner since day one and not just in respect to my case but my personal well being. I could not have asked for better representation.
Posted by Dan | June 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
10 stars outta 5
Anthony has represented me in a few cases. Most importantly my custody case. I’m an extremely involved father, love to be with my son. Anthony made sure I had the time with my son very specifically spelled out in the order. Any issues I’ve had with my sons mother I called Anthony and he puts my worries to rest. I’ve had an issue with child support and Anthony represented me and came to a fair agreement avoiding any further legal action. He’s who I call when I get that terrible text from the ex, a speeding ticket or just a general question.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2019
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Results always above expectations
Anthony has been with me through many aspects of divorce proceedings and post divorce matters as well as another matter. I always knew I was in good hands and the results would be positive, but each time the results were above and beyond. Thank you.
Posted by Nicholas | March 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb Representation; Saved Our Son's Life
My wife and I consulted with many local attorneys to represent our son who had been charged with a very serious drug offense. After consulting with nearly a dozen attorneys, we decided to hire Anthony Cillis because from the very beginning at our initial consultation he was upfront and brutally honest about the difficulties of our son's case, his maximum exposure and what goals he set out to obtain. Throughout the entire process he kept in continual contact with our son and always kept him informed as to what was happening and why while always keeping us parents feeling confident. He arrived to Court prepared and cautioned our son from jumping at the first offer from the District Attorney, because he knew we could do better and he delivered. Ultimately, our son learned a valuable lesson and more importantly got the help he desperately needed. We know we could not have picked better representation. Thank you so much Mr. Cillis, you saved our son's life!
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Posted by Drew | November 8, 2017
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Many thanks
Going through a divorce is the hardest thing I have ever had to go through. After that, it was my ex wife trying to move a distance with my kids. Anthony not only settled my divorce in a fair and civic manner, but was able to block the move and keep my children near me and in the same school district. We spent 2 full days in a trial and Anthony was able to adapt his approach based on the case and changing environment. The judge seemed to always be on our side during the trial. Anthony made my time on the stand less stressful and gave me confidence. Anthony was, and has been, there for me 24/7 for advice, support, and anything else I need. I will be in and out of family court for the next 17 years and he will always be my Lawyer. I can’t thank him enough.
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Posted by Stephanie | July 15, 2016
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Professional. Patient. Diligent!!!
Anthony has become a large part of my life for a few years now, divorce is the hardest thing I have ever had to go thru. Anthony is the Lawyer you want and need on your side! Being a woman I was Leary about having a man represent me for some of the toughest decisions to be made for myself and my children's future. However, when I first consulted with Anthony I knew he was the Attorney I needed. Anthony answered his e-mail's and texts faster than I ever expected a lawyer to do! He was fastidious at all times with the final calculations and decisions to be made. Divorce is awful, and everyone said to me, you need a good lawyer! NYS makes it so difficult and confusing to become legally separated, and or divorced from your spouse. The entire process was exhausting, draining, and expensive. Keep in mind it is only expensive if you and your soon to be Ex are not seeing eye-to-eye. That being said Anthony was involved with my "File" for 3 years!!! It was long and arduous for me, but Anthony made it bearable. I picked a word 6 months into this divorce- Indomitable, and I shared this with Anthony, I needed something to carry me thru this divorce. Anthony said then let's get thru this, breathe, and stick to the plan so you can be Indomitable! There were many times he offered alternatives to my plans, and after careful consideration I was able to make informed decisions, only because of Anthony's advice and knowledge of the legal system. During court appearances Anthony helped to keep me calm, and explained everything to me that I did not understand. He fought for me, every time he stood up to talk to the Judge! He never backed down. I was fortunate to have Anthony as my Lawyer, and grateful for all that he has assisted me with thru the years. Anyone looking for an intelligent hard working Lawyer who lives at his job, then Anthony is the Lawyer to hire. Thru my job I got to see and hear about how Anthony is an excellent Attorney for Criminal cases. Seems to be his Forte right now. Whomever you hire to represent you will be a part of your life for however long your case lasts. Keep that in mind!!! I would trust Anthony Cillis explicitly with any legal matter! I cannot thank him enough for his patience with my raw emotions and confusion, and nervousness getting thru the Divorce process. Court appearances are nerve racking and confusing, it was nice knowing that Anthony knew what he was doing in the court room. Anthony did not waiver with the Judge or the other Attorney involved in the case. Anthony never backed down! Anthony pushed for things no matter what! Even when Anthony did not agree with some of the things I asked for, Anthony went toe-to- toe with the other Attorney. In the end I am more than satisfied with my Attorney. Everyone loses in divorce, but Anthony gave me direction and secured my future for myself and my children. In my Divorce paperwork he has helped me think of all that I needed and if I missed something he researched it and we figured it out. Professional, Patient and Diligent. Hard working!! If you need an Attorney- Anthony Cillis is who I would recommend. Thank you Anthony!
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Posted by FJG | March 9, 2014
From the moment I met Anthony , I had total confidence that i was hiring the best possible defense attorney to handle my case. He put my mind at ease and immediately went to work! Anthony was on top of the proceedings and always one step ahead of the prosecutor's office. Durning this stressful , difficult time in my life ,Mr. Cillis was there with me every step of the way. Needless to say ,Anthony's tiredless efforts paid off and justice was served ! I HOPE I never need a defense attorney again, but if I do , there would be no one else i would turn to but Anthony .
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2014
Exceptional work, Professional and Caring
Mr. Cillis has gone above and beyond durning the time I've had him as my lawyer. Not only did he continuously have my best interest at heart but my children's as well. It wasn't a cut and dry case, it came with a lot of ups and downs and a ton of baggage, but with the amount of professionalism, determination and tenacity everything worked out,. And most of all the trust and respect that I have for Mr. Cillis has made the entire journey bearable.
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Posted by Jayne | December 9, 2013
Professional, concise and communicative!
Mr. Cillis represented me in a legal matter that literally affected all aspects of my life. It turned my world upside down and I was convinced the outcome would be detrimental to my existing lifestyle. At each step of the process, Mr. Cillis was very communicative. He returned every worried email and phone call with rapid response and assurances of what I should expect at each court appearance. He dispelled my fears, not only with his legal knowledge but with words of kindness which made this terrible event easier to deal with.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2013
Great Representation... Highly Recommend Using This Attorney
Mr. Cillis represented me this past summer with a complicated DWI that would have had serious ramifications on my employment had I been convicted of the original charge. Mr. Cillis was able to negotiate a reduction despite being nearly twice the legal limit and so I would not need to have the blower installed in my car. He was always quick to answer my calls and emails, always took the time to explain things needing clarification. I would recommend Mr. Cillis to anyone that finds themselves in trouble.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Cillis Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Jonna Spilbor Law
  • 2012 - 2019


  • Western New England College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Wagner College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • People v. B.M.
  • Dismissal
  • People v. J.L.
  • Adjourned in Contemplation of Dismissal
  • People v. D.H.
  • Reduction to Misdemeanor


  • The National College for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2021 Upstate New York Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (21)
Endorse Anthony
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attentive to clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hardworking and attentive, I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anthony is a very dedicated and passionate criminal defense attorney who cares immensely about his clients and works tirelessly to achieve positive results for them."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anthony is responsive and pragmatic- what you see is what you get. He is a valued member of the bar in the community and the few cases I have worked with him on were resolved to our clients' mutual satisfaction."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Anthony is a dedicated and zealous attorney who ensures that each client is given ample time and attention. His extensive experience in DWI and Criminal Law allow him to fight for the best possible outcome for all of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anthony Cillis is a capable attorney experienced in DWI cases, who works hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am privileged to know Mr. Cillis both personally and professionally. I proudly endorse Mr. Cillis as an experienced litigator who zealously advocates for his clients. If you are looking for someone to provide you with representation, look no further than Mr. Cillis."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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