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Ronald J. McGaw

Family Attorney at Poughkeepsie, NY

5.0   18 reviews

also known as Judge McGaw (Retired)

  • State Years
    New York - NY 35 years
    California - CA 36 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Ronald

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30+ YEARS LEGAL EXPERIENCE

FORMER JUDGE

PUBLISHED AUTHOR

As a former Judge for 10 years, and a Park Avenue attorney prior to that, I have handled  thousands of difficult situations  from  both  sides  of  the  bench.  Let my experience work for you.  When you have a difficult problem, you need and deserve an experienced hand to guide you through your troubled times.

 

  •  Private practice since 2006 - Law Offices of Ronald J. McGaw, Esq.

 

  •  Judge - City of Poughkeepsie Court (1996 to 2006)

 

  •  Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto: Park Avenue attorney focusing on Intellectual Property issues, Trademarks and Copyrights  (Prior to 1996)

 

  •  New York attorney since 1988 (also licensed in California)

 

  •  Juris Doctor degree - University of San Francisco, graduated 1987

 

  •  Law Review member

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Ron McGaw is also an author.   Check out his author page at ronmcgaw.us.

Location

Ronald J. McGaw, Esq.
3 Cannon Street
Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601-3249

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Reviews

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Posted by Christina | December 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Ron is the attorney you want. His knowledge of the law is outstanding. When I was losing hope with a previous attorney who had thankfully stepped down, Ron was appointed to me. I was losing hope until Ron explained everything to me and my entire case turned around. My desired outcome became reality. I couldn’t have done it without him. He is very responsive via email and explanative. He gets right to the point. A million thank you’s wouldn’t be enough to Ron. He got me back my purpose in life and for that I am forever grateful to him. Ron is the attorney you want representing you.
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Posted by Dave (New York City) | October 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Genuinly Willing To Help
I had called Mr McGaw re: a Landlord/Tenant issue, and although he was not able to officially represent me on the matter, he was generous enough to spend considerable time on the phone helping me understand what I would need to do in order to resolve my problem.
Posted by George | December 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very friendly and extremely professional.
Made me feel very comfortable to hire him with his level of experience. He did everything in his power to get me out of a tough situation. I would definitely recommend his services to any family or friend..
Posted by Noah | May 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My case - Noah June
He did an excellent job with my case. Worth every penny. Makes your issue his issue and makes it a priority to get the job done.
Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Court Custody/Visitation
Mr. McGaw is calm, composed and extremely knowledgeable. He explained everything precisely so that I always knew what was going on. He was easy to get a hold of on the phone, prompt for court appearances and always responded to my emails. The one thing would have liked to see more of is passion for "winning the case", although he might have helped me to be more "realistic" with my expectations, sometimes you just want to "feel" like your lawyer is going to kick butt and take names. That being said, we did "WIN THE CASE" and although Mr. McGaw was a court appointed attorney, I never felt like I got any less from him than I would have as a self pay client. I would highly recommend him to anyone for family court matters.
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Posted by Kayla | February 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the best
Ronald McGaw was referred to me by a friend. The day I called Mr. McGaw about my case he immediately made me feel confident and built a trust. Anytime I had any questions and emailed Mr. McGaw, he always answered in a timely manor! I am so pleased with all he had done for my case! I highly recommend Mr. McGaw!
Posted by V | December 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Mr. McGaw is a very honest and professional attorney. First when I met with him, I said to myself "here we go, another man in a suit who will not understand my situation". He proved me wrong. He has the experience and the patience that was needed to advocate on my behalf. I don't have full custody of my children, but I have them on a week on /week off basis. I came from having my children only every other weekend. In family court as a man, I think that is impressive. If I were to go to family court in the future I would like for Mr. McGaw to represent my family.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family court
Ron was clear and focused on the case, he spent lengthy time on the phone with me when needed so I could understand my rights with regard to my case, without any surprises.
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good lawyer
Mr. McGaw was a great lawyer!!! He was able to collect all my information and make a good offer to the DA and it turned out the DA offer us something even better!!! I want to thank Mr. McGaw for all is hard work and time
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Highly Recommended!
I am so grateful to have been able to have Mr. McGaw as my attorney. He takes the time to explain things and answer any questions with great patience. In my case, he was able to see through phony accusations against me, and took care of business and had the case dismissed. An excellent attorney, he's sharp and smart, as good as they come. I highly recommend Mr. Mcgaw for any legal issue anyone may have. Thank you Mr. McGaw!
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Ronald McGaw went above and beyond for my case and made a huge difference in the outcome! I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a defense lawyer!
Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Ron did a great job as my counsel. He knows the law and is very savvy. I highly recommend him for a criminal case in any capacity
Posted by Mike Brown | August 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Court
Mr. McGaw has been nothing but exemplary in handling my matters with my former wife. I was accused of so many things, had all my rights stripped from me before I even went to court. My ex made it so I couldn't even see my kids and very much alienated all my parental rights. With our court system being slow and bogged down, Mr. McGaw worked relentlessly on my behalf, to where I can see my kids again. While the case is nowhere near over, I trust Mr. McGaw very much in anything that my ex throws at me next. I would trust him with my eyes closed. Mr. McGaw, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done and all the hours you put in to prove my innocence and have me be a part of my kids lives again. I would recommend him to any parent who has had their parental rights alienated by an ex. He was hard working, loyal, and always got back to me within 24 hours, even on the weekends!! I have hired this man and will continue to have him work on my case as I believe he is one of the best in this nasty business of divorce!
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Posted by Josh | December 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DWI Case
My DWI case was very unique and after I was charged I spoke to several lawyers. They all approached my case as if it was a cut and dry DWI charge and spoke numbers. Mr. McGaw took his time to explain each aspect of the case and describe each possible outcome. During the entire time the case was ongoing, he kept me updated with any changes. Furthermore, Mr. McGaw went out of his way to explain things to my superiors since this charge could have prevented me from doing my job. I'm positive that the good outcome of my case is a direct reflection of Mr. McGaw's hard work and experience. I highly recommend Mr. McGaw.
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Posted by Pavel | October 22, 2012
Peace of mind
Mr. McGaw is been my attorney for while and I can only say one thing about him - Ron McGaw is attorney you should have if you wanna get forward intelligent way without stress.
Posted by Janet G. | October 9, 2012
Ronald McGaw, our long time legal advisor and trusted source.
Ron McGaw has been handling landlord/tenant matters for our Property Management company for over 8 years. He is very thorough and has a strong understanding of the court system with his prior experience as a judge. He is always accessible, very in touch with his clients and easy to communicate with. It has been our pleasure to use Ron for our legal needs and we will continue to do so in the future.
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Posted by Sheri | October 5, 2012
Ron,a former judge, was wonderful, thorough and more than I ever could have hoped for in a legal aid atty. also, he calls back!
I have been assigned legal aid attys in the past in family court and Ron was, by far, the nicest, most knowlegable and helpful I've ever ad assigned to me. His secretary is wonderful and either she and even Ron himself call back prompyly with answers to questions. Legal aid calling back at all is a miracle, but the actual atty? Unheard of! Ron also has an edge as he is a former judge and has amaing knowledge and insight as far as how a judge can or may rule. I would recommend him to anyone, especially where family atty is needed. -Sheri C
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Posted by Lauren | October 5, 2012
Very thorough Attorney
Mr. Mcgaw handles Tenant/Landlord cases for two of our large properties in the Hudson Valley. He is very thorough and responsive to all cases. His background as a judge and overall law expertise allows me to highly recommend him as an Attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • City Court Judge
  • City of Poughkeepsie Court
  • 1996 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Attorney
  • Nims, Howes, Collison, Hansen & Lackert, PC
  • 1988 - 1993

Education

  • U of San Francisco SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • San Jose State Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Nicole Z.
  • Serious felony reduced and resolved as non-felony with no jail.
  • McKevitt v. McKevitt
  • Joint custody and nearly even split of parenting time.
  • People v. K. Thomas
  • Drinking/Driving offense negotiated down to simple fine with no suspension.
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Associations

  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • City of Poughkeepsie Charter Review Commission
  • Chairman
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Respect for Law Alliance
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2006
  • Dutchess County Magistrates Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Advanced Evidence Certificate
  • The National Judicial College
  • 2004
  • When Justice Fails Certificate
  • The National Judicial College
  • 2002
  • General Jurisdiction Certificate
  • The National Judicial College
  • 2000
  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure Course Certificate
  • The National Judicial College
  • 1999
  • LAW REVIEW
  • Univ. of San Francisco School of Law
  • 1985
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Publications

  • 7 Misc. 3d 1002(A)
  • People v. Walker
  • 2005
  • 2003 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 588
  • People v. Alexander
  • 2003
  • 2002 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 1552
  • People v. Garrity
  • 2002
  • 2001 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 1278
  • People v. Gamble
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Conference on Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (18)
Endorse Ronald
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for his knowledge, experience & contribution to the Avvo community."
Family Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney and former judge."
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Consumer protection
Slip and fall accident
Child custody
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Bankruptcy and debt