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About me

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


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
    20 years
  2. Family: 40%
    10 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    20 years
  4. Landlord & Tenant: 4%
    20 years
  5. Trademark Application: 1%
    30 years



Hourly ($295/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Ronald J. McGaw, Esq.

25 Market St., Suite 700
Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601-3249


NYCurrently registered 198807/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Advanced Evidence CertificateThe National Judicial College2004
When Justice Fails CertificateThe National Judicial College2002
General Jurisdiction CertificateThe National Judicial College2000
Constitutional Criminal Procedure Course CertificateThe National Judicial College1999
Judicial Writing Course CertificateThe National Judicial College1999
LAW REVIEWUSF School of Law1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
City Court JudgeCity of Poughkeepsie Court1996 - 2006
AttorneyFitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto1993 - 1996
AttorneyNims, Howes, Collison, Hansen & Lackert, PC1988 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dutchess County Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
Respect for Law AllianceN/A1996 - 2006
Dutchess County Magistrates AssociationN/A1996 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Powell v. Mountain Side AgencyN/A
People v. Ulysses DavisN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
CreatespaceLorenzo's Daggers2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
San Jose State UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Conference on Domestic ViolenceDomestic Violence2004