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Dean Carl Schneller

Real estate Attorney at Plattsburgh, NY

5.0   18 reviews

Licensed for 14 years

About Dean

Learn Dean’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    State and Federal Court. Drug cases, violent felonies, immigration matters, DWI Defense. Aggressive, experienced and successful. Will fight for excellent results for my clients.

    14 years, 250 cases

  2. Real estate
    Represents Buyers and Sellers; Commercial and Residential Real Estate;

    14 years, 100 cases

  3. Litigation
    Contract disputes, construction claims, property disputes. Versatile and efficient litigator.

    14 years, 200 cases

  4. Personal injury
    Received awards over $279,000 and settled several other motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and other personal injury claims

    14 years, 25 cases

  5. Land use and zoning
    Represented applicants in front of municipal zoning boards for variances, site plan review and other project developments

    14 years, 50 cases

  6. Wills and living wills
    Counsel clients on estate planning and Will Drafting; Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy

    14 years, 100 cases

Licensed for 14 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2008
Updated 06/13/2022

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

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Law Offices of Dean C. Schneller


5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by Lynn | June 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experiences
I was very pleased having Dean Schneller's Law firm manage my real estate transactions. Dean and his staff, Kim and Lynn, communicated in a polite and timely manner throughout the process. Everything was handled efficiently and with precision. I Went back to Dean’s law office to have my Will drafted. Dean took time to explain all the parts of a Will. He helped me through the process of drafting a document that is never fun to complete. Not only are Dean’s fees reasonable but everyone there is professional and attentive to your needs. I highly recommend Dean Schneller’s law firm.
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Posted by shane | January 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Town Variance
Dean, was very good to work with in our project and had all the answers ready when needed. Throughout the process he provided good open communication as well. Would highly recommend him..
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Agree with all other five star reviews!
Positive experience with Dean Schneller! He assisted me with a real estate matter. There was some urgency, initially, and Dean jumped right in. Unlike other lawyers (in my experience) he was efficient and honorable. His rate was very fair! Absolutely recommend!
Posted by Isabelle Paradis | July 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Superbe service from start to finish
I just sold my house with Dean's support and the experience was 5 stars from start to finish. His team is very professional, responsive and friendly and went out of their way to support me along the way. I would highly recommend their services if you are looking for a law firm that you can trust.
Posted by Matthew Muller | June 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
We used Schneller law for a real estate closing on a 3 season camp. Throughout the entire process Dean and Kim were great to work with. They were highly responsive and communicated well through the entire process. Being from out of state, this was especially appreciated. I highly recommend Dean and his firm.
Posted by Scott B | April 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Will and Real Estate Excellence!
Unbeknownst to me, Dean's practice inherited my Mom's will when her attorney retired a few years, so I came to Dean without having ever met him or dealing with his practice. He made time for me during a very busy week (Thanksgiving) as I was only going to be in town for a couple of days. He guided me through everything when it came time to deal with her estate and clearly outlined my choices. In-person, on the phone, and by email, he made sure I understood my options and provided his guidance to help keep me safe from common pitfalls. Fast forward five months and it was time to sell my Mom's house; there was no one else I was going to let handle my affairs beside Dean. He engineered everything clearly so I could do what I needed to do from Ohio and the closing was lightning fast and went without a hitch. Everyone I dealt with at the office (Lynn and Kim) were exceptionally responsive, polite, and made me feel like I was the only person they were dealing with in the moment, something I've not always experienced with other attorneys.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very pleased with Dean Schneller's handling of my legal matters
I have always found Dean Schneller and his employees at both offices to be professional, available, cooperative, and able to handle anything I needed done in a timely manner. Dean Schneller has handled a variety of legal matters for me, and I have been very pleased with his work in all cases.
Posted by Jesse | April 6, 2015
Extremely professional & a pleasure to work with.
Dean has always been extremely professional and courteous. He was able to explain complex contracts in a way that was very easy to understand, thus making our decisions more informed. Having a lawyer that is no only professional, but extremely diligent has made it easier for us to focus on what's important; building our business. I couldn't be happier with Dean's services and would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Sara | April 3, 2015
Highly recommend
Dean served as a reliable, trustworthy and always knowledgable resource when selling our home, and purchasing new property. We would highly recommend him as an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2015
I HIghly Recommend This Attorney
I was in need of a criminal attorney and i didnt know anyone in the area to ask to give me a referral. Luckily i found Dean Schneller and I could not have found a better choice. He was thorough, diligent and professional. Hopefully I won't need him again, but if anyone in the Plattsburgh area needs a good attorney, hes is a great choice.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2015
Consummate Professional
Mr. Schneller has been actively assisting me with a boundary line dispute. I have found him to be extremely well versed in property law and to possess exemplary communication skills. Mr. Schneller has provided feedback and information thoughout every step of the process and, he has responded to each of my inquiries in a timely manner. Mr. Schneller's decision making is well thought out and he has consistently conducted himself with professionalism. I would highly recommend Mr. Schneller if you are in need of legal representation or advice.
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Posted by Ryan | March 30, 2015
Helpful, Knowledgeable and Professional
I have consulted with Mr. Schneller several times in the past two years over legal matters ranging from real estate acquisition to rearrangement of business structure. I have always found him to be extremely helpful and reliable and have never had anything short of a great experience working with him.
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2015
Great Lawyer
When talking with Mr. Schneller regarding my personal legal matters, I felt at ease and confortable. His advice for my situation was always in my best interest, professional, and accurate. He answered all questions the same day I asked, and went above and beyond for my well being. Highly recommended attorney in Plattsburgh.
Posted by Vic | March 27, 2015
Top Notch
Dean represented me in a criminal matter and his connections and knowledge resulted in a very positive outcome for me. He kept me well informed throughout the process and was able to resolve and expedite my case quickly. After his initial consultation I felt at ease. I told him that I was really stressed and worried about the situation due to my profession and family planning goals and he simply said "that's why I'm here, let me worry for you". I highly recommend Dean and I am fortunate to have hired the perfect attorney for my situation. He is top notch!
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Posted by Tami | March 27, 2015
Real Estate Closing
I had the pleasure in working with Dean on a Real Estate Closing for the buyer. I had called Dean on behalf of my buyer and Dean talked to me right away. I explained that this closing was going to be very quick and needed to close within 30 days. Dean got the job done in 3 weeks. He was very professional and accommodating. His office was also very helpful and pleasant. I will be returning to Dean with other Real Estate transaction.
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Posted by Steve | March 26, 2015
Competent and reliable
Dean has been very good at communicating at each step of my legal process. Dean is engaging and energetic. He doesn't let files sit and gather dust. He has listened to my concerns and addressed each to the best of his ability. He explains when and where some situations could have different results. I am satisfied with the service he has provided and the cost for those services! My friends, relatives, and client are beginning to use Dean as the attorney too.
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Posted by Dan | April 23, 2014
Real Estate Transaction
Recently, Mr. Schneller handled the particulars of a real estate transaction that I was involved with. Right from the start of our meeting he explained the relevant issues that he found lurking in the details, handled any questions I had with a friendly respect and courtesy, and made sure that I understood the fine print of the contract language before I made any monetary decisions. In my dealings with Mr. Schneller I can say that I walked away from his office feeling that he covered all the necessary points, helped me understand what I was signing, and provided well rounded legal advice that allowed me to understand what was put in front of me.
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Posted by Kayla | April 20, 2014
Kayla's Review; Dean Schneller
Dean was very good at letting me know what was going on at all times. He informed me via email of any changes to my charges, and of any new imformation that came up. He always showed up to my court dates and talked to me before and after seeing the judge to explain to me what was going to happen, and he did so with time so that i would understand completely what was going on. He is repectful and informational. Dean is a very good lawyer and I was very lucky to have been appointed to him, and I am thankful to him for helping me get out of a sticky situation. I would recomend him to who ever gets in trouble with the law.
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Work Experience

  • Asst County Attorney
  • Clinton County Health Department
  • 2016 - Present
  • Town Attorney
  • Town Attorney Town of Saranac
  • 2015 - Present
  • Corporation Counsel
  • The Development Corporation (TDC)
  • 2015 - Present
  • Corporation Counsel
  • City of Plattsburgh
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Dean C. Schneller
  • 2014 - Present
  • Town Attorney
  • Town of Black Brook
  • 2014 - Present
  • Co-Founder and Counsel
  • Adirondack Powder Skier Associaition
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • O'Connell and Aronowitz, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Confidential Judicial Clerk
  • Vermont Environmental Division (Formerly Vermont Environmental Court)
  • 2007 - 2008
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  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • State University of New York, Binghamton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Wehrenberg v City of Plattsburgh
  • No Liability for City
  • People v. Hardy
  • Dismissed on Motion
  • People v. Josue Deliser
  • Acquittal after trial
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  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Clinton County Water Quality Control Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Adirondack Powder Skier Association
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Environmental/Criminal Defense Section
  • 2009 - Present
  • Clinton County Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Trout Unlimited, Lake Champlain Chapter
  • Vice President
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Trout Unlimited Lake Champlain Chapter
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English


  • Adirondack Life
  • "Powder To The People"
  • 2014
  • Management Guidance for Ski Touring in the Adirondack Park
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • American Legion in Saranac
  • Mineral Rights Title Issues
  • 2015
  • NYS Forest Preserve Advsory Committee
  • Backcountry Skier Access to the Forest Preserve
  • 2013
  • ADK Mountain Club
  • APSA Conformance with Article 14
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dean is a highly skilled strategist and advocate, dedicated to serving his clients and his community. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dean is a great lawyer who cares about his clients. He is honest, intelligent, professional, hardworking and highly skilled. I highly recommend him."
General practice Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Hard working and dedicated to the practice of law."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dean is a bright individual and an asset to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Personal injury
Criminal defense