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Kenneth Matthew Christopher

Criminal defense Attorney at Syracuse, NY

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Kenneth M. Christopher, Esq.

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  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Kenneth

Learn Kenneth’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Handles all levels of Criminal Defense matters in Courts throughout Onondaga County and the surrounding areas.

    16 years, 600 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Handles DWI and DWAI cases involving both use of alcohol and of drugs in Courts throughout Onondaga County and the surrounding areas.

    16 years, 100 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Handles traffic tickets throughout much of Upstate New York- experienced with all types of traffic infractions and misdemeanors.

    16 years, 250 cases

  4. Personal injury
    Handling mainly Medical Malpractice and major personal injury cases.

  5. Car accident


Kenneth Christopher, is a founder and managing partner of the the Christopher & McQuillan law firm. He is an aggressive and experienced attorney who is both at ease and competent in the courtroom. Mr. Christopher is a skilled and successful litigator who has represented persons accused of many different levels of criminal conduct, including earning a Not Guilty verdict in a Murder in the First Degree Trial. Mr. Christopher has also represented both plaintiffs and defendant's in many types of civil legal proceedings. He believes in keeping his clients informed and involved in all aspects of their individual cases. Mr. Christopher received his Juris Doctorate Degree and graduated Cum Laude from the Syracuse University College of Law.

While attending Syracuse Law School Mr. Christopher was an active member of the Moot Court Honor Society and National Trial Teams representing the College of Law in Mock Trial Competitions all over the United States. He was an arguing advocate at the National Civil Trial Competition in Los Angeles, CA, and the National Trial Competition in New York City. Mr. Christopher was recognized for his abilities and honored by being inducted into the prestigious Order of the Barristers, an organization whose heritage is based on excellence in trial and client advocacy. He academically distinguished himself with Dean's List Honors and additional Honors for exceptional achievement in Trial Practice, and Constitutional Law.

Mr. Christopher completed his undergraduate degree and graduated Cum Laude from Le Moyne College, in Syracuse, New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He academically distinguished himself with Dean's List Honors and multiple academic scholarships.

Mr. Christopher is a member in good standing of the New York Bar Association, and a board member on for the Onondaga County Bar Foundation. Mr. Christopher believes that building a relationship with his clients is imperative to properly advocate for their needs. Regardless of whether the case is a simple traffic matter or a serious criminal charge, a simple fender bender or a traumatic personal injury case, he is dedicated to providing a competent, diligent and consistent representation for his clients. Mr. Christopher is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and was recently admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.

Mr. Christopher was formerly a frequent guest lecturer at the Syracuse University College of Law on practical tips for representing clients charged with vehicle and traffic violations and DWI/DWAI.


Christopher & McQuillan, LLP
120 E. Washington Street
Suite 1001
Syracuse, NY, 13202


5.0 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Nick | September 22, 2014
Very trustworthy, great results.
Trustworthy: Ken put my interests first, and even worked to get me approved for the court-appointed attorney program. Good results: Ken was able to achieve the results I needed to move on after a mistake, all without having to go to trial! (serious felony dropped down to an ACD). He is also knowledgeable and gave me really helpful advice specific to my situation.
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Posted by Amy | April 18, 2014
Amazing attorney, wonderful experience!
From the moment I walked through the door Mr. Christopher was respectful and caring. He listened to me, was very helpful and instantly put me at ease during a difficult time. In the courtroom he was quick on his feet, knowing all the facts he needed to know, including things the judge himself needed to look up! From start to finish he was incredibly professional. Would recommend highly to anyone!!
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Posted by Salvatore | June 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Justice for criminal defense
Kenneth Is the best lawyer I could’ve asked for when I called there office I was priced a quote from his colleague and when I met with him for the free consultation he stuck with that price.I’ve had my fair share of lawers, But I’ll tell you what he is the best one that ever advocated for me and got the justice I deserve. He cared and made my case a priority he was 100% upfront and honest with what choices I had to handle this matter.. He got the justice I deserve and I am grateful for that. When the DA made an offer Kenneth Talked to the DA and was able to get the charges completely dropped. I would recommend him to anyone that needs a lawyer even my friends or family. He cares about his clients and gets the justice you deserve I will tell you what I will never go for any other lawyer to hire, because Kenneth Is my go to lawyer down the road God for bid if I get any traffic tickets which I hope will not happen anytime soon..I wish I could give him 10 out of 10 stars and honestly if you need a lawyer come to him best lawyer id ever had and shows up to court early never was late and Kept me updated takeing the time to call me every step of the way. Again he made me a priority and kept in the loop the whole step of the way. Honestly if you looking for a lawyer call Kenneth I strongly recommend him and I am sure you get the justice you deserve as well hope this helped anyone Looking for a lawyer because you should definitely call him.
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Posted by Robert | September 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeded my expectations by far!
Kenneth defended me in a matter that could have forced me to give up my profession. His willingness to learn everything he could about my job, duties and responsibilities showed me he really cared about finding any cracks in the case. In court, his very quick wit and background knowledge of my case, Ken was able to find holes in the DAs case and which even impressed the Judge. In the end Ken was too formidable and the case was quickly negotiated to a very satisfying outcome for me. I would not hesitate to contact Ken if I ever needed his help again.
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Posted by Ken | October 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Results/ pleasant experience
Kenneth did an excellent job with my speeding ticket. He got the results we were looking for. Excellent experience, highly recommend
Posted by Dominic | July 17, 2015
Could not ask for a better result
Getting a speeding ticket can be very stressful- Kenneth took care of everything. I did not have to worry about a thing. Thank you for everything!
Posted by Pierre | December 31, 2014
Excellent experience
Worked with Kenneth for a traffic violation. Overall relatively simple matter that I did not want to handle myself. I found Kenneth to be knowledgeable, very responsive and I very much appreciated the tone of our communication. He was very practical and effective. Case solved to my satisfaction. I would work with him again.
Posted by Amber | December 20, 2011
Two thumbs up
Kenneth Christopher was a great choice to handle my case. He did what he sought out to do with a sense of urgency and I received minimal fines. He is very knowledgeable of his practice and does a great job staying in touch. I recommend this lawyer for any legal matters you may have. He is great to work with and is reasonably priced.
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Posted by Terrence | April 5, 2011
Did a great job
Kenneth Christopher is and outstanding lawyer, he's very knowledgable in the cases and people he represents. He kept me informed on every detail of my case, even when I didn't know exactly what was going on he elaborated every detail so I would understand better. As a friend to Kenneth Christopher and as a former client, I'd recommend him to anybody that needed legal representation. Thank you for all of your help
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Christopher & McQuillan, LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Owner
  • Kenneth M. Christopher, Esq.
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Cote, Limpert & Van Dyke, LLP
  • 2007 - 2008


  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2007
  • Le Moyne College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Anonymous
  • Not Guilty Verdict
  • People v. Anonymous
  • Not Guilty Verdict
  • People v. Anonymous
  • Not Guilty Verdict
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  • Onondaga County Assinged Counsel Program
  • Attorney Mentor
  • 2020 - Present
  • Onondaga County Bar Foundation
  • Treasurer
  • 2019 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Onondaga County Bar Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star- Criminal Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star- Criminal Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star- Criminal Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Onondaga County Bar Foundation
  • Annual Onondaga County Bar Foundation Participant/Atendee
  • 2021
  • New York State Defenders Association
  • CLE Presented-How to Handle a Competency Issue with a Criminal Defendant
  • 2021
  • Practical Lawyering Skills Class
  • Handling a Traffic Ticket (and basic DWI) - Guest Lecturer
  • 2014
  • Practical Lawyering Skills Class
  • Handling a Traffic Ticket (and basic DWI) - Guest Lecturer
  • 2013
  • Practical Lawyering Skills Class
  • Handling a Traffic Ticket (and basic DWI) - Guest Lecturer
  • 2012
  • Practical Lawyering Skills Class
  • Handling a Traffic Ticket (and basic DWI) - Guest Lecturer
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent advocate on behalf of his clients, Mr. Christopher works tirelessly to get ensure that his clients consistently get the best results!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ken is a great attorney and a good friend. Anyone looking for a quality and zealous representation in Central New York would be well-served by hiring him. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kenneth. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ken is an outstanding attorney to have on your side. He is not afraid to challenge anyone when it comes to zealously representing his clients. Regardless of what, and who, stands before him, Ken is always looking out for his clients as best as he can. He is a confident and smart attorney. I highly endorse Kenneth Christopher."
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