Robert L. Ostertag

Past President of the New York State Bar Association and JAG attorney, Mr. Ostertag is a veteran practitioner with over 50 years of experience. He serves on several statewide and nationwide organized bar committees and is the recipient of several participatory awards.

Civil Litigation
Estate Planning and Administration
Business and Corporate Law
Real Estate
Attorney Disciplinary Proceedings

New York, 1957
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1957
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1969
U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1988
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of New York, 1957
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of New York, 1957
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York, 1957
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of New York, 1957
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1957
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1959
U.S. Supreme Court, 1960
U.S. Tax Court, 1965

St. John’s University School of Law, Brooklyn, New York, 1956 LL.B.
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1960 LL.M.
Major: Taxation & Estate Planning
Fordham University, Bronx, New York, 1953 B.A.

New York Lawyers Deskbook, Chairman, Editorial Board, N.Y. State Bar Association, 1989
General Practice in New York, Co-Editor, West Group, 6 Volumes, 1998
Numerous professional articles

Adjunct Professor, Wills, Estates & Trusts, Marist College Paralegal Program, 1976 – 1991
Adjunct Professor, New York Civil Practice, Fordham University School of Law, 1993 – 2007
Lecturer, numerous continuing legal education seminars and programs

Recipient, Exchange Club of Central Poughkeepsie’s Recognition Award for Outstanding Service to the People of Dutchess County, 1967
Recipient, Interim Gubernatorial Nomination to the Office of Dutchess County (N.Y.) Surrogate, 1982
Marist College President’s Award for Service to the People of the Mid-Hudson Valley, 1991
Recipient, Donald C. Rikli Lifetime Achievement Award, American Bar Association General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section, 2004
Who’s Who in America
Who’s Who in American Law
Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 1989
Fellow, New York Bar Foundation

Dutchess County Board of Health, Member, 1964 – 1970
President 1966-1970
Draftsman, Dutchess County Sanitary Code, 1969 – 1970
Member, Dutchess County Charter Commission, 1966 – 1967
Draftsman, Dutchess County Charter
Draftsman, County Charters and Administrative Codes for Sullivan, Fulton, Orange and Onondaga Counties (New York), 1968 – 1974
Draftsman, City of Poughkeepsie Charter, 1994
Member, Town of Poughkeepsie Committee to Draft Municipal Employees’ Code of Ethics, 1967 – 1968
Draftsman, Code of Ethics
High Tor Opera Co., 1967 – 1970
Vice-President and Director
Exchange Club of Central Poughkeepsie, 1968 – 1980 Member; Director, 1968-1970
Director, Standard Gage Co., 1972 – 1988
Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce, 1972 – Present Member
Member and Director, Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce, 1976 – 1982
Director, Hudson Valley Philharmonic Society, 1973 – 1976
Director, United Fund of Dutchess County, 1973 – 1978
Director, American Heart Association, Dutchess County Chapter 1975-1981, 1984-1989
Deputy Supervisor, Town of Poughkeepsie, 1976
Chairman, Dutchess County Charter Revision Task Force, 1979 – 1989
Trustee, Sports Museum of Dutchess County, 1989 – 1993 Chairman, 1989-1990
Director, Hudson Valley Stadium Corp., 1995 – Present Chairman, 1998-present
Counsel, New York State Assembly’s Agriculture Committee, 1967 – 1968
Member Ninth Judicial District Grievance Committee, 1975 – 1979
Member Pace University School of Law Advisory Board, 1975 – 1985
Member Marist College Paralegal Advisory Board, 1975 – Present
Director, Committee for Modern Courts, 1975 – 1999
Trustee, Joseph F. Barnard Memorial Law Library, 1979 – Present
Member, American Bar Association, 1957 – Present
Member, House of Delegates 1985-1999, 2004-2008
American Bar Association, General Practice Council Section 1982-1986, 1980 – 1983
Founder and Chairman, Conference of State Bar General Practice Leaders
Member, New York State Bar Association, 1957 – Present President 1991-1992
Member, New York State Bar Association House of Delegates, 1973 – 1979
1980 to present, and member and chairman of numerous committees
Member, New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics, 1986 – 1990, 1996-1999, 2000-2006
Member, Dutchess County Bar Association, 1960 – Present President, 1984-1985
Member, Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee, 1987 – 1992
Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1973 – Present
Member, Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council, 1965 – 1985 Member, 2009; President 1965-1966

U.S. Air Force, Bangor, Maine, Judge Advocate, 1956 – 1958
Chief Counsel’s Office, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C., 1958 – 1960
Guernsey Butts Ostertag & O’Leary, Esqs. (Formerly Guernsey, Butts & Walsh), Poughkeepsie, New York, 1960 – 1995