Gary M. Schuster


Tel: 845-764-9656


Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Art & Entertainment
Business Succession
Cannabis Law
Commercial Leasing
Commercial Real Estate
Corporation and Limited Liability
Company Formation and Dissolution
Estate Planning and Administration
Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations
Residential Real Estate
Secured Transactions
Television & Film
Wills & Trusts

Gary M. Schuster is a Partner at the firm.

His varied practice includes formation, transactions and counseling for corporations, LLCs, partnerships and nonprofits; purchases and sales of businesses; commercial and residential real estate transactions and leasing; licensing; estate planning, administration and litigation; guardianship proceedings; arts and entertainment; media, copyright and trademark; alcoholic beverage and cannabis law.

Gary received his B.A. in Government and Journalism from Lehigh University in 1979, and his J.D. from Fordham School of Law in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and was admitted to the Florida bar in 2002.

Gary has assisted in the formation, purchase and sale of all kinds of businesses including medical and veterinary practices, printers and publishers, tech companies, franchises, restaurants, bus companies, liquor stores and beer distributors, gas stations, hair salons, tattoo parlors, and a theater, funeral homes, bicycle store, and more.

Gary has extensive experience as both a Board member and attorney representing many kinds of nonprofits including those in economic development, health and human services, arts and culture, education, animal welfare, social clubs, sports, veterans and more. He advises on issues including formation, dissolution, merger, governance, fundraising, compliance, real estate, taxation and tax exemption, transactions, conflict of interest, employment and labor, political activity, loans and finance, trademarks, and other issues. Gary has served on the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations and now serves on the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) as Secretary, and the Orange County Arts Council.  Gary is a member of the Hudson Valley Nonprofit Consultants and he is a frequent speaker on business and nonprofit issues.

Gary has extensive experience in music and art, which includes past employment with ASCAP, The Songwriters Guild of America, Dunvagen Music Publishers (owned by the composer, Philip Glass) and Knoedler Publishing (publishers of the artist, LeRoy Neiman). He has represented clients in art, music, film, video, dance, theater, photography, fashion modeling, publishing, the internet, museums and arts centers. He is a founding Board member, past President, and now General Council of the Orange County Arts Council. He has represented or advised KingsTheatre Co., Cornerstone Arts Alliance, Trestle, Inc., Newburgh Institute for Arts and Ideas, Newburgh Arts and Culture Commission and others. He was also instrumental in creating the Orange County Film Office.

In the field of intellectual property, Gary has registered and renewed hundreds of copyrights, and registered more than 100 trademarks.

Gary is a former Adjunct Instructor at SUNY Orange in Middletown teaching Music Business.

Gary is from Rego Park, Queens, New York and moved to Orange County with his family in 2002.

Gary presented ‘The Creative Industry’ to the Orange County Chamber of Commerce membership at a monthly breakfast meeting.  Here is a link to this presentation.


  • New York, 1989
  • Florida, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1994


  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. – 1988
  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. – 1979


  • The “Rear Window” Case: James Stewart et al. v. Sheldon Abend, Entertainment Law Review, (U.K.) Vol. 1, 1990
  • Songwriters and Music Publishers: Partners in Rhyme?, Beverly Hills Bar Association Journal, Fall , 1988


  • Copyright in the Classroom, SUNY New Paltz
  • Intro to Intellectual Property, Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Nonprofit Revitalization Act, Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (and elsewhere)
  • Women’s Enterprise Development Center
    • Selected Public Speaking Events
    • 2008     Duchess County Arts Council Seminar on social networking websites
      2011      Orange County Arts Council on music publishing
      2011      Orange County Business Accelerator on private placements
      2011      Orange County Chamber of Commerce on benefit corporations
      2011      Orange County Partnership on gas leasing and benefit corporations
      2014      Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan on Not-for-Profit Revitalization Act
      2015      Hudson Valley Tech Meetup on intellectual property
      2015      Orange County Chamber Consultants Committee on business entities and structure
      2016      Mount Saint Mary College foreign business students on American business law and practice
      2016      Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County on business succession
      2016      Hudson Valley Tech Meetup on intellectual property
      2016      New York Sound Exchange on music industry contracts
      2016      Orange County Chamber of Commerce on the creative economy
      2017      Washingtonville Artists Collective on arts business, copyright and trademark
      2017      WEDC Entrepreneurial Training Program on business startup issues
      2017      Association of Fundraising Professionals Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter on duties of nonprofit directors
      2017      Orange County Chamber of Commerce on trademarks for marketers
      2018      Nonprofit 101 Seminar
      2018      Orange County Citizens Foundation Executive Director Roundtable on 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
      2018      Mount Saint Mary College panel on The Business & Law of Sports and Entertainment in the Hudson Valley
      2019      Nonprofit 102 Seminar on March 26, 2019
      2021      Understanding Marijuana Legalization in Your Community Webinar on May 27, 2021
      2022      Nonprofit 101 Seminar


  • Hudson Valley Nonprofit Consultants, Member
  • NYCON, Board Member and Current Secretary
  • Orange County Arts Council, General Counsel, Former President & Secretary
  • New York State Bar Association, Cannabis Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association Young Entertainment Lawyers Committee
  • New York State Bar Association Copyright and Trademark Committee
  • Vision Hudson Valley, Past Board Member
  • Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, General Counsel
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties
  • Leadership Orange Class of 2022 Graduate
  • Pattern Fellows Program Class of 2012 Graduate