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AREAS OF PRACTICE

Mergers and Acquisitions
Art & Entertainment
Business Succession
Commercial Leasing
Commercial Real Estate
Corporation and Limited Liability
Company Formation and Dissolution
Copyrights
Estate Planning and Administration
Franchising
Guardianships
Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations
Partnerships
Secured Transactions
Trademarks
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 and media; copyright, and trademark.

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, a theater, funeral homes, bicycle stores, 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 former Board Member for 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 Kings Theatre Co., Cornerstone Arts Alliance, Trestle, Inc., Bethel Woods Center for Performing Arts, Arts Society of Kingston, Woodstock Artists Association, Kingston Midtown Arts District, 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 received the 2024 Karen Minogue Award for Distinguished Service by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan during their Donor and Volunteer Appreciation Reception on February 8, 2024.

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • 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

EDUCATION

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

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • 2024 Karen Minogue Award for Distinguished Services by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • 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