AREAS OF PRACTICE
Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Art & Entertainment
Commercial Real Estate
Corporation and Limited Liability
Company Formation and Dissolution
Estate Planning and Administration
Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations
Residential Real Estate
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; franchising; estate planning, administration and litigation; guardianship proceedings; media, copyright and trademark 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, the Orange County Arts Council, Vision Hudson Valley, and the Business Council of Greater Montgomery. He is a frequent speaker on nonprofit issues including the major 2014 amendments to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.
Gary has been a leader in educating the public about New York’s new benefit corporation. His writing about B Corps is found in the Business Law section of the J&G blog.
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.
Gary was a guest on the Orange County Chamber of Commerce ‘Chamber Chat’ radio program on Wall Radio. He discussed tips to start a business, business entity selection and much more. You can hear the audio below.
Gary was on WTBQ Radio live with Debbie Major from Zylofone for the Nonprofit Notebook show. Gary was discussing information for those interested in starting a nonprofit and the roles and responsibilities of those who serve on a board. You can hear the recording by clicking below.
- 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
- As published in Chronogram Magazine Online, “To Be Nonprofit, Or Not to Be, That is the Question: An Important Decision for Hudson Valley Entrepreneurs,” 2022
- As published in In the Know Magazine by the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development “Force Majeure After Covid-19,” 2021
- As published in Chronogram Magazine “What Every Hudson Valley Nonprofit Needs to Know About Meeting Minutes,” 2021
- 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
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- NYCON, Board Member and Secretary
- Orange County Arts Council, General Counsel, Former President & Secretary
- NYSBA Cannabis, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, Member, Copyright and Trademark Committee
- Visions Hudson Valley, Board Member
- Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, General Counsel
- New York Council of Nonprofits, Board Member
- Business Counsel of Greater Montgomery, Board Member
- Orange County Bar Association
- Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties