Sean J. Denvir

Sean J. Denvir

Managing Partner
Kingston, New York
800-901-2525 (Toll Free)
800-639-1206 (Toll free)

In my second year of college I took a Civil Liberties course, studying the constitutional rights that make our country great. The course was taught by a lawyer, and it convinced me that I'd enjoy a career in law. After graduating from George Washington University Law School in 1981, I took a job at the Legal Aid Office in Syracuse, where I was a trial attorney for five years. I handled mostly criminal trials, with some general civil work. We were a busy office, helping thousands of clients and litigating cases regularly. I found it rewarding to be able to help others, and to advocate for causes I believed in. I felt that our good work went far in bettering the lives of those Syracuse residents most in need.

In 1986, my wife and I moved to Kingston, and I have been working at Ryan Roach & Ryan ever since. I've continued to handle trial work and appeals. Much of my practice is now devoted to wills and probate, corporate matters and real estate. As much as ever, I find it rewarding to be helping my clients navigate through their legal problems. I see myself as a problem solver who happens to be a lawyer. I still enjoy the challenge of working to understand a problem, then working to solve it. For me, patience is the key to understanding. The more I learn about a problem, the more confident I am about confronting it.

Living a purposeful life is important to me. Outside of work, I am an active volunteer in our community. I serve on the Boards of Directors of the United Way of Ulster County and The Children's Home of Kingston.  I was a member of the Board of Directors of the Ulster County Bar Association for ten years, ultimately serving as President in 1998-99. I was a volunteer judge for high school mock trial competitions for many years. I coached CYO boys basketball and girls softball when my children played, but those fun years are only memories now. I enjoy recreational bicycling, and regularly participate in cycling events and fundraisers. I also enjoy tennis and snowboarding, more for the camaradarie than for athletic achievement.

Areas of Practice

  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Contracts
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Administration
  • Formation & Business Planning
  • Lending & Secured Transactions
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Living Wills
  • Partnerships
  • Powers of Attorney and Appointment
  • Residential Real Estate
  • State & Municipal Employees
  • State Appellate Practice
  • State Trial Practice
  • Title Insurance
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Workers' Compensation Appeals
  • Workers' Compensation Subrogation

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1983


  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - May, 1981
  • State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, New York
    • B.A. cum laude - May, 1978
    • Major: English
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ulster County Bar Association, President, 1998 - 1999
  • Ulster County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1988 - 1998
  • Ulster County Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, Member, 1981 - 1986
  • The Children's Home of Kingston, Board of Directors
  • United Way of Ulster County, Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions

  • Legal Aid Society - Syracuse, Staff Attorney, 1982 - 1986

Pro Bono Activities

  • Trial Judge - High School Mock Trial Competition, 1995 - 2005