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Sean J. Denvir


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Areas of Practice

  • Probate Litigation
  • Wills & Estates
  • Trusts
  • Real Estate Commercial
  • Real Estate Residential
  • Corporate LLC / Business Setup

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 Board of Directors of the Friends of Historic Kingston, and I repair bicycles with the YMCA Community Bike Program. I am a past Board member of the United Way of Ulster County, and The Children's Home of Kingston. I served on 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 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, skiing, and billiards, more for camaraderie than for achievement.

Bar Admissions

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


  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of
    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

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

Pro Bono Activities

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

Representative Cases

People v Matthews, 68 N.Y.2d 118 (NY CT of Appeals 1986)
People v. Muhammad, 120 A.D.2d 937 (4th Dept. 1986)
People v. Tarbell, 120 A.D.2d 966 (4th Dept. 1986)
People v. Grainger, 114 A.D.2d 966 (4th Dept. 1986)
People v. King, 117 A.D.2d 1007 (4th Dept. 1986)
People v. Broadwater, 116 A.D.2d (4th Dept. 1986)
People v. Johnson, 115 A.D.2d (4th Dept. 1985)
People v. Eckert, 117 Misc.2d 504 (N.Y.City Ct 1983)
Coffey v. Shop-Rite Supermarkets North, N.Y.S.2d – – – (3d Dept. 2007)
Hasbrouck v. IBM, N.Y.S.2d – – – (3d Dept. 2007)
Snarski v. New Jersey Mfrs., 20 A.D.3d 803 (3d Dept. 2005)
Dinneny v. Phoenicia Fire District, 13 A.D.3d 825 (3d Dept. 2004)
Baker v. Orange Heating and Cooling, 9 A.D.3d 517 (3d Dept. 2004)
Isaacs v. Fleet Financial Services, 8 A.D.3d 879 (3d Dept. 2004)
Crisci v. IBM Corp., 306 A.D.2d 645 (3d Dept. 2003)
Lashlee v. Pepsi-Cola Newburgh Bottling, 301 A.D.2d (3d Dept. 2003)
Pascarella v. Marlboro Fire Dept., 300 A.D.2d 896 (3d Dept. 2002)
Knisell v. Treasure Chest Advertising Co., 298 A.D.2d 820 (3d Dept. 2002)
Barrington v. Hudson Valley Fruit Juice, Inc., 297 A.D.2d 886 (3d Dept. 2002)
Pistone v. Sam's Club, 295 A.D.2d 875 (3d Dept. 2002)
Benjamin v. IBM, 293 A.D.2d 889 (3d Dept. 2002)
Schuyler v. City of Newburgh Fire Dept., 292 A.D.2d 702 (3d Dept. 2002)
McCloskey v. Marriott Corp., 290 A.D.2d 671 (3d Dept. 2002)
Harris v. Poughkeepsie Journal, 289 A.D.2d 620 (3d Dept. 2001)
Calderone v. Metal Container Corp., 286 A.D.2d 848 (3d Dept. 2001)
Davenport v. New York State Senate, 283 A.D.2d 880 (3d Dept. 2001)
Findling v. Community General Hospital, 280 A.D.2d 798 (3d Dept. 2001)
Owens v. Village of Ellenville Police Dept., 280 A.D.2d 786 (3d Dept. 2001)
Smith v. Community Resource Center, 277 A.D.2d 791 (3d Dept. 2000)
Kinney v. Prudential Ins., 270 A.D.2d 781 (3d Dept. 2000)
Christiano v. Wakefern Food Corp., 269 A.D.2d 651 (3d Dept. 2000)
Salters v. Town of Woodstock, 267 A.D.2d 720 (3d Dept. 1999)
Byrne v. Fall Fitting Inc., 266 A.D2d 684 (3d Dept. 1999)
Knouse v. Millshoe, 260 A.D.2d 948 (3d Dept. 1999)
Masi v. Town of Clarkstown, 260 A.D.2d 889 (3d Dept. 1999)
La Rosa v. IBM Corp., 256 A.D.2d 670 (3d Dept. 1998)
Roggero v. Frontier Ins., 250 A.D.2d 1011 (3d Dept. 1998)
Winglovitz v. Agway Inc., 246 A.D.2d 684 (3d Dept. 1998)
Peziol v. VAW of America, 245 A.D.2d 877 (3d Dept. 1997)
Kesick v. Ulster County, 245 A.D.2d 752 (3d Dept. 1997)
Baker v. Hudson Valley Nursing Home, 233 A.D.2d 608 (3d Dept. 1996)
Joyce v. European Auto Service, 226 A.D.2d 952 (3d Dept. 1996)
Williams v. McCall, 222 A.D.2d 929 (3d Dept. 1995)
Aldrich v. Town of Marlboro, 196 A.D.2d 933 (3d Dept. 1993)
Derello v. Wyndham Poughkeepsie Hotel, 195 A.D.2d 901 (3d Dept. 1993)
Clarke v. Rockland County, 194 A.D.2d 1017 (3d Dept. 1993)
Davis v. Alpha Apple Inc., 184 A.D.2d 893 (3d Dept. 1992)
Spangenberg v. View Point Realty, 178 A.D.2d 809 (3d Dept. 1991)
Dellheim v. IBM, 177 A.D.2d 887 (3d Dept. 1991)
Coney v. R.S.R. Corp., 167 A.D.2d 582 (3d Dept. 1990)
Gibbs v. Orange County Sheriff's Dept., 149 A.D.2d 845 (3d Dept. 1989)
Lockwood v. Berardi, 135 A.D.2d 881 (3d Dept. 1987)
Cea v. Combined Life, 134 A.D.2d 696 (3d Dept. 1987)
Emerson v. American Broadcasting Co., 124 A.D.2d 377 (3d Dept. 1986)

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