Benjamin Ostrer

Benjamin Ostrer: Attorney with Ostrer & Associates, P.C.


Mr. Ostrer was admitted to practice law in 1977 and opened his Orange County office in 1986. Over the years, Ben Ostrer has handled a number of high profile cases, and he and his associates have earned a reputation for always putting their clients first. Ben has vigorously represented people from all walks of life who have been confronted with criminal charges. He has served his clients and his community since 1977. He is admitted to practice in New York State and Federal Trial and Appellate Courts. He currently serves as attorney for the Village of Harriman. Attorney Ostrer is also a Director of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. A former linebacker for an undefeated Lambert Bowl winning Alfred University football team, his drive and attention to tasks have served his clients well. Benjamin Ostrer has successfully defended persons accused of serious crimes including homicide, violent crimes, white collar offenses and sexual crimes. He has also handled numerous trials of complex civil matters and personal injury cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. He has numerous cases in the official reports having obtained reversals of a variety of civil and criminal verdicts in the Appellate Division and New York State Court of Appeals. His pro bono service includes not guilty verdict on behalf of a young man accused of Shaken Baby homicide in 2008 and a reversal by the Court of Appeals (2000) of a homicide conviction of a young man accused in the death of his girlfriend shortly after the birth of their child. He is a frequent lecturer at CLE programs on areas of forensic evidence including DNA. Awards & Recognition: Earned an AV rating under Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review Rating process. Recipient of the 2016 New York State Bar Association Criminal Section ” Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award” For his dedication to the field.* Ben Ostrer has firmly established a reputation as a tough but creative Hudson Valley criminal and civil trial lawyer; Super Lawyers - Criminal Defense Upstate New York 2009; NYSBA Empire Counsel - 2008; Village Attorney: Village of Harriman, 1994-; Director, Legal Aid Society of Orange County. Vice President, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2011; Super Lawyers 2009, 2010, 2011. Speaking Engagements: Lecturer, Brockport CLE DNA Seminar - Understanding DNA Discovery/Rosario Material; December 3-4, 2010; DNA Evidence at Trial CLE - Poughkeepsie, New York State Assn of Criminal Defense Lawyers [NYSACDL], March 17, 2009; DNA Guide for Lawyers CLE- New York City, NYSACDL, January 24, 2009; Murder, Mayem Seminar - Shaken Baby Defense at St. Josephs College Brooklyn, NY, NYSACDL, October 17, 2008 - September 17, 2008; Shaken Baby Defense - Seminar - Nyack, N.Y., NYSACDL, November 2, 2007. First Vice President, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011. Village of Monroe; Healthcare Associates; USA Construction.

Recipient of the 2016 New York State Bar Association Criminal Section, ”Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award” for his dedication to the field of criminal defense.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Other

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Alfred University, B.A., 1973
Law School Attended:
New York Law School, J.D., 1976
Year of First admission:
2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1996, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; 1992, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 2006, U.S. District Court Northern District of New York; 1977, New York
New York State and American Bar Associations; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Birth Information:
Brooklyn, New York, January 29, 1951
Reported Cases:
People v. Maragh, 94 N.Y. 2d 569 (New York State Court of Appeals 2000); Village of Harriman v. Town of Monroe, 42 AD 3d 463 (Appellate Division 2nd Department 2007); People v. Thomson, 2 AD 3d 1214 (Appellate Division 3rd Department 2003); Sherman v. Torres, 35 AD 3d 436 (Appellate Division 2nd Department 2006); Carruthers v. Flaum, 365 F Supp 2d 448 (U.S. Dist Ct. SDNY 2005); Coleman v. Newburgh Enlarged City School District, 319 F Supp 2d 446 (U.S. Dist Ct. SDNY 2004); Katzen v. Twin Pines, 16 AD 3d 133 (Appellate Division 1st Department 2005); Pincus v. V.F Builders, 270 AD2d 470; People v. Plaza, 175 Misc2d 277; Tauber v. Spring Valley Water Co., 226 AD2d 523; Greenberg v. Wetzberger, 224 AD2d 580; Battiato v. Town of Chester, 233 AD2d 325; Bubbas Bagels v. Bergstol 18 AD3d 411(2005).
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available
  • Peer Reviews

    • 5.0/5.0
    • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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    Client Reviews

    • 5.0/5.0 (2 reviews)
    • 100% (2 recommendations)
    • Communication

    • Responsiveness

    • Quality of Service

    • Value for Money

    • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 06/19/18 in Criminal Law.

      Working with Ben and his team on my daughter’s case left me highly satisfied. Ben was extremely informative and educated my daughter and myself on what would happen throughout every step of the process. Being in business for many years, Ben is high... Read more

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      Working with Ben and his team on my daughter’s case left me highly satisfied. Ben was extremely informative and educated my daughter and myself on what would happen throughout every step of the process. Being in business for many years, Ben is highly knowledgeable and actually cares about his clients. I would use Ben again and also refer him to anyone that needed an attorney. Great law firm! Read less

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    • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 02/11/13 in Litigation.

      Smart Awesome guy. Great work!

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