Home> Legal Associations> Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations >NYSACDL - New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Logo of the NYSACDL
Contribute to the information on this page: Suggest Edits

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL)

About the NYSACDL


  • Executive Director: Jennifer L. Van Ort (Ciulla)
  • President: Timothy W. Hoover
  • Focus: Criminal Defense
  • Location: Albany, New York

Mission and History

The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL) was formed in 1986 by a group of New York defense attorneys. The formation of the NYSACDL brought upon a platform for discussing issues affecting the criminal defense practice in New York and assuring the protection of the individual rights and liberties for all. 

The Amicus Curiae Committee, a committee of the NYSACDL is dedicated to filing amicus curiae briefs and federal cases against conditions that impede criminal defense work in cases. The committe lobbies with elected officials and local governments to better the administration of the criminal defense bar. 

Membership in the NYSACDL is open to New York criminal defense lawyers and other legal professionals. Members of the NYSACDL receive access to training, resources, and networking seminars. The NYSACDL is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).



Board of Directors

Timothy William Hoover
Buffalo, NY
Alice L Fontier
President Elect
New York, NY
Brian Michael Melber
First Vice President
Buffalo, NY

Past Presidents

Lori Cohen
Greenport, NY
William Irving Aronwald
White Plains, NY
Daniel N Arshack
New York, NY

Thurgood Marshall Award Recipients

Terrence M Connors
Buffalo, NY
Isabelle A Kirshner
New York, NY
Gerry L Spence
Jackson, WY

NYSACDL Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Amir Hassan Sadaghiani
Ostrer & Sadaghiani, P.C.
Goshen, NY
View Profile · Visit Website
Julie Rendelman
Law Offices of Julie Rendelman, LLC
New York, NY
View Profile
Andrew Jason Proto
Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP
White Plains, NY
View Profile
Jeffery Louis Greco
Greco Neyland, PC
New York, NY
View Profile
David Clifford Holland
Prince Lobel & Tye LLP
New York, NY
View Profile
Arkady Bukh
Bukh Law Firm, P.C.
New York, NY
View Profile

Contact the NYSACDL

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL)
90 State Street Suite 700
Albany, NY 12207
Office: (518) 443-2000

More About the NYSACDL

Membership in NYSACDL

For New York attorneys, the benefits of joining NYSACDL include:

  • Opportunity to obtain NYSACDL's Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance Program designed to provide members with professional liability insurance coverage for firms and individuals;
  • An online listing in NYSACDL's searchable Membership Directory where members can include biographical information including positions held, bar admissions, schools attended, honors or publications;
  • The opportunity for referrals from other attorneys or the public who use the online searchable Membership Directory to find an attorney;
  • Access to a listserv (either Federal Practice or State Practice) which provides members with a forum to ask questions and exchange ideas;
  • Reduced rates to attend CLE SEMINARS sponsored by NYSACDL as an Approved Provider accredited by the New York State CLE board;
  • The opportunity to apply for the Twelve Angry Men scholarship to the annual National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia;
  • Assistance through NYSACDL's amicus committee for issues of particular importance to the criminal defense bar;
  • Mentoring and strike force assistance for threats against a member for zealously representing a client; and
  • Heath insurance plans that provide affordable rates to attorneys and other members of their firm.


Committees for NYSACDL

Members of NYSACDL are encouraged to take leadership positions on both the executive board and in committees. The committees for NYSACDL include:

  • NYSACDL’s Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee
  • Annual Dinner Committee
  • Finance and Planning Committee
  • Lawyers Strike Force Assistance Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Subcommittee on Proposed DNA Database Legislation
  • Discovery Reform Subcommittee
  • Membership Committee
  • Prosecutorial and Judicial Complaint Committee (PJCC)
  • Publications Committee

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in New York

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in New York which includes both NYSACDL members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the NYSACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for NYSACDL Past Presidents, Life Members, and NYSADL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the NYSACDL.

Use this directory to find a New York criminal defense attorney in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below:

Criminal Defense Lawyers by County


Suggest an Edit

Thanks, your suggestion has been sent to our support team