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; and media, copyright and trademark.
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 home, bicycle store, and more.
Gary was a guest on the Orange County Chamber of Commerce ‘Chamber Chat’ radio program on Wall Radio, February 4th. He discussed tips to start a business, business entity selection and much more. You can hear the audio below.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Art & Entertainment
Commercial Real Estate
Formation & Business Planning
Limited Liability Companies
Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations
Residential Real Estate
Television & Film
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. He is currently on the board of the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON), The Orange County Citizens Foundation, and the Orange County Arts Council. 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 Counsel 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 nearly 100 trademarks.
Gary is also Adjunct Instructor at SUNY Orange in Middletown teaching Music Business.
Gary has written numerous informational articles and blogs that can be found on our blog page.
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 breakfast in September 2016. Here is a link to this presentation.
Gary discusses starting a business on the Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Chamber Chat’ on Wall Radio. It aired on February 4, 2017 at 9AM on 94.1FM, 94.9FM, 105.7FM, 106.1FM and 1340AM.
- 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
- 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
- Artists, Songwriters, Musicians, Performers
- Chiropractor, Grocery Store, Liquor Store, etc., and Numerous
- Varied Small Businesses Such as Restaurants, Dentists, Veterinarians
- Amthor International
- Arden Local Development Corporation
- Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan
- Dispute Resolution Center
- Easy-CGI, Web Hosting Service Provider
- Elant, Inc.
- Evolving Media Network
- Kings Theatre Co., Inc.
- Knoedler Publishing, Art Publishing
- Orange County Arts Council
- People’s Bicycle
- Photographers, Authors and Filmmakers
- Polich-Tallix Foundry
- RIJ Pharmaceuticals
- Rockland Center for the Arts, Arts Nonprofit
- Thornwillow Press, Printing, Engraving and Publishing
- Trestle, Inc, Arts Nonprofit
- USAI Lighting
- Walden Local Development Corporation
- Zero to Go
- 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
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Orange County Arts Council, General Counsel, Former President & Secretary
- NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, Member, Copyright and Trademark Committee
- Orange County Citizens Foundation, Board Member
- Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan
- New York Council of Nonprofits, Board Member
PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
- Knoedler Publishing , Director of Business Affairs
- Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc. , General Manager
- Levine, Thall & Plotkin, Associate Attorney
- Harold Orenstein, P.C., Associate Attorney
- Songwriters Guild of America, Assistant to the Executive Director
- ASCAP, Senior Staff Writer