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David S. Ritter 
Goshen, New York
phone (845) 291-0011
fax 845-291-0021
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An Orange County native, David S. Ritter joins the Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP litigation team after a legendary career as a judge and prosecutor.  From 1985 through 2011 Mr. Ritter served with distinction as a New York State Supreme Court Justice, highlighted by his service as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, from 1990 through 2008.  Mr. Ritter also served as the Administrative Judge of the Ninth Judicial District from 1988 through 1990. Mr. Ritter began his judicial career as an Orange County Court Judge, serving in that role from 1981-1984. In 1983, Mr. Ritter presided over the notorious Brinks murder trial, a case which garnered international attention.  

Prior to his distinguished judicial career, Mr. Ritter served as the Orange County District Attorney from 1976 through 1980.

Mr. Ritter's practice is concentrated in commercial litigation and appeals.  He also serves as a mediator and arbitrator.

Mr. Ritter is a graduate of Union College and Cornell Law School.  He resides in New Hampton, New York.


Bar Admissions:
N.Y. Court of Appeals
Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, 1959
LL.B., Bachelor of Law
Honors: Ranked 10th in Class of 110; Federal Practice Award

Union College, Schenectady, New York, 1956
A.B., Bachelor of Arts

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Instructor, Annual Judicial Training Seminar and School for Newly Elected Judges

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Judicial Conference of the State of New York
Member, Advisory Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure

New York State District Attorneys' Association
Former Executive Committee Member

New York State Bar Association

Orange County Bar Association

Middletown Bar Association

Orange County Bar Association
Past Director

Past Employment Positions:
Ninth Judicial District, Administrative Judge, 1988 - 1990

Orange County Court, Judge, 1981 - 1984

Orange County District Attorney's Office, District Attorney, 1976 - 1980

Orange County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief Assistant District Attorney, 1970 - 1980

Hon. Clare J. Hoyt, Justice of the Supreme Court, Confidential Law Secretary, 1966 - 1969

Bull, Morreale, Ingrassia, Ritter & williams, Middletown, New York, 1962 - 1965

United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Special Assistant to the Attorney General (Member, Attorney General's Program for Honor Law Graduates), 1959 - 1962

Supreme Court , Justice, 1985 - Present

Bull, Morreale, et al , Private Law Practice, 1962 - 1972

US Dept. of Justice, Criminal Div., 1959 - 1962