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Robert Schuster, Esq.

Founding Partner

Attorney Robert Schuster has served both as a prosecutor and advocate and has dedicated his career towards fiercely defending and helping individual clients achieve justice in a system heavily weighted against them. Although Attorney Robert Schuster has proudly represented many scores of attorneys, physicians, business executives and celebrities, the majority of the firm's clientele are hard-working men and women who often find themselves on the wrong end of poor choices or simply unjustly accused. The Law Offices of Robert Schuster serves all clients with equal zeal and with a passionate pride in what matters most - results. "What makes our law firm so effective is that we don't try to be everything to everybody," Attorney Robert Schuster describes. "We are a boutique law practice that only practices what you need: criminal defense. In that our firm is so specialized and focused on the individual, we do not accept every client. If we take on your case we know that we will have the time and resources to dedicate towards achieving the results you want and deserve. Because our reputation precedes us, it is on the line with each and every case we take. When The Law Offices of Robert Schuster notices the court and prosecution that we are your attorney, they too know that our firm will handle your matter with the utmost in seriousness and that you will be getting zealous, talented, knowledgeable and professional representation at the highest level - not just a lawyer to stand up for you in court. They know the reputation of our firm and the level of our legal acumen and understand that we are willing to try cases and that we demand that our clients are treated fairly. Nothing is more important to this firm than leaving behind a client who obtains the best possible result."

Attorney Robert Schuster began his education as a pre-med student at Johns Hopkins University. His interest in science and medicine is ongoing and has enabled him to understand scientific, medical, and technical aspects of serology, toxicology, mass spectroscopy, genetics and other forensic science utilized in criminal and DWI/DUI prosecutions with more breadth and specificity than most. This enables him to argue defects in those forensics to his client's benefit.

Before graduating near the top of his class with Phi Beta Kappa honors, Attorney Robert Schuster became increasingly interested in the law. He became President of the University's pre-law society, garnering a University Seal for Outstanding Leadership. Attorney Schuster then served numerous internships at prosecutor and defense offices in the 1980's and at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington D.C. in the 1990's while in Law School. Following a year working for the founding partner of a major Manhattan Law Firm, he entered Georgetown University Law Center where he graduated in the summer of 1994. He was immediately admitted to the New York Bar in the spring of 1995. As an Assistant District Attorney, Attorney Robert Schuster handled a great volume of cases from most every major title of the Penal Law, presented cases to Grand Jury, trying dozens of cases to verdict, nearly all of which he won. As an ADA, Attorney Schuster briefed Appellate cases involving early utilization of DNA evidence in Rape cases as well as many Homicide cases for the Appellate Division and the Court of Appeals, most of which involved complex issues of Constitutional Law. All of his appellate work was successful. In 1997, Attorney Robert Schuster left the District Attorney's office to go into private practice. Following a period at a large firm where he utilized his medical background defending physicians in medical malpractice cases, he began representing criminal defendants at his own firm in 1998.

Two decades later, Attorney Robert Schuster has grown a boutique criminal law practice located in the heart of Westchester County. He handles matters in the State and Federal Courts throughout (and north of) the New York metropolitan region and in other States when the need arises. High profile matters that Attorney Schuster has defended have received coverage by NBC News, ABC News, New York Newsday, The Herald Tribune, People Magazine, The Daily Mail, Entertainment Tonight, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CBS News, The Journal News, The San Francisco Chronicle, AM970, AM510, and WHLT.

Attorney Robert Schuster's personal interests are diverse. He is a practitioner of several martial art disciplines. He has earned a Blackbelt in full contact karate. In his 40's he took 1st Place in a regional Knockdown Tournament. Attorney Schuster is an accomplished chess player who has defeated several international masters and the occasional Grandmaster. He plays at least one game almost daily to keep sharp. Attorney Robert Schuster is among the most decorated attorneys in New York State in the fields of criminal defense and DUI / DWI law. He has experience handling thousands of State and Federal criminal matters since 1995 and has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict in most of the major titles within the New York State Penal Law. Unlike many other Criminal and DWI lawyers in Westchester County, Attorney Schuster limits his practice so he can personally attend each court appearance with his client over 99% of the time—when you hire Attorney Robert Schuster, you get Attorney Robert Schuster.

Education:

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC: Juris Doctor 1994
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD: Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa 1989

Affiliations:

  • Selected to the American Jurist Institute as one of the "2017 Top Criminal Defense Attorneys" for New York
  • Member in Good Standing, New York State Bar, Admitted March 1995 Appellate Div., 2nd Dept.
  • Member in Good Standing, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Member in Good Standing, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Member in Good Standing, United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • Member in Good Standing, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • Active Member, Westchester County Bar Association
  • Active Member, Queens County Bar Association
  • Active Member, Yorktown Bar Association
  • Active Member, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Nationally recognized as one of the top DWI attorneys in New York State by the NAFDD
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 DWI attorneys in New York State by the NAFDD
  • 10 Best Attorneys, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2019
  • Top 10 DWI Lawyer in New York, American Institute of DWI Attorneys
  • 10 Best in Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2017
  • Nation's Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Recognized as Premier 100 Trial Attorney by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys 2014 – 2016
  • “10 Best” American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 10 Best Law Firms, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2017
  • "Superior DUI Attorney" The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC (NAFDD), 2014
  • Top 100 Best Attorneys of America by Rue Ratings
  • Named Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer by American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA)
  • 10.0 "Superb" Rating from Avvo
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Awards from 2014-2018 for Criminal Defense
  • 5-Star Client Review Rating on Google+
  • A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau

Notable:

  • Experience in thousands of criminal cases
  • Lifetime member Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society - highest academic honor attainable
  • Member Westchester County Bar Association
  • Extensive Appellate Court experience including class A Felony Murder cases
  • Has tried dozens of cases to verdict, with a 95% success rate
  • Received Seal of Outstanding Leadership from Johns Hopkins University
  • Interned at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia
  • Highly Accomplished Former Prosecutor
  • 95% Success Rate at Trial
  • Unmatched Results

Robert Schuster Speaks with News 12 Westchester

Attorney Robert Schuster Speaks with News 12 Westchester

Jeffrey Scaggs, Esq.

Of Counsel

Admitted in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

Attorney Jeffrey Scaggs is a highly skilled litigator with extensive criminal and civil experience throughout the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut tri-state area. Attorney Scaggs has been a valued asset to The Law Offices of Robert Schuster in an of-counsel capacity for over seven years, collaborating with Attorney Robert Schuster on dozens of criminal defense and DWI/DUI cases. Mr. Scaggs' tri-state expertise has been particularly instrumental when there is Connecticut or New Jersey collateral licensing exposure stemming from a client's New York prosecution. For example, Attorney Scaggs recently successfully argued an administrative appeal saving a client from licensing revocation in New Jersey due to actions occurring in New York State. This breadth of jurisdictional experience provides out of state clients with the knowledge that decisions made in New York will be logical and consistent with any collateral consequences they may face. This is an uncommon strength for a boutique law firm that specializes in individual client attention.

Mr. Scaggs handles the defense of individuals charged with serious crimes in state and federal courts throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Attorney Scaggs specializes in defending individuals charged with white-collar crimes, drug distribution and possession, weapons possession, DWI/DUI, sex offenses, as well as homicide, assault, robbery, burglary, and other violent crimes. Mr. Scaggs has defended clients in several homicide cases, including a capital murder case that was tried to verdict. An accomplished trial attorney, Mr. Scaggs has secured acquittals in numerous jury trials.

As a civil litigator, Mr. Scaggs handles complex litigation matters, corporate disputes, real estate litigation, breach of contract suits and other civil actions. In a recent corporate dispute among the shareholders of a prominent New York corporation, Mr. Scaggs argued before the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, Second Department, and was victorious. He has also successfully argued appellate matters in New Jersey, and has secured numerous dismissals of criminal cases in the Connecticut.

Aside from the success he has garnered for his clients, Mr. Scaggs is respected throughout the court system for being diligent and courteous. He is passionate about the law and in the defense of his clients. He has been named to the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys Top 10 Under 40 for the hard work and dedication he has shown in representing Criminal Defense Clients for the Law Offices of Robert Schuster. This is the Academy's highest honor.

Attorney Scaggs is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. He is an active member of the New York State and New York City Bar Associations. He resides in New York City with his dog, Cali.

Donald K. Sandford, Esq.

Of Counsel

Attorney Sandford attended the College of Wooster, where he double majored in English and Communications. Following a successful career in radio he spent 10 years in Westchester County Government. Attorney Sandford initially served as speech writer and traveling assistant to the County Executive and then Chief of Staff for the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

During his government tenure he attended Pace University School of Law where he served as President of the Student Government, President of the Honor Board and Associate Editor of the Environmental Law Review. He served a judicial clerkship with the Hon. George Yancy in the Southern District of New York. He earned his J.D. in January 1999 along with a Certificate of Environmental Law, graduating a semester ahead of his classmates.

Don is a highly experienced litigator and has worked for both a Fortune 500 company and an Am Law 100 law firm. He is a Past President of Pace Law School Alumni Association as well as a Past President of the Westchester County Bar Association. In addition, Don has served as a member of the Pace Law School Board of Visitors and the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates. He currently serves as Chairman of the Westchester County Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee.

Attorney Sandford has vast experience throughout the 9th Judicial District in Criminal Defense, Matrimonial and Family Law Matters. Donald is a fixture in the Westchester County Courts and through his relentlessness and diligence, he makes exceptional results appear routine.

He is admitted to the practice of law in all New York State Courts, the United States Courts for the Southern District of New York. the Eastern District of New York, and the United States Supreme Court. An accomplished athlete, when Donald is not working, he competes in marathons.

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