Former Judge:

Ronald J. McGaw, Esq. served from 1996 to 2006 as the first full-time Judge of the City of Poughkeepsie Court. As a Judge in this very busy court, Ron McGaw oversaw hundreds of cases each day – thousands of cases each year – including Criminal cases, Domestic Violence matters, Landlord/Tenant issues, and Civil claims. As a Judge, Ron McGaw was widely viewed as both fair and knowledgeable, and he gained a reputation for treating litigants, defendant, attorneys and the public with respect.

Park Avenue Attorney:

Prior to ascending to the bench, Ron McGaw, Esq. practiced law in Manhattan, focusing his practice on Intellectual Property [Trademarks & Copyrights]. His first office was located at 500 Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, directly across from the New York Public Library, where he worked with the firm of Nims, Howes. Later he moved to a national firm – Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto – which had its New York offices at 277 Park Avenue, as well as offices in Washington, D.C. and California.

USF Law School - Law Review: Ron McGaw, Esq. is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he served on the Law Review. Ron is currently licensed to practice law in New York and California.


Ron McGaw, Esq. has been a member of the New York City based Respect for Law Alliance, as well as the Dutchess County Magistrates Association, the Dutchess County Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Association.


Ron McGaw, Esq. has been married since 1988, and has two children. He is a produced playwright, and enjoys writing fiction.