Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

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Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

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Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


85 Main Street, Kingston, New York 12401

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3939, Kingston, NY 12402

Established: 1905

Practice Areas

  • Business Transactions
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Public Entities
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Title Insurance
  • Federal Civil Rights

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About Us

Our firm is exceptionally experienced in trial law and approximately 80% of our practice involves civil trial work throughout the Hudson Valley and upstate New York. Our central location and familiarity with the local venues has permitted us to provide legal services to our clients throughout the Hudson Valley and New York State with a keen personal knowledge of local juries and adversaries, enabling us to obtain prompt resolution of legal matters.

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp.
  • City of Kingston

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Personnel Information

Of Counsel


Robert E. Netter

Kingston, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1967
Memberships:
  • American, New York State and Ulster County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Siena College, B.A., 1964
  • Albany Law School of Union University, LL.B., 1967

Born: 1942

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William N. Cloonan

Kingston, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1974
Memberships:
  • American, New York State and Ulster County Bar Associations
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Marist College, B.A., 1968
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1975

Born: 1946

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Robert D. Cook

Kingston, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2012
Memberships:
  • New York State and Ulster County Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1974
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1977

Born: 1952

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Firm Members



Eric M. Kurtz

Kingston, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2015
Memberships:
  • New York State and Ulster County Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A. (cum laude), 1982
  • University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1985

Born: 1960

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Thomas A. Murphy

Kingston, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1987
Memberships:
  • New York State and Ulster County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Siena College, B.A. (cum laude), 1982
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1986

Born: 1960

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Michael T. Cook

Kingston, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2017
Memberships:
  • New York State and Ulster County Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • St. Bonaventure University, B.A., 1995
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1998

Born: 1971

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Associate Attorneys



Dana E. Cochrane

Kingston, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 2017
Memberships:
  • American, New York State and Ulster County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Norwich University, B.A. Political Science, 2013
  • Albany Law School, J.D., 2016

Born: 1991

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John C. Burns

Kingston, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 2018
Memberships:
  • American, New York State and Ulster County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Hartwick College, B.A., Political Science and History (magna cum laude), 2014
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 2017

Born: 1992

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Service Areas

Albany, New York 55 miles

Newburgh, New York 39 miles

Poughkeepsie, New York 21 miles

Syracuse, New York 196 miles

White Plains, New York 88 miles

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