Christopher B. Kleister

Top rated Family Law attorney in Washingtonville, New York

The Kleister Law Group
Christopher B. Kleister
The Kleister Law Group

Practice Areas: Family Law, Criminal Defense, Bankruptcy; view more

Licensed in New York since: 2002

Education: Pace University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2016

The Kleister Law Group

85 E Main Street
Washingtonville, NY 10992 Visit website

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Attorney Christopher B. Kleister is the managing partner of The Kleister Law Group in Washingtonville, New York. Mr. Kleister practices in various areas of law including matrimonial law, family law, criminal law, consumer bankruptcy, real estate and litigation.

Mr. Kleister represents clients throughout New York’s Hudson Valley, including Ulster, Sullivan, Orange, Rockland, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.

A practicing attorney for over 20 years, Mr. Kleister has received various awards for his accomplishments in the legal profession. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named him one of the “10 best family law attorneys” in New York and the American Institute of Legal Counsel included him on its list of the 10 best bankruptcy attorneys in New York. 

The American Jurist Institute included Mr. Kleister on its “top 10 attorneys” list for New York and the National Advocates named him one of the “top 100 bankruptcy lawyers in the nation.” He is also the recipient of various Readers’ Choice Awards from the Times Herald-Record, as well as his new achievement, being named "Upstate New York Super Lawyer", by Superlawyers. 

Born and raised in Washingtonville, Mr. Kleister earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Mount Saint Mary College and received his law degree from Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law. He holds licenses to practice law before all New York state courts, the U.S. district courts for the northern and southern districts of New York and the Supreme Court of New York.

Prior to founding his own law firm, he practiced in the litigation departments of two Hudson Valley based law firms. He is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association.

Practice areas

Family Law, Criminal Defense, Bankruptcy: Consumer, General Litigation, Real Estate: Consumer

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Bankruptcy Law, Child Support, Condominiums & Cooperatives, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Father's Rights, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Law, Landlord/Tenant, Marital Property, Misdemeanor, Mortgage & Refinance, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Name Change, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Probation, Prosecution, Same Sex Family Law, Sex Offenses, Traffic Violations

  • 50% Family Law
  • 20% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Bankruptcy: Consumer
  • 10% General Litigation
  • 10% Real Estate: Consumer

First Admitted: 2002

Professional Webpage: https://www.kleisterlawgroup.com/attorney/christopher-b-klei...

Educational Background:
  • Washingtonville High School in 1994
  • Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York, B.S. in Accounting, 1998
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Supreme Court of New York, 2002
  • Orange County Bar Association, 2005 to Present
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2013
  • Admitted into the New York State Bar, April 10, 2002
Honors/Awards:
  • Top Lawyers, Hudson Valley Magazine, 2021
  • Best Real Estate Attorney, Times Herald Record Readers' Choice, 2020
  • Best Real Estate Attorney, Times Herald Record Readers' Choice, 2021
  • Best Real Estate Attorney, Times Herald Record Readers' Choice, 2020
  • Best Attorney, Community Choice Awards, 2023
  • Top Lawyers, Hudson Valley Magazine, 2023
  • Top 100 Criminal Attorneys in America - Upstate New York , America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2018
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys - New York , American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2020
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys - New York , American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2019
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys - New York , American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2018
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys - New York, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2017
  • Clients' Choice - Bankruptcy & Real Estate , Avvo, 2011
  • Best Law Firm - Hudson Valley , Times Herald Record Readers' Choice, 2018
  • Best Real Estate Attorney - Hudson Valley , Times Herald Record Readers' Choice, 2019
  • Best Real Estate Attorney - Hudson Valley, Times Herald Record Readers' Choice, 2018
  • Best Real Estate Attorney - Hudson Valley , Times Herald Record Readers' Choice, 2017
  • 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys in New York , American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2020
  • Top Lawyers, Hudson Valley Magazine, 2024
  • Top 100 Criminal Attorneys in America - Upstate New York , America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2019
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyer, SuperLawyers, 2024
  • 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys in New York , American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2019
  • Top 10 Attorneys - New York , American Jurist Institute, 2018
  • Voted Favorite Lawyer, Hudson Valley Parent Magazine, 2018
  • Rising Star , Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Clients' Choice - Bankruptcy & Real Estate , Avvo, 2012
  • Best Law Firm - Hudson Valley , Times Herald Record Readers' Choice, 2017
  • Best Attorney - Hudson Valley , Times Herald Record Readers' Choice, 2018
  • Best Real Estate Attorney - Hudson Valley , Times Herald Record Readers' Choice, 2016
  • 10 Best Bankruptcy Attorneys - New York , American Institute of Legal Counsel, 2018
  • Top 100 Bankruptcy Lawyers in the Nation , The National Advocates, 2017
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys - New York , American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
Industry Groups:
  • Legal Services

Office location for Christopher B. Kleister

85 E Main Street
Washingtonville, NY 10992

Phone: 845-496-9121

Selections

1 Year Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2016

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