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Christopher B. Kleister

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Washingtonville, NY

The Kleister Law Group
85 E Main Street
Washingtonville, NY 10992
Phone: 845-496-9121
Fax: 845-496-1272
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016
Licensed in New York Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy: Consumer, Family Law, Criminal Defense, Real Estate: Consumer, Consumer Law
Attorney Profile

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 family law, consumer bankruptcy, consumer real estate and criminal defense.

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 15 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 Readers’ Choice Awards from the Times Herald-Record.

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 and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Bankruptcy: Consumer
  • 30%Family Law
  • 20%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Real Estate: Consumer
  • 10%Consumer Law
Focus Areas

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


1 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2016

About Christopher B. Kleister

First Admitted: 2002

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Educational Background

  • Washingtonville High School in 1994
  • Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York, B.S. in Accounting, 1998

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Orange County Chamber, 2012 to Present

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


  • Top 100 Criminal Attorneys in America - Upstate New York (America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys), 2018 - 2019
  • 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys, New York (American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys), 2019 - 2020
  • Top 10 Attorneys - New York (American Jurist Institute), 2018
  • Voted Favourite Lawyer (Hudson Valley Parent Magazine), 2018
  • Rising Star (Super Lawyers), 2016
  • Clients' Choice - Bankruptcy & Real Estate (Avvo), 2012 - 2013
  • Best Law Firm - Hudson Valley (Times Herald Record Readers' Choice), 2017 - 2019
  • Best Attorney - Hudson Valley (Times Herald Record Readers' Choice), 2018
  • Best Real Estate Attorney - Hudson Valley (Times Herald Record Readers' Choice), 2016 - 2019
  • 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 - 2020
  • 10 Best Law Firms - New York (American Institute of Family Law Attorneys), 2017 - 2018

Industry Groups

  • Legal Services
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Office Location for Christopher B. Kleister

85 E Main Street
Washingtonville, NY 10992

Phone: 845-496-9121

Fax: 845-496-1272

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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