Muldoon, Getz & Reston

Welcome to the law firm of Muldoon, Getz & Reston - Serving Rochester since 2003

The law firm of Muldoon, Getz & Reston was founded in 2003 and consists of attorneys Gary Muldoon, Jon Getz, Margaret Reston and Martin McCarthy, paralegals Lisa Prestianni, and Natascha Aviles and receptionist Venita Brown. The firm of Muldoon, Getz & Reston provides legal services in the areas of criminal law, appellate practice, family law, matrimonial law, professional responsibility, civil litigation, estate planning, real estate, and land use litigation.

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Gary Muldoon — Partner

Gary Muldoon is a graduate of Skidmore College and Buffalo Law School. He has been author or coauthor of various books on law, including The Education of a Lawyer and 
Handling a Criminal Case in New York, as well as Family Law for New York Paralegals. He is also a Contributing Lawyer Editor for the 10th Edition of Black's Law Dictionary. Mr. Muldoon's bar association work includes being former dean of the Academy of Law of the Monroe County Bar Association and chair of the Law Practice Management Committee. He has received several awards, including the Pro Bono award from the United States District Court for the Western District of New York in 2012 and the Raymond J. Pauley Award from the Monroe County Bar Association in 2004.  Mr. Muldoon chaired the Fee Arbitration Committee for the Seventh Judicial District and is a frequent speaker at bar association seminars. He is also 
 
Mr. Muldoon’s areas of practice include criminal and civil appeals, as well as litigation generally; criminal law; family law; and professional responsibility. He has been a member of the Attorney for the Child panel in the Fourth Department.  He has argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as New York State's highest state court, the Court of Appeals. He also handles residential real estate and estate law matters.
 
Mr. Muldoon has been a VISTA volunteer, a Legal Services attorney, instructor at Cornell Legal Aid Clinic, assistant public defender, and law clerk to judges in city and county court. He  served on Rochester City Council, including four years as its vice president. He is an adjunct instructor at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. He has also taught college courses on family law, legal research, and wills and estate planning. 

Mr. Muldoon is a columnist for the Rochester Daily Record on the subjects of Criminal Law, as well as Attorney & Client. His articles have also appeared in the Buffalo Law Review, the New York Law Journal, NYS Bar Journal, The Rochester Daily Record, The Defender and The Magistrate.
Click here for his articles on criminal law, click here for his articles on family law, and click here for his articles on attorney-client issues.

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Jon P. Getz — Partner

Jon P. Getz is a trial and appellate lawyer with extensive experience in both civil and criminal cases in federal and state courts. He has successfully represented private citizens, small businesses, members of law enforcement, firefighters, and attorneys in complex federal, state, criminal and civil litigation. In civil practice, he has tried numerous cases for both plaintiffs and defendants involving contract disputes, personal injury, business torts, and New York State Civil Service matters. He has also represented firefighters and police officers who have been injured in the performance of duty, as well as in duty disability-related cases.


Mr. Getz is a frequent speaker at various continuing legal education seminars, and is an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Brockport, where he teaches Moot Court, Law & Social Issues, and Introduction to Law & Legal Process. He has served on the Monroe County Bar Association’s Board of Trustees and is past chair of the Criminal Justice Section, the Memorial Committee, and the Solo & Small Firm Practice Section. He is currently the Chair of the Assigned Counsel Committee of the Monroe County Bar Association. 

Mr. Getz has received numerous awards, including the Criminal Law Award from the United States District Court for the Western District of New York in 2012, the President's Award from the Monroe County Bar Association in 2012, and again in 2014, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Gideon Award in 1999 and the New York State Bar Association’s Most Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 1995.

Mr. Getz is a graduate of the University of Rochester with honors in history and political science, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1992.

Mr. Getz is admitted to practice in New York, California, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and NinthCircuits, and the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and the Central District of California.

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Margaret Reston — Partner

Meg Reston attended Colgate University, obtaining an honors degree in Political
Science/International Relations in 1988. After graduation, she worked in Rochester, and on Capitol Hill in Washington for three years.

Meg attended law school at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. She worked for Blake,
Cassels & Graydon in Toronto during her law school summers and the year preceding her admission to the Ontario Bar. She then practiced with a small firm in Toronto in the areas of family, matrimonial, and criminal defense before returning to the Rochester area in 2002. Meg was admitted to practice in New York State in 2004.

Her practice experience in New York includes work with Gray Feldman & Rosenbaum LLP in the areas of matrimonial, family, wills and estate, real estate and bankruptcy, and with the Legal Aid Society of Rochester in the Attorney for the Child Program, concentrating in the area of child representation. Meg previously served on City Council for the City of Canandaigua and sits on the Board of Directors for the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center. 

She is a member of the Monroe and Ontario County Bar Associations. She practices in the areas of family, matrimonial, and wills/estate proceedings in both Monroe and Ontario counties.

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Martin P. McCarthy, II — Associate

Martin McCarthy practices in the areas of trial and appellate advocacy in both civil and criminal litigation. Mr. McCarthy has represented private citizens, citizen groups and small businesses in complex civil and criminal litigation. In civil practice, he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in contract disputes, personal injury, business torts, review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), oil and petroleum spill litigation under New York’s Navigation Law, Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), mandamus to review/compel and writ of prohibition litigation in CPLR article 78 proceedings, as well as zoning and land use litigation.

Mr. McCarthy presently serves as an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department at The State University of New Ork College at Brockport. He previously served as the co-chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Monroe County Bar Association. He has been a speaker at continuing legal education seminars for the New York State Defender's Association, the Monroe County Public Defender's Office and the Monroe County Bar Association. He has also served as an instructor in Civil Litigation at Bryant & Stratton College.

Mr. McCarthy’s  work experience includes his time as an Assistant District Attorney for Monroe County, where his last assignment was in the Major Felony/Gun Violence Bureau, specializing in prosecuting felonies involving the illegal possession and sale of firearms, as well as his work as an associate in the Buffalo law firm of Knoer, Crawford & Bender.

Mr. McCarthy is a graduate of St. John Fisher College, with honors in history and philosophy, and a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.

Mr. McCarthy is admitted to practice in New York, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York.

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