Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP

Gary Schuster


Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP

Contact Information

845-764-9656, gms@jacobowitz.com


Gary M. Schuster is a Partner at the firm.
His varied practice includes formation, transactions and counseling for corporations, LLCs, partnerships and nonprofits; purchases and sales of businesses; commercial and residential real estate transactions and leasing; franchising; estate planning, administration and litigation; guardianship proceedings; and media, copyright and trademark.

Gary received his B.A. in Government and Journalism from Lehigh University in 1979, and his J.D. from Fordham School of Law in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and was admitted to the Florida bar in 2002.

Gary has assisted in the formation, purchase and sale of all kinds of businesses including medical and veterinary practices, printers and publishers, tech companies, franchises, restaurants, bus companies, liquor stores and beer distributors, gas stations, hair salons, tattoo parlors, and a theater, funeral home, bicycle store, and more.


Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Art & Entertainment
Business Succession
Commercial Leasing
Commercial Real Estate
Estate Administration
Formation & Business Planning
Limited Liability Companies
Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations
Residential Real Estate
Secured Transactions
Television & Film

Gary has extensive experience as both a Board member and attorney representing many kinds of nonprofits including those in economic development, health and human services, arts and culture, education, animal welfare, social clubs, sports, veterans and more. He advises on issues including formation, dissolution, merger, governance, fundraising, compliance, real estate, taxation and tax exemption, transactions, conflict of interest, employment and labor, political activity, loans and finance, trademarks, and other issues. He is currently on the board of the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON), The Orange County Citizens Foundation, and the Orange County Arts Council. He is a frequent speaker on nonprofit issues including the major 2014 amendments to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.

Gary has been a leader in educating the public about New York’s new benefit corporation. His writing about B Corps is found in the Business Law section of the J&G blog.

Gary has extensive experience in music and art, which includes past employment with ASCAP, The Songwriters Guild of America, Dunvagen Music Publishers (owned by the composer, Philip Glass) and Knoedler Publishing (publishers of the artist, LeRoy Neiman). He has represented clients in art, music, film, video, dance, theater, photography, fashion modeling, publishing, the internet, museums and arts centers. He is a founding Board member, past President, and now General Counsel of the Orange County Arts Council. He has represented or advised KingsTheatre Co., Cornerstone Arts Alliance, Trestle, Inc., Newburgh Institute for Arts and Ideas, Newburgh Arts and Culture Commission and others. He was also instrumental in creating the Orange County Film Office.

In the field of intellectual property, Gary has registered and renewed hundreds of copyrights, and registered nearly 100 trademarks.

Gary is also Adjunct Instructor at SUNY Orange in Middletown teaching Music Business.

Gary has written numerous informational articles and blogs that can be found on our blog page.

Gary is from Rego Park, Queens, New York and moved to Orange County with his family in 2002.

Gary presented ‘The Creative Industry’ to the Orange County Chamber of Commerce membership at a breakfast in September 2016. Here is a link to this presentation.

Gary discusses starting a business on the Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Chamber Chat’ on Wall Radio. It aires on February 4, 2017 at 9AM on 94.1FM, 94.9FM, 105.7FM, 106.1FM and 1340AM.


New York, 1989
Florida, 2002
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1994
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1994

Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
J.D. – 1988
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
B.A. – 1979

The “Rear Window” Case: James Stewart et al. v. Sheldon Abend, Entertainment Law Review, (U.K.) Vol. 1, 1990
Songwriters and Music Publishers: Partners in Rhyme?, Beverly Hills Bar Association Journal, Fall , 1988

Artists, Songwriters, Musicians, Performers
Chiropractor, Grocery Store, Liquor Store, etc., and Numerous
Varied Small Businesses Such as Restaurants, Dentists, Veterinarians
Amthor International
Arden Local Development Corporation
Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan
Dispute Resolution Center
Easy-CGI, Web Hosting Service Provider
Elant, Inc.
Evolving Media Network
Kings Theatre Co., Inc.
Knoedler Publishing, Art Publishing
Orange County Arts Council
People’s Bicycle
Photographers, Authors and Filmmakers
Polich-Tallix Foundry
RIJ Pharmaceuticals
Rockland Center for the Arts, Arts Nonprofit
Thornwillow Press, Printing, Engraving and Publishing
Trestle, Inc, Arts Nonprofit
USAI Lighting
Walden Local Development Corporation
Zero to Go

Copyright in the Classroom, SUNY New Paltz
Intro to Intellectual Property, Dutchess County Bar Association
Nonprofit Revitalization Act, Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (and elsewhere)

Orange County Arts Council, General Counsel, Former President & Secretary
NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, Member, Copyright and Trademark Committee
Orange County Citizens Foundation, Board Member

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Advertising and Marketing Advertising Law, Direct Marketing, False Advertising, International Marketing, Marketing Law, Multi-Level Marketing, Outdoor Advertising, Promotion Law, Sponsorship Law, Telemarketing Fraud, Telemarketing Law
Contracts Contract Drafting, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation, International Commercial Contracts, International Contracts
Copyrights Copyright Infringement, Copyright Licensing, Copyright Litigation, Copyright Prosecution, Copyright Protection, Copyright Registration, International Copyright Law, Internet Copyright Law
Entertainment Law Art Law, Artists Rights, Cultural Property, Entertainment Contracts, Entertainment Finance, Entertainment Liability, Entertainment Litigation, Entertainment Syndication, Fine Arts, Interactive Multimedia Law, Motion Picture Finance, Motion Picture Production and, Distribution, Motion Pictures and Television, Multimedia Law, Museum Law, Music Copyright, Music Law, Music Licensing, Music Publishing, Theater Law, Video Law
Franchises and Franchising Automotive Franchises and Dealerships, Dealership Law, Franchise Arbitration, Franchise Distribution, Franchise Law, Franchise Licensing, Franchise Litigation, Franchise Mediation, Franchise Regulation, Franchise Taxation, Franchise Termination, International Franchising
Intellectual Property Artistic Property, Brand Management, Chemical Intellectual Property, Electrical Intellectual Property, Electronic Intellectual Property, Industrial Models and Designs, Industrial Property, Industrial Property Rights, Intellectual Property Arbitration, Intellectual Property Enforcement, Intellectual Property Infringement, Intellectual Property Licensing, Intellectual Property Litigation, Intellectual Property Portfolio Management, Intellectual Property Procurement, Intellectual Property Prosecution, Intellectual Property Rights, International Intellectual Property, International Licensing, Internet Intellectual Property, Literary Property, Mechanical Intellectual Property, Medical Intellectual Property, Merchandising, New Media Law, Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property, Piracy, Proprietary Rights, Protection of Personality
Media Law Newspaper Law, Publishing Contracts, Publishing Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Business Acquisitions, Business Divestitures, International Merger Notification, International Mergers and Acquisitions, Leveraged Acquisitions, Leveraged Buyouts, Merger Reorganization, Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures, Mergers and Acquisitions Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions Taxation, Premerger Notification, Spin-Offs
Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations Charitable Gambling, Charitable Giving, Charitable Limited Partnerships, Charitable Organizations Law, Charitable Trusts and Foundations, Nonprofit Organizations Law, Nonprofit Tax Law, Private Foundations, Public Charities, Tax Exempt Organizations
Partnership Law Family Limited Partnerships, Family Partnerships, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, Partnership Dissolution, Partnership Formation, Partnership Organization, Partnership Syndication, Partnership Taxation


  • New York

Employment History

  • Partner | Jacobowitz and Gubits

    2005 - 2017

    Currentl employed at J&G for 12 years


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  • Walden, New York, Orange County

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