Ben Ostrer Receives New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award

Ben Ostrer was honored by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) for his criminal defense work. The NYSBA’s Criminal Justice Section presented Mr. Ostrer with the Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award. The prestigious award recognizes the professional career of a private practice defense attorney that embodies the highest ideals of the¬†Criminal Justice Section.

Ben Ostrer, Andrew Kossover and Sherry Levin Wallach Receiving NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award

Ben Ostrer presented with the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award. Pictured: Cherry Levin Wallach, Chair of the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section; Ben Ostrer; and Andrew Kossover, President of the New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

“I am flattered to join some of the most highly respected attorneys in the state honored with this award, ” said Mr. Ostrer. “To be in the company of prior awardees is a high point of my career.

Distinguished Criminal Trial / Appellate Experience and Pro Bono Work

In awarding Mr. Ostrer this honor, the Criminal Justice Section of the NYSBA called attention to the numerous cases he has won in both the trial and appellate courts, as well as his commitment to voluntarily representing individuals accused of serious crimes, including:

  • People v. Maragh, which resulted in the reversal of a homicide conviction and a new jury charge with respect to juror expertise.
  • People v. Pitkin, in which Mr. Ostrer obtained a not guilty verdict of all charges, including murder in the second degree.
  • A Saratoga Case in which he and now U.S. District Court Judge Vernon Broderick and Corey Chivers successfully vacated a guilty plea that ended 12 years of incarceration for a woman based upon falsified evidence at the New York State Police Lab.

Criminal defense has always been an important part of Mr. Ostrer’s legal career. In addition to his tireless representation of the accused, he is a past president of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and serves on the Board of the Criminal Justice Section of the NYSBA and the Legal Aid Society of Orange County.

Learn more about Ben Ostrer’s legal experience and notable cases.

 

Ben Ostrer Accepting the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award