Our Firm

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For over 130 years, MLS&M has been putting our clients first. Regardless of the issue you’re facing, we’re here to listen to your concerns and help you find a solution. We’ll sort out the details while you continue living your life. Conveniently located in Middletown, New York, in the heart of the Hudson Valley, MLS&M is ready to help you. Give us a call today to learn more.
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The scope of our practice is wide and varied, and our team of attorneys handles matters that are both simple and complex.  From criminal,  personal injury and commercial matters pending in local, state and federal courts to estate planning, real estate, and family issues, MLS&M handles it all. Regardless of what your situation may be, we are here to help. Stop by our law office or give us a call, and find out how we can assist you.
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Our track record of successful verdicts and outcomes speaks for itself, but don't simply take our word for it. Sit down with one of our attorneys for a free consultation and we will discuss your case and how we can be of assistance. We’ll tell you how we can help you and what your next steps are going forward, so that you receive the help you need.
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MacVEAN, LEWIS, SHERWIN & McDERMOTT, P.C. is one of the oldest law firms in the Hudson Valley. It traces its roots back to 1885, when Thomas Watts founded the firm. Back then, Middletown was a major railroad hub, and the firm represented the Ontario & Western and Erie Railroads. In 1891, MLS&M incorporated Orange County Trust Company (now Orange Bank & Trust Company);  it has represented the bank ever since. The firm has represented a number of other clients for decades.  

The firm’s former members include John Bright, a former United States District Court Judge; Thomas Haddaway, a former Orange County Surrogate; Kenneth MacVean, former Corporation Counsel for the City of Middletown and President of its Common Council; and Peter Striphas, the former Orange County Attorney and an architect of Orange County’s current form of  government. In 1977, the firm moved into its current location, a spacious late-19th century Victorian home, which was converted from a doctor’s office and residence and extensively renovated. If you come by the office, don’t hesitate to ask for a tour.  Since its beginnings some 130 years ago, MLS&M has provided a high quality of representation to its individual, commercial and not-for-profit clients in all areas of the law. 
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