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Generations of attorneys continuing a tradition of excellence and serving the Hudson Valley community since 1870

Ulster County's oldest law firm, trusted for our heritage, our integrity, and our reputation for results

A legal team recognized for attaining the highest degree of ethics, professionalism and legal ability

Dedicated to the highest standards of professional practice, personalized attention, and service to the Hudson Valley community

Protecting your rights and looking out for your interests in all civil matters in Kingston, Marlboro and beyond

Comprehensive Civil Law Firm serving Hudson Valley Counties – Ulster, Orange, Dutchess, Columbia, and Greene

At Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, we maintain a diverse law practice to meet the needs of clients throughout the Hudson Valley in a wide variety of civil legal matters. Choose a topic below for a brief overview of the services we provide in a particular area of practice. More information is also available by going to the general page for each area or specific sub-topics of interest.

Personal Injury

Auto Accidents

When you are injured in a car crash because another driver was speeding, texting or distracted driving, or otherwise negligent or reckless, it should seem obvious that they are liable to compensate you for your injuries. However, obtaining that compensation under New York’s confusing array of no-fault and fault-based motor vehicle insurance laws can be daunting, and the burden is on you to pursue your claim and prove your case. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to manage your case right from the start and get you the compensation you need and deserve. Our lawyers handle auto accidents and all types of motor vehicle accidents in Ulster, Orange and Dutchess counties, including:

Medical Malpractice

When we need medical care, we trust our health and our very lives to doctors and hospitals we believe have the level of skill and competence based on their education and training to deliver the proper care and treatment. A breach of that duty not only shakes our faith in the medical community but can cause serious personal injury or even wrongful death. Holding doctors and hospitals accountable requires a deep understanding of the complicated medical and legal issues involved and the ability to communicate these complicated facts to a jury or refute claims made the insurance companies and their medical experts. Our lawyers handle all types of medical malpractice cases in the Hudson Valley, including representing our most vulnerable citizens in Birth Injuries and cases of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect.

Construction Accidents

One in every five worker deaths occur in the construction industry. Construction can be a dangerous occupation, and it is precisely for that reason that New York Labor Laws require property owners and contractors to provide workers with a safe workplace, complete with all the safety equipment and protections they need to perform work safely. Owners and contractors can be held absolutely liable for construction accidents that occur in violation of NY labor law, but the construction companies and their insurers fight hard in court to avoid liability by winning on some technical point of law. Our construction accident lawyers fight just as hard or harder to hold contractors liable for their failures to provide a safe worksite. Our construction accident practice includes all types of construction site accidents, including:

  • Scaffold Collapses & Ladder Falls
  • Forklift & Crane Accidents
  • Trenching & Excavation Accidents

Premises Liability

In general, property owners have a duty to provide a safe environment for persons lawfully on their premises. Proving a property owner’s premises liability can be difficult, particularly when the hazardous condition was temporary in nature, such as an icy patch, a food or drink spill, or an object on the ground creating a tripping hazard. Our attorneys know how to investigate a slip and fall accident and prepare a case that proves that the property owner knew or should have known about the danger yet failed to correct it in a reasonable time. Our New York premises liability practice encompasses the full range of premises liability cases, including:

  • Sidewalk Trip and Fall Accidents
  • Assaults & Negligent Security
  • Injuries on Public Property

Catastrophic Injuries

In cases involving severe or catastrophic injuries, it is especially important to obtain qualified, experienced legal representation. Catastrophic injury cases typically involve a greater amount of money damages and a wider range of needs for injury victims and their families. We understand these needs and what is required to quantify damages for an insurance company or jury. We make sure all of your needs are addressed so you are provided with the care and treatment you need and the opportunity to live as full and independent life as possible while living with a particular catastrophic injury. Our personal injury practice includes representation of individuals living with all of the following, as well as representing the families of those lost to wrongful death caused by another’s negligence or misconduct:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Burn Injuries

Estate Planning/Elder Law

We offer comprehensive estate planning services and elder law representation to ensure that you are taken care of during your lifetime, and that future generations are taken care of after you are gone. Our attorneys draft the full complement of wills, trusts and advance directives to create a complete estate plan that considers every need, goal and eventuality. In addition, our practice in this area also includes the following:


In today’s tough economy, a sudden job loss, an unexpected illness or an extended business slump can be enough to push an individual, family or business past the ability to pay off outstanding debt, and from there the situation only gets worse. We help our clients make the most of U.S. bankruptcy protections, so they can get out from under unmanageable debt and make a fresh start in building a successful financial future. We can help you save your home or business, exit gracefully, wipe the slate clean or develop a workable payment plan; whatever your needs and goals, we can help you meet them. Call for help with:

Commercial Litigation

The business trial lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP provide sound legal advice and professional representation in the resolution of any business or commercial dispute, including breach of contract, business torts, corporate officer and shareholder disputes, employment disputes, and more. We take the time to sit down with you and devise a litigation strategy that meets your goals within your budget and satisfies your short-term and long-range objectives. We represent clients in negotiation, mediation, arbitration and courtroom litigation as necessary to ensure their rights and best interests are protected.

Real Estate Law

Our attorneys provide practical legal advice and effective assistance to represent your interests in any real estate transaction or other aspect of real property ownership, including development, construction, leasing, zoning and more. From transactional representation to the resolution of title and property disputes, our real estate law practice has you covered.

Divorce and Family Law

Divorce is a stressful and emotional experience, which makes it critical that you are represented by knowledgeable attorneys who can sympathize with your situation and provide you with the advice and representation you need to make the best decisions for yourself and your family and protect your interests now and into the future. Our family law attorneys are adept to handle your divorce and any collateral issues which must be determined along with it, including:

Trust the Experienced Legal Representation of RWHM in the Hudson Valley

For advice and assistance in virtually any civil legal matter in the Hudson Valley, trust the law firm that people in your neighborhood have been going to for nearly 150 years. Call Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.

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  • Dear Dan (Heppner): My family and I wish to thank you for your compassion, kindness, perseverance, and professionalism. From the time Katherine first contacted you about the loss of her beloved brother, we have had the utmost respect and trust in you and your services. You made a very difficult situation as easy for us as possible.

  • Thank you so much for making it all manageable for us on short notice. You were clear, knowledgeable and so personable that it make a difficult task seem comfortable. Have a lovely birthday and summer. With much appreciation.

  • My family and I wish to thank you for your compassion, kindness, perseverance, and professionalism. From the time Katherine first contacted you about the loss of her beloved brother, we have had utmost respect and trust in you and your services. You made a very difficult situation as easy for us as possible. We wish you health and happiness.

  • “Christine and Ann were wonderful to work with. They responded promptly and patiently to my many, many questions. Christine, so knowledgeable in law, is an excellent educator. She enlightened me thoroughly on a subject that had been foreign on to me. She made an unfortunate topic clear and it is a relief to have the details of my trust all in order. Thank you so much.”

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  • $3.3 Million Dollar Auto Accident
  • $2.45 Million Dollar Auto/Tractor Tailer
  • $1.1 Million Dollar Labor Law/Fall From Ladder
  • $1.1 Million Dollar Construction Accident
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Kingston Office

255 Fair Street, P.O. Box 3356
Kingston, New York 12402

Phone: 845-331-4100
Fax: 845-331-6930

Marlboro Office

1390 Route 9W, P.O. Box 727
Marlboro, NY 12542

Phone: 845-236-4411
Fax: 845-236-3190

Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, is located in Kingston, NY and Marlboro, NY and serves clients in and around Ulster County as well as parts of Orange, Dutchess, Columbia and Greene Counties as well as many surrounding areas.

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