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Jason Joseph Kovacs

Jason Joseph KovacsKingston, New York

Jason joined Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP in 2004 as an associate. A native of Kingston, Jason attended Harpur College at SUNY Binghamton. While at SUNY Binghamton, he was the President of the Senior Class, a member of the Harpur College Council, and worked for two years as a student assistant to State Sen. Thomas W. Libous. After graduation, Jason attended Syracuse University College of Law, where he was an editor on the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce and The Digest. Jason then clerked for the Hon. Linda Wallach Miller in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas before he returned to the Hudson Valley, where his professional focus includes wills, estates, and trusts, real estate transactions, bankruptcy, and commercial law. He currently serves as the Ulster Town Attorney. Jason lives in the Town of Ulster.

Areas of Practice:

  • Mortgages & Foreclosures
  • Collections & Repossessions
  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Foreclosures
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Contracts
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Corporate Governance
  • Dissolution
  • Formation & Business Planning
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Internet
  • Election & Campaign Law
  • Elder Law
  • Guardianships & Conservatorships
  • Living Wills
  • Powers of Attorney and Appointment
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Child Support
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • State Appellate Practice
  • Estate Administration
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Condominiums & Cooperatives
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Residential Real Estate

Litigation Percentage:

  • 10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2005


  • Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York, 2003
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Cum Laude
    • Honors: Certificate in Global Law and Practice
    • Law Journal: Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, 2001 – 2003
  • Harpur College, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York, 2000
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Cum Laude
    • Honors: Phi Delta Kappa
    • Honors: Phi Eta Sigma
    • Honors: High Honors in History
    • Major: History

Published Works:

  • The Country Above the Hermes Boutique: The International Status of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, 11 Digest 27, 2003

Representative Cases:

  • Kovacs v. Simmons, 23 AD3d 803 (3rd Dep’t 2005)
  • People v. Edwards, 38 AD3d 1133 (3rd Dep’t 2007)
  • People v. Bost , 39 AD3d 1027 (3rd Dep’t 2007)
  • People v. Mattis 46 A.D.3d 929 (3rd Dep’t 2007)
  • Matter of Lillian 20 Misc. 3d 215 (Sup. Ct. 2008)
  • People v. Ortega 53 A.D.3d 696 (3rd Dep’t 2008)
  • People v. Rosa 57 A.D.3d 1018 (3rd Dep’t 2008)
  • Williams v. Smith Ave. Moving Co. 582 F. Supp. 2d 316 (N.D.N.Y. 2008)
  • People v. Mitchell 55 A.D.3d 1048 (3rd Dep’t 2008)
  • Cashin v. Simek 59 A.D.3d 657 (2nd Dep’t 2009)
  • People v. Cintron 62 A.D.3d 1157 (3rd Dep’t 2009)
  • Matter of Lillian 66 A.D.3d 1219 (3rd Dep’t 2009)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Mid-Hudson Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Ulster County Bar Association – Past President
  • Knights of Columbus Kingston Council No. 275

Past Employment Positions:

  • Honorable Linda Wallach Miller, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Law Clerk, 2003 – 2004
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