Stewart A. Rosenwasser’s legal career spans nearly four decades of personal practice and service as Orange County Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice for the 9th Judicial District. He presently offers comprehensive, personalized legal representation for people throughout the Hudson Valley, with a primary focus on Personal Injury law.

Having been a litigant and a judge, Stewart has a unique understanding of how cases are viewed from the bench as well as by opposing attorneys. He has seen court cases evolve from opening arguments to outcomes, both from the viewpoint of the person presiding as well as the person arguing the case. He is the only actively practicing attorney in the county who can claim this invaluable dual perspective, which allows him to provide his clients with counsel that is both deeply informed and highly effective.

Stewart practices law to help people restore and ensure the quality of their lives when coping with potentially life-changing issues. He navigates an adversarial system to achieve fair and appropriate results for them, and finds nothing more rewarding than the gratitude of a client at the close of a case. Stewart is proud that the majority of his work comes via referrals from satisfied clients.

A life-long resident of Orange County, Stewart’s practice has been a mainstay of the community. He left private practice in 2000 to serve from the bench, and returned to private practice in 2006. He currently serves the 9th Judicial District’s appellate division as Special Referee to its Commission on Judicial Conduct and its Attorney Grievance Committee.

Stewart graduated cum laude with his J.D. from Albany Law School, where he was named to the Justinian Society. He also graduated with honors from the University of Colorado with his B.A., where he was named to Phi Beta Kappa. He is admitted to the bars of New York, U.S. District Court, U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, and U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, all in 1978.


Montgomery, New York





Bar Admissions:

New York, 1978
U.S. District Court, 1978
U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1978
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1978


Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York – 1977

  • Honors: cum laude
  • Honors: Justinian Society, Member
  • Law Review: Albany Law Review, Notes Editor, 1976 – 1977

University of Colorado

B.A. – 1974
Honors: With Distinction

Published Works:

People v. Crimmins: The New Prejudice Rule, Albany Law Review, 1976


Instructor, Legal Research and Writing, Albany Law School, 1976 - 1977

Honors and Awards:

Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating, AV Preeminent

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Orange County Bar Associations, Member; New York State Bar Associations, Member

Past Employment Positions:

Ninth Judicial District; Orange County Court Judge; Acting Supreme Court Justice, 2000 - 2006

Fraternities / Sororities:

Phi Beta Kappa