is one of only four lawyers
in the entire State of New York
who have been Board Certified as
Specialists in DWI Defense Law by the
National College for DUI Defense ("NCDD").*
Peter served as Dean of the
National College for DUI Defense
the only organization in the
United States that is accredited by the
American Bar Association to certify
attorneys as specialists in DWI law.
Peter Gerstenzang is the senior partner in the Albany law firm of Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang. He is a 1970 graduate of Albany Law School. He is one of only four lawyers in New York State who have been Board Certified as specialists in DUI Defense Law by the National College for DUI Defense (“NCDD”). The NCDD is the only organization accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as specialists in DUI law.* His practice focuses on Criminal Defense with an emphasis on DWI cases and Vehicular Crimes. In addition, Mr. Gerstenzang is listed as a top DWI attorney in the following publications: The Best Lawyers in America®, The New York Area’s Best Lawyers®, and New York Super Lawyers® Upstate Edition 2021. He is listed as one of the “Top 25 Hudson Valley Super Lawyers 2011” regardless of category.
Mr. Gerstenzang commenced his legal career as a prosecutor for the United States Army in the Republic of Vietnam. From 1972 to 1975, he was an Assistant District Attorney for the County of Albany. Certified as a breath test operator, he taught at the New York State Police Academy in their Breath Test Training Program for 12 years. Mr. Gerstenzang currently serves as a Dean Emeritus and Fellow of the National College for DUI Defense, which holds an annual seminar in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the campus of Harvard Law School. He is the former Chair of the Traffic Safety Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association. In 2020, he was granted the status of “Board Certified in DWI Defense Law, Senior Specialist.” He previously served on NCDD’s Board of Regents from 2003 to 2013, as Assistant Dean in 2012-2013, and Dean in 2013-2014. His book, Handling the DWI Case in New York, published annually by Thomson Reuters, is considered a standard reference for the defense of Driving While Intoxicated cases.
Mr. Gerstenzang is a regular lecturer for the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Office of Court Administration Judge’s Training Program, and the New York State Defenders Association. In addition, he teaches for various law enforcement, defense and judicial associations. In 2019, Mr. Gerstenzang was honored by the New York State Magistrates Association with their presentation of the Association’s Amicus Curiae Award in recognition of the training that he has provided to New York State’s judges over the last 30 years.
* “This certification is not granted by any governmental authority.” Rules of Prof. Conduct, Rule 7.4(c)(1). See also Hayes v. New York Attorney Grievance Comm. of the 8th Jud. Dist., 672 F.3d 158 (2d Cir. 2012).
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Peter Gerstenzang, Esq.
Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang
210 Great Oaks Boulevard
Albany, New York 12203
Phone: (518) 456-6456
Fax: (518) 456-6056
Cell: (518) 441-7011