John J. Ventosa
John J. Ventosa is a founding partner at McCabe Coleman Ventosa & Patterson PLLC. Prior to joining the firm as a partner, John served his community as a Senior Assistant Public Defender in the Dutchess County Public Defender’s office, where he represented individuals charged with everything from simple violations to violent felonies and developed a reputation for aggressive, unrelenting representation of his clients’ interests and a keen knowledge of the law.
John has partnered with some of the most well-respected and experienced attorneys in the Hudson Valley and continues to serve his community by bringing that same aggressive and skilled representation to the private sector. In addition to serving Dutchess County as a Senior Assistant Public Defender and now as a founding partner at McCabe Coleman Ventosa & Patterson PLLC, John is an acting board member of People, Inc. – a non-profit organization devoted to helping and improving the lives of the psychiatrically labeled within our community. There, John’s contribution of personal and professional experience to the organization has been instrumental in sustaining its rapid growth over the last several years.
Prior to joining the Public Defender’s office, John worked at various law firms handling plantiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice cases. John continues to handle these types of cases at McCabe Coleman Ventosa & Patterson PLLC.
John earned his BA from New York University and his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. He is a member of the Dutchess County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York State Defenders Association and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
John is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- New York State Defender’s Association
- Dutchess County Bar Association
- Ulster County Bar Association
- People, Inc., Board Member
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
A skilled, strong advocate!
"One bad decision, and one's life can change forever! Our 20 year old daughter was arrested for DWI. We needed to find an attorney, and having never been in trouble before we did not know one. Fortunately, we were connected with John Ventosa. The case was complicated by the fact she is an out of state resident and, is also attending college. Mr. Ventosa went right to work. He explained the process and possible outcomes. When one is facing a Drinking and Driving charge the outcomes (DWI/DWAI) can leave a life-long criminal and DMV record. Mr. Ventosa recognizes that, and skillfully negotiated with the ADA to have the charges reduced to a Under 21 Zero Tolerance DMV Violation! This is a non criminal charge and, after 3 years all records are sealed/destroyed. At the first Court Hearing, the Judge challenged the legality of being able to reduce a 1192 (3) DWI Charge all the way down to a 1192 -a Under 21 charge. He postponed his decision pending further proof it could be done. Mr.Ventosa explained to us that it could be, and that he would provide the Judge with the supporting documentation. He also got a Waiver for our daughter not to have to appear in Court a second time (she lives 800 miles away). Mr. Ventosa did provide the Judge with the necessary Case Law to have the DWI Charges reduced (beyond a DWAI) to a U21 Violation. We were absolutely amazed that he was able to accomplish such a huge feat!!! While the consequences are warranted and significant (she not only had to go through NYs court system, but will also need to go through her home state's DMV Liscense Suspension process) she will not have a permanent criminal record! We are beyond grateful that we made 'one good decision'; to hire Mr. Ventosa!!! He is a highly skilled Attorney, responded quickly to any questions we had, and was a passionate advocate for our daughter! "
"I hired Mr Ventosa to represent me in court. He was kind, professional and very patient with me. He explained to me what the process was and what he was going to do to help me get the best outcome. I did get the best outcome of my case and it was better than I thought I would get. Anytime I need a lawyer I will be calling Mr Ventosa. Hands down he is the best. "
"A few years ago, when I was underage, I had received a violation for using a form of false identification. This charge would have impaired my record and caused many problems and inconveniences for me in the future in regards to my license. Luckily, John Ventosa is an excellent lawyer and got the charges dropped for me in a professional, efficient manner. Aside from being very personable, John makes your needs his priority and is extremely knowledgable. He clearly communicated with me all the moving parts and aspects of my case and made me feel at ease. He is a very hard worker, maintains every level of professionalism, and has a sharp knowledge of the law. I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience with John and I guarantee all of his previous clients feel the same. I would highly recommend John Ventosa for your legal needs. "
One to count on!
"Very down to earth guy!! Goes out of his way to get the job done. Much appreciated!!"
"John was fantastic when I used him to handle a traffic violation I received. He was friendly, professional and responsive. He was able to have the violation dropped to an ACD avoiding fines and points on my license. I would highly recommend John as he handled everything from start to finish and made the process very simple. "
Saved the day on speeding ticket
"I had receieved my first speeding ticket in a New York county I was not familiar with, and as an anxious person dealing with a foreign concept I was under a bit of duress. Needless to say, Mr. Ventosa was very helpful and professional in navigating my issue. He saved me time, from stress, and money, the best trifecta. "
" John Ventosa did a great job defending me. He took the time needed to really look over the details of my case while discoverying things that were crucial for my defense. I highly recommend him."
"John Ventosa was a beacon of hope to me at a time when my options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed impossible. Not only was he able to explain everything in a language I could understand, his calm and empathetic demeanor offered the emotional succor I needed. Since the resolution of my legal matter, John has followed up to ensure the transition went smoothly. I am eternally grateful for his service and recommend Mr. Ventosa without reservation."
Great lawyer knows the law and has your best interest at heart
"John worked hard on my case he was able to help me get the best outcome possible better than I thought . I believe I was going to jail but John helped and put me in a good position to help myself ,along with the work he was doing because of his knowledge and experience of the law. Great attitude honest aggressive and diligent in his work for my case. He knew what was gonna happened every step of the way and was always prepared. He saved my life no words can express what he has done for me and my family if you want someone who knows the law and is gonna be on your side John is the way to go. Thanks John "
Knowledgeable, professional and understanding
"When I was arrested for a DWI I was pretty much lost. I had no idea what to expect and how to proceed. I hired John Ventosa after doing some searching online for the best lawyers in the area. I am so grateful that I found someone I felt I could trust, that would and could answer any of my questions even if I felt they were silly, or things he had already gone over. John was able to work out a good deal for me even under tough, almost (in my opinion) hopeless circumstances. In the end, for personal reasons, I chose to not take the deal (even though it was a fair one) and plead guilty. John was understanding of my choice and did not make me feel bad, or like I was making the wrong decision. I appreciate all of the work he did for me. I highly recommend John Ventosa. If I ever need a lawyer again (hopefully not) I will without a doubt call Mr. Ventosa. I also loved his bow ties!"