Ian S. MacDonald


Practice Areas

Residential Real Estate
Commercial Real Estate
Wills, Trusts and Estates
Municipal Law
Tax Certiorari
Real Estate & Commercial Litigation
Not-for-Profit Law
Elder Law
Land Use and Zoning

Partner, Wills, Trusts & Estates Practice Group Leader

Ian’s practice is focused in the areas of estate planning, and trusts and estates; residential and commercial real estate; and land use and municipal law. He has more than 20 years experience representing both individuals and corporate/institutional clients. Ian is adept at handling complex estates and estate litigation, as well as preparing estate planning documents for individuals of modest means. In most cases, reducing or eliminating estate tax liability is an important goal. 

Ian currently serves as counsel to the Village of Millbrook, Town of Stanford, the Tri-Municipal Sewer Commission, the Hudson River Drinking Water Inter-municipal Council, the Village of Millerton Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, Town of Marlborough Zoning Board of Appeals and the Glenham Fire District. He also serves as special counsel to the towns of North East and Stanford and has previously served as village attorney, town attorney and special counsel to several other Dutchess County municipalities throughout his career.  

Ian was born and raised in Dutchess County. Prior to attending law school, he served briefly as an information monitor for a public relations firm, Hill and Knowlton, Inc., in New York City, and then as an economic analyst with the WEFA Group, formerly Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates, an economic forecasting firm outside of Philadelphia. While in law school, Ian served as an intern in the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

After graduating from law school, Ian returned to Dutchess County where he was an associate at Cappillino and Rothschild, LLP, and a partner at Daniels, Porco & Lusardi, LLP, prior to joining the firm. 

He resides with his family in Fishkill. 

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New York State Bar Association
Dutchess County Bar Association

In The Community

  • Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Board Member
  • Beacon Historical Society
  • Abilities First, Inc., Foundation Golf and Tennis Event Committee
  • Mizzentop Day School, Past Member of the Board of Trustees (2006-2012)
  • Mizzentop Day School, Board President


Albany Law School of Union University, J.D.
Iona College, B.A., magna cum laude


New York
Northern District of New York
Supreme Court of the United States

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