Gary Greenwald, attorney for accused madame Anna Gristina sits in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday March 15, 2012 for a hearing on weather Gristina's former attorney Peter Gleason can use his apartment as collateral for bail for Gristina...031512..031512
Gary Greenwald. (Rick Kopstein)

Gary Greenwald, an Orange County-based attorney who represented clients in cases ranging from medical malpractice to libel and attorney discipline, died on July 21. He was 71.

Greenwald died at his home in Goshen from colon cancer, family members said.

His firm, Gary Greenwald and Partners, employs eight attorneys at offices in Chester, Poughkeepsie and Wurtsboro. Greenwald was Wurtsboro’s mayor from 1974 to 1988 and the owner of a barbecue business in Silver Lake, Bubba’s BBQ, from 2007 until his death.

The Brooklyn Law School graduate worked as a public defender in Sullivan County before forming the firm that carried his name in 1971. He also was a frequent commentator on cable news stations in the lower Hudson Valley and a one-time talk show host at WALL in Middletown.

In addition to trial work in courts in the region, Greenwald argued cases in all four Appellate Division departments and before the state Court of Appeals. In March, prior to a final hospitalization for his illness, Greenwald argued before a Third Department panel in Albany on behalf of a former state lawyer who is seeking to have his license reinstated following a conviction for harassing his neighbors (NYLJ, March 22 and April 8).

Greenwald is survived by his wife of 44 years, Diane, and three children, Joanna, Benjamin and Jamie. Joanna Greenwald is managing partner at Gary Greenwald and Partners and Jamie Greenwald is a partner at the firm. Benjamin Greenwald is a defense attorney in New Windsor.

A funeral is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. at Temple Sinai, 75 Highland Ave., Middletown, NY 10940.