Mr. Pontiff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1959, the U.S. Tax Court in 1960 and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York in 1974. Mr. Pontiff’s preparatory and legal education was at St. John’s University and School of Law where he received his B.B.S. in 1954 and J.D. in 1959.
Mr. Pontiff joined the firm in 1962, and has been a principal since 1967. He was President of the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York for 2000-2001, and a member of its Board of Directors for many years. He was a Member of the Glens Falls Hospital Planned Giving Council (1995-1996).
Mr. Pontiff is a Member of the Warren County (President, 1977-1978), New York State (Member: Executive Committee, Trusts and Estates Law Section, 1986-1989) and American Bar Associations. He is also a Member of the Coalition to Save the Glens Falls Civic Center and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Adirondack Housing Association, which manages student housing at SUNY Adirondack.
Mr. Pontiff was President of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (1977-1978), was the recipient of its J. Walter Juckett Community Service award in 2004 and is currently active in many community non-profit organizations as President or Board Member, including the SUNY Adirondack Foundation and chair of its Legacy Society ( the Garnet Society), and was the founding President of the Glens Falls Civic Center Foundation (2003-2009) where he remains as a board member. Mr. Pontiff is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Adirondack Vets House, Inc. (a house for homeless veterans), and has been associated with that establishment since 2001. Since 1986, Mr. Pontiff has been a Member of the Board of Trustees of the World Awareness Children’s Museum and also served as a President for the Museum, and is now a member of their advisory committee. Mr. Pontiff is an active member of Glens Falls Rotary and was President of that organization for the 1982-1983 fiscal year. Mr. Pontiff received the Rotary Charter Day Award in 1997, and is a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary. He has also participated for many years as an advisor to clients of the Adirondack Women’s Bar Association Legal Clinic to aid survivors of domestic violence.
Military Service with the U.S. Army in Germany 1954-56.
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