Jay S. Cantor

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Jay S. Cantor

For the past 25 years, Jay S. Cantor has been a well-respected attorney in Dutchess County practicing primarily in the area of residential real estate law. His extensive experience in the area of residential real estate has given him vast exposure to, and knowledge of, the current practice and needs of real estate purchasers, sellers, and lending institutions in today's challenging real estate market. Over the years, Jay has developed a keen and skillful ability to negotiate difficult transactions and get them to the closing table, while at the same time remaining a competent and skillful advocate who vigorously protects the legal rights of his clients.

Jay was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 23, 1955. After completing his B.A. degree at Brooklyn College in 1977, he studied international law at the University of Exeter in Great Britain and obtained his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1980. Three years later, Jay took his law degree north, and in 1985 he formed an alliance with William M. Tendy, Jr.  that continues to exist today. Together, Bill and Jay formed the law firm of Tendy & Cantor, which rapidly evolved into one of the most well-regarded and well-respected law firms in the Hudson Valley.

Jay has the prestigious and rare distinction to have achieved an AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Martindale-Hubbell, a well-known nationwide legal organization, ranks attorneys based upon the review and evaluation of their professional expertise by their peers. The Martindale-Hubbell AV rating is the highest rating an attorney can achieve and this distinction is awarded to only approximately 2% of all attorneys in the United States. Attorneys who achieve this distinction are considered by Martindale-Hubbell to be preeminent in their fields.

Although Jay's specialty is primarily in the area of residential real estate, he also continues to practice in the areas of estate administration and personal injury law.

Jay has served as a guest lecturer for the New York State and Dutchess County Bar Associations, where he has lectured extensively to other lawyers regarding the practice of residential real estate.  

Jay currently resides in Poughkeepsie, New York, with his goldendoodle Rosie, who is a regular and especially popular visitor to the office and who can often be found entertaining clients of the firm. Jay is the father of two sons and is extremely proud of the accomplishments of both Adam and Matt.