Monticello attorney John A. Ferrara is the 2013 recipient of the Attorney Professionalism Award, given by the Committee on Attorney Professionalism of the New York State Bar Association.

The award recognizes a member who displays the highest standards of professionalism, commitment to promoting respect for the legal system, outstanding ethical conduct, competence, good judgment, integrity and civility. Ferrara received his award on January 24 in New York City during the State Bar's House of Delegates dinner.

"John Ferrara's total commitment to his clients is the core of his legal practice. He treats every client with dignity and respect, while providing them with zealous and intelligent representation," said Marion Hancock Fish of Syracuse (Hancock Estabrook), chair of the Committee on Attorney Professionalism. "He is a model of integrity for all lawyers."

More than a dozen colleagues, judges and adversaries supported Ferrara's nomination. They praised his preparation, attention to detail and command of recent case law.

Ferrara is a partner of Ferrara and Sullivan in Monticello. He concentrates his practice in criminal, family and divorce law.

He is a past president of the Sullivan County Bar Association and a member of the Committee on Professional Standards for the Third Judicial Department.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Ferrara earned his law degree from the American University School of Law.

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

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