Hon. Peter Forman - Arbitration Lawyer and Mediation Attorney Dutchess County NY

Hon. Peter M. Forman

pforman@cuddyfeder.com 845-896-2229
Awards + Recognitions
Professional Associations
Community Service
Judge Forman is Of Counsel at the firm focusing on mediation and arbitration cases and the general practice of law. Judge Forman recently retired from the bench after 21 years of public service. He served as a judge for the Dutchess County Court in New York since 2011 and served as an Acting Justice of the Dutchess County Supreme Court since 2001.

Judge Forman is an active member of the Dutchess County community, having served as President of the Dutchess County Bar Association, the Exchange Club of Southern Dutchess, and the Parish Council of St. Joachim-St. John the Evangelist Church (Beacon). He has also been an adjunct professor teaching Family Law and Criminal Justice at Marist College and at Dutchess Community College.

Prior to his election to the County and Family Courts, Judge Forman served as a prosecutor in the Dutchess County District Attorney’s office, as law clerk to County Court Judge Thomas J. Dolan and as Beacon City Attorney.


  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D.
  • LeMoyne College, B.A.


  • New York
  • U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Awards + Recognitions

  • Book of Golden Deeds Award, Exchange Club of Southern Dutchess; 2016

Professional Associations

  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association

Community Service

  • Past President Southern Dutchess Exchange Club, Member
  • Past President St. Joachim-St. John the Evangelist Church Parish Council
  • Beacon War Memorial Committee, Member and Counsel
  • Beacon Business Association, Member
    • Holiday Lights Fundraising Committee, Co-Chairman
  • Vassar Brothers Hospital, Affiliate Board of Trustees
    • Business Ethics Committee
  • Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council
  • Coordinator, Dutchess County Annual 9/11 Ceremony

When I was growing up, my father's best friend was a small-town attorney. I always admired how he was able to help people solve their legal problems. I enjoy doing the same for my clients. Whether it has been practicing law or presiding over a trial in the courtroom, the legal world has provided me with a rewarding experience that I hope to put to good use in representing clients or mediating disputes. – Judge Forman