Duncan W. O’Dwyer
Mr. O’Dwyer joined Boylan Code’s Real Estate practice as Senior Counsel in 2023. His specialties are mortgage banking, title insurance, tax certiorari and litigation. He has practiced in these areas for over 50 years.
Practice Areas


J.D., Cornell University
B.A., Lafayette College


Member of the New York State Bar Association
Member of the Monroe County Bar Association
Member of the Kansas Bar

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Prior to joining Boylan Code, Duncan was a partner at Forsyth, Howe, O’Dwyer, Kalb & Murphy, P.C., since 1969 and was the Managing Partner for over 25 years.

Honors & Achievements

  • Named To Top Lawyers in New York and the United States for 2023 By Legal Network
  • Named as one of the Attorneys of The Year in Rochester, NY, by The Daily Record for 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated For Over Forty Years
  • Recipient of Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Recipient of Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Recipient of Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
  • Recipient of the National Defense Service Medal
  • Recipient of the Armed Forces Reserve Medal
  • Recipient of the Army Service Ribbon
  • Recipient of the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Roberts Wesleyan University – 2002 to 2014; 2015 to date
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Northeastern Seminary – 2002 to 2014; 2015 to date
  • President, Genesee Valley Club, 2001 to 2002
  • Secretary, Genesee Valley Club – 1997 to 2001
  • Member, Board of Governors, Genesee Valley Club – 1996 to 2002
  • Member of the Cornell Law Association Executive Committee – 1994 to 1997
  • Rochester Regional Chair – 2003 to 2018
  • Member of Cornell University Council – 1977 to 1991
  • Member of Cornell University Real Estate Investment Advisory Committee – 1982 to 2003
  • Member of Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations for Cornell University – 1985 to 1989
  • Co-Charman, Cornell Connection Alumni Committee, Upstate New York – 1983 to 1986
  • Co-Chair of Cornell Law School Class of 1963 Reunions – 1963 to 2019
  • President of the Federation of Cornell Clubs – 1979 to 1981
  • D Member of the Executive Board of Governors of the Cornell Club of Rochester and President – from 1971 to 1976
  • Member of the Cornell Secondary Schools Committee – 1971 to 1986
  • President, University Club of Rochester – 1981 to 1983
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the University Club of Rochester – 1979 to 1983
  • Clerk of Session and Ruling Elder of Parkminster United Presbyterian Church – 1967 to 1972

Speaking Engagements

  • Lecturer, Real Estate Board of Rochester – Topic: Small Claims Assessment Review
  • Lecturer, Association of Towns, State of New York – Topic: Procedural Requirements of Tax
  • Lecturer, School of Architecture, Arts and Planning at Cornell University – Topic: The Lawyer’s Role in the Development of a Commercial Real Estate Project
  • Certiorari Proceedings and the Powers of the Board of Review
  • Lecturer, Society of Real Estate Appraisers (SRA) – Topic: The Difficulties Involved and the Method of Valuing A Condominium Complex
  • Lecturer, Department of Military Science and Tactics at Cornell University – Topic: Military Justice
  • Lecturer, Non-resident Command and General Staff College – Topic: Military Justice
  • Lecturer, Monroe County Bar Association – Topic: How to Obtain and Retain Clients
  • Panelist – Lafayette College – Practicing Law in the 21st Century
  • Lecturer, Merrill Lynch Client Seminar – Topic: What Every Good Commercial Real Estate Purchase Offer Should Contain
  • Lecturer, Monroe County Dental Society – Topic: Significant issues to be considered in the Selling and Purchasing of a Dental Practice and Assets
  • Lecturer, Hunt Realty Seminars – Topic: A Reverse Mortgage – Is it a Financial Tool Which Makes Sense For Your Client To Purchase a Home?
  • Lecturer, Cornell University Law School – Topic: How To Challenge Your Real Property Tax Assessment


    • Monroe County Bar Association Journal – A Reverse Mortgage – Is It a Financial Tool Which Makes Sense For Your Client?

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