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Dague, Raymond J.
472 South Salina Street Suite 620 Empire Building Syracuse, NY
Phone: (315) 422-2052
Fax: (315) 474-4334


Lawyer Overview

Raymond Dague has his office in downtown Syracuse, New York at Suite 620 Empire Building, 472 South Salina Street, Syracuse, New York 13202 within walking distance from the Onondaga County courthouse and the federal courthouse. He has practiced law continuously in Syracuse since his admission to the New York bar in 1979, and has had his own law office since 1981 in a general practice covering many areas of law which individuals, families, churches, and small businesses encounter in our society. His practice includes church law, not-for-profit corporations, business law, real estate closings, litigation, bankruptcy, trusts, estates and wills, elder law, guardianships, adoptions, personal injury, criminal defense, traffic violations, and religious freedom defense. He has tried jury and non-jury cases in all of the city, state and federal courts in Syracuse and the surrounding area, and has filed and argued appeals in the supreme court appellate division. He has served as a special criminal prosecutor by appointment of the chief county court judge of Onondaga County.

Raymond is an active member of the Christian Legal Society and where he serves on the national board of directors and also serves as the upstate New York membership director. He is the primary organizer of Christian Legal Society events for members in the central New York area, including the lawyer's Bible study breakfast in Syracuse. He is a member of the Federalist Society, a member of the Religious Liberties section of that Society, is affiliated with the American Center for Law and Justice, and the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. He is a member of the Onondaga County Bar Association, the Central New York Bankruptcy Bar Association, and the Central New York Collaborative Law Association. He is part of the legal team for the American Anglican Council, and the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes of the Episcopal Church. He is a frequent lecturer and regular writer of articles on law, legal ethics, religious freedom, and pro-life issues in the local Christian newspaper and other publications. He has taught legal procedure to new attorneys for the New York State Bar Association. He serves on the advisory board of the Syracuse Friends for Life, and the Syracuse Christian Action Council. He is a member of the Council of the Anglican Communion Network. He is legal counsel for numerous churches and non-profit organizations. He represents several multi-church bodies, which in some denominations are called the diocese, and in other denominations are called the district.

Raymond is married and resides with his wife Patricia and their sons Ryan and Kevin in Syracuse. He has been an active member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church since 1976 where he has served five terms on the vestry, and is currently chancellor to the parish. He is a avid amateur astronomer, and is the observatory director for the Syracuse Astronomical Society. On dark clear weekend evenings he can frequently be found at the Astronomical Society's observatory in Tully, New York where he operates the telescope and shows visitors the wonders of God's creation in the night sky. His other activities include enjoying classical and baroque music, reading history, economics and politics, long distance running, downhill skiing, kayaking, photography, computers, target shooting, hiking upstate New York trails, cultivating his rose garden, and following the activities of his sons.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Church Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Guardian Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Real Estate Law
  • Religious Freedom Law
  • Religious Harassment
  • Taxation Law
  • Traffic Violations
  • Trusts
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Wills
  • Not-for-Profits Corporations
  • Real Estate Closings
25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

West Practice Categories

Bankruptcy Law, Business & Commercial Law, Business Organizations, Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations, Freedom of Religion, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Traffic Violations, White Collar Crimes, Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills, Family Law, Adoption, Litigation & Appeals, Mergers & Acquisitions, Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff, Probate & Estate Administration, Real Estate Law, Taxation Law


Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1980
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of New York, 1979
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of New York, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996


  • International Legal Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Justinian Honorary Law Society


  • Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York, 1978
    Juris Doctor
    Honors: cum laude

    Law Journal: Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, Associate Editor
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1975
    Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: With Distinction