Experience & Integrity

Endorsed by Dutchess County Comptroller Robin Lois and found "QUALIFIED" by the Dutchess County Bar Association!

About Tom Mansfield

EXPERIENCE: Attorney Mansfield began his legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in New York City’s Law Department, where he handled a wide range of civil law cases in state and federal courts dealing with civil rights, labor, administrative law and discrimination issues. He subsequently became the general counsel and joint owner of a wholesale import/export business which involved the negotiation of international finance agreements and letters of credit, regulatory compliance matters, and managing multi-million dollar annual budgets.

After moving to Red Hook in 1994, attorney Mansfield became involved in local community activities and politics and was elected to represent Red Hook and Tivoli in the Dutchess County Legislature, where he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Public Works & Capital Projects Committee, dealing with complicated infrastructure and budgetary issues. Following his work in the Legislature, he moved on to the State level where he spent close to two years as Chief of Staff to the Majority Leader of the New York State Senate overseeing policy development and legislative initiatives and acting as a liaison to the Senate leadership and central staff. Upon the completion of this position, attorney Mansfield became a founding partner of the local law firm Mansfield, Gautier & Rosenthal LLP where he handles trust and estate administration and litigation, guardianship issues, real estate matters and commercial litigation.

Attorney Mansfield has many years of experience planning and administering trusts and estates in several Surrogate’s courts.  Additionally, he has frequently acted as a court appointed guardian, attorney to guardians and court evaluator.  This hands-on Surrogate’s Court experience will be invaluable should Attorney Mansfield be elected as Dutchess County’s next Surrogate.

EDUCATION: Attorney Mansfield earned his Bachelor of Arts in History at Middlebury College in 1981. He went on to earn his law degree at New York Law School in 1985 where he graduated magna cum laude and was an editor of the school’s Human Rights Law Journal. During law school, attorney Mansfield was a finalist in the school’s moot court competition and clerked for a federal court judge in the Southern District of New York. Attorney Mansfield has also developed his leadership skills by completing two National Outdoor Leadership School courses, including their very challenging Semester in Alaska.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Attorney Mansfield is a long time member and current Secretary of the Red Hook Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group that promotes equity and excellence in Red Hook’s school system. He is also a long standing member of the Dutchess County and New York State Bar Associations and Business Network International. His former affiliations include memberships in the Red Hook Rotary Club and the Red Hook Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he was until recently a long time member of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee.

FAMILY: Attorney Mansfield has been married for 31 years to his wife, literary agent Miriam Altshuler, and is the proud father of two wonderful children, Caleb and Erica, both of whom graduated from Red Hook High School and have embarked on rewarding college and professional careers. For many years, attorney Mansfield coached his children’s various soccer and baseball teams and he and his family are avid hikers, bikers and skiers. In addition he is an active member of the Catskill 3500 Club, having successfully climbed all 35 Catskill peaks in the winter.


Robin Lois, Dutchess County Comptroller: “Tom Mansfield offers a balanced blend of Surrogate Court experience, compassion for those he serves and the integrity to ensure fairness and justice. I know that Tom will be thoughtful and committed as our next Dutchess County Surrogate’s Court judge!”

The Dutchess County Bar Association: “Dear Mr. Mansfield: Please be advised that the Judiciary Committee of the Dutchess County Bar Association has found you QUALIFIED for the position of Surrogate’s Court Judge.”

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Surrogate's Court

The Dutchess County Surrogate’s Court handles a wide range of emotional and complex estate, trust and guardianship matters.  Such cases can involve the probate of a will, interpreting a trust agreement, resolving a bitter will contest, settling a judicial accounting or appointing a guardian for a developmentally disabled child or senior citizen. These matters often arise from the loss of a loved one or a bitter family dispute and can involve large inheritances or the personal needs and liberties of a person in need of a legal guardian.

The Surrogate’s Court Judge must have the experience and integrity to be an impartial and fair arbiter, committed to the best interests of all who appear before the court.  While the Judge must show compassion and understanding, he or she must also be firm and decisive when ruling on often contentious disputes. The people of Dutchess County deserve the chance to vote for a Surrogate’s Court Judge who best reflects their values and who will protect the needs of all parties, even the most vulnerable, with compassion and integrity.  Attorney Mansfield will dedicate himself to being just such a judge if elected and promises to work tirelessly to uphold the high standards of the Dutchess County Surrogate’s Court.


Election day is Tue, Nov 6th, 2018!

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By Mail:  Last day to postmark application is Oct. 12th. Last day it must be received by board of elections is Oct. 17th.
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People for Tom Mansfield
PO Box 145
Pine Plains, NY 12567

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