Kristin A. Canty

Managing Member, Pearl River Office
Member of the New York & New Jersey Bar Associations

Kristin A. Canty is Managing Member of Donohue, O’Connell & Riley’s Pearl River office. She appreciates that there are many variables to consider when planning for your future. She listens to clients’ concerns in order to prepare an estate plan that specifically addresses the key issues and has helped hundreds of clients minimize estate taxes and smoothly transfer property to their loved ones without excessive court oversight. In addition, she helps clients preserve and protect property for loved ones who, for one reason or another, are not fully capable of managing money. Her clients feel prepared to contend with life’s uncertainties knowing they have a comprehensive yet flexible plan in place for dealing with emergencies.

Kristin began her legal career as an intern for attorneys Thomas F. O’Connell and James K. Riley, partners of the former law firm O’Connell & Riley located in Pearl River, New York. At O’Connell & Riley she learned the fundamentals of estate planning and elder law. After a brief stint in the corporate world as in-house counsel for a private telecommunications company, Kristin returned to estate planning. She met attorney Joseph Donohue in 2015 and soon thereafter joined his law firm, Donohue & Associates P.C. She expanded her skills to include tax and succession planning for small businesses. When her former mentors decided to retire, she recognized the opportunity to take over the O’Connell & Riley practice. In 2017, the firms merged to create Donohue, O’Connell & Riley PLLC and Kristin became manager of the firm’s Pearl River office.

Kristin graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications. As an undergraduate she also studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She pursued her law degree at Rutgers Law School – Newark where she served as an editor for the Rutgers Law Review. She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.


  • University of Richmond – BA in political science and communications
  • Rutgers School of Law – Juris Doctor

Practice Focus

  • Income, Estate & Gift Tax Planning
  • Medicaid planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Business Formation & Succession Planning
  • Trust Administration & Fiduciary Services