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Ron McGaw developed his storytelling skills during a career as a lawyer and New York judge. Growing up in California, McGaw earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts at San Jose State University, then won his law degree at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Moving east, McGaw started his legal career as a trademark and copyright attorney in New York City. He was appointed to a ten-year term as City Court Judge of Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1996. While on the bench, fourteen of McGaw’s decisions were chosen for publication to be part of New York State’s official record. (In contrast, his numerous predecessors had a total of one decision published.)
Leaving the bench in 2006 at the conclusion of his judicial term, Ron McGaw returned to private practice in Poughkeepsie establishing a respected local firm which today concentrates on criminal and family law in addition to landlord/tenant law and copyright and trademark law.
Ron McGaw’s interest in writing historical fiction stems both from his travels abroad, and from the knowledge he developed exploring the cultural history of the two boys he and his wife adopted from Kazakhstan in 2003. He also wrote a play while fresh out of SJSU that was produced in 2001.
Ron McGaw’s first novel, Lorenzo’s Daggers, is a time-travel fantasy set at a New England prep school—and in 15th Century Italy. Lorenzo’s Daggers is a book for fans of Michelangelo, DaVinci, Machiavelli, and for students of Renaissance history.