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Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden Entered a Not Guilty Plea

Shawn Rhoden had an initial appearance today in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he appeared voluntarily with counsel. Prior to his appearance in court, negotiations occurred between his defense team and prosecutors in which the prosecutor’s bail request was reduced from $750k to $250k. The arrest warrant was vacated. Shawn entered a plea of not […]

Pennsylvania Becomes First State to Automatically Seal Eligible Criminal Records

Pennsylvania has become the first state in the nation to automatically seal eligible criminal records – giving reformed ex-offenders throughout the state the opportunity for a second chance and removing barriers for employment, education and housing facing so many people with criminal records. The Pennsylvania law, which went into effect on June 28th, is part […]

CGMB Founding Partner Rick Collins Installed as President of the Nassau County Bar Association

Rick Collins, a Founding Partner at Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, was installed as the 117th President of the Nassau County Bar Association at the NCBA’s annual Installation ceremony on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Domus, the Home of the Association. Previously serving as NCBA President-Elect, Rick has been an active member of the NCBA […]

For the 10th Consecutive Year, Our Original Firm’s Founding Partners Serve as Distinguished Faculty at NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy

– Rick Collins, Marc Gann and the Hon. Bob McDonald to Present at Cornell Law School – For the tenth year in a row, the Founding Partners of the original firm of Collins, McDonald & Gann will be headed to Cornell Law School to serve as Distinguished Faculty at the upcoming New York State Bar […]

Criminal Record Sealing Initiatives Continue to Move Forward Nationwide

– With Criminal Record Sealing Still Underutilized Throughout the Country, California is the First State in the Country to Introduce a New Bill Calling for Automatic Record Sealing – Although deserving ex-offenders now have the ability to seal their criminal records in many states throughout the country – including in New York, where criminal record […]

Less Than 1% of Ex-Offenders Have Taken Advantage of New Sealing Law

NY Daily News Article Highlights That Hundreds of Thousands of Eligible Applicants Can Benefit from Criminal Record Sealing in New York According to the latest data, there are 600,000 individuals in New York who are eligible to have their criminal records sealed – yet surprisingly, less than 1% of those eligible have taken advantage of […]

First Step Act: Criminal Justice Reform Bill Signed into Law

President Donald Trump has signed a landmark piece of criminal justice reform legislation called the First Step Act. The President tweeted, “Congress just passed the Criminal Justice Reform Bill known as the #FirstStepAct. Congratulations! This is a great bi-partisan achievement for everybody. When both parties work together we can keep our Country safer. A wonderful thing […]

FDA Targets 465 Websites that Illegally Sell Prescription Drugs

What You Need to Know About This Latest FDA Regulatory Action … and Immediate Steps to Take if You’ve Been Issued a Warning Letter The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent warning letters to “seven different online networks that were operating a total of 465 websites offering misbranded and unapproved drugs to U.S. Customers.” […]

Rick Collins Makes Headlines Again with Groundbreaking Sealing Law, Featured in Metro NY

Metro NY Story Highlights CGMB’s Role in Bringing Awareness to the Importance of Criminal Record Sealing Law in New York Tens of thousands of New Yorkers are eligible to finally have their criminal records sealed — but only 349 of them have taken advantage of the law since going into effect in October 7, 2017. The Metro NY piece highlights […]

What You Should Know About Rick Collins Before Hiring Him

Criminal defense lawyers hopefully never experience the criminal justice system firsthand. But we spend a lot of time in it, shepherding clients through stormy seas; serving as a defender and an advocate but sometimes as a counselor, a sounding board for venting, and an understanding ear. When a case is concluded, we often get expressions […]


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