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Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry Announces Two New Associates

Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, the Mineola-based law firm founded in 1990 as Collins, McDonald & Gann, has announced that two former Nassau County Assistant District Attorneys have joined the firm as associate attorneys.  Kyle Schiedo of Mineola and Donald Casadonte, Jr. of Queens have both joined the firm’s established and highly regarded criminal defense […]

All Four CGMB Partners Once Again Named to 2019 Lists of New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Rick Collins and Marc Gann, founding partners at the Mineola, Long Island law firm of Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC, have each been named New York Metro Super Lawyers for 2019.  Collins and Gann join only 5% of attorneys in the state selected by Super Lawyers Magazine for this honor – which selects attorneys […]

Marc Gann Wins Acquittal for Client in Felony DWI Case

CGMB Founding Partner Marc Gann has won a full acquittal of all charges for his client in a serious felony DWI case on Long Island.  His client, a 49-year-old mother of 2 teenage boys, was charged with a felony DWI and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for allegedly operating her vehicle in an intoxicated […]

350 People with Misdemeanor Marijuana Convictions Have Records Sealed in Unprecedented Class-Action Settlement in New York

In an unprecedented first step in New York that may impact thousands more people, 350 people with low-level misdemeanor marijuana convictions in Manhattan will now have their criminal records sealed, as a result of a new class action settlement announced on Monday.  The order to seal the records for these misdemeanor marijuana crimes in New […]

Reigning Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden Issues Statement About Recent Allegations

– Rick Collins, Shawn’s Legal Representation, Is Seeking Witnesses – Shawn Rhoden, the reigning Mr. Olympia currently facing criminal charges has issued an official statement vehemently denying the allegations. The statement, in its entirety below, notes that he has “never wavered” from his “position of innocence” and looks forward to having his “opportunity to dispel these […]

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 […]


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