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Author Archives: Rick Collins

When Lawyers’ Statements Hurt their Clients

Significant fallout ensued when former New York City mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani made statements last week which contradicted previous statements of his client and his client’s lawyer, Michael Cohen. But while political commentators on both sides frame the situation in partisan terms, there’s a much broader lesson to be learned here for lawyers and […]

CGM&B Partner Marc Gann and Associate Zeena Abdi Serve as Defense Counsel in High Profile, Precedent-Setting Case

Trial of James Ryan Begins, with Experts Noting that This Unique Case will Test the Limits of Criminal Liability, and Set a Precedent for Criminal Blame and DWI Cases Last week, the high profile trial of James Ryan began in Mineola – with founding partner Marc Gann and firm associate Zeena Abdi providing defense counsel […]

Video Recording of Confessions: When Interrogation Goes too Far

By Rick Collins and Lucas Kessler* In the recently decided case of People v Thomas, the New York State Court of Appeals held that police questioning had gone too far.  The defendant’s confession was not his own; the police essentially put words in his mouth and forced him to confess.  The court reversed the conviction, […]

Justice for All: Making Sure Everyone Who Needs Legal Help, Gets It

Recently, I received a call from a worried friend seeking my legal opinion on a traffic-based criminal matter he was facing.  During our call, he regretfully mentioned that “I wish I could use your firm but I just don’t think I can’t afford you.”   His statement got me thinking … and wondering if others out […]

THANKSGIVING EVE: Thanksgiving Wishes – and What You Should Know – As We Head into What Has Become Known as One of the Biggest Nights of the Year for DWI/DWAI Arrests

As we get ready to welcome in Thanksgiving, we wanted to wish our colleagues and friends all the best for the holiday.  We also wanted to take this opportunity to address some of the things to keep in mind this holiday season, as we enter into what has become known as the biggest time period […]

CMG Partner Marc Gann Succeeds in Having Prosecution Dropped Against Glen Head Middle School Gym Teacher

  CMG partner Marc Gann has succeeded in having all charges dropped against client Aaron Kozlowski, the Glen Head gym teacher accused in April of watching pornography in his office.   All charges against Kozlowski, which were based solely on the stories of four middle school students, have been dropped – with prosecutors telling the judge […]

The Unfortunate Casualties of the War on Drugs

Last year in California, a lonely, seventeen-year-old autistic student thought that he finally made a friend.  His “friend” was a fellow student named Daniel Briggs, and the two had art class together.  After a while, however, Briggs began to act strangely.  Briggs asked his “friend” to get him drugs.  In a barrage of sixty text […]

Rick Collins to Address Steroids and the Law at two Upcoming Seminars

 Upcoming NYIT and Hofstra Speaking Engagements To Focus on Timely Issues Surrounding Performance Enhancing Drugs  Rick Collins has been invited to speak at two upcoming events on Long Island to address the legal issues surrounding performance enhancing drugs and discuss his experiences as a top steroid lawyer.  As one of the country’s leading authorities on […]

CMG Sponsors MMA Fighter Brutal Brendan Barrett as He Prepares to Defend His Ring of Combat Heavyweight Title

Ring of Combat Heavyweight Champion Brutal Brendan Barrett will be defending his Heavyweight Belt on Friday, September 20th – as he returns to Atlantic City to seek his fifth consecutive Heavyweight Title.   Once again, Collins, McDonald & Gann is happy to be sponsoring Brendan as he prepares to face a tough competitor at this legendary […]

The DEA’s Access To AT&T Phone Records Raises More Questions About Government Surveillance

This week, yet another example of government surveillance being used for issues other than national security came to light – when it was revealed that federal and local drug officials have had routine access to an enormous AT&T database containing decades of Americans’ phone records.  This partnership between drug officials and AT&T – which had […]

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