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CMG Associate Robert Schalk Selected as Member of the National Advocacy for DUI Defense (NAFDD)

Organization Recognizes Nation’s Top DUI Lawyers, Selecting Less Than 1% of All Licensed Attorneys in New York

CMG associate Robert Schalk has been selected as a member of the National Advocacy for DUI Defense.  The National Advocacy for DUI Defense recognizes and selects  those it has determined are the nation’s best private Driving Under the Influence (DUI) attorneys in the nation.

NAFDD identifies the top criminal defense attorneys in each state and selected those who spend a significant portion of their practice representing individuals accused of DUI offenses (sometimes called DWI, DWII, OUI, OVI, OWI or OUII). The particularized knowledge, skill, experience, and expertise of these attorneys has led NAFDD to distinguish them as the nation’s top DUI attorneys.

In 2013, there were 166,317 licensed attorneys in the state of New York.  NAFDD has recognized the top 200 attorneys (less than 1% of all licensed attorneys) in New York for this honor, based on a selection process that consisted of a combination of experience, peer review and trial results, and which includes:

  • Total length of time practicing DUI law
  • Total length of time practicing criminal law
  • Percentage of law practice dedicated to DUI defense
  • Percentage of law practice dedicated to criminal law
  • Prior DUI work experience
  • Total number of DUI cases
  • Jury trial experience
  • Bench trial experience
  • Available peer review
  • Legal awards
  • DUI case outcomes
  • Formal DUI training
  • DUI-related noteworthy achievements
  • Ethical discipline impacting the practice of law
  • DUI publications
  • DUI presentations, and
  • Available client reviews

Schalk, an associate at Collins, McDonald & Gann experienced in all aspects of criminal law, is highly regarded as one of the top DUI/DWI lawyers on Long Island.  Prior to joining Collins, McDonald & Gann, he spent more than five years as an Assistant District Attorney, trying numerous cases to verdict, including a number of high profile media cases. Since joining Collins, McDonald, & Gann, Schalk has represented and defended the rights of his clients accused of a wide variety of criminal charges and has become known as a leader in DUI/DWI law.  In addition to his role as a top DWI/DUI lawyer, Schalk also represents clients accused of charges including Assault, Drug Possession and Drug Sales, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Forgery, Robbery, Burglary and Murder, and has successfully litigated numerous cases at the pre-trial hearing stage and trial stage on behalf of his clients.

A sought-after expert in the area of criminal defense, Schalk has been a regular guest Legal Analyst for Fox News Channel since 2011, where he has commented on a wide variety of legal topics and provided insight into criminal defense surrounding some of the nation’s most high profile cases (his appearances on Fox News Channel can be seen on YouTube by searching “Robert Schalk” – or click here.)   In addition, he has been interviewed by the media on numerous criminal law topics where he has been quoted in newspapers such as The New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, and The Wall Street Journal.  Schalk also serves as a guest lecturer at Hofstra University School of Law on the topics of trial advocacy, trial theory and case management.

For more information about Robert Schalk, Collins, McDonald & Gann and the firm’s DUI/DWI legal counsel, call us anytime at 516-294-0300.  For more information about the National Advocacy for DUI Defense (NAFDD) and specific selection criteria for top DUI attorneys, visit www.nafdd.org.

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