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Judge Publishes Decision Granting Sealing Under New York CPL § 160.59 Sealing Law

Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC (CGMB) is proud to have represented our client N.N., whose name has been redacted to protect his identity, in his successful action to have his criminal record sealed under New York’s new criminal record sealing law (CPL § 160.59). A judge in Queens, New York, granted the motion and […]

Rick Collins’ Leadership in Sealing Criminal Records Featured in Newsday

Newsday Cover Story Highlights CGMB’s Role in First Nassau County Conviction Sealed Under New Criminal Record Sealing Law in New York The issue of criminal record sealing in New York, and CGMB Founding Partner Rick Collins, made headlines on Long Island last week – helping to raise awareness of this new law in New York that […]

CGMB Secures First Criminal Record Sealed in Nassau County Under New Law

CGMB is proud to announce that today, for the first time in Nassau County and possibly New York State, a Nassau County District Court judge ordered a misdemeanor criminal record be sealed pursuant to newly enacted Criminal Procedure Law Section 160.59. On behalf of our grateful client, we thank the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office […]

CGMB Associate Phil Nash Addresses Outdated NY Criminal Mischief Laws

Nash Nassau Lawyer Article Discusses Need to Update NY’s Criminal Mischief Statute   Philip Nash, an associate attorney at Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry who concentrates his practice in criminal defense and plays a key role in the firm’s growing criminal record sealing practice area, has authored an article addressing New York’s outdated criminal mischief […]

The Wall Street Journal Recognizes New York’s New Sealing Law

Friday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal addressed New York’s new sealing law in an article, “New Law Aims to Help Ex-Convicts Get Jobs” (only WSJ subscribers may have full access). The piece, authored by Thomas MacMillan, notes that New York is home to 2.3 million people with criminal convictions. The new law, Criminal Procedure Law […]

Law Allowing New Yorkers to Seal Their Criminal Records Goes Into Effect

Beginning on October 7th, Tens of Thousands of People Can Seal Their New York Criminal Records and Move Forward with a Clean Slate     Beginning on October 7th, people who have long been suffering the negative consequences of a long-ago New York criminal conviction on their record will finally have the opportunity to have their […]

Rick Collins Named to List of 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers

Pioneer in the Initiative to Make Criminal Record Sealing in New York a Reality Honored as a NY Metro Super Lawyer for Second Consecutive Year Rick Collins, a Founding Partner at Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry who successfully spearheaded the initiative to make criminal record sealing a reality in New York, has once again been […]

Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry to Once Again Participate in Annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5k Run & Walk

CGMB Joins Warriors for a Cause to Help Raise Money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation All four partners of Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry (CGMB) will once again participate in the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk, being held this year on Sunday, September 24th. The annual event, […]

All Four Partners At Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry Once Again Named To Just-Released List of NY Metro Super Lawyers

Rick Collins, Marc Gann Named to List of 2017 “NY Metro Super Lawyers”; Gerard McCloskey, David Barry Named to 2017 List of “Rising Stars” All four partners at the Mineola-based law firm of Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry have once again been named to the prestigious lists of NY Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. This […]

CGMB Founding Partner Rick Collins to be Installed as Vice President of the Nassau County Bar Association on June 13th

Rick Collins, a Founding Partner at Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, will be installed as Vice President of the Nassau County Bar Association at a ceremony at the Nassau County Bar Association on June 13th. An active member of the NCBA for more than 25 years, Rick had previously been serving as NCBA Treasurer, and […]


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