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John J. Carney

About Me

I have been a criminal lawyer for 30 years and have practiced in Buffalo, New York City, Niagara Falls, and many other cities in New York State. I have handled some of the most high profile cases in the state throughout my career, often appearing in newspaper articles, television news shows, and as a legal commentator. I was the  first lawyer chosen in New York State by a panel of judges for capital murder case training in New York City and have handled over 60 murder cases in my career. I have been a CLE criminal law instructor for more than 20 years and have a criminal law blog that reaches thousands of clients every month with free legal advice. I handle cases in State as well as Federal Court and have extensive appellate experience. My offices in Buffalo and Manhattan are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to better serve my clients and their families. We offer free consultations and low flat rates with affordable payments plans for most cases so that you will know the total fee up front and avoid any surprises later. This allows the client to compare our fees to other firms and decide if they are able to afford our services. I do not believe that a client should have to sign a retainer agreement without knowing what the total fee that they are responsible for will be. That is a problem for many people who are asked to pay an hourly rate of $300-$500 to their lawyer with no idea how much the total fee will be. With a flat rate fee you are able to choose an attorney that is right for you and who you have confidence and trust in right from the beginning.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 45%
    32 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    32 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  3. Federal Crime: 15%
    32 years, 950 cases
  4. Family: 14%
    32 years, 2 thousand cases
  5. Other: 6%
  6. More 



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Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

51 total 

  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Carney. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help.


    Mark Clay Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Todd Andrew Spodek

    John and I have worked together over the years on numerous complex large scale criminal cases. John is a no–holds–barred type of attorney who will stop at nothing to get his clients the best result. His commitment to his clients is unparalleled.


    Todd Spodek Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Law Offices of John J. Carney

401 East 34th Street,
Suite N32D
New York, NY, 10016-4914

Law Offices of John J. Carney

3099 William Street
Buffalo, NY, 14227

Law Offices of John J. Carney

534 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14202



NYCurrently registered 198403/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Lawyer of the Year for Litigation 2014Martindale-Hubbard2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ArbitratorBuffalo City Court2001 - 2003
Lead AttorneyLaw Offices of John J Carney1988 - 2014
AttorneyCJA Federal Attorney Panel1987 - 2014
AttorneyAssigned Counsel Program1984 - 2014
Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York Criminal Bar AssociationN/A1984 - Present
Federal CJAmember1984 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Gun Charge ManhatanCase dismissed
RobberyCase dismissed
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substanceacquitted at trial
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Publication NameTitleDate
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
CLE 123, IncCriminal Law Procedure2013
New York State Bar AssociationCriminal Law Procedure2012