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Tara Whelan

Criminal defense Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   26 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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Attorney Tara Whelan of the Law Office of Tara Whelan serves clients throughout greater New York City in criminal defense representation. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University of Law and immediately opened her practice fighting for those accused of crimes. Her practice is focused exclusively on defending offenses ranging from assault and battery to drunk driving, drug crimes, domestic violence, sex offenses, gun crimes, fraud-related crimes, violent crimes, and more. She is admitted in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and holds a certification by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration in Standards Field Sobriety Tests. Attorney Whelan handles cases from investigation to arrest, arraignment, to trial and all phases in between. She is known as a fearless advocate in New York courts. Free consultations are available. Call today.

Location

Law Office of Tara Whelan
225 Broadway
Suite 715
New York, NY, 10007

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Posted by Taylor | July 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely amazing service
I contacted Ms.Whelan in regards to a bench warrant that I didn’t realize that I had. This case happened over 8 years ago and in a different state than the one I currently live in. Ms.Whelan represented me and had my issue resolved within the same week! Ms.Whelan was extremely kind and went to work immediately for me. She was also very responsive in our communications which left me with great piece of mind for a scary situation! I would confidently recommend Ms.Whelan to anyone facing legal issues in the state of New York.
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Posted by Jeff | March 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The most compassionate and competent lawyer you will ever find in NYC!
Stop your lawyer search, she is the one! If you need to find a lawyer who is competent, compassionate, and efficient look no further because Tara is your person. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field, and laid out all expectations including potential outcomes of my case without sugarcoating which is what you really need. She's transparent about the cost without any surprises, and sincerely works with the best interest of the clients. The best part: she is the most responsive lawyer I've ever worked with and you'll ever work with as well! Once you're a client, you are a priority and I truly mean that. I feel extremely lucky to have found her!
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Posted by Shania | June 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Confident, Brilliant and Wonderful!
One of the most professional and confident lawyers I've ever met. She reassured me of the logistics behind my father's place, and she seemed like the only reliable source I could rely on. She is patient and informative. I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tara Whelan has the experience, professionalism and calm I needed to guide me through a distressing situation
I met Tara Whelan when I was overwhelmed by a distressing harassment case. She came strongly recommend to me. From the moment I connected with Ms. Whelan, I felt much of my burden lifted and I wasn't alone in moving forward through the legal system. She was straightforward with me about what legally could be done and we set up a plan of action that we followed together. She was knowledgable, professional and available to guide me and answer my questions.
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Posted by Pierre | September 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
One Amazing Lawyer
Tara Whelan is an amazing lawyer. If you are looking for a lawyer that you can trust, someone who will fight relentlessly for you she is the one. If you are looking for someone who knows the intricacies of the court system and who can you use that knowledge to give you the best possible outcome she is your lawyer. The greatest part about Tara is that she is that she is entirely open and accessible to her clients and she knows how to make a bad situation a lot better. Tara SAVED my family from an unbelievably bad situation, she fought so hard for me. I am blessed to have found her. Thank you Tara.
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Posted by L | April 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
She saved me from an impossible situation
Before I met Tara, I jammed myself up and seemingly there was no was out. My lifestyle was threaten. I dont believe in coincidences; our paths crossed and when it came time to battle it out in court she fought brilliantly and saved me from an impossible situation. She is an excellent trial Lawyer, Thorough, Smart, Bossy that's because she knows her stuff. Classifying her as different is an understatement, the personalized attention and care she gave to me/case was the key out of that situation and I am forever grateful.
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Posted by William | October 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
truly amazing. miracle worker!
Tara is an amazing attorney. Couldn't be more satisfied with the efforts and commitment she displayed. She fought harder for me than I did for myself. Extremely knowledgeable and very professional. Tough as nails and absolutely gorgeous I must say. Went above and beyond for me and I couldn't be more satisfied with her representation and very favorable results. Highly recommended. Great attorney. Amazing woman.
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Posted by Arzu yetim | July 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very honest attorney tara Whelan
I was referred to tara by my attorney in long island I called her she responded very quickly she was so.polite very caring very honest she helped me out with everything and got me out of my situation with flying colors she is wonderful
Posted by Michelle | June 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
I had a great experience whit Tara she was great thru the hole case . Any question I had to ask she was always available for me . Case got dismissed. The best lawyer to work whit
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney!!!
Tara was very knowledgeable on all aspects of my case and no issues came up what so ever. I was very confident the whole time that the end result would favor me and it most definitely did. There’s no other criminal lawyer I would recommend to could get the job done then her.
Posted by Kevin | August 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in the biz
Excellent lawyer, couldn't have asked for better representation. She fought for me until the very end. Thanks Tara!
Posted by Karen Kane | June 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very good experience
I would highly recommend Tara. She was professional, helpful and compassionate. She explained everything and made the experience as painless as possible.
Posted by Teka | June 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in New York
Tara has been an attorney less than 10 years but performs with excellence. She demonstrates confidence, professionalism and poise. She is a stellar attorney. Well respected in the core room. Prompt, charismatic and patient. You would do yourself a deserve if you did not consult with her. You will know you made the perfect choice.
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Posted by Andrew | May 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Could not have found a better lawyer
I was referred to Tara Whelan through a good friend when I needed to find a good criminal defense attorney. From the very first meeting, through meetings with witnesses, through negotiations with the DA, I felt complete confidence in Tara. She explained everything to me as we went along and in the end, through her knowledge and negotiations, we won!! Thank you Tara!! I highly recommend her to anyone!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An amazing attorney that you want on your side
I recently needed the help of an attorney and turned to Tara. I’m so glad I did. She is non-judgmental and extremely committed to helping her clients. Tara went did extensive research to understand my situation, and she put together a strategy that will help protect me. She’s a smart, compassionate and capable attorney and I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Michelle | March 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
ML
Exceptional attorney. Incredibly compassionate and understanding in the most difficult of circumstances. When you need someone who will fight for you-Tara is that person.
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tara Whelan is the criminal defense attorney you want!
Tara came into our lives at just the right moment and from my first encounter with her I knew she was the one I wanted handling my son’s case. My son had a serious charge that had been handled by another attorney. While on probation for the initial charge, my son had a false charge made against him followed by an assault charge a few months later, to which he was totally justified, in my opinion. These new charges now had the potential of harming my son’s professional license, and to make matters worse, I was starting to lose faith in his retained attorney. This attorney started to question my son’s integrity, which in turn, made me question his. As faith would have it, his original attorney couldn’t appear in court for my son’s assault charge arraignment. Instead of offering to find me someone, I had to plead with him to get someone to appear on his behalf. Well, the stress of that morning was well worth it, this is the day Tara Whelan entered our lives. Tara immediately displayed genuine concern and calmed my fears. She fully explained the best and worse case scenarios in a professional and compassionate manner. Watching Tara enter the courtroom and gain immediate respect from all court staff was fascinating and extremely comforting. After court, Tara did not brush us off. She gave us all the time we needed to ask questions and just shoot the breeze right there on the streets of NYC. My son left the courtroom that day a different person. For the first time in over a year, he felt that he could take a step back and breathe. It only took moments after saying our goodbye’s to Tara that my son made the decision to switch attorneys. He realized he needed someone like Tara on his side, not only for her professional expertise, but her natural ability in keeping her clients balanced throughout a difficult situation. For the first time, no matter the outcome of the case, we were accepting of it. Tara makes you feel as though you are a family member she is representing, instead of just being a client. Tara’s keen eye for detail revealed information, in my son’s favor, that had been conveyed to us incorrectly by his previous attorney and made a difference in his case going forward. In the end, we couldn’t have been happier with the reduced charge, and most importantly, my son’s professional license was not affected. Tara Whelan, you are one amazing woman, and an extremely gifted attorney. I am forever grateful to you. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
She's great
My lawyer Tara was very professional honest and straight to the point. Tara has pulled unbelievable strings for me she pretty much got me out of something that was very serious and had noting to do with me but she proved my innocence in such a way that I would recommend her to everyone. Tara has put me in a comfortable situation when I was very uncomfortable she's the best!
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Posted by Richie L | January 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
HIRE THIS ATTORNEY!!!
It hasn't been easy to try and find words that match my gratefulness, admiration and respect that I have for Ms. Whelan, but I will certainly try. Before I go into detail about my experience with Ms. Whelan, I will simply state this... I first met Tara through a glass wall while I awaited arraignment the morning after my arrest and before I even walked out of the courthouse that day I had already contacted my current attorney at the time (Who was and still is a friend that had been my attorney for 5 years) to inform him that I was going to be using different representation going forward, and I hired Ms. Whelan as soon as I could! There aren't enough great things I can say about the representation I received from Ms. Whelan. In addition to the intelligence and confidence she displayed within the courtroom, she also went above and beyond to constantly ease the worry and stress my mother and girlfriend had about my case, something that anyone who has found themselves in a similar situation would know is sometimes more important than managing your own stress and worry. At all times I felt that Ms. Whelan was representing me as if I were family and that she was doing everything within her power to get me the best possible outcome for my case. Tara was ALWAYS willing to speak with me at great length about any questions or concerns I had and never made me feel rushed or as if I wasn't her most important client. In addition, she was always promptly on time for our meetings and court appearances and her rates were more than fair for the representation I received. When all was said and done Ms. Whelan did get me the best possible outcome for my arrest and while I'm forever grateful for that, it's the care and attention that she showed me and my family throughout the process that will be the reason I refer her to any person who finds themself in any sort of legal trouble and in need of flawless representation. ABSOLUTELY HIRE THIS ATTORNEY!
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Fearless Leader
It is always a nervous and negative feeling when you have to deal with the criminal aspect of the judicial system. Tara is a lawyer that not only brings reassurance but will go out of her way to make sure the scale weighs back in your favor. I cannot stress this enough that if it wasn't for her courageous efforts for my case I would of had a different outcome that I did not want. Her passion for true justice is unparalleled and there is not enough thank yous I could tell her. God forbid I had another legal issue, she would be the only lawyer I would consult with and hire in a heartbeat. I WOULD ALWAYS RECOMMEND HER TO ANYBODY I KNOW! My family and I will always remember her as our Fearless Leader and I'm extremely thankful for all of her hard work that she did for me.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney in Charge
  • Law Office of Tara Whelan
  • 2010 - Present

Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Hofstra University
  • B.A.
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Not Guilty - Conspiracy Case in New York County
  • Not Guilty on All Counts
  • Not Guilty - New York County
  • Not Guilty

Associations

  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian

Publications

  • Atticus (NYSACDL)
  • Top Count Sex Trafficking Acquittal in Manhattan
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tara is an absolute pitbull; I wouldn't work with any other criminal defense attorney in the five boroughs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tough as nails. One of the best."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Ms. Whelan. She is a tough, dedicated, and highly skilled criminal defense attorney. Any decent lawyer can obtain good results in easy cases -- Ms. Whelan wins the hard ones. I also have the pleasure of knowing her personally and can say that her dedication to her work and clients is not just a face that she puts on for her clients, it is who she is as a person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Tara is knowledgeable, reliable and very competent in the field of criminal defense. I recommend her most highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Tara is a great trial lawyer. We have worked together on serious felonies and have had amazing results, including trial acquittal. A plus attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Tara since the start of her career, and I can say without hesitation that she is one of the best criminal lawyers I have ever worked with. I have been practicing criminal law for over 25 years and have worked with hundreds of attorneys, but when someone asks me to refer them to a criminal lawyer that I trust and respect, Tara is the first attorney I will refer anyone to. And if I ever needed a criminal lawyer for myself, Tara is the attorney I would call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara is a fearless advocate. I have personally witnessed her prowess on trial on multiple occasions. Whether it is cross examining a police officer or selecting a jury, few lawyers can match her strategic thinking in the courtroom and dedication to her clients. I have recommended clients to Tara on various occasions, and because of the results she achieves, she tops my list of criminal defense attorneys. Tara is dependable, detail-oriented and easy to confide in. I recommend her with the utmost confidence in her abilities."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As an attorney practicing for 25 years I have seen many attorneys practice law. Having seen Tara representing clients I can say she is an excellent attorney who stands up for her clients against the government and defends her clients passionately and with an aggressive style that gets her clients amazing results. In the end that is what we as lawyers fight for to get for our clients and Tara gets amazing results for her clients. She does this with a compassionate approach that makes clients know Tara cares about them as people not just clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly qualified criminal trial lawyer."
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New York Criminal defense Lawyer Tara Whelan
Tara Whelan
Criminal defense Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 14 years
Free Consultation