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When you hire me, you will be getting an experienced New York City criminal defense trial lawyer, who cares about you, and who will always treat you with dignity and respect. I am dedicated to serving clients in the Bronx and the surrounding areas and always strive to give my clients the best legal representation I can offer.

I was born and raised in the Bronx and have dedicated my entire professional career of 24 years to defending people accused of crimes.


In that time, I have handled thousands of criminal cases from murder charges to traffic tickets. If it means sticking up for your rights by aggressively confronting a prosecutor, a cop, a witness, or even a judge in a courtroom, I have done that. If it takes quiet negotiation to resolve your case favorably, I have done that, too. Whatever the unique facts your situation calls for, you and I are partners with the same goal: to help you through this difficult time as quickly and as painlessly as possible so you can get back to your life with your family, your job, and your community.


I will always have time to promptly respond to your phone calls, to sit down with you in the privacy of my office or in a private conference room at court, to listen to you, and to answer your questions in terms you can understand. I love to discuss problems, to teach, and to explain; to connect, to communicate, and to advocate. That's one reason I knew I wanted to be a trial lawyer. But I also take great pride in being a good listener. It's a lot harder to listen than to talk.


Many lawyers are good talkers, and talking is certainly important. But I've learned over the years that a really good lawyer also knows how to listen: to witnesses testifying in trials, to prosecutors and judges, and most importantly, to clients.


Listening takes time. Listening takes patience. Listening takes practice. I will always take the time to really listen to you, to be there for you when you need me, to promptly return your calls, answer your questions, and carefully explain your options in terms you can understand.



Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 85%
    28 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Civil Rights: 5%
    21 years, 100 cases
  3. Family: 5%
    21 years, 250 cases
  4. Juvenile: 5%
    28 years, 150 cases


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Timothy Dwan

    John is well known across the state and the country as a fantastic attorney.


    Michael Dwan Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Evangeline M. Chan

    I gladly endorse this lawyer. John is distinguishable not only for his high level of knowledge and skills as a litigator but his integrity and authenticity as a person. He's extremely experienced and effective at what he does. Quite simply, a great attorney and a great person.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

John M. Cromwell

135 Montgomery Avenue
Scarsdale, NY, 10583

John M. Cromwell

177 East 161st Street
Bronx, NY, 10451



NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 199007/10/2016
WISuspended Dues198803/02/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCromwell & Yerman1995 - 2002
Public DefenderThe Legal Aid Society Of Nassau County1988 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Westchester County Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionN/A2002 - Present
Bronx County Bar Association, Criminal Court CommitteeMember1996 - Present
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1988 - Present
New York State Defenders AssociationMember1988 - Present
New York State Appellate Division, First Dept.Assigned Counsel PanelN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Grinnell CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1982