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Peter H Tilem

Criminal defense Attorney at White Plains, NY

4.9   37 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    New York - NY 31 years
    Connecticut - CT 32 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Peter

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Unlike many other attorneys at the law firm of Tilem & Associates we want to win your case because we love to win and hate to lose.  We offer clients personal attention and have the skills and experience to make a difference in the outcome of your case.  We offer free consultations so if you have a legal question or case give us a call. 

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2015,2012,2011
Client's Choice
2015 2012 2011

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Location

Tilem & Associates, PC
188 East Post Road
Suite 300
White Plains, NY, 10601

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  37 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Five stars for Peter Tilem and Associates
My dealings with Peter Tilem and is Associates was a pleasant experience, however the case that brought me to him was very unpleasant and unusua.l The case took place in Wallkill Criminal Court. Nonetheless due to his hard work and his experience as an attorney things turned out in my favor. Although I hope I never have a need for his expertise again, should I know someone that needs a competent attorney I would definitely recommend him. His associate Robert who assist in this case was a pleasure to work with. Both attorneys took the time to answer questions, and was always available if not at that precise moment they always returned my calls promptly. M
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Posted by Frank O'Shaughnessy | March 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
This guy is a miracle worker
Peter is literally a miracle worker. He has gotten the best results on my cases in some of the worst courts, like New Rochelle, for example. He is punctual, hard working and honest also. Plus, the judges all seem to know him. He used to be a DA or sumthin... You won't be disappointed!!!
Posted by John | June 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Inadvertent Airport Firearms Violation-- Dismissed!
This review is way past due. Peter Tilem expertly and successfully handled my case a few years back. But whenever I fly out of New York, I never fail to remember not only my agonizing experience at JFK, but also the offsetting superb work of Attorney Tilem on my behalf. Stuff can happen to anyone, and when it does you need sharp, capable people in your corner. In my case, after working through the night to finish work prior to an important international business trip, l expected to finally catch some sleep on the long flight and rushed from the office to home to grab clothes, purge my briefcase and then head straight to the airport. Being a business owner frequently working late hours alone at the office, I am also a gun permit holder. Although I was distracted with my work and rushing to catch my morning flight all while on zero sleep, I had the presence of mind to remove my handgun and properly store it in a locked safe at my home before heading to the airport. I am aware of strict NY handgun laws and never for a moment did I consider travelling with my firearm. But, in my state of distraction and haste, somehow I missed seeing a second loaded magazine that had become lodged at the bottom of my briefcase. Airport security certainly didn't miss it, and I was more surprised than they were when, after the usual scan, they went through the contents of my carry-on briefcase and pulled it out. My nightmare had begun. Being a Life Member of the NRA, my first call was to them and they gave me a few suggestions of NY attorneys knowledgeable in firearms laws. As soon as a spoke with Jasmine at Peter's office and then Peter directly, I knew I had the right firm to help me unravel the mess I had inadvertently put myself in. I could not have had any better attorney on my case. Peter not only knew the law cold, he applied the particular circumstances surrounding my case so well he managed to have the case dismissed entirely. I cannot adequately express my gratitude for the outcome he achieved, and I certainly highly recommend Attorney Peter Tilem.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Right's Violation!!
Highly recommend for anyone. Needing a lawyer for your situation. This lawfirm is highly recommend!!
Posted by Anna | June 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Job!
He has handled two traffic tickets for me and both times he got them dismissed. I am very happy with his work and would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a good lawyer for traffic violations.
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
NYC traffic ticket
The Tilem group represented me on an eronious cell phone ticket in NYC. The policeman was definitely in the wrong, but without the help of Tilem Law, I would have been saddled with five points. We ended up winning the case. Peter and company did a great job, as they were responsive, professional and effective all the way through.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2018
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DWI case
Peter Tilem represented my husband in a very difficult case which ended in a 100% satisfaction. Peter had answered every one of my questions. When we met him for the first time, we knew that he is going to do his best to solve my husbands problem. He is a professional. I would highly recommend him for DWI cases.
Posted by Judah | May 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
speeding ticket
hired firm to represent me for speeding ticket. they were able to plead it down to a no-points violation.
Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great job TWICE!
I have hired this firm twice for traffic "situations" Both times the cases were resolved as promised to my great satisfaction, one time the result was way better than I had been promised. They definitely know what they are doing and for sure know their way around the NY Courts, both big and small. I work in the legal field and am a lawyer. I know lawyers, you should hire this firm for sure if you have a motor vehicle matter of any kind.
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Posted by Tricia | January 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Firearms case
I am so thankful to God that I found Peter and Hillary! I was unaware that I could not fly out of NYC with my gun, and was arrested! Thanks to Peter and Hillary getting on top of it and giving me the best advice it is now settled with a great outcome. I couldn't be more pleased, not just with my case but how they run their office, if I emailed them or called, they respond with in hours, which to me was amazing. Hillary was not only the associate that represented me but now I consider her a friend. I would recommend them at anytime!! Thanks again!
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2015
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Won my case
I can honestly recommend Peter for criminal casework. I have referred a case to him which he achieved a beneficial result for the client (my friend) and when I had my own issue I sought him out. Peter's particular knowledge and set of skills inevitably got me a full win in my case. He's a bulldog and just the kind of attorney anyone would want to put up a great fight in the court room.
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Posted by David | December 9, 2015
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Simply the Best!
Peter did a great job defending me against a lawsuit. He was upfront and honest. He/his team's hard work and dedication were top notch. He worked with me in ways I have never experienced a lawyer do before. He was tenacious in his defense of me and it paid off. He was able to get the lawsuit against me dropped and I am eternally grateful to him. He is one of a kind and I highly recommend him. You cannot do any better than Peter.
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Posted by Jake | November 24, 2015
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A powerhouse.
Peter Tilem is hands down the attorney you want in your corner. His years spent in the Manhattan DAs office uniquely qualified him as a defense attorney who knows the system and how to navigate it in order to win your case. He knows the law inside and out, makes himself available, thoroughly explains everything, but most importantly, is a gladiator in the arena. I got the sense that he really was in my camp, 100%, like I was even a relative of his. He put his heart and mind into winning my case, and we won. If you hire him, rest assured, that his discipline and diligence will do the same for you.
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2015
Revoked Pistol License
Counselor. Peter H Tilem is a excellent lawyer who fought for my pistol license appeal which was revoked by the police department and then overturn by a judge in my favor. I, the client, Raul Rodriguez could ounce again reapply for my pistol license because of counselor Tilem and his team for there skills (verbal disputes) in law. Yes, I recommend, Counselor, Peter H. Tilem on your side when it comes to defending your rights for a license fire arm. Thank you.
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Posted by VinnyD | May 8, 2015
NYC Gun Laws
We had a case due some different laws for New York state and the city. Living 3ooo miles away and many trips back to the city Peter was great. Always there and always on time and very helpful. Great knowledge and knows the system. Found him through the NRA. A Very very good lawyer to have your side. Got everything done in a timely manner. Got issues with the gun laws in the city give Peter's office a call.
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Posted by Tracy | February 7, 2015
Jennifer Schnalzer
I would like to take the opportunity to express how truly grateful I am for having had Jennifer work on my traffic matter. She has bee exceedingly diligent and truly compassionate to my concerns regarding this matter and never once make me feel like my questions were not answered in a complete, coherent manner. Jennifer is a true asset to this firm. I appreciate all of the assistance I was given in my matter.
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Posted by Dimitri | January 14, 2015
6-point speeding ticket reduced to a zero-point parking ticket!
I used Peter Tilem and Associates for representation in a speeding ticket case. I was driving in upstate NY at 80 mph in a 55 mph zone which carries 6 point penalty. They exceeded my expectations and reduced that speeding ticket to a zero-point parking violation! It was a smooth process and the staff did a good job answering and following up on all my concerns. I did not have to appear in court. One of the associates communicated with me throughout the whole process, so it was easy to get a quote, sign-up and to follow up on everything without spending a lot of time to reach the lawyer. The fee was very reasonable (I called several lawyers before signing up). Do not hesitate to use them, the fee that they charged was worth every penny
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Posted by TJ | January 12, 2015
Above and beyond the call of duty—FULL DISMISSAL
Mr. Tilem was courteous, hardworking, early to appointments, (yes) caring, and honest. His office always responded to my questions in a timely fashion. I had a case related to possession of a loaded magazine, with the number of rounds over the NY limit. The judge I was originally assigned to was unreasonable and even hostile. Mr. Tilem was able to have the case moved to another judge. I paid a fixed fee for my case, but the first judge caused the number of billable hours to go above the anticipated hours by several times. At my court appearance, the court misplaced my paperwork and we waited for three hours. Despite this, Mr. Tilem didn't charge me extra. Final result? Mr. Tilem got my case dismissed. Mr. Tilem goes against the negative stereotypes of lawyers. I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Peter Tilem. Thank you, Peter!!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2014
Great representation with a very good outcome.
Pete and his associate Jasmine Hernandez represented my brother in a felony case related to a domestic situation. It was a very difficult situation for my brother and the entire family but we found Pete and Jasmine to be supportive, knowledgeable and they negotiated a very good plea bargain which kept my brother out of jail - something we were initially told was next to impossible. He took the time to explain all options and the possible outcomes and we were confident that we made the right decision. Through the process the attorneys were professional and prepared at all the hearings. Pete was honest and direct when he needed to be and through the entire process we felt we had great representation from a respected attorney.
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Posted by Jimmy | September 17, 2014
NY State Overweight Fine - Full Dismissal!
Peter handled an unusual overweight fine for a large load my company was handling. Long story short, on a technical issue the DOT voided our permit and then fined us as if we had NO permit at all. They wrote a ticket in excess of $20,000.00. We were hopeful that Peter could get the ticket knocked down to a reasonable amount. He did even better and got it completely dismissed. Great Job!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Tilem & Associates, PC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Pace University
  • 2011 - Present
  • Senior Partner
  • Tilem & Campbell
  • 2004 - Present
  • Partner
  • Lenihan & Tilem
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney's Office, New York County
  • 1991 - 2001
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Education

  • Pace University School of Law
  • Juris Doctore
  • 1991
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hernandez v. United States
  • District Court Affirmed
  • People of the State of New York v. Makram Malaty
  • Prosecutor permitted to subpoena divorce records
  • Brown v. Wittner
  • Article 78 Writ of Prohibition Denied
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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • ABA Advisory Panel
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • New York Criminal Lawyers
  • President
  • 2008 - Present
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the State of New York
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top Northeast Lawyers
  • Arrive Magazine / AVVO
  • 2011
  • Top Blog - Criminal Law
  • Criminology.net
  • 2010
  • TOP CRIMINAL LAW BLOG
  • ATTORNEY.ORG
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • New York City Police Department - Police Academy Law Department
  • 2001
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Detective Endowment Association
  • 2001
  • Appreciation
  • New York City Police Department Organized Crime Control Bureau
  • 2001
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • New York City Police Department Police Accademy Law Department
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • National Appelate Advocay
  • Moot Court Judge
  • 2012
  • National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Moot Court Judge
  • 2011
  • National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Moot Court Judge
  • 2010
  • National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Moot Court Judge
  • 2009
  • Bronx Legal TV Show
  • Texting While Driving and Traffic Violations
  • 2009
  • Bronx Legal TV Show
  • Firearms and weapons laws
  • 2009
  • Morning Show
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2008
  • Breakfast Sponsorship
  • CRIMINAL LAW
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (5)
Endorse Peter
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Peter Tilem is a dedicated and professional attorney who provides his clients with excellent representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Peter in the Manhattan District Attorney' Office and have seen him work in private practice. Peter is a no-nonsense and dedicated advocate who achieves favorable results for his clients. I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent criminal lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Peter Tilem is a very bright, aggressive and diligent lawyer. I haved watch him handle many difficult cases and get excellent results. I think he is an excellent lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer's work. Peter is one of the sharpest lawyers I know. He's great in the courtroom and knows the law. He likes to win cases."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"We have worked together on several major criminal cases, representing co-conspirators. He is knowledgeable, courteous and professional. In all of these cases he worked long hours to to ensure that his client received a fair trial and/or the best deal available. He was very cooperative and he helped my office with procedural questions that I had as I am not a full time defense lawyer. It was a pleasure working with Peter and I refer the majority of my criminal cases to his office. I would highly reccommend his office without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is great, very tenacious, well worth the money"
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White Plains Criminal defense Lawyer Peter H Tilem
Peter H Tilem
Criminal defense Attorney
White Plains, NY
Licensed for 32 years
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