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Dennis Francis Dowd

Criminal defense Attorney at Forest Hills, NY

4.9   9 reviews

also known as Dennis Dowd

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About Dennis

Learn Dennis’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    DWI Violations, Probation and Parole Violations, Fraud, Abuse, White Collar, Drug Offenses, Wrongful Arrest, Burglary, Arson, Extortion, Drug Charges, Kidnapping, Homicide, and Traffic Violations.

    21 years

Dennis Francis Dowd is the son of an elementary school teacher and a former NYPD Detective. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School and attended Marist College on a partial scholarship. While at Marist he was a fly-half on the college's rugby team, a member of the student government, and wrote for the campus's newspaper. He graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Journalism After graduating, he entered Hofstra Law School.

Graduating in 2001, he began his legal career at the Wall Street law firm of Leahy and Johnson, P. C.. In 2002, he joined the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. During his nearly eight years, Dennis handled serious violent felonies as well as White Collar Crimes. During his tenure, he was promoted to Senior Assistant District Attorney and was assigned to the Narcotics, Major Crimes, and Insurance Fraud Bureaus. In 2009, he left to establish his own criminal defense practice.

Since 2009, Dennis has represented clients charged with homicide, attempted murder, and assault, as narcotics offenses and Driving While Intoxicated. He handles cases in federal and state courts in the five boroughs and Long Island.

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Licensed for 21 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/17/2022

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

Contact Dennis

Dennis F. Dowd, Esq.
118-35 Queens Blvd
Suite 400
Forest Hills, NY, 11375


4.9 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Aven | October 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Dennis Dowd
He worked very hard on my case to get the best results possible! Would recommend him any day to fight for you as well
Posted by Fidel | May 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Worry free process!
Contacted and eventually hired Mr. Dennis Dowd to help me with my DWI case in NY. Was on my way to relocate to a different state for a job offer when I made this careless mistake. After searching and contacting a number of lawyers in NY, I was fortunate enough to come across Dennis. After the preliminary phone call we scheduled a one on one meeting at his office. Since I was moving in a couple of weeks, I had to find someone who would really take my case and work on it. He was forward enough to tell me what my predicament was and the possible scenarios that could happen. Assured me that even though we'd be pretty much contacting one another either by email, text messages or phone call, that he'd reply to my queries (which he did within a reasonable time) and work for a resolution. Had to appear on court with him only once and he took care of the nitty gritty stuff after that. To cut the long story short, Mr Dowd was successful in reducing my offense to a misdemeanor. Would highly recommend him since he is a professional and a true gentleman who would as in my case work for his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2018
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As soon as I met Dennis, I knew he was the right Attorny. Very knowledgeable, understanding and approachable. He truly cares for his clients wellbeing and I was happy to have him on my side.
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2017
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Outstanding Attorney
Dowd was able to bring my case to a quick and happy conclusion once I contacted him. Consummate professional with an outstanding understanding of law. Honest individual with an integrity that is rare in this field. I recommend him highly.
Posted by joe | October 25, 2017
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dennis dowd
dennis is very fair priced and did the right thing for me. would recommend
Posted by Jonathan | March 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient, fast, trustworthy
I was in a tough situation dealing with a bench warrant I had out for my arrest. I failed to appear back in NY and currently living in LA. Therefor I had to contact someone I could trust through the web and make sure he just didn't want to take my money. Dennis was pretty much the opposite of that. He was honest from the beginning and went into detail about the probabilities of getting it resolved, showed confidence and good experience by the decisions made during the case. He worked quickly and efficiently to make sure my requests were fulfilled until I had no more questions. Finally case was resolved and I am out of the bind thanks to him! I would definitely recommend him to anyone I know! Thank you!
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Posted by Felix | August 12, 2016
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Attorney Dennis Dowd's outstanding qualifications
Attorney Dennis Dowd is dedicated, loyal, trustworthy, and efficient. His defense presentation includes all the knowledge acquired while serving with the Suffolk County District Attorney's office for 7 years. He knows how the prosecutorial adversary thinks and reacts. Moreover, Mr. Dowd will insure that your constitutional rights are fully respected throughout the entire process of your case. Remember that the quality of counsel is a critical factor determining your case's presentation and its final outcome. Mr. Dowd's quality of counsel is of the highest caliber. This is based on his vast experience of the modern day criminal justice system and its impact on your case. Dennis Dowd protected all my rights and he will protect yours.
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Posted by Karen | August 6, 2016
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he will never fail you
Dennis is loyal , trustworthy , honest any time I retain him I never had to worry . I would put my life in his had . He make himself totally available . Returns all call in a timely manor . His know the law inside out . And with that s very humble caring human .
Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2017
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Dennis was professional and kind. He and another lawyer handled my case and they were both helpful. The process went on longer than anticipated but in the end they got me a deal which I thought was very fair.
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Vaughn College
  • 2011 - Present
  • President
  • Law Office of Dennis F. Dowd
  • 2009 - Present
  • Senior Assistant District Attorney
  • Suffolk County District Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2009


  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Marist College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Narcotics Case
  • Not guilty on felony count, guilty on lesser charge and received a minor sentence.
  • Homicide
  • Not guilty on all counts


  • Kiwanis
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Chaminade Alumni Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Queensboro BPO Elks 878
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Prosecutor Award
  • Suffolk County District Attorney
  • 2004


  • Suffolk Lawyer
  • "An American's View of the Irish System"
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • District Court Bureau CLE
  • 4th Amendment & Search Seizure Issues in New York
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Dennis
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dennis is hard-working and very knowledgeable on the law. Any client would be lucky to have him as their attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dowd is an extremely capable attorney committed to providing highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dowd displays an obvious command of the law and sets a high standard of professionalism among the legal community."
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Forest Hills Criminal defense Lawyer Dennis Francis Dowd
Dennis Francis Dowd
Criminal defense Attorney
Forest Hills, NY
Licensed for 21 years
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