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Gerard Charles McCloskey

Criminal defense Attorney at Mineola, NY

5.0   17 reviews

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About Gerard

Learn Gerard’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    75%

    8 years, 5,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%

    2,000 cases

 

Prior to co-founding McCloskey & Barry PLLC, Gerard was an Assistant District Attorney with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. Gerard worked in the District Court Trial Bureau, the DWI Trial Bureau, the Felony Screening Bureau, the Grand Jury Bureau and the prestigious Vehicular Crimes Bureau, where he handled high profile felony cases including homicides. Due to this vast experience, Gerard has a deep understanding of law enforcement techniques, prosecutorial strategy and the knowledge needed to successfully defend any criminal case.

Working as a prosecutor, Gerard had the opportunity to handle hundreds of criminal cases, including but not limited to, Homicide, Assault, DWI, Drug Possession and Sale, Larceny, Harassment, Criminal Contempt, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Fraud, Criminal Impersonation, Robbery and Burglary. As an Assistant District Attorney, Gerard had the opportunity to try more than 20 cases to verdict, conducted more than 100 pretrial hearings and presented more than 100 cases to a grand jury.

 

Gerard has zealously defended the rights of his clients in a full range of criminal cases, both large and small. Most recently Gerard represented one of the individuals accused in the SAT cheating scandal that has received nationwide media attention.

 

Over the course of his legal career Gerard has developed a reputation as a skilled litigator. Due to his expertise in the courtroom, he was hired by Hofstra University School of Law, where he currently serves as a Special Professor of Law teaching trial advocacy.

 

Gerard received his undergraduate degree from Manhattan College, and his law
degree from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a member of the National Trial Competition Team, The American Trial Lawyers Association Trial Team, the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal and the Criminal Justice Clinic. Gerard is a member in good standing with the Nassau County Bar Association

Licensed for 13 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2009
Updated 11/17/2022

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

Contact Gerard

Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, PLLC
138 Mineola Blvd
Mineola, NY, 11501-3918

Reviews

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Posted by Jim | October 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Earned every 5 star review
Sometimes legal matters arise out of nowhere, and it can be daunting to find the "best" lawyer for your particular case. In Nassau County, the best criminal defense lawyer is Mr. Gerard McCloskey. When I went to his office to consult him about my case, from the moment he walked in, he had a very commanding presence yet was very amicable and approachable. I explained my case to him and told him my profession, and he immediately recognized that I would settle for nothing less than a case dismissal. So, he went over his legal strategy to get that result going from the best to worst case scenarios, and I immediately retained him. Court dates, while I was waiting outside in the hallway watching the other people, I noted that Mr. McCloskey seemed much more sharply dressed and groomed than most of the other attorneys because appearances do matter. I would expect my attorney to understand this because I too wore a suit and tie every time and tried to look well groomed. Prior to every court date, I would call his office to check for updates, and he would promptly return my phone calls. Then after each appearance, he would explain what was discussed when he and the DA's office conferenced and his predictions for the next court date. Due to his firsthand experience with the DA's office, Mr. McCloskey always seemed to be accurate with his predictions, and I would regularly know what to expect well in advance of each court appearance. Fortunately for my particular case, I was able to get the best [maybe even better than best??] case scenario Mr. McCloskey had already predicted without him even needing to file any motions. As a result, my case was dismissed, and I'm so thankful for being represented by Mr. McCloskey. He is definitely an 11 out of 10 star lawyer.
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Posted by Garrett | August 22, 2022
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Best of the Best
From the first meeting I could tell everyone at the firm were great people with strong legal expertise. I feel incredibly lucky to have found Mr. McCloskey who delivered better than the best results imaginable for my case. In addition, everyone at the firm provided the individual attention these sensitive matters require while answering all my questions.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2022
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class, integrity, skill
If I could give Gerard McCloskey a higher rating than 5 stars, then I would. During my initial consultation with Gerard, he took the time to listen to all I had to say. I had been arrested by an incompetent and abusive police officer who did not care about the truth or the facts and only cared about his own biased agenda. Gerard assured me from the beginning that the process will take some time, but justice will prevail and he will win this case for me. Gerard acted swiftly and took the appropriate legal action to protect my rights and ensure a fair and equitable outcome. In a relatively short period of time, Gerard successfully obtained a dismissal of my case. I would strongly recommend Gerard to anyone who is falsely accused of a crime they did not commit.
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Posted by Renay | March 1, 2022
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Mrs
Gerard is simply, an amazing attorney, with the knowledge and expertise to guide and advocate fiercely for his clients. He is formidable in his actions, and most importantly gets the job done. If you are seeking an attorney, who will listen, outline, and execute he is the guy.
Posted by Ryan | July 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Definitely Recommend
Gerard was a great help as a lawyer and also a person in a difficult situation for me. Whenever I had any questions both personal or legal about what was going on he was always there to help me and guide me through the process. We were in constant contact before and after any court dates. Following his advice, the situation ended up working itself out and I am very thankful for his help. I would recommend Gerard for anyone looking for help in a legal situation.
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Posted by Dan | July 9, 2021
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Persistence
I was referred to Gerard McCloskey specifically by a friend/attorney in a different field of law. From our initial consultation to the ultimately favorable outcome of my case, Mr. McCloskey was always available to answer questions either in person or over the phone. I never felt as though Gerard was rushing me or impatient with my concerns. Mr. McCloskey diligently worked for a judicious and fair outcome for me, even though it took over 2 years to reach that resolution. From day one onwards, I felt as though I could trust Gerard and that he truly cared about my case. I have already referred him once for a consultation and would do so again if anyone I know has a need for his services. Mr. McCloskey is an excellent, knowledgeable, and compassionate attorney. I recommend him without any reservations.
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Posted by Melissa | March 3, 2021
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Amazing Lawyers
I was directed to Mr. Mccloskey for his expertise in the field concerning Motor Vehicle Law. After our initial consultation and my reviewing my documents he gave me how my situation could go. On the day of court I was very grateful for all his hard work. Mr. McCloskey and his partner Mr. Gann did an amazing job. They both succeeded in clearing my name and proving my innocence. I will definitely recommend them to anyone who needs help with their Motor Vehicle issues.
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Posted by Kyle | November 16, 2020
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10/10 recommend!
Gerard is an exceptional attorney and all around gentleman. Whenever I had a question, he responded immediately. When I was feeling unsure about something, he knew exactly how to explain it in terms I could understand, which put me at ease. Most importantly, he was accurate and completely correct with all of his advice. Gerard is an OUTSTANDING attorney. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2020
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Totally recommend
I never thought that I would be in a position to need a DWI lawyer... devastated is an understatement... A friend of mine recommended Gerard... Gerard has the utmost professionalism...(along with the other firm lawyers and the staff.) He is ready, willing, able and responsive to all questions that I had. His communication skills along with his compassion and genuine desire for the best outcome possible made this experience of mine more bearable. I felt like someone was at my side throughout the process. He walked me through every step of the way...It was evident that he is very knowledgeable about all sides of the law. I highly recommend Gerard based on my experience with him and the reputation that he has.
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Posted by Alex | January 13, 2020
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My Lawyer for life
Made an awful time in my life easier to move on from. Competent, confident,brilliant. Best deal I could ever get in court for my crime.
Posted by Vincent | December 31, 2019
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Vincent
Gerard is calm cool and well educated. After a family member lied to the police he helped me overturn some rulings that were lies. He kept me calm and confident through out the entire ordeal. I would highly recommend him!!
Posted by Kenny | March 26, 2018
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Second to none
I was arrested for a felony and maintained my innocence. Gerard McCloskey believed in me and urged me to go to trial. I put all my trust in this man and he delivered with a unanimous not guilty verdict by jury. From beginning to end he stuck by my side advised me on every aspect of the law and the long process, his knowledge of the law is second to none. He is compassionate about his job and it shows. I would advise anyone who is in legal trouble to hire this lawyer especially if you're innocent. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2017
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Gerard McCloskey provides first rate criminal defense
Gerard was my son's defense attorney for DWI. His professionalism and commitment were evident throughout the proceedings. Gerard was always respectful of his clients and took time to explain why we were using a given strategy. We saw that he exhausted every conceivable remedy on our behalf.
Posted by John | October 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Ticket Reduced
My wife and I hired Gerard to dispute a red light ticket. After hearing our case Gerard went to court and had the violation changed to a parking ticket. This was very helpful since no points were applied to my wife's record. My wife and I are very thankful for Gerard's services and the outcome of the case.
Posted by Michael | September 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Competent and Reliable
I have used Gerard for a wide variety of legal matters, from real estate dealings, traffic violations, and felonies. In all instances he handled the cases with professionalism, he knew exactly how to handle and strategize the issues. He was always available whenever I needed him, I never needed to wait for him to get back to me, which is a very warm feeling when dealing with legal issues. I would definitely recommend him and use him in the future, he has a wealth of knowledge for the law, he also has a tremendous network of successful lawyers, so if he cant help you, he will be able to refer you to another one if his associates who can.
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Posted by Sheel | March 1, 2015
Excellent Attorney
Gerard is my "go to" attorney on various business and personal issues, including criminal, personal injury and real estate matters. The only thing that surpasses Gerard's incredible grasp of substantive legal issues is his dedication and work ethic. You could not ask for a better attorney. Gerard has my highest recommendation.
Posted by David | February 24, 2015
Informative, Responsive, Dedicated, and Realistic
I was in a bad situation with a traffic ticket mishap dealing with insurance. If I couldn't have it resolved, I would have wound up losing my job. Gerard came recommended from a friend of mine, and I am glad they did. Gerard kept me informed every step of the way and was very responsive to any of my questions. I felt he had my best intentions on his mind during the whole process. He took care of everything for me, even appearing in court for me. When we spoke I felt he had a genuine interest in what I needed and truly listened to my concerns. He was realistic with me when we spoke, and never over-promised, but delivered on what he said he could do. Thanks to him, everything is resolved and a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I would recommend him to anyone that finds themselves caught in a bad situation. Thank you Gerard.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • McCloskey & Barry, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Hofstra University School Of Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Law Offices Of Gerard C. McCloskey PLLC
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Nassau County District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2011
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Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Manhattan College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Nassau County DWI Trial
  • Dismissal
  • Suffolk County Criminal Trial
  • Not Guilty

Associations

  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • Top Legal Eagle
  • Long Island Pulse Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Legal Eagle
  • Long Island Pulse Magazine
  • 2013
  • Mock Trial Coach of the Year Award
  • American Bar Association
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Nassau Lawyer
  • An Interview with Robert Nigro
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Several Long Island Schools
  • Driving While Intoxicated - Choices and Consequences
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (19)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I opposed Gerard on a number of criminal cases. I can attest that Gerard is one of the most passionate attorneys when it comes to defending his clients and a highly knowledgeable defense attorney. I highly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Gerard McCloskey is an outstanding advocate who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the court room to ensure that the rights of clients are protected and they receive the best results possible. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch criminal defense attorney that doesn't back down. I highly recommend Mr. McCloskey to defend the rights of anyone in need of his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gerard is an exceptionally skilled, hard working advocate. He is fully committed to his client's cause. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Other
"I highly recommend Gerard. He is aggressive and extremely knowledgeable about the law. I have referred criminal cases to Gerard and have received nothing but positive feedback."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Gerard at the Nassau County District Attorney's Office. Gerard is an excellent and very knowledgeable attorney. He is very personable which lends well during jury trials. He fights hard for each and every one of his clients. I fully endorse Gerard for all criminal mattes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. McCloskey is a truly wonderful attorney. He is beyond knowledgeable on all matters involving criminal defense and will take the time to discuss any issues with you. I would recommend Mr. McCloskey to any client who is seeking a superior advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gerard is an accomplished litigator that genuinely cares for his clients. He is professional, knowledgeable and a fierce advocate. I highly recommend Gerard."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gerard is a top-notch criminal defense lawyer on Long Island. Extremely knowledgeable and highly ethical."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gerard really knows his stuff. He is well liked and respected in the Courts and knows his way around the courtroom. I have worked both with him and against him and respect his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the privilege of working alongside Gerard McCloskey, handling major felonies and homicides in the Nassau County District Attorney's Office, as well as see him in action as opposing counsel as a criminal defense attorney. Unequivocally, I endorse Gerard as one of the premier criminal defense attorneys in the NY/Long Island area. He is well-liked by Judges, he is respected by prosecutors, and is admired by fellow attorneys as an attorney you would recommend when someone has a serious, high-stakes criminal matter that only the best can handle."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Gerard. Gerard's dedication to his clients is unparalleled, and his knowledge of New York criminal law is extensive."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have the pleasure of working alongside Gerard in the same community of Criminal Defense Attorneys and I gladly endorse him. Gerard is well respected by the bar, the bench, and the prosecutor, and he will fight hard for your rights. If Gerard is unable to negotiate a favorable disposition, you can feel confident going to trial with him at your table."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gerard is well-educated and highly experienced on both sides (defense and prosecution). When you hire Gerard you get the whole package- a compassionate litigator with the experience to fight for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Gerard and I were classmates in law school, colleagues at the Nassau County District Attorney's Office, co-counsel on matters in private practice and are now partners. I can say without hesitation that Gerard is one of the most talented, skilled and thoughtful criminal defense attorneys in the NYC and Long Island area. If you ever need a trustworthy advocate for a criminal case, look no further than Gerard."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gerard McCloksey is one of the finest criminal defense attorneys you will come across in New York. He brings vast experience from his years of training and trying cases at the District Attorneys office that he utilizes in the representation of his clients charged with DWI, drug offenses and violent felonies. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and he is someone I would recommend to anyone charged with a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the honor of working with Gerard when he was in the District Attorney's Office, and I personally tried a case against him when he was a Prosecutor. Gerard is meticulous. His connection with the jury was fantastic. I have also had the pleasure of watching Gerard on trial as a defense lawyer. His ability to think on his feet, and be steps ahead of everyone in the courtroom is what sets him apart from the rest, and ultimately what helps him achieve the desired results for his clients. I endorse Gerard for any type of criminal case."
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Mineola Criminal defense Lawyer Gerard Charles McCloskey
Gerard Charles McCloskey
Criminal defense Attorney
Mineola, NY
Licensed for 13 years
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