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A Note From Mr. Dowd ...
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When you are looking for a criminal defense attorney are you asking yourself this question? What is more important to me and my family than my freedom and reputation?

Michael Dowd has been a trial lawyer for more than 30 years. During that time he has gone to trial in almost every kind of criminal case in both state and federal court. He has handled more than 250 cases before a jury. Michael Dowd has worked on every kind of criminal case from securities fraud, bank fraud, homicide, assault, arson, robbery and DUI. During that time, his practice has evolved. In 1979 he defended a battered woman who had killed her abusive husband using the little-known battered woman’s defense. Since then, Michael Dowd has represented more than 25 women charged with killing their abusers. He has been drawn to those cases because of his passion to right the injustices done to these battered women.

In 1987, he was the first attorney in New York to win a criminal case involving post-partum depression. He believes that we live in a society that must be able to distinguish between illness and evil. As the noted New York writer and author Jimmy Breslin wrote, “He is perhaps the first around here to successfully use the battered women defense, and certainly is alone in this state and most of the nation for using postpartum psychosis to win the main event of law, a murder case.”

Most people want to hire a criminal defense lawyer who can handle a criminal case for themselves or a loved one with great experience and an ability to think creatively. As a criminal defense lawyer, Michael Dowd has done that again and again.

In 1995, he took on his first case involving a child who had been abused in a grammar school by a teacher. Since that time, he has represented over 150 people who were sexually abused as children by priests, rabbis, teachers, Boy Scout leaders and other people in positions of authority in respect to children. To Michael Dowd, clergy abuse of children is the worst kind of betrayal. In 2007, he won a verdict of over 11 million dollars against the Dioceses of Rockville Center in a sexual abuse case. All these battles continue today. As you can see, his practice has always been about representing the victims of injustice, whether they have been wrongly accused of a crime or representing children who have suffered the injustice of child abuse. Michael Dowd has also represented many people in civil cases who have been the victims of injustice.

Mr. Dowd, along with the other attorneys in his office are always looking for challenging cases. Take a look at this website, at the experience of this team of attorneys, the newspaper articles and videos involving cases and issues with which they have been involved. Make up your own mind about whether Michael Dowd and the attorneys in his office are the right ones for you and/or your loved one’s situation. Please feel free to contact Mr. Dowd or his office by e-mail or phone. Michael Dowd is also the recepient of the highest rating from the Martindale- Hubbell legal directory.

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