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The Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association has two seasoned counsel who have been by our side since our founding in 2002. They have fought and won battles that other attorneys said could not be done and they have ventured into legal arenas where, despite the odds, they pushed on and litigated on behalf of L.E.E.B.A. members. Our attorneys share the collective vision of L.E.E.B.A., which is to provide a different kind of representation, one geared toward the members’ interests not those of the union or employee association. For too long the rights of employee members have been put on the back burner in many employee organizations to the broader interests of the association. A building is only as strong as its collective bricks and we view each member as an important brick in the house that we are constructing. That house is L.E.E.B.A., a professional and proactive law enforcement association.

Our attorneys’ brief biographies are posted as well as articles by one of our counsel who is a regular columnist for PoliceOne.com. Both counsel maintain an extensive network of contacts within the labor and law enforcement fields. Additionally, they have contacts within other law offices which they utilize when representing the best interests of L.E.E.B.A.’s members.

LEEBA Counsel/Attorneys

TERRENCE P. DWYER

The Law Office of Terrence P. Dwyer

General Counsel

 

Education

Certificate in Labor Studies, Cornell University

Fordham University, Bachelor of Arts 1985

Pace University School of Law, Juris Doctor 1991

Bar Admission

State of New York, February 19, 1992

State of Connecticut, December 6, 1991

Mr. Dwyer served in law enforcement for twenty-four years, seventeen and one half of which were as an Investigator with the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. During his time with the State Police he received over twenty-five commendations for police service, many of which came for his work on homicide cases, organized crime and gang investigations.

His assignments within the State Police included several years in prestigious units such as the Special Investigations Unit and the Major Crimes Unit. Mr. Dwyer is past publisher and editor of The Police Articles pertaining to law enforcement issues, several of them focusing on law enforcement liability and use of force issues. In addition to the articles he has authored and published through his law firm a booklet entitled A Law Enforcement Delegate’s Guide to Handling Disciplinary Cases in New York and is the author of he textbook Legal Issues in Homeland Security, published by Looseleaf Law Publications. Mr. Dwyer was an adjunct professor of Law and Criminal Justice at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York from 1995 until 2005. Since 2007 Mr. Dwyer has been a Professor of Legal Studies in the Division of Justice and Law Administration at Western Connecticut State University. He was a principal member in the law firm of Jordan & Dwyer until 2007 when he opened The Law Office of Terrence P. Dwyer. The firm concentrates its practice in the representation of police officers, law enforcement unions and private security as well as real estate, estate planning and administration and related civil matters.

Additionally, he has been consulted by prosecutors, news outlets, law enforcement agencies, and retained by litigation teams as an expert in police procedures. The areas of public and private sector law enforcement liability and misconduct, law enforcement disciplinary process, use of force issues, Fourth Amendment and privacy issues, and critical incident policy are of special interest and research focus. As a lecturer Mr. Dwyer has been requested to give presentations to trade associations such as the American Society of Industrial Security Westchester County and Hudson Valley Chapters, regional law enforcement training seminars, security company training groups and local organizations. He has been an invited lecturer at the Joseph F. Bono management training programs of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute, Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety and the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Plano, Texas. Mr. Dwyer has been the police liability and litigation columnist for PoliceOne.com since 2008. The areas of public and private sector law enforcement liability, risk management and assessment, law enforcement disciplinary process and critical incident policy are of specialized interest and focus. Mr. Dwyer has provided representation to L.E.E.B.A. since 2005. His duties as an attorney for L.E.E. B.A. has ranged from representing the association before the City of New York Office of Collective Bargaining to assisting with contract negotiations, E.E.O. matters and the handling of all police officer disciplinary cases for L.E.E.B.A

JOSEPH F. BUONO, ESQ., of Counsel

Joe Buono is a graduate of The George Washington University and the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he focused is studies on administrative law and procedure.  Following law school, Joe worked as a clerk at the Environmental L Institute in Washington, D.C, and while there participated in a variety of projects focused on environmental law issues both in the United States and around the world.

Since that time, Joe has been in private practice in New York with a principal office in Dutchess County. Joe focuses his practice on Family, criminal defense, estate planning and probate. Joe also serves in an of counsel role to a regional law firm based in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Joe has been working with LEEBA since 2014, and in that capacity has represented the union in both state and federal court, provide guidance on the interpretation of state of federal regulations and worked with other LEEBA attorneys handling disciplinary matters on behalf of members.

Joe is licensed to practice law in both New York and Virginia and is admitted to the bar of the Southern District of New York.

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