Buckheit & Whelan, P.C.

Suffern lawyers win cases using more than 40 combined years of experience

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Firm Overview

Buckheit & Whelan, P.C.handles cases of personal injury, automobile accident, slip and fall, and criminal defense law. Located in Suffern, New York, we serve clients throughout the New York Metropolitan area, including Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Rockland, Nassau, Suffolk, Orange, Putnam and Dutchess Counties in New York and Bergen, Hudson, Sussex and Passaic Counties in New Jersey. If you were injured in a car accident or by falling in a parking lot, or if you are charged with a crime, Buckheit & Whelan, P.C.has the experience to take and win your case.

At Buckheit & Whelan, P.C., we bring more than 40 years of rich career experience to each new case. Attorney John Buckheit is a West Point graduate who served for more than 20 years on active and reserve duty in the military. He is also a former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and he served as Greenwood Lake Village Attorney from 1999 to 2007 and again from 2013 through the present. Attorney Frank Whelan spent ten years in the Bronx District Attorney's office. Our law practice is grounded in the following qualities:

Skilled representation - At Buckheit & Whelan, P.C., we are seasoned mediators and litigators, comfortable using whichever approach will get you the best results. We have a significant file of case histories to draw on to develop winning strategies. Our wide-ranging career experience enables us to think outside the box and get you the advantage.

Superior client service - Clients receive personal attention from start to finish. We are accessible 24/7, responding to questions and returning calls promptly.

Diverse career experience - Earlier in their careers, attorneys John Buckheit and Frank Whelan both served as prosecutors, allowing them to see a case from all sides and anticipate and diffuse their opponents' strategies. Attorney John Buckheit brings a powerful combination of military discipline and legal knowledge to each case, producing the best outcomes for clients.

Buckheit & Whelan, P.C.handles personal injury, automobile accident, slip and fall, and criminal defense cases:

Personal Injury - We handle medical malpractice, products liability, dangerous drugs, unsafe work conditions and more.

Automobile Accidents and Slips & Falls - Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. fights vigorously for compensation for our clients, using the skills of our extended team of trauma doctors, chiropractors, forensics engineers, mechanics and collision reconstruction analysts to help our attorneys obtain the best possible settlements.

Criminal Defense - We are skilled at handling DUI, felony, misdemeanor, traffic law and other criminal defense cases.
Main Office

Main Office
49 North Airmont Road, Suite 100
Suffern  NY  10901

Phone
  • (845) 357-0265
Fax
  • (845) 357-7192
Auto Accident
Auto accident injuries
Auto accidents have the potential to negatively impact your job, your family, your health and your quality of life. Even an apparently minor traffic accident may result in serious injuries. If you have been hurt because someone was negligent, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, including pain and suffering, past and future medical bills, and lost income. Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. has successfully represented clients injured in auto accidents in New York for more than 40 years combined.

Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. handles motor vehicle accident claims that involve negligent motorists, pedestrians, dangerous road conditions and faulty or defective automobile parts.
Criminal Defense
If you have been charged with a crime in New York, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
The attorneys at Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. fight to defend the rights of our clients and have earned a reputation for getting results. We are intimately familiar with all facets of the New York criminal justice system, and we have the knowledge and skill to make sure you understand your legal options and to guide you through the legal process.

Established in 1998, Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. in Suffern has represented clients in state and federal courts on charges ranging from minor offenses to serious felonies, including:
-Traffic violations
-Assault and battery
-DWI/DUI/OWI
-Possession of drugs
-Theft and larceny
-Burglary
-Robbery
-Arson
-Rape
-Homicide - murder/manslaughter
-Domestic violence
-White collar crime
-And more

When you have charges on your record that you want eliminated, Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. can help you get those charges sealed or expunged or represent you in appellate court.

No matter what obstacle has been placed in your way, rest assured that the attorneys at Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. strive diligently to help you overcome it and work tenaciously to attain the best possible result for you.

Going the extra mile to ensure your freedom:
At Buckheit & Whelan, P.C., we go the extra mile to ensure that you get the justice you deserve. We have taken an oath to provide exemplary service, an oath that we are dedicated to honoring. Through meticulous preparation and firm attention to detail, our efforts are always focused on achieving that goal. We personally speak with witnesses, comb through police records and thoroughly examine the alleged crime scene, if necessary. We also bring in experts who challenge the prosecution and help us prepare trial strategy.

Nothing is more important than your freedom. For a defense attorney who is dedicated to your case, contact Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. today.
DUI and DWI
Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. will represent your DUI and DWI legal matters.
Practice Areas:
-Personal Injury
-Automobile and Slip & Fall Accidents
-Criminal Defense
-Civil Litigation
-Commercial Litigation
-Criminal Litigation
-Products Liability
-Medical Malpractice
-Military Law
-Municipal and Zoning
Personal Injury
Suffern lawyers with more than 40 combined years of experience help victims recover for their losses
The personal injury attorneys at Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. have more than 40 combined years of experience successfully helping injured clients recover just compensation for losses resulting from auto accidents, medical malpractice, unsafe products, dangerous drugs, slips and falls, and unsafe work conditions. We also represent people with workers compensation and Social Security disability claims.

Seeking just compensation for injuries:
Personal injury claims are brought by victims who suffer physical or psychological injury directly due to another person's negligence. At Buckheit & Whelan, P.C., our attorneys employ a practical, professional approach to help ensure that our clients obtain full and fair recovery for their injuries, including damages for their past and future medical bills, lost income, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. We use our extensive civil litigation experience, our knowledge about insurance company tactics and our skills at settlement negotiation to obtain the best possible recovery for our clients.

Personalized legal guidance:
At Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. in Suffern, the client's interests are our priority. We provide personalized legal guidance at every step of your case, updating you on progress and fully informing you about the legal strategy and recovery options available.

Our attorneys consult with knowledgeable and respected experts to assist with case preparation. With the assistance of physicians, trauma doctors, pharmacists, chiropractors, forensics engineers, mechanics and accident reconstruction analysts, we are skilled at negotiating the best possible settlements. At trial, these experts are available to deliver clear, professional testimony.

Protecting your claim:
New York law sets limits on the amount of time you have to file a personal injury claim. Consult an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible so your claim is filed within crucial statutory deadlines. By investigating your claim immediately, we help ensure that valuable evidence remains available and witnesses' memories remain fresh.
Trucking Accident
Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. will represent your Trucking Accident legal matters.
Auto accidents have the potential to negatively impact your job, your family, your health and your quality of life. Even an apparently minor traffic accident may result in serious injuries. If you have been hurt because someone was negligent, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, including pain and suffering, past and future medical bills, and lost income. Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. has successfully represented clients injured in auto accidents in New York for more than 40 years combined.

Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. handles motor vehicle accident claims that involve negligent motorists, pedestrians, dangerous road conditions and faulty or defective automobile parts.
Wrongful Death
Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. will represent your Wrongful Death legal matters.
Suffern lawyers with more than 40 combined years of experience help victims recover for their losses:
The personal injury attorneys at Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. have more than 40 combined years of experience successfully helping injured clients recover just compensation for losses resulting from auto accidents, medical malpractice, unsafe products, dangerous drugs, slips and falls, and unsafe work conditions. We also represent people with workers compensation and Social Security disability claims.

John L. Buckheit

ISLN: 900424715
Member

Practice Areas:
General; Products Liability; Medical Malpractice; Civil Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Litigation; Matrimonial Law; Municipal and Zoning; Military Law

Admitted:
1992, New York, New Jersey, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1993, District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Criminal Appeals for the Armed Forces; 1994, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 1997, U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals

Law School:
Columbia University, J.D.

College:
USMA at West Point, 1984

High School:
Regis, 1980

Member:
Bronx, Orange County (Member, Board of Ethics), Rockland County, New York State and American (Member, Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division's Military Lawyers Conference Council) Bar Associations; Society of American Military Engineers; Orange County AHRC (President, Board of Directors); New York State Association for Retarded Children (Member, Board of Governors).

Biography: Antenor Patino Fellow for life. Attorney: Law Offices of Robert C. Crimmins, 1995-1997; Shanley & Fisher, P.C., 1994-1995. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia, 1994. Member, 1990-1992 and Managing Editor, 1991-1992, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. Member, Board of Governors, West Point Society of New York.Village Attorney, Village of Greenwood Lake, Inc., 1999-2007 and 2013- Present

Born:
Brooklyn, New York

Military Service:
U.S. Army Infantry, 1984-1989; JAGC, 1989-1994; Major, U.S. Army Reserves, JAGC, 1994-2004, Veteran Operation Joint Endeavor/Guard, 1996-1997; Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, 24th Infantry Div., 1992-1994.

Languages:
German and Hungarian
Education
  • Columbia University
    Juris Doctorate

Frank A. Whelan

Admitted:
-1987, New York, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
-1990, District of Columbia
-1992, U.S. Court of Military Appeals

Law School:
St. John
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