Terrence P. Dwyer
Terry Dwyer served in law enforcement for 24 years, 17+ which were as an Investigator with the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He is the past publisher and editor of The Police Liability Report of New York, author of the textbook Legal Issues in Homeland Security (2014), and co-author with Thomas Miller, Esq. of Business Law: Foundations for the 21st Century (2018). Terry has also written over 50 articles on law enforcement liability, use of force, training issues, and police discipline. His articles have been cited in academic articles, text books, and case briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to his writing and teaching Terry has been retained as a law enforcement consultant and as an expert witness on behalf of law enforcement.
Terry was a principal member in the law firm of Jordan & Dwyer until 2007 when he opened The Law Office of Terrence P. Dwyer, renamed in 2020 as the Dwyer Law Office. The firm concentrates its practice on the representation of law enforcement officers, first responders, private security employees, and public sector employees. The law office also handles real estate transactions and litigation. Over the years Terry has been involved in law enforcement litigation and disciplinary cases either as an attorney or as an expert consultant/witness. In addition to defending law enforcement officers involved in disciplinary cases and critical incidents Terry has served as plaintiff's counsel for individual officer claims of discrimination and/or sexual harassment. For 15 years he was retained counsel for two different law enforcement unions and is now contracted by law enforcement unions and by individual law enforcement members for his representation. He has been an invited lecturer at the prestigious law enforcement 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. Terry has been the police liability and litigation columnist for PoliceOne.com since 2008. Outside of his law enforcement representation Terry has represented individuals in all types of workplace disciplinary cases, including licensing issues with NYS OASAS, and local municipal employment.
In addition to the representation of clients outlined above, Terry has maintained an active real estate practice for the past 25 years. His real estate experience has been extensive. In addition to individual client representation in real estate transactions and property disputes, he has taught real estate law courses as a college professor, owned his own title insurance company, represented lenders at residential real estate closings, served as defense counsel for title insurance companies in litigation, and worked as a licensed real estate agent.
Despite being a sole practitioner Terry has developed a network of professionals he relies on in his practice. This includes other attorneys who assist as "Of Counsel" for his law office when needed, as well as the services of a private investigator, polygraphist, law enforcement experts, and a registered nurse.
Juris Doctorate, Pace University School of Law
Bachelor of Arts, Fordham University
Certificate in Labor Studies, Cornell University
New York, 1992
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1992
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1992
U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
Member, Police Executive Research Forum
Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Legal Officers Section
Member, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association
Honorable Discharge, United States Naval Reserve
AV Attorney Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
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