Law Firm Changes its Name to Reflect the Promotion of One of Its Attorneys to Partner

Also Moves to a More Conveniently Located Office in Central Islip

McGuire & Peláez PC has announced that the firm has changed its name to McGuire, Peláez & Bennett PC to reflect the recent promotion of one of its attorneys, Brett J. Bennett, to Partner.


Mr. Bennett concentrates his practice mainly in criminal law and vehicle and traffic law and also assists in family law and landlord-tenant matters. Before joining the firm, he was an Associate with Reynolds, Caronia, Gianelli & La Pinta, P.C., handling criminal and traffic law cases. He was also a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County, where he handled thousands of criminal and traffic cases, including arraignments, negotiated pleas, hearings, and trial work.


While attending law school, Mr. Bennett held various internships at the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, and Suffolk County Legal Aid Society.


Mr. Bennett is a member of the Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, and the New York State Defenders Association. He is admitted to practice law in New York State and before the District and County Courts of Nassau and Suffolk Counties; Criminal Courts in all five boroughs; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; and Suffolk and Nassau County Traffic Courts and Parking Violations Agencies.


He received a Bachelor’s degree in History from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Juris Doctor from SUNY-Albany Law School.


“We are proud to make Brett a Partner with the firm,” said Chris McGuire, Senior Partner, McGuire, Peláez & Bennett PC. “He has extensive experience in handling criminal law and traffic matters. He will be a true asset to the firm.”


In addition, the firm has relocated next door from its old address at 100 Carleton Avenue to a larger, fully renovated location at 98 Carleton Avenue in Central Islip. The new office is in the same convenient location, but with a rear entrance from an expanded parking lot. “This new location will be easier for our clients to access,” Mr. McGuire said. “What makes it more advantageous is that the office is in close proximity to the Suffolk County Courts.”


It also allows the firm to partner with other professionals as part of the Central Islip Law Center. “This means that a client who is looking to complete a real estate transaction, for example, can get a loan, title, homeowner’s insurance, surveyor, and real estate attorney, all in one convenient location,” Mr. McGuire said.


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