Barbara Wilkanowski
Wilkanowski, Barbara

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Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Defence
  • Traffic Violations
  • Construction Violations
  • Fire Code Violations


If you have been arrested or need to help a loved one who is facing criminal charges, the pressure to make smart decisions is intense. Whether charges stem from a DWI, drug possession, alleged assault or something else, you need to speak with a reputable defense lawyer right away.

I am Barbara Wilkanowski, a criminal defense lawyer with over 35 years of experience as an assistant district attorney in Queens — and many years of experience helping my clients deal with criminal charges effectively. In addition to providing misdemeanor and felony defense services, I frequently advise and represent businesses facing construction, fire safety and other civil violations.

In my view, knowing the person as well as the charge and circumstances is vital for effective criminal defense. You can talk to me openly and honestly about your case and which potential outcomes worry you most. My role is to share practical, in-depth knowledge of the system and your options, so that you can make the best possible decisions for your future.

Then, I have the skills and resources to take action on your decisions, whether that means negotiating a plea, pursuing alternatives to prosecution or taking your case through trial. I have gone that distance hundreds of times in my career, with an excellent success rate.

Referrals from other attorneys generally come out of respect. When they come from past clients, they reflect gratitude and confidence. You can count on my total effort to reward the trust you place in me as your criminal defense lawyer.



  • City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, Long Island City, New York
    • J.D. - 1988
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York
    • B.S. - 1984
    • Major: Criminal Justice

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1989
  • Connecticut, 1989

Professional Associations

  • Queens Bar Association, 2010 to Present
  • Assistant District Attorney's Association of Queens County, 1988 to Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010 to Present

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney


  • English

Representative Clients

  • JLJ IV Enterprises, Inc.

Past Positions

  • Queens District Attorney's Office, Supervising Assistant District Attorney, 1988 to 2008