Peter TilemAttorney Peter Howard Tilem

Senior Partner at Tilem & Associates, PC

Peter Tilem’s legal career started in September of 1991 as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, where he was assigned to the prosecution and investigation of hundreds, if not thousands, of criminal cases—including violent crimes, white collar crimes and homicides. Many of Mr. Tilem’s cases received great notoriety and public attention.

He was honored for his effort by various departments within the New York City Police Department, including the Detective Bureau, the Organized Crime Investigation Division and the Police Academy. Mr. Tilem was also assigned to conduct educational and training classes for police officers, prosecutors and public schools. He resigned in the fall of 2001 as a Senior Prosecutor to pursue a career in private practice.

He started Lenihan & Tilem, LLP, where he continued to handle high profile cases. In connection to one such case, he appeared on 60 Minutes and CNN. At this firm, he considerably expanded his already substantial litigation experience, appearing frequently in both state and federal courts on both civil and criminal cases, and litigating a wide variety of real estate, commercial, estate, and family matters.

Since founding Tilem & Associates, PC, Mr. Tilem has continued to litigate in both state and federal courts and has continued his representation of clients involved in high-profile cases. Mr. Tilem appears regularly in the newspaper and on television concerning his representation in such cases and as a legal commentator. He has recently been retained in connection to the litigation surrounding the estate of Russell Jones (a rapper also known as “Old Dirty Bastard” or “ODB”).


Mr. Tilem was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and was awarded his Bachelors of Arts Degrees in Economics and Biology from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Tilem received his Juris Doctor (JD) from Pace University School of Law at the White Plains, New York campus in the spring of 1991.

Bar Admissions

Mr. Tilem is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, State Courts of Connecticut and New York and the Federal Courts of the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. He was also admitted and appeared pro hac vice in the Federal Court in New Jersey, State Court of New Jersey, and State Court of Maryland.

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