You Have Civil Rights For A Reason

We Protect Against Police And Prosecutorial Misconduct

Law Offices of Joel B. Rudin, P.C., is a leader in helping individuals who are victimized by police or prosecutorial misconduct recover substantial money damages through civil rights lawsuits.

The firm has obtained the largest wrongful conviction settlements in New York, including a total of $15.45 million for William Vasquez in 2017 and $13 million for Jabbar Collins in 2014. In the past 10 years, the firm has settled 12 wrongful conviction lawsuits for $2 million or more, and numerous other police or prosecutorial misconduct lawsuits for substantial amounts.

Mr. Rudin has won several landmark court decisions in the state and federal courts in New York, including Ramos v. City of New York, 285 A.D.2d 284 (1st Dept. 2001), Zahrey v. City of New York, 221 F.3d 342 (2d Cir. 2000) and Collins v. City of New York, 923 F. Supp. 2d 462 (E.D.N.Y. 2013), recognizing the right to recover monetary damages for misconduct by prosecutors, either from a city such as New York or, in rare cases, from the individual prosecutors themselves.

In Poventud v. City of New York, 750 F.3d 121 (2d Cir. 2014) (en banc), Mr. Rudin won a groundbreaking appeal, before all 15 judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, establishing the right of a former criminal defendant to win money damages for his years in prison due to a wrongful conviction, even though he eventually was forced to plead guilty to a less serious charge to obtain his release from prison. In 2016, the case settled for $2.75 million.

Mr. Rudin is regularly consulted on civil rights cases by other attorneys or brought in as co-counsel, and he is asked to write amicus or friend of the court briefs in the appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, for lawyer organizations. He has written for the Fordham Law Review on the utter failure of district attorneys and Bar Grievance Committees to discipline prosecutors for misconduct, testified before a State Wrongful Convictions Task Force on the same subject and written an authoritative article for The Champion, the magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, on how to obtain money damages for wrongful convictions.

We Take On Rogue Police And Prosecutors

We focus our civil rights practice on the protection of individuals who have been victims of:

  • Prosecutorial misconduct — unlawful coercion of or improper promises to witnesses, manufacturing or use of false or unreliable "evidence," withholding of evidence favorable to the defense known as "Brady material" and other misconduct in the investigation or trial of criminal cases
  • Police misconduct — false arrest; malicious prosecution; manufacturing of false or unreliable evidence; coerced confessions; improperly suggestive identifications; withholding of evidence favorable to the defense known as "Brady material"; excessive use of force and police brutality

Contact Our Office

To discuss your potential case with Mr. Rudin or another attorney in the office, contact us online or call us at 212-752-7600.