Joel B. Rudin is a leading criminal defense and civil rights lawyer and a principal in the firm. He is a recipient of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Justice Thurgood S. Marshall Award for Outstanding Criminal Defense Practitioner in New York State.
Mr. Rudin’s diverse practice includes state and federal criminal trials, appeals, and post-conviction motions, and civil rights lawsuits for police misconduct and wrongful convictions.
He has won more than a dozen settlements exceeding $2 million for wrongful convictions, including the two largest total settlements in New York City: $15.45 million in the William Vasquez case and $13 million in the Jabbar Collins case. He has focused on lawsuits seeking to recover damages for clients injured by prosecutorial misconduct, and has been uniquely successful in holding the City of New York liable for the unlawful policies of local District Attorneys in failing to discipline prosecutors who violate criminal defendants’ rights by suppressing exculpatory evidence and engaging in other forms of misconduct.
In the Jabbar Collins case, in the course of overturning his client’s false conviction for murder and recovering $13 million in damages, he uncovered evidence of systemic misconduct in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office under Charles J. Hynes and helped bring about Hynes’ defeat and the election of the reform D.A., Kenneth Thompson.
Mr. Rudin briefed and argued in the United States Supreme Court a leading federal criminal case limiting the authority of federal magistrate judges, Gomez v. United States. He has successfully handled numerous other state and federal criminal appeals, as well as collateral attacks on criminal convictions -- many of these cases have involved suppression of exculpatory evidence by prosecutors.
In his criminal trial practice, he has won acquittals or dismissals in numerous murder, sexual offense, police corruption, and white collar criminal cases. Most recently, in the Rhian Taylor case, he obtained a reversal in the New York Court of Appeals of his client’s murder conviction, and then won his complete acquittal in a three-week trial in Queens County.
Mr. Rudin succeeded in freeing four innocent defendants who had been wrongfully convicted in the notorious Bronx Day Care Center sexual abuse cases of the 1980s. One client was a prominent Yonkers minister and civil rights leader, the Rev. Nathaniel T. Grady, Sr., who had spent 10 years in prison before Mr. Rudin won his federal habeas petition and obtained the dismissal of all charges. Mr. Rudin won the freedom of Alberto Ramos, who had spent seven years in prison on a false child rape conviction, by showing that prosecutors had withheld exculpatory evidence proving Mr. Ramos's innocence, and then recovered a $5 million civil settlement for Mr. Ramos in 2003, at the time the largest such settlement ever in New York.
Mr. Rudin has authored several “amicus” briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court on cutting edge criminal defense and civil rights issues for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NACDL”). He is vice chair of that organization’s amicus committee for the Second Circuit (New York and Connecticut), is a member of the organization’s national Discovery Reform Task Force, testified about wrongful convictions and prosecutorial misconduct before the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on Wrongful Convictions, and is active on that association’s Wrongful Convictions Committee. He has lectured at New York University, Fordham, and Brooklyn Law Schools, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the New York City Bar Association, and the Practicing Law Institute, on civil rights and criminal law issues.
Mr. Rudin is a graduate of Cornell University (1974) and New York University School of Law (1978. He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, numerous federal courts of appeal and district courts, and all courts in New York State.
Areas Of Practice
- Civil Rights
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Law - Federal (White Collar Crime)
- Collateral Attacks
- Habeas Corpus
- New York, 1979
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1979
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1980
- U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
- New York University School of Law, New York, New York
- Cornell University
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Bar Association of the City of New York, Member
- New York City and State Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Vice-Chair,
- Amicus Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Member, Discovery Reform Task Force