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Representing Victims of Government Misconduct

We are a leading civil rights firm dedicated to fighting against police and prosecutorial abuses of the criminal justice system. We have won hard-fought criminal trials, exonerations of the wrongfully convicted, landmark criminal and civil rights appeals, and some of the largest wrongful conviction settlements in the United States.

Civil Rights

We handle complex, often innovative lawsuits to expose police and prosecutorial misconduct and to win substantial compensation for our clients. We have won multi-million dollar recoveries for numerous clients who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned, including $15.45 million for William Vasquez and $13 million for Jabbar Collins. We have also won ground-breaking appellate decisions, all the way to the United States Supreme Court, establishing the rights of individuals to recover damages for civil rights violations, particularly for victims of prosecutorial misconduct.

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Criminal Defense

Our criminal practice emphasizes criminal appeals, reinvestigations of old convictions, submissions to District Attorneys’ Conviction Review and Conviction Integrity Units, and state and federal motions to vacate convictions. For his work exonerating the wrongfully convicted, the firm’s principal, Joel B. Rudin, was awarded the Thurgood S. Marshall Award as Outstanding Criminal Defense Practitioner by the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The firm’s successes have ranged from full acquittals at trial to successful appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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