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Joshua L. Dratel, President
Joshua L. Dratel is the founder and President of Joshua L. Dratel, P.C.
In more than 25 years of practice, Mr. Dratel has proven his ability to stand up for individual rights in complex federal and state cases, including those involving RICO, mail fraud, tax and security issues, national security, terrorism, international law and extradition, organized crime, drug charges, money laundering, violent crime charges, civil liberties issues, capital cases, and civil litigation. That vigorous and dedicated representation extends from the initial investigation stages of a case until final disposition. Mr. Dratel has been involved in some of the past three decades' most complicated and important cases both factually and legally, including extraordinarily document intensive, legally challenging, and politically charged cases. Those cases include the investigations and prosecutions of major construction companies, a telecommunications giant, the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and representation of political and business leaders. He has appeared for defendants in nine different federal districts, and has written or argued appeals in the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits, and appeared as amicus for NACDL in the other circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Dratel was named one of
New York's Super Lawyers for both 2008 and 2009 in publications of the same name, which also appear as a supplement to The New York Times Magazine.
Mr. Dratel is a past President of the
New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2005),
as well as former Chair of its Amicus Curiae Committee.
He is also a Co-Chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
Co-Chair of its Select Committee on Military Tribunals, its former Parliamentarian (2005-06), and a former member of its Board of Directors and Public Affairs Council.
He is a member of the Capital Punishment Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and previously served on the Committee on Criminal Law of that organization. He is also the Senior Fellow for Legal Research at New York University Law School's Center on Law & Security, and a member of its Board of Advisors, and serves on the Advisory Board of The Champion, the magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Mr. Dratel's honors include the Frederick Douglas Human Rights Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights in 2007, the Robert C. Heeney Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2006, and the Clarence Darrow Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho in 2005.
Mr. Dratel is co editor of
The Torture Papers: The Legal Road to Abu Ghraib
(Cambridge University Press: 2005), which won the American Association of Publishers 2005 Award for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Publishing (Law and Legal Studies), and was named among the
100 Best Books of 2005 by the Toronto Globe and Mail, and
The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror
(Cambridge University Press: 2008). His essays have appeared in
The Torture Debate in America,
Edited by Karen J. Greenberg (Cambridge University Press: 2005) ("The Curious Debate," and "Torture: The Road to Abu Ghraib and Beyond") and
The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison, Outside the Law,
Edited by Mark Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz (New York University Press: 2009) ("No Laughing Matter"). He is co author of the 2003 Supplement of Practice Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Mr. Dratel is a frequent writer, lecturer, and speaker on a wide variety of criminal law and national security topics, and his articles have been published in the
Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal,
New York Law School Law Review,
Wayne State Law Review, New York City Law Review,
The Mouthpiece, and Criminal Justice Weekly. He has been a guest legal commentator on MS NBC, ABC World News Tonight, CBS News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, New York 1, FOX New York, and
National Public Radio.
Mr. Dratel is admitted to practice in New York State, the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of New York, in other federal district courts in other states, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Circuits. He is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Mr. Dratel graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College in 1978 and from Harvard Law School in 1981.
Joshua Dratel has earned a national reputation as a trial and appellate lawyer extraordinarily willing and able to represent the interests of individual clients vigorously in all areas of criminal and civil litigation.
Joshua L. Dratel
Joshua L. Dratel, P.C.
29 Broadway, Suite 1412
New York, New York 10006
Office: (212) 732-0707
Fax: (212) 571-3792