Joel Hirschhorn - Attorney at Law

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Miami, Florida 33131

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Biography

Considered one of America’s most prominent criminal defense trial attorneys, Joel Hirschhorn has been named to Best Lawyers in America for 35 consecutive years. He has been published in such prestigious magazines as Forbes, People, US and Town & Country, as well as numerous daily newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Daily Business Review.

He has also made guest appearances on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Sixty Minutes,” “Today,” “American Justice” and “Good Morning America.” He was named in Florida Trend Magazine, Legal Elite, under the practice of Criminal Law, for the years 2005, 2008-2011, 2015, and named in Florida Super Lawyers for the years 2006-2018. Also, he was named in the South Florida Legal Guide's "Top Lawyer" in 2014.

Joel focuses his practice on the criminal and civil white collar defense of corporations and business executives, as well as elected public officials and private individuals accused of alleged criminal misconduct. His practice covers a wide range of areas, including commercial fraud, mortgage and banking, health care fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, RICO and FCPA violations.

He has argued before ten of the eleven Federal Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, where he vigorously opposed the media’s efforts to televise criminal proceedings over a defendant’s objection. Joel was also responsible for the Florida Supreme Court decision that reformed the method of selecting trial juries in the state of Florida. He has personally handled more than 370 jury trials to verdict, has defended criminal cases in 45 Federal districts and 34 State courts as well as having argued in excess of 160 federal and state appeals throughout the United States. In addition, over the years Joel has handled sensitive, often high-profile legal and related matters in the Bahamas, Haiti, Italy, Poland, Turks & Caicos, the United Kingdom and many South and Central American countries.

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Joel is a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (past president 2003). He is a past president of the Wisconsin Bar Non-Resident Lawyer Division; a life fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation; served as a board member on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and for three years on the Wisconsin Bar Board of Governors. He is also a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America. In addition, he also holds memberships in the International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association, the First Amendment Lawyers Association (a founder and past president) and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Joel is admitted to The Florida Bar, the Wisconsin Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals (all circuits except the District of Columbia) and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Background

Joel received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in 1964 and his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1967.

Joel was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 13, 1943, and raised in Brooklyn and Norwalk, Connecticut. He is married, has two sons, two stepsons and four grandchildren.

Education
  • University of Connecticut, B.A. (1964)
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. (1967)
Admissions
  • Florida
  • Wisconsin
  • Numerous Federal District Courts
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals (all circuits except District of Columbia)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Awards & Recognitions
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1983-2020
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2013-2018, 2020
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2019
  • Who's Who Legal Guide, Business Crime Defence, 2019
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2005, 2008-2011, 2015
Media Mentions

Two Defense Victories: M.D. Florida and E.D. Virginia, White Collar Crime Prof Blog, March 2016

UN Bribe Suspect Gets $2M Bail Package After Testy Hearing, Law360, October 2015

Here's The Scoop: Bat Poop Leads To Legal Fight, Insurancequotes.Com, March 2012

Former Miami Beach Lawyer Acquitted Of Grand Theft, Associated Press And The Miami Herald, December  2011

Autopsy: Bad Reaction To Lidocaine Killed Woman After Liposuction, The Sun Sentinel And The Palm Beach Post, March 2010

Doctor In Lipo Death Still Performing Surgeries, NBC 6 News, March 2010

Teen Accused In Mom Murder Plot Pleads No Contest, CBS 4 News, November 2009

Teen In Stabbing Case Now On House Arrest, The Miami Herald, September 2009

Coral Gables, Fla., Attorney Brian H. Bieber Elected To Board Of Directors Of National Criminal Defense Bar Assn., National Press Release, August 2009

Cable Tv Host Sentenced To Probation, House Arrest In Drug Case, The Sun Sentinel, Published August 2008

Court Orders Police To Stop Pursuing Ex-Felons For Dna, The Miami Herald, December 2006

Mortgage Fraud Is Rampant In Florida: Florida Tops The Nation In Mortgage Fraud, Particularly With Borrowers Fudging Information On Their Loan Applications, The Miami Herald, December 2006

Attorney Joel Hirschhorn Named To Best Lawyers Of America 2006 Edition For 21st Consecutive Year, September 2005

Judge Wants Date Set For Next Luyao Trial, Stuart News, July 2005

Coral Gables Attorney Joel Hirschhorn Moderates Criminal Justice Symposium Panel At University Of Miami On April 8, 2005, April 2005

Ty Fights The Law And Law Wins, New York Daily News, June 2004

Father Gains Custody Of Accused Child Killer's Baby, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, June 2004

To Resolve A Lawsuit Over Lease Payments, The Tribe Will Require A Developer’s Interest In Coconut Creek Casino., Associated Press, April 2004

Seminole Leaders Say The Tribe Will Rein In Extravagant Spending And Make Sure Gaming Devices Are Legal, St. Petersburg Times, February 2004

Prosecutors Removed In Envelope Flap, May 2003

Dolphin Dad Not Guilty In Assault On Son, The Miami Herald, December 2002

Doctor Avoids Prison For Not Paying Taxes, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, July 2002

Televised Trials: Terror Compounds Debate Moussaoui And Court Tv Favor Camera In Court. Critics Say Suspect May Get Forum To Promote Terror., Christian Science Monitor, January 2002

Drug Suspect Freed When Judge Rules Search Improper, The Miami Herald, August 2001

Developer Convictions Overturned, The Miami Herald, April 1996

Battery Case Dropped Against Injury Lawyer, The Miami Herald, August 1995


Presentations & Seminars
  • "The Road to Becoming a Super Lawyer," Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Miami, Florida, February 7, 2014
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, 2004-2007
    • Non-Resident Lawyer Division, Past President, 2006
  • Wisconsin Law Foundation, Life Fellow
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers, President, 2003
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, former Board Member
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers
  • First Amendment Lawyers Association, Founder; Past President
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association (since 1967)
Representative Cases
  • United States vs. True Nature Seafood. Corporate plea.
  • United States vs. Sun Jewelry, Inc. Corporate Plea
  • United States vs. Antonio Rodriguez. Dismissal.
  • United States vs. Daniel Huffman. Pre-trial Diversion Program.
  • State of Florida vs. Bricklod. Fraud conviction reversed based on improper admission of hearsay testimony.
  • State of Florida vs. Chandler. Watershed United States Supreme Court decision in which we opposed cameras in the courtroom over the defendant's objection.
  • State of Florida vs. Silva. Changed the method of selecting juries in Florida State Courts.
  • State of Florida vs. Spence. Aggravated battery charge against one of the country’s most prominent personal injury attorneys, dismissed.
  • United States vs. Ehrling. The conviction of the former president of a $1.3 billion publicly traded company, reversed on the grounds that no crime was committed. The indictment charged that General Development Corporation had engaged in massive fraud in connection with its sales, marketing, and financing practices. The trial lasted nine months.
  • United States vs. Fanfan. Convicted of federal tax-related crimes by plea, Dr. Joseph Fanfan avoided up to four years of prison and was sentenced to home confinement and five months in a halfway house, as a result of an innovative and aggressive approach to the ordinary sentencing process.
  • United States vs. Hastings. We organized and prepared the complex defense of, and for, a sitting Federal Judge who was indicted for, and acquitted of, bribery.

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