Joel Hirschhorn - Attorney at Law

333 S.E. 2nd Avenue
Suite 3200
Miami, Florida 33131

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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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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.

  • University of Connecticut, B.A. (1964)
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. (1967)
  • Florida
  • Wisconsin
  • Numerous Federal District Courts
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals (all circuits except District of Columbia)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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)
Awards & Recognitions
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1983-2020
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2013-2018
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2019
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2005, 2008-2011, 2015
Articles & Publications
  • Co-Author, "Beware of Nurse Practitioners Bearing Gifts: The Approved Protocol Does Not Protect the Unwary, It Can Happen to You," Florida MD Magazine, May 2015
  • Co-Author, "Marketing your Client: Unspoken Advocacy," Criminal Law Reporter, 2014
Presentations & Seminars
  • "The Road to Becoming a Super Lawyer," Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Miami, Florida, February 7, 2014
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