Joel Hirschhorn Attorney At Law
Considered one of America’s most prominent criminal defense trial attorneys, Joel Hirschhorn has been named to Best Lawyers in America for 37 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 from 2006 to present. 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, securities, and banking fraud, health care fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, RICO and FCPA violations, as well as fraud involving COVID-19/coronavirus issues, the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP"), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (“EIDL”), and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES") Act.
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 tried more than 390 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 (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.
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.
QAnon-Backer Becomes Yoga-Lover for Lawyers Defending Rioters, Bloomberg, January 2021
US Opens Criminal Probe Into Assault on Capitol, VOA, January 2021
Florida justices rewrite rules to scrap high court’s liberal legacy, FloridaBulldog.org, June 2020
South Florida Litigators Raise Concerns Over Courts' Long-Term Adoption of Zoom, Daily Business Review, May 2020
Florida Businessman Pleads Guilty To $7.7M Tax Fraud, Law360, April 2020
Businessman With Secret Accounts Splurged on Lake Worth Beach Real Estate, Daily Business Review, April 2020
COVID-19 Couldn't Stop This Case: Inside South Florida's Last Federal Jury Trial, Daily Business Review, March 2020
Would Jeffrey Epstein's Accusers Have Fared Better After #MeToo Movement?, Daily Business Review, August 2019
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
Judge Wants Date Set For Next Luyao Trial, Stuart News, July 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