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Joel Kurtzberg is a member of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP's litigation practice group.
Joel’s practice is focused on general commercial litigation with extensive experience in First Amendment/media law, insurance/reinsurance, securities law, and antitrust. He frequently appears on behalf of newspapers, broadcasters, journalists, and others on First Amendment issues and other constitutional matters but has just as regularly appeared on behalf of insurance companies in large coverage and reinsurance disputes and leading companies (and their officers and directors) in securities and antitrust actions.
Joel’s legal work has been recognized by the Financial Times and the National Law Journal as being both innovative and effective. In 2015, The National Law Journal named Joel to its "Litigation Trailblazers" list, which recognizes fifty top legal professionals in the United States who have changed the practice of litigation through the use of innovative legal strategies. In 2016, Joel’s work in the closely-watched case Amarin Pharma Inc., et al. v. Food and Drug Administration, et al. led the Financial Times to rank Cahill as a “Standout” firm in the Changing and Influencing Regulation category of its North American Innovative Lawyers Awards. In 2020, The National Law Journal recognized him as a Political Activism/First Amendment Rights Trailblazer, an honor awarded to legal professionals who have “moved the needle” and made a significant mark on legal practice by using litigation to bring about political change and further First Amendment rights.
Joel is ranked among New York's top First Amendment litigators by Chambers USA and nationally by Media Law International. He has also been recognized as a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for his work in Litigation - First Amendment Law in New York City. In 2020, the National Press Photographers Association named Joel a recipient of the Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award, in recognition of his work on behalf of photojournalist Jason Nicholas in Nicholas v. Bratton. This award from the NPPA recognizes those who have worked to promote and advance the First Amendment, especially as it relates to visual journalists. The Legal 500 also recommends Joel as one of the leading commercial litigators in the country, and Super Lawyers ranks him as one of New York’s top business litigators.
Joel is currently an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, where he has taught a class about Mass Media Law. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he has co-taught a class about Internet Law that focuses on First Amendment, intellectual property, and privacy issues in cyberspace.
Joel is currently a member of Law360’s Media & Entertainment Editorial Advisory Board. He previously served as the Chair of the Media Law Committee for the New York State Bar Association. Joel was also an editor of the American Bar Association’s First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee Newsletter and has been an active member of the New York State Bar Association’s Media Law Committee, the American Bar Association’s First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Communications and Media Law Committee. He was elected to be a member of The American Law Institute in 2007.
Joel is also a “coach” for the Brooklyn Tech High School’s mock trial and moot court teams. He has also done a considerable amount of pro bono work with Sanctuary for Families, an organization dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence. In 2018, Sanctuary for Families honored Joel with The Abely Pro Bono Achievement Award which honors individuals who have made a difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence and who embody compassion, zeal, energy and dedication. In 2003, 2014, and 2015, Joel received awards for Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy from Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services. He currently serves as a member of Sanctuary for Families' Legal Advisory Committee. Joel has also been named one of the New York Law Journal's “Lawyers Who Lead by Example” in 2016 in the Pro Bono category for “an outstanding record of providing crucial legal services to poor or nearly poor New Yorkers.”
Between college and law school, Joel spent two years teaching junior high school students in inner city New Orleans through the Teach for America program. Joel joined the Firm in 1997, after completing his clerkship and became a partner in 2005.
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